Update [Tue 22nd Nov, 2022 08:55 GMT]: The game is now available for download:
Original Story [Wed 5th Oct, 2022 16:00 BST]: Westwood Associates' Eye of the Beholder is a classic of the role-playing genre. The game, which is part of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons series, is a dungeon-crawler set beneath the city of Waterdeep where a strange evil has taken hold. It was released in 1991 for MS-DOS and Commodore Amiga and was later ported to several other consoles and computers over the following years. One machine that it never got an official release for, however, was the Commodore 64.
Recently, though, a homebrew developer named Andreas 'JackAsser' Larsson and a small group of other artists and musicians have set out to correct this (as featured by the gaming YouTuber RetroBits and spotted by indie developer Jake Birkett).
They are making up for history's mistake and producing a version that is tailor-made for both the Commodore 64 and Commodore 128. And even better, thanks to the Commodore 128's two video chips, it can also run on dual monitors, giving you an additional screen for a handy map to be displayed on while you're playing. This means you can throw away your notepad and play without suffering the frustration of getting lost (we certainly won't judge!).
An early preview of this port was released back in 2006. Now, after sixteen years, the finished version is finally coming out later this month. Safe to say, there will be many who will want to check this out to see how it stacks up to the excitement it's generated. We'll keep you updated on where you can download this new port once more information becomes available! For now, why not check out this comparison video Larsson has posted between the MS-DOS and C64 monsters?
Are you going to try this port once it releases? Let us know in the comments!