Lucasfilm strikes again
By Ken SarmientoAugust 18, 2004
Not the world's most descriptive title, is it?
The 3D movement is really spectacular! Doom on the 8-bit!
Lucasfilm games have always released high
quality games. The Eidolon is another example of a classic
computer game gem. For those who have enjoyed games like Rescue on
Fractulus and Koronis Rift that Lucasfilm had released,
youíll also enjoy The Eidolon. Iím not too sure how popular this
game was back in the mid 80ís, but Iíll probably guess that there arenít
too many people that have played this amazing game. For those
unfortunate to play The Eidolon, you can try searching on Ebay or
from a vintage Atari Dealer. Youíll be glad you made the investment.
Dr. Agon, a scientist from about 100 years ago, spends all his time in a
cellular laboratory researching and performing on many strange
experiments. After years of work, the Eidolon is finally created. Just
small enough to fit one person, the Eidolon sports a spherical size that
uses the userís mind energy to move. The Eidolon floats and navigates.
Eventually, Agon disappeared and his family closed his mansion. Agonís
work is still a mystery and the Eidolon was almost lost and forgotten.
Fast-forward almost a hundred years later, you discover the Eidolon from
an old abandon house in Agonís laboratory. Your curiosity to hop in the
bizarre machine sends you to a dark cavern in which you encounter
jewels, fireballs, and exotic monsters.
Going through the caverns, itís important to collect fireballs and gems.
The fireballs help you fight off the creatures lurking in the caverns.
There are several types of fireballs. Each different fireball has a
specific purpose. The red fireball is the basic source of offense to use
against creatures. Moreover, blue fireballs freeze your opponents giving
you time to destroy them. Green fireballs transform a monster to another
creature (especially if theyíre too powerful). And finally the gold
fireballs help destroy the ďtopĒ dragon in some levels. As you move up
through the levels, youíll have to learn which type of fireball to use.
To accomplish a level, you must collect all the gems and defeat each
dragon. Finding the gems, staying alive in the caverns, and actually
finding the dragon (the caverns become larger and harder to navigate as
you complete each level) with your detector before time runs presents a
challenge. The game could be difficult to complete but not too hard to
enjoy this game.
I dare to say that this game probably has the best graphics on the Atari
8-Bit computer. In my review of Alternate Reality for the 8-bit,
I mentioned The Eidolon had excellent graphics for its large 1st
person perspective. The 3-D graphics were amazing for this time and
definitely helped advanced gaming to where it is today. The creatures
look really unique. The caverns look realistic. Nevertheless, the
graphics of the dragons look wonderful. Battling and beating the
multi-headed dragon in the end reveals a really cool ending (which Iím
not going to reveal) of the story. Yes, the ending may have to do with
Using the joystick and keyboard allows you to collect fireballs and
navigate around the caverns. You'll have to learn the system of pressing
which fireballs to use on the keyboard. Response is accurate on the
joystick of your choice.
Even the beginning intro from Lucasfilm sounds amazing. The sound and
music of this game definitely sets the mood of this game. As a kid
playing this game in the 80ís, this game gave me the chills. Thereís a
dark and eerie mood to this game that the sound effects and music does
very well. For me, Alternate Reality sets the 10/10 standard.
More music variation would have given this a 10. Nevertheless, it still
ranks among the best sounding games on the Atari 8-bit computers.
With a great story, wonderful music, battling creatures in 3-D caverns,
racing for time, and fighting wicked looking dragons, this game makes a
10. Whatís great about this game is that itís not too slow for gamers
that donít like to play slow role-playing games. Itís a bit of
shooter/strategy/role-playing game all in one. What other games do you
know on the 8-bit that allows you to battle against dragons in a 3-D
The Eidolon was an amazing game for its time. The graphics were
the best. The music themes and special effects work well with the
overall package of this game. There were a lot of small details that
this game had. The Eidolon was definitely in a league of its own.
Itís hard to believe that an Atari 8-bit computer could handle such a