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Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor

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Released: 2001

Genre: RPG

Format reviewed: PC - Windows

Publisher: Ubisoft

Submitted by: Aaron Mccoy

Desperate for AD&D games I was prepared to buy even this one which received bad reviews and was well known for only one thing – bugs, and plenty of them. For a die hard computer AD&D fan despite the many bugs I found this to be an enjoyable game. Many of the fights where challenging, and the turn based combat system made this feel more like a old school ‘Gold Box’ AD&D game. All the usual classes of character and races are available and you’ll fight the usual array of undeads, orcs, drow etc, all while solving puzzles and getting hopelessly lost. Of course to help in this you can have the usual six person party, magical weapons and over 100 spells to choose from.

Graphically I thought it was pleasing enough with some great looking spells and not bad animation, sound was pretty good too, except the clinking of armour got annoying after about 3 minutes.

The game itself takes place mostly below ground in the dungeons which can be become confusing, simply because they pretty much all look the same and are very large. The game did not receive a good reception when it was released, most people just hated it. Not me though I liked it! Bugs and all.