Classic D&D RPG Baldur’s Gate II Comes To iPad

Baldur's Gate II Screen

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Long months after it hit the Mac, Beamdog Entertainment’s update of Bioware’s classic RPG set in the Dungeons and Dragons universe, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, is finally available on the iPad.

I’ve waxed prosaic before about Baldur’s Gate II before, a classic 2000-era RPG from Bioware Entertainment (of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect fame) with over 200 hours of gameplay in the Dungeons and Dragons universe. And why not, since it’s still my favorite RPG ever made? Here’s what you can expect from Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition:

The Final Chapter – Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition includes Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the epic conclusion of the Bhaalspawn saga.

Four New Party Members – Bundled with the PC and Mac versions and available as DLC for iPad and Android, four new characters can join you on your journey. At the behest of his dark patron, Dorn Il-Khan plunders and defiles the Sword Coast. Hunted by Red Wizards, Neera the Wild Mage evades and disrupts the Thayans at every turn. Exercising his growing combat mastery, the monk Rasaad yn Bashir leaves his former allies to hunt the dark figure that corrupted his brother. A mysterious thief in service to mysterious master seeks powerful artifacts from across the globe. Recruit them, use their powers, and uncover over 30 new locations.

The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay – Explore the tactical depth of high-level Dungeons & Dragons combat. Undermine your captors and prey upon their weaknesses while you dodge traps and battle for your life against Demi-Liches, Mind Flayers, and Githyanki.

Easy Multiplayer – Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition makes it easy to find, list, and join multiplayer games, even while behind a firewall.

Like the previous game, on the iPad, the core game is fairly cheap at $14.99 (trust me, that’s like pennies per hour you’ll spend on this game), but if you want to have any of the new party members such as Neera, Hexxat, and Dorn, it’ll cost you $2.99 a pop as an in-app purchase.

If you love RPGs at all, grab this game. You’ll be glad you did. It’s a classic for a reason, and one of the few that still holds up today.

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