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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 Attacked by an obscene amount of undead. Check out the nifty spell effects
Icewind Dale Windows You'll be able to return to the starting area much, much later in the game... and the enemies there will be VERY different
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 A lot of games need to have an mines area. Lava is not exactly uncommon, either. Using my Cleric to cast a healing spell

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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 Oleg Roschin (181735) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Excellent break from the Baldur's Gate series. OlSkool_Gamer (102) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Ooohh … now I remember this! An adventure gal revisits the RPG genre Jeanne (76516) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Not just another overrated RPG Sam Tinianow (116) unrated
Wonderful RPG with a twist The Gay Elf (14) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Superb RPG - But it lacks the soul of AD&D Indra was here (20932) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews Jan 15, 2001 96 out of 100 96
Gamer's Pulse Jul 23, 2000 91 out of 100 91
PC Gameworld 2000 90 out of 100 90
Score Aug, 2000 90 out of 100 90
ActionTrip Jul 31, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Game Captain Aug 28, 2000 83 out of 100 83 Jul 31, 2000 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Gamezilla May, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Gamekult Sep 08, 2000 6 out of 10 60


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Icewind Dale + Heart of Winter 11 Rwolf (15562)
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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Plix (205) added Icewind Dale (Windows) on Jul 10, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209748)