|Reviewer: SlowMotionRiot||Date: Dec 1, 2001|
|I have to admit I'm one of those gaming geeks. You know, the weird guys who play those table-top RPGs, like Dungeons & Dragons or Vampire: the Masquerade, spending nights in at someone's house instead of going to the pubs. I'm hopelessly addicted, and I'll be playing until my nurse at the convalescent home refuses to roll my dice for me. So naturally, I enjoy Pool of Radiance a lot. I still play it to this day, creating a party and busting some orc and goblin heads from time to time. This game, from what I know, is a port of an old SSI computer game of the same name(and cover art). I still get lost when I'm in the final castle, though...
The definitions of 'RPG' and 'action game' have always been debatable when it came to computer and console ""RPGs,"" and Pool of Radiance is no exception. I'll state this--though it has some elements of a role-playing game as its source material, this is an action game. Think of turn-based Diablo, and you got it pretty close. The limitations of today's computer and console RPG gaming are currently in a state of flux...Internet play was a wild dream when this game was conceived; nowadays, there are internet-based multiplayer action games all over the place. But if you're in the mood for a nostalgic, solo-fantasy experience, go for this one; you won't be disappointed.