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  • GameSpy's 25 Favorite PC Games of the '90s

    GameSpy's 25 Favorite PC Games of the '90s

    24th February 2024action, adventure, puzzle, racing, RPG, shooter, strategy, top games and awards
    "The 1990s were landmark years for PC gaming, giving rise to three of the most deeply ingrained genres on the platform, and delivering memorable classics in the role-playing and adventure genres that the PC had long been known for. To celebrate this monumental decade we've put together some reflections ...
  • Raiden: from the arcades to DOS

    Raiden: from the arcades to DOS

    17th February 2024shooter
    Raiden is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up game developed by Seibu Kaihatsu and first released in arcades in 1990 and later for many home computers and consoles. Raiden follows the classic vertical scrolling shoot 'em up format. Players control a spaceship known as the R-9C "Red-Ray" and navigate vertically ...
  • Seek and Destroy

    Seek and Destroy

    13th January 2024action, shooter
    Seek and Destroy was a shoot'em up published by the well known Epic Megagames in 1996 that tried to change the usual shoot'em up gameplay for the better. Instead of wave after wave of enemies to shoot down, you are given short missions to accomplish with your helicopter or your tank (...
  • 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 ...
  • CODiE Awards 1999: Starcraft, Unreal, Lego Loco

    CODiE Awards 1999: Starcraft, Unreal, Lego Loco

    25th November 2023shooter, sports, strategy, top 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wolfenstein 3D: the grandfather of FPS

    Wolfenstein 3D: the grandfather of FPS

    22nd July 2023shooter, top games and awards
    Wolfenstein 3D is the first-person shooter that popularized the whole genre in the early 90s and is considered one of the greatest games ever made. Wolfenstein 3D was designed by John Romero and Tom Hall (id Software) and released as shareware by Apogee Software in 1992 for DOS. Wolfenstein 3D is ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Robocop: the game

    Robocop: the game

    27th February 2023action, shooter
    Robocop is an abandoned beat 'em up / run and gun shooter game developed and released by Data East in 1989 for a number of platforms, including DOS. Robocop is a conversion from an arcade game released by Data East in 1988 and it was based on the movie of the same name, ...
  • The Operative: No One Lives Forever

    The Operative: No One Lives Forever

    29th January 2023shooter
    The Operative: No One Lives Forever is a first-person shooter with stealth gameplay elements, developed by Monolith Productions and released by Fox Interactive in 2000 for Windows, Mac and PS2. As Cate Archer, a spy working for a secret organization in the 60s, you have to find out who killed your ...
  • Witchaven: a fantasy first-person slasher

    Witchaven: a fantasy first-person slasher

    12th November 2022action, shooter
    Witchaven is an abandoned fantasy first-person shooter (or "slasher", since you'll wield melee weapons) developed by Capstone and released by IntraCorp in 1995 for DOS and Windows. Witchaven includes RPG elements such as experience and leveling your character but it's primarily an action game with swords and spells.More info about ...
  • Classic shoot'em up: Xenon 2

    Classic shoot'em up: Xenon 2

    2nd July 2022shooter
    Xenon 2: Megablast is a classic shoot'em up developed by Bitmap Brothers and released by Image Works in 1990 for DOS and for a plethora of other systems. Xenon was good, Xenon 2 was far better. Compared to today standards Xenon 2 is perhaps a mediocre shoot 'em up, but at the time every ...
  • The Terminator: Future Shock

    The Terminator: Future Shock

    2nd April 2022shooter
    The Terminator: Future Shock is an abandoned science fiction first-person shooter game based on the popular Terminator movies franchise, set in a dystopian world where machines has taken over the Earth. The Terminator: Future Shock was developed by Bethesda Softworks and released in 1995 for DOS.Game details Genres: shooter,&...
  • Cabal: an abandoned shooting gallery game

    Cabal: an abandoned shooting gallery game

    25th March 2022play online, shooter
    Cabal is an abandoned arcade conversion of a popular shooter game set in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Cabal was developed by TAD Corporation and released by Capcom in 1989 for DOS.Zero Magazine (issue 06) wrote: "The idea in not only to shoot everything that moves but also most of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Heretic and Hexen: fantasy FPS

    Heretic and Hexen: fantasy FPS

    13th November 2021shooter
    Wolfenstein 3D made the FPS genre known to the world, Doom raised the quality bar and the popularity of First Person Shooters. Then came Heretic, a fantasy version of Doom with the addition of an inventory. Heretic was one of the few FPS I actually finished (and loved). I never ...
  • Space Harrier: third-person rail shooter

    Space Harrier: third-person rail shooter

    26th June 2021shooter
    Space Harrier is a 3rd-person view rail-shooter developed by Sega in 1985. Space Harrier was a hit in the arcades, and later it was converted for a number of platforms, including DOS (4 years later!). The sequels - Space Harrier 3D and Space Harrier II - were never ported to DOS.
  • Operation Wolf: first-person shooting gallery

    Operation Wolf: first-person shooting gallery

    20th December 2020shooter
    Operation Wolf was a hit at the arcades, in part thanks to that wonderful cabinet. I have to admit that I've never played it outside my home. I used to play Operation Wolf first on a Commodore 64 (and yes, I enjoyed it) and later on a 386 PC. What I really ...
  • 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 ...