Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition launches on iPad

I’d spent countless hours playing BioWare’s Baldur’s Gate back when I was a little younger so it goes without saying I’m pretty excited about a re-worked, enhanced edition landing on my favorite tablet. Developer Beamdog did a nice job updating the classic role-playing game with a bunch of new characters, weapons, adventures and maps. Even more content is available via the in-app purchase method.

The game includes the original Baldur’s Gate and the Tales From the Sword Coast expansion pack, in addition to new content like a monk character named Rasaad yn Bashir, a new adventure called The Black Pits and more. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition can be purchased immediately from the App Store provided you’re willing to plunk down ten bucks

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition also hit Windows PCs a few days ago. Versions for the Mac and Android platforms are in the works. More information is available at the official web site.

Features include:

• 80 hours of Epic RPG adventure
• over 40 classes and kits
• over 100 spells
• over 150 magical items
• new adventure: The Black Pits, a thrilling combat adventure
•  new character: Rasaad yn Bashir, a Calishite Monk searching for answers
• new character: Dorn Il-Khan, a half-orc blackguard with a history of violence

Here’s a nice cinematic trailer.

Kotaku has a nice explainer of the remake, for those eager to learn more before hitting the Buy button.

The original Baldur’s Gate game has received countless awards.

It still stands as one of the best complex RPG games of its time. RPG die-hards loved it for its full conformity to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition playbook rules, which entails use of the Forgotten Realms world, as seen in D&D tabletop games.

Not that this will make any difference to hipsters with a short attention span, but long-time fans of true RPG will certainly appreciate the enhanced iPad version. After all, it’s the perfect excuse to go back in time and re-live the Baldur’s Gate experience.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, a bunch of dragons needing to be slayed are awaiting me.