Eye of the Beholder
II: Legend of Darkmoon is the first sequel
's excellent CRPG
. Following your characters' victory in Eye of the Beholder
, they are asked by none other than Khelben Arunsun
, to investigate mysterious disappearances in the woods near the city. (Investigation of a Forgotten Realms
map suggests this may be Ardeep Forest
.) Upon arrival, you find yourselves drawn into a maddening conspiracy which will pit you against terrifying foes and cause you to ignore slightly illogically-placed traps. Unlike Eye I, the game's physical structure (if not its programming) is non-linear, so that you do not simply ascend or descend on your travels, but must re-visit certain locations repeatedly to succeed. Your characters also make the occasional independent comment, and there is a shade more morality involved than before. Eye of the Beholder III
: The Assault on Myth Drannor
: The first level is a small forest with no exit - only a couple of entries to Temple Darkmoon
Level 1: The Temple levels are all furnished in shiny white marble. A small room with virtually no opposition - only the choice to attack the priests, or disobey them and have them attack you. The priests here are quite tough, but should die.
Temple Level 2: Dungeon Central. Above Temple 1, and larger than it (!), this level contains many flail-wielding priests, and some fairly nice interactive furniture. Also here are the paths up to two of the towers.
Level 1: The catacomb levels are done up in an orange-brown variant of the gunge levels - 10 and 11 - from Eye I. Here, you can fight human fighters - some of whom are quite tough - and whose varying states of undress show off the improved range of graphics in the game.
Catacomb Level 2: A deserted dungeon area containing evil priests who attack with magic.
Catacomb Level 3: More evil priests, and a huge army of skeleton warrior
s. Killing these undead
is necessary to find an item you need, but doing so will severely annoy the Bad Man
Catacomb Level 4: A dingy level where you can't sleep much, and are attacked by margoyle
s and gelatinous cube
Catacomb Level 5: Another area where you can't sleep, and there are giant ant
s everywhere. Go in, get what you want, and leave by a back route, encountering Eye I's giant spider
s on the way.
Silver Tower Level 1: The Silver Tower has décor similar to the Temple levels, and can only be reached if you retrieved the correct items from the catacombs. The first level is inhabited by thri-kreen
, as was Level 10 back in Eye I. Watch out for the eggs, and the traps!
Silver Tower Level 2: Here you encounter nests of giant wasp
s. Try to avoid being poisoned.
Silver Tower Level 3: Flying Snake
s and Gas Spore
s. Be very careful.
Silver Tower Level 4: Beholder
s and not much else. You'll need all your battle might here.
Silver Tower Level 5: Be sure to visit this level - there's some extremely useful stuff up here. And some Beholders.
Tower Level 1: The walls and floors of this tower are a pale blue colour. The monster quotient
is getting sillier, too. Remember to collect reflective shields. Level one features basilisk
Azure Tower Level 2: More basilisk
s here, and bulette
s, too. This level has the infamous fireball
maze. Take care.
Azure Tower Level 3: This level is infested with Guardian Yugoloth
s. Kill them for XP
, and don't stand on the big glyph
if you can help it.
Azure Tower Level 4: You bypass this level intially - when you return to it, you'll be pounded by Frost Giant
s, who crawl around it on their hands and knees and are devilishly hard. The giants have been imprisoned here by Dran, but the background to this is sadly unexplained.
Azure Tower Level 5: This is the medusa
maze. Polished shields are a must. Once you get through here, the evil Dran Draggore
appears and drops you into level four for more pain.
Tower: A stylishly-decorated area without well-defined levels, although the general impression is of a tower like a long finger. Everything is red and orange. Here you'll meet mage
s, mind flayer
s, and eventually Dran himself. As in Eye I, your foe's identity may be a bit of a surprise.