|Developed by:||Lucasfilm Games|
|Genre(s):||First-person shooter, Adventure|
The Eidolon was one of two games that were part of Lucasfilm Games' second wave in December of 1985. The other was Koronis Rift. Both took advantage of the fractal technology developed for Rescue on Fractalus!, further enhancing it. In The Eidolon, Rescue's fractal mountains were turned upside down and became the inside of a cave.
The game was supplied on a flippy disk. One side had the Atari version, the other side had the Commodore 64 version. Due to the memory requirements (64kB), the Atari version would only run on an XL/XE with 64kB or more memory.
The player discovers the Eidolon, a strange 19th-century vehicle in an abandoned laboratory. As the player investigates this device, he is accidentally transported to another dimension and is trapped in a vast, maze-like cave. The creatures in this cave, sensing the energy emanating from the Eidolon, are awakened from a long slumber, and the player soon finds that his only chance of survival lies in this mysterious vehicle and its powerful energy weapon.
The objective of The Eidolon is to successfully navigate through all of the game's levels, defeating the dragon guardian at the end of each level. The player navigates through each maze and collects energy orbs, which come in four different colors (red, yellow, green and blue). Along the way, various enemies wake up and attack the Eidolon, attempting to absorb its energy. Each enemy is a specific color and can only be destroyed by firing orbs of that color, or by using special abilities. Some enemies also fire orbs at the Eidolon, which can absorb them if set to the same color.
Green orbs, in addition to dealing damage to green enemies, also have the power to transform other enemies into different kinds of enemies, usually changing the enemy's color as well. Blue orbs can freeze enemies temporarily, giving the player a momentary advantage in a fight.
Each level contains three diamonds, each guarded by an enemy of a specific color. After defeating each of these enemies and collecting the diamonds, the player can proceed to the dragon that guards the exit. There are eight levels in a game. The game is over when the player has successfully defeated the final dragon or runs out of lives.
- instruction manual for The Eidolon. Part No. 55300D-60. Epyx, Inc. USA. 1985.
- Powell, Jack. "NEW LUCASFILM GAMES: Antic's Sneak Preview - The Eidolon and Koronis Rift". Antic. v4. n8. Dec. 1985. p20. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
- The Eidolon. Zzap!64.
- Atari Times game review
- Lemon64.com game review
- Atarimania: Eidolon (The) Info and documentation, Atari 8-bit
- LucasArts' 20th Anniversary retrospective from archive.org
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