As the first game in the series, Pool of Radiance is understandably the most primitive. There is no Fix command, requiring characters to either repetitively cast healing spells or rest for many days to recover HP. Additionally, the automatic rememorization of spells that would appear as a feature later in the series with Secret of the Silver Blades has not been invented yet.

The game does include a few features that were later dropped, such as character portraits, and the Animate Dead spell.