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  • Rampage: monsters VS buildings

    Rampage: monsters VS buildings

    24th October 2020action
    As a kid, I remember spending hours at the bar down the road playing at Rampage as Lizzie. Destroying buildings and eating tasty humans was one of my favourite past-times. It's surprising that the coin-op conversion of Rampage for DOS ended up as a nice game. Granted it's not the ...
  • Collector's info: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Collector's info: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    2nd October 2020adventure, big box PC games
    Infocom interactive fiction games are fondly remembered for their quality, but also for the sheer number of items contained in each original big box. They also got a name for them: "feelies".The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a text adventure based on the Douglas Adams novel by the same ...
  • What was your favourite fighting game?

    What was your favourite fighting game?

    19th September 2020action
    Fighting games (or VS fighting), is a genre that appeals quite a wide range of gamers.Fighting games involves hand-to-hand fighting against a single opponent for the whole duration of a match. A distinctive trait of fighting games are special attacks, i.e. combinations of graphically striking moves which enhance ...
  • CODiE Awards 2000: Half-Life, Links, Pharaoh

    CODiE Awards 2000: Half-Life, Links, Pharaoh

    12th September 2020top games and awards
    The year 2000 brought one classic to the PC video gaming world, still remembered today: Half-Life. That wasn't the only game deserving an award, but it's undeniable that Half-Life was a milestone not only in first-person shooters, but also in the whole history of PC gaming.In history, we all woke ...
  • Italian videogames in the 90s

    Italian videogames in the 90s

    5th September 2020adventure, racing, sports
    Italy wasn't a prolific nation if you think about video games in the golden age of personal computers. There were a few valid software houses (Simulmondo, Milestone, Trecision, etc.) but they all disappeared leaving behind lots of mediocre games. Only a few of them are worth playing, but that doesn't ...
  • Retro company spotlight: Strategic Simulations Inc.

    Retro company spotlight: Strategic Simulations Inc.

    29th August 2020RPG, strategy
    SSI (Strategic Simulations Inc.) was one of the most prolific game companies of the 80s and the 90s. SSI was founded in 1979 and developed and/or published more than one hundred games. SSI was popular among video games players for two things: wargames and RPG goldbox games.Strategy games developed ...
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly Game of the Year awards

    Electronic Gaming Monthly Game of the Year awards

    22nd August 2020top games and awards
    Electronic Gaming Monthly is a video game magazine founded in 1988 (a long time ago!). Amazingly, it's still alive and well, in digital form. Each year, the editors of Electronic Gaming Monthly chose a Game of the Year among games realeased for almost every system.Double Dragon 1988for Arcade, NES, SMSGhouls ...
  • What is your favourite dungeon crawler?

    What is your favourite dungeon crawler?

    31st July 2020RPG
    Dungeon crawlers are RPGs in which the player has to explore one or more dungeons (or similar non-open world environments), fight hordes of cunning monsters, looting treasure, gain experience and levels and so on. Usually, dungeon crawlers have simple storylines and a linear progression. A lot of rogue-likes can be ...
  • Play classic action games online

    Play classic action games online

    20th June 2020play online
    Action games are perhaps the best to be played online in quick sessions. No waiting turns, no strategic planning, just quick reflexes and plain fun. These are just some of the action games available on Abandonware DOS to download or to play directly in your browser. Castlevania Castlevania was such ...
  • GOG Dungeon and Dragons sale

    GOG Dungeon and Dragons sale

    18th June 2020deals and free games
    Good Old Games is hosting an interesting sale: the Dungeon & Dragons sale. Games based on the most popular pen & paper RPG ever designed are discounted, up to -75%. And there's a giveaway too: get Eye of the Beholder I, II and III for free, for a limited time!...
  • Remake of the month: OpenTTD

    Remake of the month: OpenTTD

    12th June 2020remakes and sequels
    OpenTTD, as the name suggests, is an open source remake of Transport Tycoon, a simulation designed by Chris Sawyer.Transport Tycoon was a business simulation game that puts the player at the head of a transport company to compete against rival companies. The player can build stations, airports, railroads to ...
  • Graphic adventures with a text parser

    Graphic adventures with a text parser

    5th June 2020adventure
    There's a fine line between a "text adventure" (also called interactive fiction) and a modern graphic adventure. Before the advent of point & click adventure games such as Monkey Island, Gabriel Knight or Day of the Tentacle, designers first attempted to create graphical adventure games with a text-based interface. You ...
  • The best DOS game designers of the past

    The best DOS game designers of the past

    23rd May 2020Abandonware DOS updates
    Back in the last century (I'm talking about the 90s, the 80s and even the 70s), video games were often developed and sometimes published by a small group of programmers. Among the team were the "designer", the one who came up with the idea of the game in the first ...
  • Abandoned games set in the 19th century

    Abandoned games set in the 19th century

    2nd May 2020adventure, RPG, simulation
    The 19th century was the age of steam, railroads and remarkable discoveries. It was the age of literary masterpieces like the Sherlock Holmes novels, Dracula and Jules Verne's sci-fi stories.Some of the most popular games set in the 19th centurey are:The Oregon TrailThe Lost Files of Sherlock HolmesMartian ...
  • Al Lowe: the father of Larry Laffer

    Al Lowe: the father of Larry Laffer

    25th April 2020adventure
    Al Lowe is an American video game designer, programmer, and musician who developed several adventure games, mostly for Sierra On-Line. He is best known for creating the Leisure Suit Larry series.Name: Al Lowe Born on: 24/07/1946Occupation: video game designer, game programmer, musicianKnown for: Leisure Suit LarryWiki page: http://en....
  • 2000 games and applications

    2000 games and applications

    23rd April 2020Abandonware DOS updates
    After a quite a few years, Abandonware DOS reached the 2000 games (and applications) milestone. I personally played each game to ensure it worked, took screenshots, wrote info and added everything to the Abandonware DOS database. The trick was to come up with a method to do this in the least ...
  • What were your favourite shoot'em ups?

    What were your favourite shoot'em ups?

    4th April 2020shooter
    Shoot 'em ups were extremely popular in the '80s and '90s, even among PC owners.In a shoot 'em up, players control some sort of vehicle (or an aircraft) with the only goal of destroying the largest number of enemies while dodging their bullets as long as they ...
  • The worst games based on movies

    The worst games based on movies

    28th March 2020action
    Movies have always been a source of inspiration for video games. Almost every successful movie has its video game (and sometimes even unsucessful ones). The results in the gaming world weren't always so good. I remember lots and lots of mediocre games that tried to patch together different moments of ...
  • GOG Spring Sale Classics

    GOG Spring Sale Classics

    24th March 2020deals and free games
    It's spring time and everyone in the world is waiting for this COVID-19 hell to fade and become a thing of the past (me included, sheltered in my home in northern Italy).For all of us trying to come up with new ways to fill this free time, Good Old ...
  • Puzzle games based on TV game shows

    Puzzle games based on TV game shows

    21st March 2020puzzle
    Games based on TV game shows were popular in the early days of DOS video gaming on older PCs. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that every major game show of the eighties was translated into a video game: Family Feud, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and more.Here's ...