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  • A pint of point and click and a barrel of interactive fiction

    A pint of point and click and a barrel of interactive fiction

    3rd February 2018adventure
    After RPGs, a genre that is really loved among nostalgic DOS and Windows PC gamers is adventure. And by adventure I mean interactive fiction, point & click, etc. Unfortunately, the best ones are far from being abandoned: I'm talking about LucasArts and Sierra adventures aren't abandonware. From time to time ...
  • Humor in old video games

    Humor in old video games

    3rd November 2017action, adventure
    Here's a bunch of games involving some kind of humor in one way or another. It's not always great humor and it's not always great games either. Bad Street Brawler deserves to be played! Dilbert's Desktop GamesNord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of ItMonty Python's Flying CircusUltimuh MCMLXVII: ...
  • Desktop adventures for Indy and Luke

    Desktop adventures for Indy and Luke

    26th September 2017adventure
    Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures and Star Wars: Yoda Stories are two little gems that stood the test of time suprisingly well. You probably will need a virtual machine to play both, but it's worth it.
  • Games based on comic books

    Games based on comic books

    16th September 2017action, adventure
    Comics, manga, graphic novels were always an inspiration for game developer. Sometimes someone decided to acquire a license and make a game out of the comic itself. Here are a few examples: Batman, Dylan Dog, Fantastic Four, Ranx, Snoopy, Spider-man and even Yellow Kid.
  • Retro spotlight: Blade Runner

    Retro spotlight: Blade Runner

    21st December 2016adventure
    Blade Runner is one of those point & click adventure games that somewhat manages to fully capture the spirit of a cult movie without copying the original plot. Fans of the Blade Runner movie will enjoy this game, even without Harrison Ford.
  • Spotlight: games based on a TV series

    Spotlight: games based on a TV series

    29th September 2015adventure, RPG, simulation
    Today, we're used to high quality TV series such as Game of Thrones, Daredevil, Madmen. This level of writing wasn't always the top priority of the producers of TV series aired a few decades ago. Anyway, lot of us old guys remember fondly series like The A-Team, Miami Vice and, ...
  • Spotlight: Indiana Jones games

    Spotlight: Indiana Jones games

    6th February 2015action, adventure
    The popular archaeologist and adventurer created by George Lucas was the star of four movies and the protagonist some of the best point and click (almost abandoned) adventures ever created for PC. Unfortunately, Indiana Jones was also the main character of some of the worst action games.All the Indiana ...
  • Spotlight: Interactive Fiction

    Spotlight: Interactive Fiction

    3rd December 2014adventure
    Interactive Fiction, or 'text adventures' is one of the oldest adventure genres around. The first interactive fiction game, called simply Adventure, dates back to 1975. One of the most well known series is Zork, developed by one of the most popular interactive fiction companies of all time: Infocom. Other popular developers ...
  • Text-only games: roguelikes and interactive fiction

    Text-only games: roguelikes and interactive fiction

    24th September 2014adventure, RPG
    In the past, lots of home computer games (PC, C64, Speccy, etc.) used ascii characters (simple text) to represent the game world, the interface... well, everything on screen. These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated now and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics ...
  • Fansite spotlight: The myth of Leisure Suit Larry

    Fansite spotlight: The myth of Leisure Suit Larry

    17th September 2014adventure
    Leisure Suit Larry series is one the pioneers of the adventure genre. And not just that, the series broke the chains of mainstream content, dealing with themes that were considered mature and dirty for its time, although they are not anything near that by today standards. And that was ...
  • 30 years ago in retro gaming: Below The Root

    30 years ago in retro gaming: Below The Root

    23rd April 2014adventure
    Below the root is an atipycal early 2 dimensional adventure game based on the Zilpha Keatley Snyder novels: the Green Sky Trilogy. The player can choose one of many characters, each with different skills and embark in a quest to eliminate the distrust between two races: the Erdling and the Kindar.
  • A publisher from the past: Sierra On-Line, founded in 1979

    A publisher from the past: Sierra On-Line, founded in 1979

    16th April 2014adventure
    Sierra On-Line was a developer and publisher founded in 1979, famous for point & click adventure series like Leisure Suit Larry, King's Quest, Police Quest, Gabriel Knight and many more. After some unfortunate acquisitions (by Vivendi first and Activision later), Sierra ceased to exist in 2008.