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 stone gem would appear in the second game The Legend of Darkmoon.
Curiously, a portal with a space for the gem does appear on Level 7: Upper Reaches of the Drow. However, as the gem was never placed anywhere, there's no way to open the portal. If you obtain the gem via a cheat code, the portal is still coded to activate and transport you to an unused area of Level 2 (see below). A hidden scroll on level 7 suggests that the gem portal leads you to the exit of the complex.
There are a few items that show on the third DOS box-shot (back cover) from a pre-release version of the game, which are not available in the official release. That includes:
- A crossbow
- A checkered shield
- A pair of three-striped boots
- A chest plate with some crest in the center.
There are a total of five unused Mage spells in the original Eye of the Beholder.
- Read Magic is a 1st-level spell which should give the caster the ability to decipher encrypted runes and other magical writings, but instead, it simply crashes the game. Of note, there are no magical texts in this game that need deciphering.
- In the tabletop games, Knock is a 2nd-level spell that either unlocks normal locks, or temporarily dispells locking magic. While there are plenty of locks in this game and this spell would be game-breakingly-useful, all it does is crash the game when used – sometimes with a "divide error."
- According to the books, Stinking Cloud is a conjuration spell that would obscure the sight and smell of anyone within 20 feet. In game terms this would probably greatly reduce the accuracy of attacking enemies or even make them forfeit turns. However, it doesn't seem to do much of anything when cast.
- Cloudkill is a 5th-level upgrade of Stinking Cloud. Rather than simply make the opponent sick and dizzy, it actively harms them each for poison damage. Much like Stinking Cloud in this game, though, it does a whole lot of nothing.
There are four unused areas of note within the twelve levels of the Dungeon of Waterdeep.
- Note: The following map images are taken from All-Seeing Eye, a third-party auto-map, as the MS-DOS version has no mapping feature.
In the first three levels of the game, there is an area in the upper-left of the map that can only be accessed through save game editing. None of the three levels contain any items or enemies and the areas in Levels 1 and 3 are largely inactive, though it seems like Westwood had plans.
Level 1's area contains two non-functional doors – one of which is impassible despite being open, a broken button, a shelf, and two "rubble" tiles (dark-brown on the map), and a downward ladder which doesn't function.
Level 2's area contains three more doors – two of which can't be activated and one that has a button, functional upward and downward ladders which lead to the unused areas of Level 1 and 3, respectively. It also contains a portal (pictured) which has no empty spot for an item. This was presumably meant to use the Stone Gem, but due to a coding error it instead uses the Stone Ring; when used on the Stone Necklace's spot (left side, second from top), the party is transported to the Stone Gem portal on Level 7.
Given the fact that these three areas being interconnected, and that the only way in or out seems to be a portal door, it seems extremely likely that the player's party was intended to head into this area once they got the Stone Gem and went through the Stone Gem Portal, both mentioned above. Furthermore, one of the scrolls received from the Special Quest on Level 7 suggests that the Stone Gem portal leads to "the light of the stars", so perhaps this is how the party was meant to escape after defeating the final boss.
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
|Intellivision||Advanced Dungeons & Dragons|
|DOS||Pool of Radiance • Curse of the Azure Bonds • Secret of the Silver Blades • Pools of Darkness • 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||Heroes of the Lance • Hillsfar (Prototype) • Pool of Radiance • DragonStrike|
|SNES||Eye of the Beholder|
|Genesis||Warriors of the Eternal Sun|
|Sega CD||Eye of the Beholder|
|Windows||Planescape: Torment • Neverwinter Nights • The Temple of Elemental Evil|
|PlayStation 2, Xbox||Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance • Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II|
|GameCube||Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance|
|Game Boy Advance||Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance|