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  • The best PC games according to Rock Paper Shotgun

    The best PC games according to Rock Paper Shotgun

    12th December 2020top games and awards
    In 2017 Rock Paper Shotgun compiled a list of the 75 greatest PC games of all time. While a majority of them were published in recent years, there are quite a few good old classics we know and love that deserve to be in any PC "top games" chart.1990Red Baron1992Dune ...
  • Icewind Dale: better than Baldur's Gate?

    Icewind Dale: better than Baldur's Gate?

    4th December 2020RPG
    When I played Baldur's Gate, I knew that RPGs weren't dead. There was this feeling that a new wave of RPGs was coming. I loved Baldur's Gate, but I found some parts of the story and the NPC's a bit too naive. What I loved of Icewind Dale, was that ...
  • Play Archon online, in your browser

    Play Archon online, in your browser

    28th November 2020play online
    I always thought that Archon was the work of the mind of a genius game designer. Archon it's a clever and simple idea that proves to be really entertaining. Take chess, add action-arcade battles when two pieces landing on the same square, spice it up with some fantasy flavor and ...
  • The Magic Candle series: almost like Ultima

    The Magic Candle series: almost like Ultima

    21st November 2020RPG
    The Magic Candle is a series of old school RPGs developed by Mindcraft much like Ultima. You control a party of adventurers in a top-down perspective environment. You can explore towns, fight monsters, talk to people, manage your inventory and even get someone of your party to work for a ...
  • What was your favourite classic arcade game?

    What was your favourite classic arcade game?

    14th November 2020action
    Everyone knows what "classic arcade" means. And everyone should know what the most popular and loved classic arcade games are (or, should I say "were"?). Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders are perhaps the most iconic classics in the early history of video gaming. If you're a true retro-gamer you ...
  • GDC Spotlight Awards - 1997

    GDC Spotlight Awards - 1997

    7th November 2020top games and awards
    In 1997 Princess Diana died in a car crash, Hong Kong returned under China rule and the stock markets crashed (again). The first Harry Potter book is published in United Kingdom, scientists cloned the first sheep (Dolly) and Microsoft released Interet Explorer 4 (yes, four).Cinemas were full of people watching Titanic, ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Heimdall: an RPG with a norse mythology setting

    Heimdall: an RPG with a norse mythology setting

    10th October 2020RPG
    "This PC Incarnation of Heimdall is every bit as good as its Amiga cousin, and also runs slightly faster. You're not just playing an adventure, you're experiencing a bridge between game genres, and the transition is a very easy one. Everything about the game is excellent, and even if ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jagged Alliance 2: squad tactics at its best

    Jagged Alliance 2: squad tactics at its best

    26th September 2020strategy
    I'm a fan of the original X-COM. I think it's one of the best turn-based tactics games ever released for DOS. Unfortunately, games like X-COM are not many. Jagged Alliance 2 has a similar tactical component: you give turn-based orders to a team of mercenaries, mission after mission. There's no management ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pharaoh: city building in ancient Egypt

    Pharaoh: city building in ancient Egypt

    15th August 2020simulation
    Pharaoh is a city building strategy game that is part of a group of games that uses the same interface and the same gameplay style: Pharaoh, the Caesar series and Zeus. Here's a couple of excerpt from reviews of old video game magazines. "Controlling all the aspects of civilization can ...
  • Solo Flight, by Sid Meier

    Solo Flight, by Sid Meier

    9th August 2020simulation
    Not many people know that the first games created by Sid Meier were flight simulations. Solo Flight was published by MicroProse in 1983 for Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari, and a year later, in 1984, for PC. The game takes place in the United States. As a fliying mailmain, the goal of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: the perfect sim?

    Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: the perfect sim?

    25th July 2020simulation
    This is one of the favourite games of my childhood. Scrap that, it's one of my favourite games at all. There's something in the micromanagement of an amusement park, in the designing of a new roller coaster, that glued me for hours on my chair in front of the computer. ...