Pool of Radiance like, but less polished
Curse of the Azure Bonds should have exceeded Pool of Radiance in all respects, graphically, storytelling wise, in terms of quantity and polish and so on. But, unfortunately, it didn't. However, that doesn't mean that the game can't be enjoyed, especially for those that can really get behind an oldschool RPG. Nope, for these folk, the game can really be a great overall experience, a quality game that will definitely give everyone their money's worth. The battle bits are all in the style of advanced dungeons and dragons, and, therefore, those that are used to that kind of level progression will also love this game. Story wise, it's a fantasy in the lines of some other Golden Box titles following the events that happened after the destruction of the Pool of Radiance. The story though is not as enticing as it isn't told as beautifully, so, unfortunately, you're mostly left with the action, which while formulaic, never gets too crazy, never feels too eager to explore something new and more exciting. So, yeah, rather go for Pool of Radiance and if you feel like a sequel, Curse of the Azure Bonds will be the one, though expect a significant drop in quality.