Something evil is lurking below the city of Waterdeep. The Lords of Waterdeep summon a group of heroes to investigate, but someone or something has been watching the proceedings. After the heroes enter the sewers, the ceiling collapses behind them. The only way out is the way down, into a dungeon filled with monsters, traps and puzzles.
Eye of the Beholder is a dungeon crawler RPG with a first-person perspective based on the 2nd Edition AD&D rules. The starting party consists of four characters and up to two NPCs can join later. Combat and magic happen in real time. Fight over a dozen different monster varieties and cast over 40 spells. A point-and-click interface makes exploring, fighting, spellcasting and handling objects easy.
Eye of the Beholder is an all-time favourite. It's a real-time 3D dungeon romp at its best. You control a party of four adventurers that has to explore the sewers of your city and eradicate the evil that has infested them.
The graphics in this game are superb, from the faces of your party members and NPC's to swords, potions and magical items. The monsters are also really well done and there are loads of them! There are heaps of items too, just waiting to be picked up. Westwood was known for making visually stunning introductions and they don't disappoint. The intro explains the story so far and then you're off...
Creating a character is simple and straightforward. You can choose from a list of races and classes and then re-roll the statistics until you're happy.
The combat in the game is also easy; you just have to right-click on the weapon and it is used. However, only your front characters can fight with swords; the back ones must use ranged weapons or magic. Magic is used by memorizing spells while resting and then choosing a spell from a list.
The sound is haunting and very fitting to the environment. You can hear skeletons jingle their chains as they move, and believe me, it's unnerving.
All in all, this game is worth any RPG-er's time. There is fun to be had, nerves to be shot and maps to be drawn.
Part of the Eye of the Beholder Trilogy
Part of the Dungeons & Dragons games Series
Westwood's Eye of the Beholder 1 and 2 remain today two of the best real-time RPGs ever produced. They feature great graphics for their time, tons of cool weapons and devious real-time puzzles that mysteriously make you come back for more traps and pressure plates to push. The plots are typical kill-the-big-foozle fare, but the games are so well implemented that you'll be glued to the screen for hours on end. The graphics and animations are both top-notch, and excellent sound effects add to the incredible "you are there" atmosphere that is rarely achieved in RPGs of that time.
Although EOB 2 feels at times like a poor rehash of its predecessor due to awfully similar graphics and monsters, it does feature more expansive and varied outdoor levels, as well as less frustrating endgame boss (defeating the Beholder in EOB 1 is nearly impossible if your party is not at maximum levels). They're both very challenging games that are definite must-play for dungeon-adventurers, especially fans of book-based AD&D. Too bad SSI's own EOB 3 doesn't measure up to these classics.
This is a Classic RPG that takes me back to long nights with friends thinking up spells and eating many "Screemer Slices". I have been looking long and hard for this game to replay and to one day complete the game. It takes several days and hours to play this game due to its complex levels and puzzles. Cheats are highly recommended to limit the hair-pulling and sleepless nights (and your parents will appreciate it too.)
The game begins by having you select your heroes and naming them. I don't believe there is any logic behind the naming of your heroes but be creative. You will have a choice of warriors to wizards. A good mix is recommended to allow for variations to your game play. After selecting your heroes of four you will begin your journey into the depths of the dungeon.
Your heroes will be placed in pairs, two in front and two in back. Place the warriors or stronger heroes in the front and the weaker but more skilled long range heroes in the back. Wizards or warlocks are to be in the back to allow for their strong ability to cast spells and for their weakness against direct monster blows.
As you travel through the dungeon you will go through doors which will lead you to either another door or stairs or dead-end. As you go you will find equipment and food to eat. Take what you can and then swap out things are you don't need them. Food is highly recommended since you will be in the dungeon for days, or if you are anything like me, Years!!! There are many puzzles to solve, buttons and levers to switch, holes to look in and pits to go around as you find your way to the end. I have not yet successfully escaped the Eye of the Beholder. But it is an awesome classic.
I recommend this game to those of all ages. Its learning curve is simple but its challenge is high enough to encourage even the best dungeon master, if they still exist.
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game. Very cool series of games. This is the first one. A good RPG with excellent graphics and sounds.
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