Apple this week
turned its attention to Icewind Dale, the new Mac RPG conversion from MacPlay. Brad Cook writes about the game in a new article entitled Icewind Dale: Live a Fantasy Life on Your Mac.
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Cook calls the game “an exercise in group dynamics,” as you create a party of up to six characters, each with different attributes and capabilities. (This is different from the original Baldur’s Gate, which uses the same underlying game engine — in that game, you could only create one character, and your party would be expanded as you accepted the help of Non-Player Characters, or NPCs).
Like tradition Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games (the official rules of which this game is based upon), you make your way through countless treacherous environments chock-full of monsters, treasure, and fantastic fun. Icewind Dale runs natively in Mac OS X, too, so you don’t have to give anything up or suffer with slower performance running the game on Mac OS X.
Cook’s analysis is more than just a recap of the major points of the game, though. Apple’s Icewind Dale article also covers some helpful info about “building the perfect party,” or creating characters best suited to your adventure. The article lists the attributes of each of the major races of character represented in the game, and also highlights what each class of character can do, as well.