Baldur's Gate - Mac
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The state of Amn is under siege to the south, the High Moor is being overrun in the north, and the region around Baldur's Gate is in turmoil. In an area known for its ample resources, a crippling shortage is slowly developing for the metal that is used throughout the Realms for everything from swords to forks: iron. The armed factions in Baldur's Gate can scarcely keep themselves armed, and the commoners are suffering all the more. Without iron they cannot mend their tools or purchase plows--and if they cannot farm or craft, they will starve come winter. Some blame Amn for the chaos, others the trading cartels, and still others suspect even the Dukes of Baldur's Gate. Yet, this contagion may be an early omen of some greater evil.
It's up to the player to determine the machinations behind this struggle for power--and to prevent the war that threatens to engulf the region (or, if playing an evil character, to try and assume more power in the process). Throughout, your main character's origins are mysterious; your search for your identity has links in the game's planned sequels.
Top Customer Reviews
NOTE: This is an OS 8/9 game, but the gamer community has come up with a hack, "BG1tutu," which allows you to play it in OS X, using the BG2 engine (BG2 CDs required). (You may have to google around for awhile to find the Mac BG1tutu files, because the old site which was hosting them has shut down.) In OS X it runs much more smoothly than in the Classic Mac OS, with essentially NO crashes or hangs...
I tend to rate games first on their "personality," then gameplay, and lastly, graphics. Think of quirky, character-rich games like Myth II or Gex the Gecko. BG1 has far and away the most memorable characters of any game I have ever played, along with a great storyline, monsters, weapons, spells, and abilities. I avoided this game for years because of all the talk online about how much trouble the whole dice-rolling, character-building, turn-based D&D thing was to learn for a "hack & slash" Diablo fan like me--But that aspect of the game can be essentially automated so that you don't even really even think about it.
At this point in time the 2D graphics are definitely old-school, but I find the meticulous, lovingly hand-painted artwork of BG1 to be far more enjoyable than the blocky, impersonal, polygonal 3D forms of Neverwinter Nights or Dungeon Siege. With "non-MMO" RPGs for the Mac almost extinct (with the exception of Jeff Vogel's Geneforge and Avernum series), BG1 is a must-play for any fan of this genre. I know that BG2 is often rated higher than the original, but the first one is still my favorite...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Game! I bought the game to play and it worked. Nice older game... I suggest you buy it if you are returning to classic gamesPublished on January 31, 2014 by Dennis Herfurth
If I had only read the reviews that said the game has no installer, I would have saved myself a bundle of money on this garbage. Read morePublished on February 2, 2006 by Stacy H
This is a complete rip-off! If you buy this game you will not be able to install it unless you buy "Tales of the Sword Coast. Read morePublished on January 14, 2005 by J. Legne
This classic game, was first in the series and one of the most enjoyable.
Good game play.
The draw back is the cap on experience. Read more
I haven't had the chance to play this game yet. It shipped originally with the software for the expasion pack: tales of the sword coast. Read morePublished on January 9, 2003 by Chris
I would give this game 5 stars, but it does crash every now and then...save often! Basically, this game is so addictive, I have trouble thinking about anything else. Grrrrr! Read morePublished on November 21, 2002 by David C. Mason
this game is just like D&D games you have to get this game if you like roleplaying games this is the game to get. I recomend all the other buldersgate games. Read morePublished on March 24, 2002 by justin dietrich
Really great! Buying part two today. Cant wait to take my character from part one to the next game. Awsome feature that you get to keep your character across different versions.Published on February 8, 2002 by Solomon Flopy
BG is a very good game that I would've rated as excellent (5 stars) except for the fact that it was so freakin' slow. Read morePublished on February 1, 2002