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AD&D: Eye of the Beholder

AD&D: Eye of the Beholder
AD&D: Eye of the Beholder

SystemDOS
Floppy (5.25")5

Strategic Simulations

DOS

0  16685  04136  8

Release Date: 1/1/1990
Manufacturer: Strategic Simulations
 
Eye of the Beholder is a role-playing game for computers and video game consoles developed by Westwood Studios and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1990 for the DOS operating system, later ported to the Amiga, the Sega CD and the SNES. The Sega CD version features an exclusive soundtrack composed by Yuzo Koshiro.

The game had two sequels, Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon, released in 1991, and Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor, released in 1993. The third game, however, was not written by Westwood, who had split with SSI over artistic differences and created the Lands of Lore series.

The lords of the city of Waterdeep hire a team of adventurers to investigate an evil coming from beneath the city. The adventurers start in the city's sewer, whose entrance gets blocked by a collapse caused by Xanathar, the eponymous beholder. The team descends further beneath the city, going through Dwarf and Drow communities, to Xanathar's lair, where the final confrontation takes place.

Once the eponymous beholder was killed, the player would be treated to a small blue window describing that the beholder was killed and that the adventurers ventured into the surface where they were treated as heroes. Nothing else is mentioned in the ending and there were no accompanying graphics. This was changed in the later released Amiga version, which featured an animated ending.


User Comments
Nicolas on Thursday, May 14, 2015
Like the Bard's Tale series, I loved Eye of the Beholder. You had to buy graphic paper and carefully draw your maps. I miss this.
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