Review Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
Embark on an epic DnD adventure
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 02 Jul 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
Great story, a true dnd adventure, deep and impacting choices
The graphics have not aged well
Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition for Android brings the amazing sensation that was and is Icewind Dale from the PC to mobile devices. The game contains both the original game and the Heart of Winter expansion in one neat package. A definite must play for any Dungeons and Dragons fan out there.The game incorporates a set of DnD rules modified to suit the automated and virtual nature of the game; with the game handling dice rolls and keeping track of all statistics.
The player must initially create a party of adventurers: selecting races, personalities, skill sets, traits and more. This party must be equipped to handle any challenge that the game throws at them, and successfully overcome all obstacles. Players can then maneuver this party through the world; fighting monsters, solving quests, and delving deep into an amazing story filled with intrigue and, of course, demons. Combat is handled in real time, so quick reaction is often needed in order to select the appropriate character and trigger the right spell. The control system complicates things a bit, as in lack of clear indications which spell is which. It takes a bit of trial and error to learn how to fight properly. Choices in the game are often morally defined and have a great impact on the overall story, even if at first they may seem trivial.
Overall Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition is a more civilized game from the days when games were challenging and profound. It opens an amazing game to an entirely new audience. The main downsides to bringing such an old game to a new platform are the graphic system. Although it was fine back then, feels rather old and pixelated by modern standards. The unique control system, in lacking a tutorial, will leave some players stumbling about confused.