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  • Plan 9 From Outer Space: inspired by a B movie

    Plan 9 From Outer Space: inspired by a B movie

    29th May 2021adventure
    "There was so much potential for a decent game within Plan 9's dire plot and general naffness that the game seems a real cop-out. I'm a real fan of all those awful B-movies, and likes of The Creature From The Black Lagoon and King Kong are just gagging for ...
  • Collector's info: Leather Goddesses of Phobos

    Collector's info: Leather Goddesses of Phobos

    15th May 2021adventure, big box PC games
    Infocom interactive fiction games are fondly remembered by fans not only for their quality, but also for the sheer number of "feelies" (physical items) you could find in each original big box.Leather Goddesses of Phobos, a sci-fi humorous text adventure, came with some of the most peculiar feelies ever. ...
  • LA Law: The Computer Game

    LA Law: The Computer Game

    8th May 2021adventure
    LA Law: The Computer Game is an abandoned adventure game based on the popular TV series from the 80s and 90s. L.A. Law. LA Law was developed by Synergistic Software and released by Capstone in 1992. LA Law plays like a multiple choice adventure game where you have to build ...
  • Collector's info: Bureaucracy

    Collector's info: Bureaucracy

    11th March 2021adventure, big box PC games
    Infocom interactive fiction games are fondly remembered by fans not only for their quality, but also for the sheer number of "feelies" (physical items) you could find in each original big box.Bureaucracy is an abandoned text-adventure game designed by Douglas Adams (yes, the writer of The Hitchhiker Guide of ...
  • The Infocom InfoComics

    The Infocom InfoComics

    8th January 2021adventure
    InfoComics was an engine developed by Infocom, used for a series of adventure games that today would be described as visual novels (something like non-interactive comics). InfoComics weren't much popular and, apparently, were one of the causes that lead to Infocom demise. Infocom published four games based on the Infocomics ...
  • Lure of the Temptress: the first game made with the Virtual Theatre engine

    Lure of the Temptress: the first game made with the Virtual Theatre engine

    31st October 2020adventure
    Lure of the Temptress is an DOS fantasy adventure game, developed by Revolution Software, designed by Dave Cummins and published by Virgin Interactive in 1992. It's available for download. Lure of the Temptress was the first game to use the Virtual Theatre engine, also developed by Revolution Software.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The first of the King's Quests

    The first of the King's Quests

    28th June 2020adventure
    King's Quest: Quest for the Crown is the first game in the popular series of King's Quest. Developed by Sierra On-line, King's Quest is an early adventure game (one of the first animated adventures), a step up from the classic graphical interactive fiction of the time. The player can use ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dreamweb: a top-down cyberpunk adventure

    Dreamweb: a top-down cyberpunk adventure

    9th May 2020adventure
    Cyberpunk video games are receiving a lot of attention lately. The upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 and the tactical RPG series Shadowrun Returns are just some of the most popular recent cyberpunk games.Some of you, dear retro DOS games lovers, may remember a cyberpunk game from more than 20 years ago: Dreamweb....
  • 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....
  • A niche genre: Metroidvania

    A niche genre: Metroidvania

    23rd November 2019action, adventure
    Metroidvania is a made up word born from the merge of two game series titles: Metroid and Castlevania. Both games share gameplay and design elements that defines the genre. Metroidvania games are platform games featuring a game world that is freely explorable. Certain areas can be accessed only with player ...
  • Video games can educate people

    Video games can educate people

    23rd August 2019adventure, simulation
    Educational games are a peculiar kind of video games of various genres. Gameplay, graphics and sound are still important aspects of educationals, but the mail goal of the developer is to teach the player something: math, history, ecology, anything! Some educationals are created with a young audience in mind, other ...
  • More adventures: point and click, interactive fiction, etc.

    More adventures: point and click, interactive fiction, etc.

    24th May 2019adventure
    Another week, another update. This time I added a bunch of adventure games still missing from Abandonware DOS, pretty different one from the other.Hook and Ween: The Prophecy are two fairly well know point and click adventure games; I'm sure you heard about both of them. Arthur, Legend of ...
  • Horror-themed games from the past

    Horror-themed games from the past

    30th March 2019adventure, RPG
    Sometimes I like to spend quite some time looking at Google Analytics statistics of Abandonware DOS. I'm amused that "horror" (and variants) is a much searched keyword.What is that you like in horror games of the past? Did they scare you? I remember that the game that scared me ...
  • Police Quest: 1, 2, 3 and

    Police Quest: 1, 2, 3 and "4"

    3rd November 2018adventure
    Sierra On-Line published lots of games back in the 80s and the 90s and was famous for the various "Quest" series. Think about King's Quest, Quest for Glory, Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry ("Love Quest"?). I'm sure you remember a few.Police Quest wasn't perhaps one of the most popular ...
  • Dizzy, by the Oliver Twins

    Dizzy, by the Oliver Twins

    20th October 2018action, adventure
    Every gaming platform has its video game mascotte: Mario, Sonic, etc. Codemasters came up with their own character: an egg shaped... thing... called Dizzy. This strange fellow was the protagonist of a series of action adventure games on Spectrum, C64 and many other systems, PC included. Here are some Dizzy ...
  • Text only gaming: it's not always about interactive fiction

    Text only gaming: it's not always about interactive fiction

    8th September 2018adventure, simulation, strategy
    Text only games are a curious phenomenon. Unlike other kind of old games, they survived to this day in one form or the other. Maybe that's because it doesn't take a huge team to develop a game completely (or partially) devoid of graphics. When I say text-only games, some of ...