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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • CODiE Awards 1998: Diablo, Red Alert, Riven

    CODiE Awards 1998: Diablo, Red Alert, Riven

    16th May 2020top games and awards
    In 1998 happened something that would later change the whole world and the way we use the Internet: Google was founded. In the U.S.A. Bill Clinton is having trouble with Monica Lewinsky. In Russia the Rouble devaluates quickly. Microsoft releases Windows 98 (now abandonware...?). Some of the most popular ...
  • 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....
  • 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 ...