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Eye of the Beholder (SNES)

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Description

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, similarly to Dungeon Master. There is a variety of monsters to fight and spells to cast. The game features a point-and-click interface for fighting, spellcasting and handling objects.

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Eye of the Beholder SNES In Game
Eye of the Beholder SNES Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "EOB" -- Abbreviated title
  • "アイ・オブ・ザ・ビホルダー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Nintendo Magazine System UK Jul, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Total! (Germany) Jul, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
Game Players Aug, 1994 63 out of 100 63
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1994 6.2 out of 10 62
GamePro (US) Aug, 1994 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

Boss

The final big boss, Xanathar is actually The Beholder, as he (is it he? or was it she? :-) says to you (when you get to the endgame for final confrontation) that all those traps you encountered, and minions you fought was just a play to watch, and that he was watching you all the way (that only gets him beholder title). Now, as you can notice, he looks like a big bowling eye, with many pipes that ends also with an eye (that gives him eye title). So, Eye of the Beholder would actually be himself.

As in this game he's the main bad guy, in Eye of the Beholder II, there are actually many creatures that are from his race, and are no such threat.

Cancelled Lynx port

This game was being ported to Atari's Lynx by NuFX, Inc., but development was halted. Prototypes have since been leaked to the internet.

Ending

Eye of the Beholder was praised for its stylish cinematic opening sequence, which dazzled players and set the stage of the game to follow. However, since the final game's size weighed in at 5 3.5" disks, SSI decided to cut the ending cinematic, figuring very few players would see it anyway, and it was not worth the extra cost of the sixth disk.

When the became successful, many players who slogged it out to the end of the game were not amused when they were "rewarded" with a simple text message and unceremoniously dropped to DOS. SSI soon realized their mistake, but the damage could not be undone. Many players assumed the game simply never had an ending, never suspecting it existed but was not included.

The Amiga version was later released with the final endgame graphic.

Title

Eye of the Beholder is one of many games that shares its name with a song by the heavy metal band Metallica.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #2 Least Rewarding Ending of All Time
Information also contributed by Игги Друге, Martin Smith and MAT

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psychofish (858) added Eye of the Beholder (SNES) on Aug 11, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Stillman (7518), Terok Nor (17833), Chris Martin (1112) and MAT (66266)