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  • It Came From The Desert: giant ants from the 50s

    It Came From The Desert: giant ants from the 50s

    5th July 2022action, adventure
    It Came from the Desert is an abandonware action-adventure game developed by Cinemaware and released in 1990 for PC (DOS) and Amiga. It Came From the Desert is an action-adventure game with a peculiar flavor: it's set in the 50s, in the USA, and it's based on those old monster movies ...
  • Fighting with Body Blows by Team17

    Fighting with Body Blows by Team17

    28th May 2022action
    Back when I was the proud owner of an Amiga 500, if you wanted to play good fighting games (and you didn't own a console) you had to seek out the nearest arcades and spend coin after coin trying to learn every move of games like Mortal Kombat ore Street Fighter 2....
  • From the arcades: Turbo OutRun

    From the arcades: Turbo OutRun

    9th April 2022action, racing
    Turbo OutRun is an abandoned DOS action racing game set in North America, developed and published by Sega in 1990. Turbo OutRun is a conversion from the arcade classic of the same name and it's the sequel of the popular OutRun. The OutRun games are regarded as iconic and representative of ...
  • Retro game spotlight: The Lost Vikings

    Retro game spotlight: The Lost Vikings

    5th February 2022action, puzzle
    I'm not a fan of platformers. I love RPGs, I enjoyed many point & click adventures, I like most strategy games, but I never got excited while playing a platform game. Lost Viking is different. I LOVED the concept of controlling three different vikings in order to solve riddles and ...
  • Bomb Jack: an arcade classic

    Bomb Jack: an arcade classic

    22nd January 2022action, puzzle, remakes and sequels
    Bomb Jack is a classic arcade platform game developed and published by Tecmo in 1984. The goal of the game is to collect bombs while avoiding enemies; the whole game takes place in a fixed screen. Bomb Jack for DOS is a conversion from the arcade original version. The arcade and ...
  • Cadaver and Cadaver: The Payoff

    Cadaver and Cadaver: The Payoff

    20th November 2021action, adventure
    Cadaver (and the expansion Cadaver: The Payoff) is a blend of adventure and platform game developed by Bitmap Brothers. The gameplay reminds me of the glorious Head over Heels with a few differences: a fantasy setting, an inventory and the fact that you can die... and I died a lot ...
  • A classic brawler: One Must Fall 2097

    A classic brawler: One Must Fall 2097

    2nd October 2021action
    There was a time when brawlers on PC weren't that common. Not that today it's different, but finding a good brawler "versus" fighting game was really difficult. One Must Fall was one of those games: a perfect blend of everything a brawler needs to be. I finished One Must Fall ...
  • 1986 in retro gaming: Archon, Karateka, Space Quest

    1986 in retro gaming: Archon, Karateka, Space Quest

    24th July 2021action, adventure, strategy
    30 years ago, computer gaming was growing slowly. Computers like the C64 and the Spectrum were the main source of digital amusement among Home Computer owners. Finally after a few disappointing years, in 1986 a handful of interesting games began to conquer the PC public:Archon was an hybrid between an ...
  • Grand Theft Auto: the beginning

    Grand Theft Auto: the beginning

    10th July 2021action, racing
    In Grand theft auto the player takes the role of a criminal who can freely roam around the city (Liberty City) completing tasks for the local mobs: stealing cars, killing pedestrians, all of it while avoiding the police and the army. The freedom of gameplay and the "I'm the bad ...
  • Wizball in a world without colors

    Wizball in a world without colors

    19th June 2021action, puzzle
    Wizball is an abandoned shoot'em up created by Jon Hare and Chris Yates, the guys behind Sensible Software. Wizball was published for PC by Ocean Software in 1987. The premise of Wizball is quite odd: the realm of Wizworld was deprived by all colors by an evil guy. You, as the ...
  • 1998 in PC gaming: Dune 2000, Axis and Allies, Railroad Tycoon 2

    1998 in PC gaming: Dune 2000, Axis and Allies, Railroad Tycoon 2

    24th April 2021action, puzzle, strategy
    20 years ago PC gaming was thriving. Half-Life re-defined the game design of FPSs. Baldur's Gate and Fallout 2 gave hope to gamers who were waiting for the next generation of RPGs. Adventure gamers enjoyed Grim Fandango immensely. Real-time strategy fans spent countless hours playing StarCraft. And let's not forget&...
  • Relaxing with Alpha Waves

    Relaxing with Alpha Waves

    10th April 2021action
    Alpha Waves was the ultimate relaxing experience for PC. As a platform game, Alpha Waves it's an ok game; not bad, not very good, but if you consider the whole relaxing experience, it's worth a try. Alpha Waves stands the test of time, after all these years it's still fairly ...
  • Delivering papers as a digital paperboy

    Delivering papers as a digital paperboy

    3rd April 2021action
    Paperboy was an unusual arcade hit by Atari later published by Mindscape for DOS. Paperboy gameplay is peculiar: you control a boy on a bicycle and you have to deliver newspapers to a number of houses while avoiding dogs, cars and other obstacles. A sequel called Paperboy 2 was released in 1991 ...
  • Zool: the ninja from the Nth dimension

    Zool: the ninja from the Nth dimension

    20th March 2021action
    Zool was to Amiga what Sonic was for Sega consoles: a cool protagonist (a ninja of the Nth dimension!) for a high adrenaline action platformer. Zool was designed by George Allen and published by Gremlin in 1992 and it was an instant success. It was ported for many platforms, DOS included, ...
  • Mario Bros VGA: a remake

    Mario Bros VGA: a remake

    26th December 2020action, remakes and sequels
    Mario Bros VGA is a fan made remake of the original Mario Bros by Nintendo, the game that popularized the character of Mario, the italian plumber first saw in Donkey Kong. Mario Bros VGA is a fixed-screen platform arcade game that truly shines when played in co-op with a friend.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Commander Keen: side-scrolling platformers

    Commander Keen: side-scrolling platformers

    22nd February 2020action
    In the 90's PCs weren't exactly popular as a gaming system for platform games. The whole Commander Keen series was an exception. Created by a trio of talented designers (John Carmack, John Romero and Tom Hall), Commander Keen games - side scrolling platformers - contributed to put PCs under the ...