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I'm surprised that so many people are hating on the mobile experience and I'm guessing they haven't actually tried it. I played these back 15-20 years ago when they first came out for the PC and have played each of these except Icewind Dale on mobile.

I've posted my experience on earlier deal threads dedicated to these games. I didn't mind the mobile experience. Maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment to satisfy my nostalgia and like having it portable, but I thought playing the game on my Note 8 was much better than passable. Sure, there's some quirky aspects, but still very playable. You can adjust the font size, so not as big of a factor as others are implying.

I think people are overplaying the use of shortcuts. These games were always tedious in certain aspects of the game (i.e. inventory management) but these aspects aren't really any different or worse on mobile. Sure there's shortcuts to switch screens, but there the toolbars on the left side and bottom to switch screens. You push a shortcut on the keyboard, or you click a button on the side. Same number of keystrokes. I'm guessing 90% of people are pausing and issuing orders to their party and resuming during combat. This I think is where people might have some issues as you do need to tap your targets and you can mis-tap, but I thought it was fine.

Now, that was me playing on my Note 8. Will playing these on an ipad be an enjoyable experience? IMHO, absolutely yes, and I think the "worst" parts would be mitigated with a larger screen. I actually think an ipad might be too big because with a bit of a smaller screen, you can reach across the screen with your thumbs, which would be a bit harder with an iPad. An iPad mini i think would be a sweet spot of a bit of a larger screen, but a small enough screen that you could still hold the sides of the device and not have to STRETCH to the middle of the screen with your thumb.

Just my $0.02. Definitely not for everyone, but I wanted to post a real review in the face of the naysayers.
Thanks for the review, I have a couple q's if you dont mind. I also have a note 8 and Nvidia shield tablet and I was wondering if using the stylus helps at all? Also is this compatible with a keyboard and mouse on android? Thanks!
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I played through all of these, all great games. May be a bit dated, and not sure how it translates to mobile, but very worth $2.
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I wonder if any of the dlc is on sale any way i could heck without installing all the games?
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Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale are both fantastic games.

That being said, I don't know how they would pack this game into a mobile platform for touch. From what I remember there were a lot of keystrokes and hotkeys that you needed to really manage your party well. Also, the overall view is from a 3rd person perspective so I can't imagine viewing this on a small screen is going to be fun...
I have BG2 on Android and PC. I actually prefer playing it on a tablet, instead of on the PC. (Other comments are right that it's too small to really see stuff on a phone.) The key difference is that because you're controlling multiple characters, the screen is not locked to keep a single character centered like in Diablo. You have to manually scroll the screen around as your characters move. On a PC, this means you have to push the mouse to the edge of the screen and wait for it to scroll however much you want. On a tablet, you just drag the screen exactly as far as you want. Much easier and quicker.

The biggest drawback on the tablet port is it's a pain selecting multiple characters to move (i.e. send half the party one way, half the other). On a PC it's just click-drag to select. On the tablet it's tap a button to switch from screen-drag mode to character-selection mode, then do the tap-drag. But you only do this a handful of times throughout the game, while you're scrolling the screen all the time. So the tablet has the edge.

As for the keystrokes and hotkeys, they did a great job porting it to a touch interface. Most of the controls are very natural. As someone else mentioned, tool-tips are the next biggest loss. But once you learn the basics of the game, the tool-tips are mostly unnecessary.

Normally these go on sale for iOS and Android at the same time. But BG2 and IWD are currently unavailable in Google's Play Store. They got pulled last month when Google changed their store policy (apps now need to display their privacy policy in the app, rather than link to a web page outlining the policy). Beamdog is working on updating those two games to comply (I got a new tablet and have been unable to install BG2. Might just look into a way to copy it from my broken tablet if it takes much longer.)
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are these the same game as far as content as the OG pc versions?
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are these the same game as far as content as the OG pc versions?
They just approved steam link (5/16/2019) for iOS and apple TV. U can now stream your PC games to your iPhone or iPad. Or apple TV. And guaranteed keyboard and mouse. Cool.

Makes me question whether I'll need to buy the ported version. I play at home anyways. Never when I go out. Something to consider.
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I'm surprised that so many people are hating on the mobile experience and I'm guessing they haven't actually tried it. I ..... post a real review in the face of the naysayers.
It's kind of lame to claim everyone not liking the game on mobile is a liar.

I played the first two "back in the day" on PC and purchased them on the ipad and just can't get into playing them.

It's been a while since I tried (I purchased the first for $10 or whatever it was at launch) but my memory is that the games are too dark the text too small and controls too meh.

I never played planescape back in the day and I'm tempted to give it a try now but I'm afraid it will be another waste of app $$.

If you want to play these the best experience is on a PC.

Prove me wrong!
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These are also on sale for the same low prices on PC/Mac. Along with Neverwinter Nights. Neverwinter Nights has an online community of dozens of custom D&D mini-mmos, here is the live list: https://nwn.beamdog.net/
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It's kind of lame to claim everyone not liking the game on mobile is a liar.

I played the first two "back in the day" on PC and purchased them on the ipad and just can't get into playing them.

It's been a while since I tried (I purchased the first for $10 or whatever it was at launch) but my memory is that the games are too dark the text too small and controls too meh.

I never played planescape back in the day and I'm tempted to give it a try now but I'm afraid it will be another waste of app $$.

If you want to play these the best experience is on a PC.

Prove me wrong!
Or on PC streaming onto ipad / iPhone / apple TV. Android had it for a year.

"Steam Link Finally Launches on iOS, Apple TV":
https://www.bing.com/amp/s/www.pc...%3famp%3d1
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I picked up icewind dale on a sd a year ago, and played it all the way through. Really brought back memories of d&d in the early eighties, except you could play solo without a dm. I liked making my own characters (spent a long time "rolling the dice" to get better stats), and choosing my party. Afterwards, I was really looking forward to BG and BG2, but I was disapointed. I did like on the black pits (gladiator fights) since you could create your own party there, but the story was too slow and only had 1 character to start out. I played on an 8" tablet, and it worked good enough.
Well, after writing this, I started BG2, and I burned about 6 hours. It also allows you to make your own party, so I will backtrack and say easily a good deal for 2 bones...
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So if I was only going to buy just one of these which one should I get?
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