Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder (DOS)
|Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder|
This game was rushed, leaving a clearly unfinished ending, and some items and level sections which apparently were going to be used on the full ending. There is a fan patched version (v1.9) which restores a bit of it.
Eye of the Beholder is the first of a trilogy of 3D dungeon crawlers based on D&D. This was originally called the "Legend series", but the sequels omit this name. It draws inspiration from Dungeon Master, where EotB has better graphics and controls, whereas DM has better gameplay. A decade later, a heavily altered Game Boy Advance port was released.
This game is much less linear than most dungeon crawlers, as a series of magical portals allow you to teleport between levels, skip several of them, play them backwards, and so forth. These portals are adorned with eight symbols, and stone tokens matching these symbols are used to open the portals. Only seven such items exist in the game, the eighth (the stone gem) not appearing anywhere.
The game executable contains text for the spells Read Magic, Knock, Stinking Cloud (including an animation), and Cloudkill that aren't found anywhere in the game.
On the first level of the game, a disconnected area exists in the upper left corner. Using a cheat to enter here reveals that the left passage contains a cave-in identical to the one at the beginning of the game, a door with no way of opening it, a ladder down that doesn't work, and an unknown wall type rendered as an open passage. The right-hand room contains an empty alcove, a button that doesn't do anything, and a regular door.
The sheet for NPC graphics contains several pictures that are inexplicably not shown in-game, even though the event that the picture is for plays out normally (showing an empty room and text). These include the jubilant dwarf (second sprite), chained dwarf (fifth sprite) and dwarven king (sixth sprite). Healing the dwarven king is an important sidequest.
|The Dungeons & Dragons series|
|DOS||Curse of the Azure Bonds • Secret of the Silver Blades • Eye of the Beholder • Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon • Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor • Stronghold • Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse • Blood & Magic • Descent to Undermountain|
|NES||Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Heroes of the Lance, Pool of Radiance, DragonStrike)|
|SNES||Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder|
|Genesis||Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun|
|Sharp X68000||Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: DragonStrike|
|Windows||Planescape: Torment • Neverwinter Nights|
|Game Boy Advance||Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance|