Abandonware DOS title

Pool of Radiance

Pool of Radiance is turn-based rpg game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe designed by George MacDonald, developed by SSI Strategic Simulations Inc. and released by SSI Strategic Simulations Inc. in 1988. Pool of Radiance runs on DOS, Mac OS but was also published for Amiga, Apple II, C64, NES. Pool of Radiance is a licensed game based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Pool of Radiance is part of the Pool of radiance game series.
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In November 1989 a novelization of Pool of Radiance the video game, also called Pool of Radiance, was written by James Ward and Jane Cooper Hong, published by TSR.

The 1988 Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game module Ruins of Adventure was produced using the same adventure scenario as Pool of Radiance, using the same plot, background, setting, and many of the same characters as the computer game.

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Additional info about Pool of Radiance

Status: NOT abandonware
Input: keyboard
Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk
Also published for: Amiga, Apple II, C64, NES
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Series: Pool of Radiance is part of the Pool of radiance series.
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  • LordBucket 13/05/2017 11:36
    Of all the old SSI "goldbox" D&D clone games, this was probably the best. Note however, that the game makes reference to "journal entries" that only existed in the paper manual. If you want to understand what's going on in the story, you'll need to download the manual from somewhere.
  • David Galloway 24/04/2017 20:00
    I played this game on my Tandy 1000HX computer. It had 640k ram, 1200 baud internal modem, 2 - 3 1/2" floppy drives, external 5 ΒΌ " floppy drive and a cm11 monitor with 16 colors. It also had a 9 wire dmp133 dot matrix printer. It ran on dos v2.11 with a program called deskview Tandy's version of windows like interface. When I played the game I would put in the first and second disk and open a program called pool.exe I think it was to play the game and it seemed like 10 minutes before the game started and once it did the fight scenes took forever to get through but, it had good sound and colors. It was a great game at that time.
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