I’m in the same situation. I’m replaying IWD2, since it’s been 5+ years since I’ve played an infinity engine game, maybe even more. But I need something else. I tried the Avernum 5 demo, but that didn’t seem to help either. : / I even considered trying out DDO again or going to LotRO, but I’m trying to quit MMOs.
I played the demo to the end. It is very much like Bard’s Tale. So, no, it is not very playable. ;) I poked around a few months ago, and it seems hard to actually purchase. Or maybe it was just hard to purchase for a non-crazy price. I don’t quite recall.
That mod sorta works like ass for Planescape, though, because it only puts the main gaming screen into a higher resolution - as soon as you see a in-game movie or go into your character or options screen, it resolves itself back down to a small window.
DS games are great, but I was really talking about freeware/shareware type PC games. I have a DS, and I play lots of great games on it. But I’m in the mood for an old-style PC game, like back in the day (when the sun shone brighter and the grass was always green).
The Yendorian tales were M&M like games from ages and ages ago. I don’t even know if you can buy them anymore (but the site is still up), ir if you can get them to run in XP. There are 3 or 4. I found the Devil’s Whiskey demo dissappointing. And I don’t know if you can buy that either. I never got that into Mordor or the sequel, and they weren’t really Wizardry like games anyway.
Sadly, there just haven’t been many examples of games like this from the little guys that I am aware of. There was a palm game that I think got PC release. I can’t recall the name off hand, I’ll see if I can dig it up.