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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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • Duke Nukem 3D: the duke is back

    Duke Nukem 3D: the duke is back

    11th July 2020shooter
    I have to admit something to you all. I liked Duke Nukem 3D more than Doom. There, I said it. I know some of your consider this an heresy, but that's the truth. Doom was a wonderful game, but Duke Nukem 3D had a strange appeal on me. I wasn't ...
  • CODiE Awards 1999: Starcraft, Unreal, Lego Loco

    CODiE Awards 1999: Starcraft, Unreal, Lego Loco

    4th July 2020top games and awards
    In 1999 we surpassed 6 billion inhabitants in the whole world. In Europe, the new currency - called EURO - replaces national currencies. In the USA, Napster is released, and if you don't remember it, go looking for it on wikipedia! Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 5 (five!).Movies released in 1999: Star Wars: The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...