Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition: As Hardcore As It Gets On iOS

Ah, the good old days. Icewnind Dale makes me remember them. The days, when computer games didn’t care that their complexity requires you to study a handbook with dozens of pages. The days, when you even died during the tutorial level because you had no real grasp of the game mechanics and there wasn’t a popup window every ten seconds explaining you exactly where to click next. Quite a few gamers miss those days. Occasionally, I miss them as well. And that’s when you realize: Holy moly, there’s Icewind Dale on the App Store!

Icewind Dale is a classic role playing game, based on the Dungeons & Dragons system. It uses the same engine as Baldur’s Gate 2, considered by many to be one of the very best RPGs ever created. Both Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale are available on the App Store as “Enhanced Editions”. It is debatable, whether or not the term “Enhanced” really fits. There aren’t really that many changes compared to the original game, but on the other hand, that’s also a good thing. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right? I’d say that the most important enhancements are technical aspects, and Beamdog, the development team behind the Enhanced Editions, handled that pretty well with this release.

Beware though: Icewind Dale was never meant to be played on the go in short bursts, this game really requires you to devote some time if you want to get the most out of it. But if you are willing to do just that, I can pretty much almost guarantee that you’ll have an incredible time with this game!


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