Eye of the Beholder

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Category: Games
Sub-Category: RPG
Platform: MS DOS, Amiga, Sega CD, Nintendo SNES
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Wikipedia: Eye of the Beholder
First release: 1991

Eye of the Beholder – a role-playing computer game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1991. The title was released for the MS-DOS PC platform, and then for the Amiga computer and Sega CD and SNES consoles. The game had a sequel in the form of Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon released in 1991 and Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor in 1993.

The action of this role-playing game takes place in the world of Forgotten Realms. The main character is tasked with defeating the monster Xanathar, prowling the underground of the city of Waterdeep. The player can choose from six races, from which he chooses a four-person team.

The player creates a party of up to four characters at the start of the game. As set out in the Dungeons & Dragons rulebook, he has the choice between different races (Human, Elf, Half-Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Halfling) and classes (Fighter, Thief, Mage, Cleric, Paladin, Ranger). He also chooses one of nine alignments, which result from the combinations good/neutral/evil (corresponding to ethics) with either lawful, neutral or chaotic (corresponding to the worldview). The character attributes (strength, dexterity, constitution, wisdom, intelligence, charisma) are randomly rolled out by the program, but can still be adjusted later. As the game progresses, two additional characters with specified characteristics can be added to the group as supporters.

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