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  • GameSpy Greatest PC Games of All Time: The '80s

    GameSpy Greatest PC Games of All Time: The '80s

    27th January 2024action, adventure, RPG, simulation, sports, strategy, top games and awards
    This is a special feature of the popular (and old!) video games site GameSpy. These games were handpicked by the GameSpy staff to be part of the best PC games published in the 80s. GameSpy Online, often referred to as GameSpy, was a division of IGN Entertainment that provided a ...
  • The shareware business model

    The shareware business model

    6th January 2024action, adventure, puzzle, racing, RPG, shooter, simulation, sports, strategy
    Shareware is a type of software distribution model that allows users to try a program before purchasing it. It's a marketing strategy and distribution method that was particularly popular in the early days of personal computing, primarily during the 1980s and 1990s.Shareware games were released for free with limited ...
  • God games: from Populous to Black and White

    God games: from Populous to Black and White

    2nd December 2023simulation, strategy
    A god game is a genre of video games where the player assumes the role of a deity or god and has control over various aspects of the game world. In these games, players typically have god-like powers and influence over the environment, characters, and events within the game. The ...
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: a classic simulation

    Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: a classic simulation

    18th November 2023simulation
    Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 is a simulation game developed by Chris Sawyer Productions and published by Infogrames. It was released in 2002 as the sequel to the original  classic Roller Coaster Tycoon. In Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 players take on the role of an amusement park manager and are tasked with ...
  • Sid Meier was a pirate

    Sid Meier was a pirate

    30th September 2023adventure, remakes and sequels, simulation, strategy
    Pirates! Gold is an open world game designed by Paul Murphy, developed and released by MicroProse Software in 1993 for DOS, Windows 3.x, Mac and also Sega Genesis and Amiga CD32. Pirates! Gold is a remake of the game Pirates, created by Sid Meier in 1987. Pirates! Gold gameplay is a unique ...
  • Magic Carpet, by Bullfrog

    Magic Carpet, by Bullfrog

    18th August 2023shooter, simulation
    I remember little of Magic Carpet, but one thing I remember clearly was the plain fun I had flying around casting spells. It was one of the smoothest first-person games around at the time and it gave me a wonderful feeling of flying freedom. Sadly I never got a chance ...
  • B-17 Flying Fortress: heavy bomber simulation

    B-17 Flying Fortress: heavy bomber simulation

    29th July 2023simulation
    B-17 Flying Fortress is a single-player historical combat flight simulation game designed by Mike Brunton, developed and released by MicroProse Software in 1992 for DOS, Amiga and Atari ST. As the title suggests, it's a simulation of the B-17 heavy bomber, set during World War II. Flight is not the only ...
  • Star Crusader: space combat

    Star Crusader: space combat

    12th May 2023shooter, simulation
    Star Crusader is an abandoned science fiction first-person 3D space combat simulation, developed by Take-Two Interactive and released by GameTek in 1994 both for DOS and for Amiga platforms. During the game you will have to choose on which side you want to fight: the Gorenes or the rebels. Depending on ...
  • Solo Flight, by Sid Meier

    Solo Flight, by Sid Meier

    6th May 2023simulation
    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 ...
  • CODiE Awards 1993: A-Train, Links 386, Wolfenstein 3-D

    CODiE Awards 1993: A-Train, Links 386, Wolfenstein 3-D

    8th April 2023shooter, simulation, sports, top games and awards
    In 1993 the games awarded by the CODiE Awards aren't the most remembered of that decade. Looking at this meager list, the only game that stands out after all these years is Wolfenstein 3-D, which is simply the father of Doom and all the first-person shooters that came after that.1993A-Train ...
  • SimEarth: a life simulation game by Maxis

    SimEarth: a life simulation game by Maxis

    29th March 2023simulation
    SimEarth is a simulation in which you can shape and mold a planet in almost every way you can imagine. In SimEarth our planet is simulated as a whole: life, climate, atmosphere are all aspects of a single Gaia-like Earth. SimEarth can be played in two modes: game and experimental. ...
  • Populous 2 Trials of the Olympian Gods: the perfect god-game?

    Populous 2 Trials of the Olympian Gods: the perfect god-game?

    11th March 2023simulation, strategy
    Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods is an old sandbox strategy god-game. As the title suggests, the setting is more of less ancient Greek mythology and you're a god (hence the god-game label). Populous 2 is the sequel of the much acclaimed Populous, designed by Peter Molineaux. Populous 2 was developed ...
  • Free Enterprise: build your small business from the ground up

    Free Enterprise: build your small business from the ground up

    30th September 2022simulation
    Dehumanizing offices? Check. Depressing environment? Check. No windows in the whole place? Check. Good, I'm ready to exploit my workers and become great entrepreneur. All of this thanks to Free Enterprise, a simulation for Windows by Tsunami Media, published in 1996.More info:Genres: simulation, business simulationSystem: Windows ...
  • X-COM Apocalypse: a different X-COM

    X-COM Apocalypse: a different X-COM

    27th August 2022remakes and sequels, simulation, strategy
    X-COM: Apocalypse is the third installment of the very popular X-COM franchise. After X-COM: Ufo Defence and Terror From the Deep, fans expected another smash hit. Apocalypse is quite different under many aspects, from gameplay to aesthetics. X-COM Apocalypse was designed by Julian Gollop (the same designer that brought the ...
  • Powermonger, by Bullfrog

    Powermonger, by Bullfrog

    9th July 2022simulation, strategy
    Powermonger is a real time strategy game where the player must defeat the opponents by conquering towns and tipping the balance of power in his/her favor. This is done by giving orders to soldiers and captains and by accumulating enough resources (food and equipment) to survive and ultimately win.
  • Colonization: a Civilization spin-off

    Colonization: a Civilization spin-off

    11th June 2022simulation, strategy
    Colonization is a turn based strategy 4x game. The setting is the European colonization of the new world. Colonization gameplay and interface are similar to Civilization, another Sid Meier game. However, there are some differences between Civilization and Colonization: playable nations (the European powers of the time), resources and commodities, ...
  • Play Elite online: the birth of space simulations

    Play Elite online: the birth of space simulations

    24th December 2021shooter, simulation
    The very first Elite was the kind of game that starts a whole genre. Space sims - I'm talking about the trade-fight-explore kind of sims - started with the creation of David Braben and Ian Bell. Games like Freelancer and EVE Online owe Elite a great deal. The Elite series ...
  • Hail Caesar! For the second time

    Hail Caesar! For the second time

    11th December 2021simulation, strategy
    Caesar 2 is many things: a simulation set in ancient roman times, a city builder, a wonderful strategy game. Caesar 2 is all of this and more: it's one of the early games developed by Impressions that set the gameplay and quality standards later implemented in old strategy games like Zeus and ...
  • Jones in the Fast Lane: board game meets life simulation

    Jones in the Fast Lane: board game meets life simulation

    27th November 2021simulation, strategy
    Jones in the Fast Lane is the kind of game that you don't see often these days. It's a mix between a digital board game and a modern day life simulation. The goal of the game is to live the life of Jones, making choices about school, work, your home, ...
  • Transport Tycoon: planes, trains, trucks

    Transport Tycoon: planes, trains, trucks

    30th October 2021simulation
    Transport Tycoon is 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 transport passengers, mail and various goods using trucks, trains and planes. The game became a cult and a few ...