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Eye of the Beholder

DOS - 1991

Alt names
EOB, アイ・オブ・ザ・ビホルダー
Year
1991
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme
Dungeon Crawler, Licensed Title, Medieval / Fantasy, Puzzle-Solving, Real-Time
Publisher
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developer
Westwood Associates
Perspective
1st-Person
4.34 / 5 - 35 votes

Description of Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder (also known as EOB, アイ・オブ・ザ・ビホルダー) is a game published in 1991 by Strategic Simulations, Inc., the theme is medieval / fantasy, puzzle-solving, real-time, licensed title, dungeon crawler. It features a role-playing (rpg) genre and uses a 1st-person perspective.

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.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

#13395

Madeleine added this comment on 2014-09-27 :

I can't enter the password. It's not that I don't have the manual, I do (from my old Amiga version!) but when I press keys on the keyboard nothing happens. Any suggestions?

#11033

Dan added this comment on 2014-03-31 :

For those who can;t get past the stairs, because of the password, the manual can be downloaded from here: http://www.replacementdocs.com/download.php?view.469

#7134

Pouncer added this comment on 2013-05-10 :

"The game ask for a password to take stairs at a certain point... anyone have an idea of what could I do?"

This was an attempt at anti-piracy. You had to look up a word in the user manual on a certain page. Sorry, I can't tell you what it was. I don't think I even have the manual anymore.

#6912

cobrabubbles added this comment on 2013-04-18 :

The game ask for a password to take stairs at a certain point... anyone have an idea of what could I do?

#6734

markegiani added this comment on 2013-04-05 :

One of the best games ever, though the sequel is better !

#2244

Jettar added this comment on 2011-11-01 :

Right click the weapon in their hand. First time I played this game back in 1990 something I kept throwing the contents of my backpack at the kobolds to survive. good memories.

#1958

1GreatScott added this comment on 2011-08-28 :

It took me HOURS to finally finish this game!

#1467

westfort added this comment on 2011-04-08 :

right clicking on the weapon

#1120

twombles added this comment on 2010-12-19 :

how do you attack in the game i keep on dying.
help

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