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Eye of the Beholder (DOS)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

One of the first good dungeon crawling RPGs of the early DOS times Optimus (80) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A decent AD&D dungeon crawl pogalogen (14) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
Awesome for the time, still a great game today. Gothicgene (83) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Dungeon Hacking at it's best... Chris Martin (1094) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
A champion RPG for it's time. Andrew Morgan (2) unrated
A great game, but I liked its sequel much better. Tomer Gabel (4353) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Any game with Larry Elmore's art on its cover is a good game. OlSkool_Gamer (99) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Wow!!! lomikin (4) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall User Score (98 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Certain aspects of this game aren't quite as good as Dungeon Master (I preferred DM's concoct-your-own-spell system and the constant problem of running out of light was novel), but there are other aspects which are better, namely the ability to interact more fully with the sewer's denizens and recruit new adventurers, and the fact that the equipment screen and the 3D window can both be visible simultaneously. The only thing Dungeon Master had that this doesn't was originality, but I'm prepared to let that pass if you will. Now FTL, beat this... please!
The adventure through the underground network is a treacherous one and you will do much backtracking before you visit every location you need to. As you progress, you'll uncover a plot to destroy the whole city of Waterdeep, so you must act as swiftly as possible to save its downfall. Most RPGs are what you describe as deep, but only Beholder allows you to easily get to the "deeper" parts of the game. Try it out for size, you never know, you might like it.
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Vom Spielerischen her nicht weiter aufregend – da einen Gegenstand aufsammeln, dort anwenden und zwischenrein einem Monster die Rübe abschlagen. Mit übermäßigen Schwierigkeiten ist die (reine) Dungeonwanderung ebenfalls nicht verbunden, macht aber schon wegen der irren Grafik einen Heidenspaß.
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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Nach kurzem Eingewöhnen möchte man die einfache Handhabung nicht mehr missen. Die groß angekündigten AD&D-Rollenspielregeln der „zweiten Generation“ sucht man allerdings mit der Lupe. Der Spielablauf ist durch die Konzentration auf grafische Oberflächen eher vereinfacht. Anstelle von Gewichtsbegrenzungen gibt es jetzt eben nur noch Stauraum für vierzehn Items neben der Rüstung und benutzten Waffen. Auch sind keine genauer Informationen über die Gegenstände mehr einholbar. Sei's drum: Eye of the Beholder mag Dungeon Master gegenüber abgespeckte Adventurekost bieten, macht aber hoffnungslos süchtig. Auf seine Findig- und Fingerfertigkeit angewiesen, wird der Dungeonspaß eher noch spannender.
Power Play
Eye of the Beholder ist trotz dieser kleinen Ungereimtheiten ein tolles Rollenspiel, da sich vor allem dank der einfachen Bedienung für Einsteiger zum Reinschnuppern in das Genre eignet. Ausgesprochene Rollenspielexperten werden aber am niedrigen Schwierigkeitsgrad schwer zu schlucken haben und sollten sich lieber mit dem gehaltvolleren „Bane of the Cosmic Forge“ von Sir-Tech die Nächte vertreiben.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Eye of the Beholder adds little or nothing to titles such as Dungeon Master, but it's impossible to criticise it in any other way; graphics, sound, gameplay and packaging are all fine. It should provide hours of entertainment for RPG fans, and if you get stuck you can always send off for a clue book to help you out.
Eye of the Beholder from Westwood Studios is one of my all-time favourite games. Set in one of the mythical lands of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons realm, you and three companions are commissioned by the Lords of Waterdeep to venture forth into the dank sewers below the city to seek out and destroy whatever is causing a plague of monsters to terrorise the townsfolk above. So you and your team depart using the only entrance, which collapses behind you ... sealing your fate ...
Un grand ancien certes, mais un ancien de marque. Eye Of The Beholder n'est pas le premier jeu de rôle sur PC, mais il a contribué à populariser le genre et l'univers des Royaumes Oubliés par la même occasion. Descendez donc un peu dans les profondeurs de la cité d'Eauprofonde !