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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 A pretty, colorful fight against overgrown fungi. The shiny dots is actually my Magic Missile spell in progress
Icewind Dale Windows This looks peaceful, doesn't it? As a matter of fact, we have already started one of the game's most important boss battles
Icewind Dale Windows You can attack this warrior spirit all you want - plot-related characters can not be killed in any fashion
Icewind Dale Windows The game is full of such large-scale, tough battles. You'll need some good tactical plan for this one

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Old times recaptured in a straight line Windows Oleg Roschin (181731)
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 (76516)
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 (20930)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide 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
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
FiringSquad Windows Jul 18, 2000 84 out of 100 84
4Players.de Windows Jul 31, 2000 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Gameplanet Windows Sep 10, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Oct 01, 2000 11 out of 20 55

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Icewind Dale + Heart of Winter 11 Rwolf (15610)
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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