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Quite a deal

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 6 / 6
Date: December 21, 2004
Author: Amazon User

I saw this game for $5 in the store and bought it without a second thought. For 14 games, you are paying about 35 cents per game. I owned an original copy of _Eye_of_the_Beholder_ way back when, and found a catalog from 1991 in the box. The catalog contained 5 of the games on this disk, each selling for $50. It's almost sad that games like these can depreciate in value so much -- but at the same time, it's one hell of a deal!

I tried installing these on Linux, but the installer is a Windows program, and it was all fubar in wine... So I took the disk over to my Windows 95 computer, installed Eye of the Beholder, copied all the resulting files back over to Linux and ran the game in DOSBox. It worked beautifully! I didn't try, but I'm sure they will run just fine on Windows, too.

I must complain about the manuals, though. They basically scanned the original manuals as PDFs. That's fine, although it's somewhat poor quality, but for some reason, they concatenated all 14 of the games' manuals into one huge 80MB PDF file. It therefore takes up a ton of room -- even if you are only playing one game at a time, you still have all the others' manuals on your HD -- and it's hard to find the game you want.

Despite that, if you have played some of these games before, and would like to experience some nostalgia, you really can't go too wrong with 35 cents per game.

maybe a bit primitive...

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 5 / 6
Date: October 07, 2006
Author: Amazon User

It's hard to review a compilation like this without discussing how brilliant each (well, most) of the individual games are, but if you're looking at this product, you probably already know about them and want to play them despite however primitive they are. Needless to say, this is probably the biggest bang for your buck you will ever find.

The package itself is pretty standard bargainware. The two discs are in flimsy, clear, and probably cracked CD cases. that have been tucked inside the cardboard. Each game comes with it's own individual installer, as one reviewer complained about, but I found this actually rather convenient. It gives you more control over how you want to organize your stuff on the computer, and it means you don't have to install games you don't want to play.

The manuals and other documentation were scanned by Interplay and put on the disc in one huge pdf file, which really looks nice, but unfortunately some of the scans are sloppy and unreadable. Printing it out won't help, either. Your best bet would be to search around online for replacement manuals. I found a website called ReplacementDocs to be incredibly useful. One reviewer mentioned his decoder wheel being absent, and those can be found online as well.

The content of the discs is amazing, and that's really what you should be buying this package for. Each of these games is historically significant and an amazing play, even if they do come across as a bit primitive. Another reviewer mentioned that he found the games very hard to get into. There's usually a good 5-hour learning curve for figuring out what the heck you're doing, but I promise that you'll get over that and realize just how great the games are. The included manual shows signs of good intentions on behalf of Interplay. It's nice, but not always readable. Overall, buy it for the games, and don't expect much else.

Does not include access codes

1 Rating: 1, Useful: 7 / 12
Date: December 23, 2005
Author: Amazon User

After installing one game, I tried to play it. It says to use the code wheel to decipher the access code for the game. No code wheel was included, so the game is permanently locked.

Tried running a few more games, but they would not run at all on windows XP.

The huge, poor quality PDF manual is a big pain unless you print it out and index it.

Classic Lousiness

2 Rating: 2, Useful: 8 / 16
Date: January 19, 2002
Author: Amazon User

When I first saw this in the stores I jumped at the chance to own fourteen classic AD&D games. When I got home I was incredibly dissapointed. The first thing that bothered me was the installation: Each game had to be installed separately, there was no way to install all the games at once.

After I got them all installed the problems really showed up. I didn't expect the game to be of a very high quality, but most of the games had copy protects (older games require passwords and such to actually play the game). I had expected this, however the included documentation was so lousy I never made it into most of the games.

I found around four of the games playable, and somewhat entertaining. It's price isn't bad at all so if you're dissapointed you won't miss your money, that much. The bottom line is, unless your a diehard AD&D CRPG fan skip this.

Forgotten Realms/Black Isle,Wizards Of The Sword Coast !!!!!

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 5 / 9
Date: April 22, 2003
Author: Amazon User

Regardless of the review stated above;how can you complain about anything when you`re getting 14 games for under [amount paid].I had no problem with any of the games.I`m running a DELL Pentium 3/600 MHZ and 256 RAM.I have a 32 bit Diamond Viper/Riva TNT Video Card.These specs are overkill for these games,but they are still enjoyable if you love RPG`s like I do.You can`t go wrong at this price.It`s worth every penny.

Great Classic Games Fun For The Classic Gamer!

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 1 / 1
Date: January 10, 2007
Author: Amazon User

Great Classic Games Fun For The Classic Gamer! You can't Get the Old Classic D&D Games W/O having an Old Commodore 64 and playing them that way. This is the Next best thing! The Games are Great! If you are an RPG FAN and you want to see how they all came about, it's worth a try because these are the origional.

A detailed review of What brought Role in Roleplaying Games for Computers!

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 1 / 4
Date: February 01, 2007
Author: Amazon User

Alright, first, Microbiologist, you been scammed, there are Code Wheels with the Game! Mind you they bend the tips a little so it can fit in the CD case shaped box, therefore, the copy you have, is either been opened, or been used! Secondly, those that say the games are mediocre, is not true. The only thing Mediocre about this grand package, is the Documentation! Why I say grand package? Well, when I first got the Gamefest version of FR Collection, I was stoked, for one, the Silver Edition is way too high, and the Gamefest is basically another version Silver Edition! The RPG was never quite as done well on classic PC as the ADnD, no matter how much you spout about Might and Magic, Lands of Lore, or Wizardry, they got their goods from the Paper and Pencil version of ADnD! Therefore, anyone who says that Sir-Tech and World Computing has bragging rights, needs to do their homework further! Without the ADnD, or DnD Classic, we wouldn't even have Final Fantasy! Now, the computer Version, maybe somewhat of a new melon compared to MnM or Wizardry, but yet, it has established a better interaction like the PnP games of ADnD/DnD... Challenge me, compete against what I say! I do not care... For I am a man who knows that he spells terribally, and does poor grammar on purpose! SO HA! What do you think of that, all you Mr. Next Gen RPG Console lovers? Old Gen is the way to remember the New Gen!

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