Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 86
    Still the best video game music anywhere, and the narration is sheer perfection.
  2. If you prefer the simple hack n' slash action almost on par with "Diablo 2," Heart of Winter might just suffice.
  3. 82
    This expansion pack is worth every last cent to a fan of Icewind Dale.
  4. Being able to go back and play through the original with an increased resolution, new spells and additional items is truly fantastic, as is the number of tweaks done to the various class abilities.
  5. This add-on won't win over any new converts, but it will keep the old ones happy. That is what expansions are really all about.
  6. The numerous engine tweaks, the engaging new story and the insane challenge of the Heart of Fury mode make HOW a very appealing expansion.
  7. So good, veterans may be tempted to replay the whole game from the beginning...a fine product. Unfortunately, the new areas add only about 15 hours of gameplay. While short for a full game, it is a tolerable length for an expansion.
  8. Technically speaking, one of the most important things this expansion pack does is bring Icewind Dale up to visual par with "Baldur's Gate II."
  9. Small innovations and enhancements are sure to attract people who were thrilled with the original game, but are highly unlikely to attract anyone else.
  10. It only offers about 15-20 hours of play on its own. One can only fight so many undead creatures before getting tired of it. This is not a game for the casual RPG player.
  11. Some good fun to be had here; just odn't expect an RPG revolution. [May 2001, p.80]
  12. What? That's it?...The above text is not a direct quote from my last date, but rather my initial reaction to finishing this fun, but brief, expansion pack.
  13. Ultimately, the story makes the game, albeit with interspersed and occasionally annoying action sequences. But each combat has a purpose, which makes gameplay challenging and rewarding.
  14. It's a short-lived, uninspired addition to Icewind Dale that costs nearly as much as the original game did and requires that you have the original installed; yet it offers only a fraction of Icewind Dale's value.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 24, 2011
    The expansion to Icewind Dale, this was criticised at launch for tedious areas with lots of the same enemies. It's true that the Gloam Frost is a slog. However, there are some truly exciting moments, too: the Cloak Tower (?) wizards, the white dragon. It gets an 8 for the Trials of the Luremaster expansion -- a free download if you bought this, and a wonderful little knot of storytelling. Full Review »
  2. Aug 28, 2013
    I found the story here much more enjoyable than IWD. Felt a lot more like the BG games. Still somewhat heavy on combat but there was also a lot more story which made it tolerable. Full Review »