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Only a few games reach such lofty heights. This one is remarkable in most every way, and brilliantly executed. Twenty pounds for the King – HUZZAH!
I'm familiar with this game enough to know I was in for a bit of treat, though I wasn't certain how much since I never really sat down to play it thoroughly. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance was the first in the line of SSI titles that carried the franchise on PC, something of a risk at the time. SSI would release several titles after the success of this one, and with good reason, it's one of the greatest RPGs ever created. The NES version, thankfully, fares very well, but it should be noted that this type of game is for the hardcore, true gamer. Casual players of RPGs need not and should not apply.
Although the game does provide you with a map, there are no markers to show you where things are, leaving you to simply guess your way around, or else draw your own map. Despite these faults, the game is arguably the most accurate example of a D&D-style adventure on the NES.
The overhead perspective, experience points, mysteries, clues and game play are solid.
The majority of the NES crowd doesn’t give a +5 mace for these types of games. To the one person that was bracing themselves for Pool of Radiance on the Nintendo, bought it, then had their heart ripped out of their chest, my condolences. For the rest of us, it was merely a green loogie in an already full spittoon… or something.