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Pools of Darkness

DOS - 1991

Also available on: Amiga - Mac

Released in
United States
Role-Playing (RPG)
D&D / AD&D, Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, Licensed Title, Turn-based
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Dosbox support
Fully supported on 0.73
4.73 / 5 - 15 votes

Description of Pools of Darkness

Discover Pools of Darkness, an excellent game of 1991. With 1st-person perspective, the publisher Strategic Simulations, Inc. had wonderful ideas around fantasy, turn-based, licensed title, dungeon crawler, d&d / ad&d.

Comments and reviews

Dervrak 2017-04-21 0 point DOS version

The "Gold Box" series were my favorites back in my teen years, with Pools of Darkness being the best of the lot. Sadly they don't hold up very well after three decades. By today's standards combat is mind numbingly slow and tedious with some larger battles taking a half-hour or more. I managed to slog through five hours before I decided, like parachute pants and Vanilla Ice, the gold box series is best left in the late 1980's/early 1990's.

lock 2017-02-12 0 point DOS version

I cant seem to get the game to install what do I type to install on dosbox 2016-10-09 -1 point

This game was both long and hard back in the day. The final fights were epic and as a ten year old I needed to get my parents to buy me the cluebook, which I still own (I just gave a quick look in my old games box and found it!). The really sucky part though is for the final challenge dungeon the cluebook doesn't offer any help! It just basically laughs at the player and taunts them to go ahead and try to beat the final challenge. I honestly can't recall if I ever did, but I remember what the battle was like. This game scared me the most, mainly due to the Pets of Kalistes and the Drider testing grounds. Such a great story though.

Miuna 2015-04-20 -1 point DOS version

GJ do the following:

1) Search for the directory path of your SSB savegame folder e.g.: C:\SSB\Save
2) Open up your POD Folder
3) Open the file POOL4.CFG
4) The content looks something like this


Change whatever is under the first directory entry and point it to where the Savegame(s) of SSB are stored. Choose "save under ..." and save. After restarting the game you should be able to import characters from SSB to POD.

The other way if this doesn't work is as follows.

1) Delete the .cfg file
2) In DOSBOX presuming you are using it for playing the game - choose the profile, edit it, point the program file name to POD\START.bat
3) Setup should follow
4) You should be asked where your SSB saves are stored at during the steps following
5) Point to C:\SSB\Saves
6) Finish setup and start game

Doing this you should be able to import characters or savegames from SSB to POD.

GJ 2015-04-17 0 point DOS version

Can anyone guide me threw transfering characters from secret to pools of darkness.Keep getting a SBB directory error..

Aronatia 2013-12-02 1 point DOS version

They did make more... Pool or Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds,etc... There were several more games in the same style. I used to play thema lot when I was little, especially PoolRad.

A Wise Old Man 2013-05-02 1 point DOS version

Ask and ye shall receive:

Brother Humphrey 2013-01-04 0 point DOS version

I could use a link to download the journal, since I never owned it.

Pkpost 2012-05-19 2 points DOS version

Hands down one of the best RPG's ever made, if they made more of these I would buy them for sure.

Porky 2011-03-09 1 point DOS version

This game totally blew my mind back in the nineties. What cool story and great that the computer had all the rules under control.

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