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Game #387
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Eye of The Beholder 1    View all Top Dogs in this genre
RPG   First-person

Rating: 8.47 (898 votes)

Eye of The Beholder 1 box cover

Eye of The Beholder 1 screenshot
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 was 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 a 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 definitely 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.

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Paul S. Mudra & Philip W. Gorrow
Developer: Westwood Studios
Publisher: Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
Year: 1991
Software Copyright: Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
Theme: Fantasy, Licensed
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Eye of The Beholder 2, Dungeon Hack, Hexx: Heresy of The Wizard

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