List of Dungeons & Dragons video games

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This is a list of video games based on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy tabletop role-playing game, including computer games, console games, arcade games, and mobile games.

Licensing history[edit]

The first license for video games based upon the Dungeons & Dragons rules was awarded to Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1987 after ten companies had applied. SSI won the award primarily because of their broader vision and their experience in computerized wargaming.[1] After a successful run with their Gold Box series of games, SSI lost their exclusive license in 1994. TSR then divided the license among multiple publishers.[2]

TSR awarded Interplay Productions, Inc. a license to use the Forgotten Realms and Planescape trademarks and associated properties for use in computer and video game products.[3] Within Interplay, a division named Black Isle Studios used this license arrangement to develop a series of successful games based upon the two D&D settings. They also published the Baldur's Gate series developed by the Canadian company BioWare. In 2003, Interplay ran into financial difficulties, resulting in the closure of Black Isle Studios. Their next planned D&D video game, code-named "Jefferson," was canceled as a result of legal issues with Wizards of the Coast, the new rights holders to the D&D franchise.[4]

Wizards of the Coast purchased TSR, the makers of Dungeons & Dragons, in 1997. They in turn were acquired by Hasbro in 1999. As a result, the subsidiary Hasbro Interactive gained the right to use the Dungeons & Dragons game brand in their video game products. In 2001, facing financial difficulties, Hasbro sold 100% of Hasbro Interactive to French software concern Infogrames Entertainment, SA in a US$100 million deal.[5] This led to the publication of Neverwinter Nights in 2002, a game also developed by Bioware.

List of games[edit]

Single player[edit]

Title Series Setting Platform(s) Developer Release Engine
dnd[6][7] No specific setting PLATO Gary Whisenhunt, Ray Wood 1975
Dungeon[6][8][9][10] No specific setting PDP-10 Don Daglow 1975 or 1976
D&D #1 - #28b[11][12] No specific setting PDP-11, Apple II Richard Garriott 1977 to 1979
Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game[13] No specific setting Mattel 1981
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain[14][15] No specific setting Intellivision Mattel 1982
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin[14] No specific setting Intellivision Tom Loughry 1982
Pool of Radiance[16] Pool of Radiance Forgotten Realms Home computers, NES SSI 1988 Gold Box
Heroes of the Lance[16] Silver Box Dragonlance Home computers, NES, Master System U.S. Gold 1988
Curse of the Azure Bonds[16] Pool of Radiance Forgotten Realms Home computers SSI 1989 Gold Box
Dragons of Flame[16] Silver Box Dragonlance Home computers, NES U.S. Gold 1989
Hillsfar[16] Forgotten Realms Home computers, NES Westwood Studios 1989
War of the Lance[16] Dragonlance Home computers SSI 1989
Secret of the Silver Blades[16] Pool of Radiance Forgotten Realms Home computers SSI 1990 Gold Box
DragonStrike[16] Dragonlance Home computers, NES Westwood Studios 1990
Champions of Krynn[16] Gold Box Dragonlance Home computers SSI 1990 Gold Box
Eye of the Beholder[17][18] Eye of the Beholder Forgotten Realms Home computers, Sega CD, SNES, GBA, Amiga Westwood Studios 1990
Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon[17][18] Eye of the Beholder Forgotten Realms Home computers, Amiga Westwood Studios 1991
Shadow Sorcerer[18] Dragonlance Home computers U.S. Gold 1991
Pools of Darkness[18] Pool of Radiance Forgotten Realms Home computers SSI 1991 Gold Box
Death Knights of Krynn[18] Gold Box Dragonlance Home computers SSI 1991 Gold Box
Neverwinter Nights (MMORPG)[18] Savage Frontier Forgotten Realms Home computers AOL, Stormfront Studios, SSI 1991 Gold box
Gateway to the Savage Frontier[18] Savage Frontier Forgotten Realms Home computers Stormfront Studios 1991 Gold box
Order of the Griffon[19] Mystara TurboGrafx 16 Westwood Studios 1992
Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun[18] Mystara, Hollow World Sega Genesis Westwood Studios 1992
The Dark Queen of Krynn[18] Gold Box Dragonlance Home computers SSI 1992 Gold Box
Treasures of the Savage Frontier[18] Savage Frontier Forgotten Realms MS-DOS, Amiga Stormfront Studios 1992 Gold box
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace[18] Spelljammer MS-DOS Cybertech Systems 1992
Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor[17][20] Eye of the Beholder Forgotten Realms MS-DOS, Sega Mega-CD, SNES SSI 1993
Fantasy Empires[20] Mystara MS-DOS Silicon Knights 1993
Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures[20] Forgotten Realms MS-DOS, Mac MicroMagic, Inc. 1993 Gold box
Dark Sun: Shattered Lands[20] Dark Sun Dark Sun MS-DOS SSI 1993
Stronghold[20] No specific setting MS-DOS Stormfront Studios 1993
Dungeon Hack[20] Forgotten Realms MS-DOS DreamForge Intertainment 1993
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom[20] Mystara Mystara Arcade, Sega Saturn Capcom 1993
Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager[20] Dark Sun Dark Sun MS-DOS SSI 1994
Slayer[21] No specific setting 3DO Lion Entertainment 1994[citation needed]
Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession[20] Ravenloft Ravenloft MS-DOS DreamForge Intertainment 1994
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse[20] Al-Qadim MS-DOS Cyberlore Studios 1994
Menzoberranzan[20] Forgotten Realms MS-DOS DreamForge Intertainment 1994
Ravenloft: Stone Prophet[21] Ravenloft Ravenloft MS-DOS DreamForge Intertainment 1995
DeathKeep[21] No specific setting Windows, 3DO Lion Entertainment 1996
Dark Sun Online: Crimson Sands[21] Dark Sun Dark Sun Windows SSI 1996
Blood & Magic[21] Forgotten Realms Windows Tachyon Studios 1996
Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance[21] Birthright Windows Synergistic Software 1996
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara[21] Mystara Mystara Arcade, Sega Saturn Capcom 1996
Iron & Blood: Warriors of Ravenloft[21] Ravenloft Windows, PlayStation Take 2 Interactive 1997
Descent to Undermountain[21] Forgotten Realms Windows Interplay 1997
Baldur's Gate[21] Baldur's Gate Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac BioWare November 30, 1998 Infinity Engine
Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast[21] Baldur's Gate Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac BioWare April 30, 1999 Infinity Engine
Planescape: Torment[21] Planescape Windows Black Isle Studios December 12, 1999 Infinity Engine
Icewind Dale[22] Icewind Dale Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac Black Isle Studios June 20, 2000 Infinity Engine
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn[22] Baldur's Gate Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac BioWare September 24, 2000 Infinity Engine
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter[22] Icewind Dale Forgotten Realms Windows Black Isle Studios 2001 Infinity Engine
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal[22] Baldur's Gate Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac BioWare June 21, 2001 Infinity Engine
Icewind Dale: Trials of the Luremaster[22] Icewind Dale Forgotten Realms Windows Black Isle Studios September 7, 2001 Infinity Engine
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor[22] Pool of Radiance Forgotten Realms Windows Stormfront Studios September 27, 2001
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance[22] Dark Alliance Forgotten Realms PS2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, GBA Snowblind Studios December 2, 2001 Dark Alliance Engine
Neverwinter Nights[22] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux BioWare June 18, 2002 Aurora Engine
Icewind Dale II[22] Icewind Dale Forgotten Realms Windows Black Isle Studios August 27, 2002 Infinity Engine
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide[22][23] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux Floodgate Entertainment, BioWare June 21, 2003 Aurora Engine
Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes[22] Greyhawk Xbox Atari Hunt Valley Development Studio September 2003
The Temple of Elemental Evil[22] Greyhawk Windows Troika Games September 16, 2003
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark[22][23] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux BioWare December 2, 2003 Aurora Engine
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II[22] Dark Alliance Forgotten Realms PS2, Xbox Black Isle Studios January 20, 2004 Dark Alliance Engine
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone[24] Forgotten Realms Windows, PS2, Xbox Stormfront Studios 2004
Neverwinter Nights: Mobile[25] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Mobile phone Floodgate Entertainment 2004
Neverwinter Nights: Shadowguard[23] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux Floodgate Entertainment November 10, 2004 Aurora Engine
Neverwinter Nights: Witch's Wake[23] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux BioWare November 10, 2004 Aurora Engine
Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker[23] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux BioWare November 10, 2004 Aurora Engine
Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard[26] Eberron Windows Liquid Entertainment September 21, 2005
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach[27] Eberron Windows Turbine, Inc. February 28, 2006
Neverwinter Nights: Pirates of the Sword Coast[28] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux BioWare September 20, 2005 Aurora Engine
Neverwinter Nights: Infinite Dungeons[29] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux BioWare May 26, 2006 Aurora Engine
Neverwinter Nights: Wyvern Crown of Cormyr[30] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac, Linux BioWare September 14, 2006 Aurora Engine
Neverwinter Nights 2[31] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows, Mac Obsidian Entertainment October 31, 2006 Electron Engine
Dungeons & Dragons Tactics[32] Greyhawk PSP Kuju Entertainment August 14, 2007
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer[31] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Obsidian Entertainment September 27, 2007 Electron Engine
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir[31] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Obsidian Entertainment November 18, 2008 Electron Engine
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate[33] Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Ossian Studios April 29, 2009 Electron Engine
Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale[34] Forgotten Realms PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows[35] Bedlam Games May 25, 2011
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition[36] Baldur's Gate Forgotten Realms Microsoft Windows, iOS, OS X, Android Overhaul Games September 28, 2012 Infinity Enhanced Engine
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition[37] Baldur's Gate Forgotten Realms Microsoft Windows, iOS, OS X Overhaul Games November 15, 2013 Infinity Enhanced Engine

Collections[edit]

Title Series Setting Platform(s) Publisher Release
AD&D Limited Edition Collector's Set Various Various MS-DOS SSI 1990
AD&D Collector's Edition Various Various MS-DOS, Mac WizardWorks Software 1994
AD&D Collector's Edition Vol. 3 Savage Frontier Forgotten Realms MS-DOS SSI 1994
Fantasy Fest! Various Forgotten Realms MS-DOS SSI 1994
AD&D Eye of the Beholder Trilogy Eye of the Beholder Forgotten Realms MS-DOS SSI 1995
AD&D Ultimate Fantasy Various Various Intellivision Slash Corporation 1995
AD&D Masterpiece Collection Dark Sun/Ravenloft Dark Sun/Ravenloft Windows Mindscape 1996
The Forgotten Realms Archives Forgotten Realms Windows Interplay 1997
The Forgotten Realms Deluxe Edition Various Forgotten Realms Windows Interplay 2006
Dungeons & Dragons Collection Mystara Mystara Sega Saturn Capcom April 3, 1999
Gamefest: Forgotten Realms Classics Forgotten Realms Windows Interplay 2001
Neverwinter Nights Gold Edition Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Infogrames 2003
Neverwinter Nights Platinum Edition Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Infogrames 2004
Atari Collection: Rollenspiele Various Various Windows Atari 2005
Neverwinter Nights Diamond Compilation Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Infogrames 2005
Ultimate Dungeons & Dragons Various Various Windows Atari 2005
Dungeons & Dragons Anthology: The Master Collection Various Various Windows Atari 2011
Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter Nights Complete Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Atari 2011

Online[edit]

Title Series Setting Platform(s) Developer Release Engine
Neverwinter Nights Savage Frontier Forgotten Realms DOS Stormfront Studios 1991 Gold Box
Dark Sun Online: Crimson Sands Dark Sun Dark Sun Windows SSI 1996
Dungeons & Dragons Online Main Series Eberron/Forgotten Realms Windows Turbine, Inc. 2006
Heroes of Neverwinter Neverwinter Nights Online (Facebook) Liquid Entertainment 2011
Neverwinter Neverwinter Nights Forgotten Realms Windows Cryptic Studios June 20, 2013

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