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Description

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.

Screenshots

Icewind Dale Windows The descent into the enormous Dorn's Deep begins in this glowing mushroom cave. I'm attacked by some two-headed morons and... mushrooms!
Icewind Dale Windows Kuldahar is the only peaceful settlement you'll be returning to in this game. And even there you might encounter yetis who have clearly been to gym
Icewind Dale Windows That's a whole lot of reptiles...
Icewind Dale Windows A lovely location late in the game. Are you ready for the ultimate battle, my friend?..

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Alternate Titles

  • "冰风之谷" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "冰風之谷" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Bingfeng zhi Gu" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Old times recaptured in a straight line Windows Unicorn Lynx (181699)
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 (76484)
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 (20920)

Critic Reviews

Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot Windows Jul 07, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Apr 08, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GameBanshee Windows Aug 25, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Captain Windows Aug 28, 2000 83 out of 100 83
GameSpy Windows Jul 16, 2000 82 out of 100 82
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Mac Gamer Macintosh Apr 10, 2002 70 out of 100 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Icewind Dale + Heart of Winter 11 Rwolf (15703)
Apr 28, 2017

Trivia

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."

Sales

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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