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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder (DOS)

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Title Screen

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder

Developer: Westwood Associates
Publisher: Strategic Simulations
Platform: DOS
Released in US: 1991


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.


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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.

Unused Items

ADDD EotB DOS Stonegem.PNG

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.

Unused Spells

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.

Unused Areas

ADDD EotB DOS Level 01.gif

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.

Unused Graphics

ADDD EotB DOS Npc sheet.PNG

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.