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In the Northern parts of Faerûn the winter never ends. In this harsh realm of ice only a few tough survivors live, and nowadays even those hardy few find the conditions a tad tougher. A party of adventurers has just arrived at the small fishing town of Easthaven. Its leader Hrothgar organizes an expedition to help a troubled nearby tree-village, Kuldahar. The party joins the expedition, but an ambush by frost giants causes an avalanche, killing everyone but the heroes themselves. Now they must continue Hrothgar's quest and discover the source of the evil that threatens the land.

Icewind Dale is a party-based role-playing game with real-time combat, very similar in visual style and basic gameplay mechanics to Baldur's Gate. The game utilizes the second edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. As opposed to Baldur's Gate (and similarly to older AD&D RPGs), the player is free to create a party of up to six characters belonging to various races and classes; no characters inhabiting the game world are able to join the party afterwards. Compared to Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment by the same developers, Icewind Dale is more combat-oriented; it has a linear plot advancement and focuses on extensive exploration of hostile areas rather than conversations with characters and quests.


Icewind Dale Windows A ruined city. No house can be entered. I just slayed some orcs - look at their things lying on the ground
Icewind Dale Windows A wizard is summoning those big, heavy guys to fight my party
Icewind Dale Windows Attacked by an obscene amount of undead. Check out the nifty spell effects
Icewind Dale Windows Hehe... Quite a character, this Hrodgar!

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Alternate Titles

  • "冰风之谷" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "冰風之谷" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "Bingfeng zhi Gu" -- Simplified Chinese title

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User Reviews

Old times recaptured in a straight line Windows Unicorn Lynx (181640)
Excellent break from the Baldur's Gate series. Windows OlSkool_Gamer (102)
Ooohh … now I remember this! An adventure gal revisits the RPG genre Windows Jeanne (76388)
Not just another overrated RPG Windows Sam Tinianow (116)
Wonderful RPG with a twist Windows The Gay Elf (14)
Superb RPG - But it lacks the soul of AD&D Windows Indra was here (20905)

Critic Reviews Windows Aug 08, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Windows Sep, 2000 8.8 out of 10 88
RPGFan Windows Sep 29, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Daily PC Game Reviews Windows Feb 26, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
GameBanshee Windows Aug 25, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
FiringSquad Windows Jul 18, 2000 84 out of 100 84
Gamezilla Windows May, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Quandary Windows Aug, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games ( Windows Jul 09, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Macintosh Jul 17, 2002 8 out of 10 80


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Icewind Dale + Heart of Winter 11 Rwolf (17334)
Apr 28, 2017


Preview version

In the preview version distributed to gaming magazines the end boss had special dialogue (mostly threats), e.g. "I slaughtered many editors and their families."


Icewind Dale hit the shelves the exact same time as Blizzard's Diablo 2. Despite selling numbers that were below the "Big D", Icewind Dale was a good commercial success.

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