Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
Developer: Overhaul Games
Current Version: 1.4.0
Last Updated: 2 years ago
Download Size: 2.6 GB - Download
Evil stirs beneath the Spine of the World.
In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Encounter fearsome beasts that have learned the cunning and ferocity needed to survive among the snow-shrouded peaks. Confront an evil that schemes beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.
Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows a new generation of players to experience this epic adventure.
- Swords and Sorcery: Discover dozens of new spells and items, including new magic armor and weapons.
- Blackguards and Wizard Slayers: Select from almost 40 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party.
- A New Look: Experience the Enhanced Edition's all new interface, including the new Quickloot bar.
- Bring A Friend: Join your fellow adventurers in cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer games.
- See The Unseen: Explore quest content cut from the original game, now finished and restored.
- More to Experience: Enjoy the countless bug fixes and improvements that await you in Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition!"
- Added Korean and Russian localizations
- Added options to fine-tune enemy damage and experience point bonuses on non-Core-Rules difficulty settings
- Over 100 bugfixes
For a complete and comprehensive list of changes, please visit www.IcewindDale.com
Most Helpful Reviews
A classic dungeon crawler with a fresh coat of paint - Icewind Dale is a solid dungeon crawler relying on the lore and game rules of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition. While the rules may be somewhat antiquated for newer players of the tabletop game, they are competently translated into this video game that most can pick up and play without difficulty. As with their previous work on Baldur’s Gate, Beamdog has brought over all the enhancements and refinements that came with Baldur’s Gate II, including a full range of “kits” that allow for customization of the base classes. With six character slots, tons of customization options, and a large number of classes, Icewind Dale has a lot to ffer dungeon crawler fans who love the idea of building their own party and taking them through dungeons to fight monsters and find loot. The original game is quite old now and even when purchased through vendors like Good Old Games, getting it to work on a newer operating system can be a chore. So it is great to see where Beamdog has cleaned the game up and made it playable on newer computers as well as applying a fresh coat of paint to give everything a nice sheen. The actual gameplay window is still fairly pixelated but for the most part a game that was originally meant for 800x600 resolution monitors looks great on a modern high end Apple display. I was disappointed that there were no new character audios or portraits after some of the excellent additions in both Baldur’s Gate enhanced editions. There also isn’t an optional quest in the vein of the battle arena scenarios from the two Baldur’s Gate games. This time all of Beamdog’s additions are baked right into the main game. One intriguing addition that is sure to win points with casual gamers is the addition of a “story mode” that turns your party into invincible superhuman, making it easy to wade through the often punishing dungeons and simply experience the story and atmosphere of Icewind Dale. This is a terrific addition as the music and atmosphere of the game are breathtaking and while Icewind Dale is not as well regarded for its plot as the Baldur’s Gate games and Planescape Torment, it still serves up some pretty fantastic fantasy fare. I would have preferred that they had incorporated the mechanics of Icewind Dale II (which is based on third edition and offers an even greater level of character customization) but for the most part the fresh coat of paint that Beamdog has applied has made this the definitive version of the game. It is well worth the purchase for longtime fans of the Infinity Engine games and anyone who enjoys a high fantasy dungeon crawler.
More Reviews for Current Version
Another great Dungeons & Dragons from Forgotten Realms - These RT RPG by Forgotten Realms, D&D games, have a deep flavor distinct from JRPG that simply should not be missed! You can't compare Forgotton Realms games to any $1 rpg: they’re just way bigger than than, on a whole different 2d plane of existence. These games are a realtime simulation of the Dungeon and Dragons Role Playing Games: 2D art scenes hand made with great care (immense world size for 2d), interesting characters, sound effects, music, and voice actors. The reason for getting IWD RPG is that it's crafted to emerse you into it's world. There were many many D&D style games made for PC but BD/IWD were simply done to a level no one else had done - or maybe still have done. (ok Ultima VIII was great - but is just way older). IWD/BD are turn based or realtime - settings vary this on a slider; they are “realtime strategy, not arcade”, when battling. There is an IWD II (2002, newer than BD II) but not for iMac (yet?) Icewind Dale is a twin of Baldur’s Gate II; both made from BD I. All three are good and no point in putting one above the other. I’ve played several hours and am no where near the end of the first story, very happy with it. I had BD I and II long ago - they do not get old, new stories and situations stay fresh. IWD is a full D&D style game - the japanese rpg (playstation rpg) just are not and not realtime, though the min. age for playing is a little higher because of that. These RT RPG by Forgotten Realms, D&D games, have a deep flavor distinct from JRPG that simply should not be missed.
Broken on Last Update - In some ways a good revisit to an old classic, but maybe not so well supported on the Mac. With the 1.4 update, Multi-player no long works—the game crashes without fail at character arbitration.
A classic infinity engine AD&D game. - Old game, came out in 2001 or 2002, but a classic built with the infinity engine. This game is similar to Baulder’s Gate. Baulder’s Gate was such a hit Baulder’s Gate II and the two Icewind Dale game were made to capitalize on the concept and feel. Solid 2000 era game.
Great Game! - If you like Baldur’s Gate you definately will enjoy this game. The story can be annoying at times, movement on some of the maps can be as well but overall a fun game to play. Well worth your time and money.
Horrible Graphics - Looks terrible on retina displays; no benefit to the "enhanced" edition.