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  • The first Civilization

    The first Civilization

    13th August 2022strategy
    I clearly remember the first time I played Civilization. It was, perhaps, the first time I played a 4X game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate). It took me a fair amount of time to learn the mechanics, understand the pace of the game, the gameplay and to finally beat the computer ...
  • Hooligans: one of the most controversial games ever released

    Hooligans: one of the most controversial games ever released

    6th August 2022strategy
    Apparently, Hooligans is one of the most controversial games ever made. I say apparently simply because I've never played Hooligans back then. A few weeks ago I spent half an hour playing the tutorial mission and I have to admit that I felt uncomfortable walking around thrashing benches and beating ...
  • The Aethra Chronicles Volume One: Celystra's Bane

    The Aethra Chronicles Volume One: Celystra's Bane

    30th July 2022RPG
    The Aethra Chronicles is not a well know RPG, but it deserves some praise. It was developed by only one person (Micheal Lawrence) and, as the title implies, was intended to be the first volume of a saga. Unfortunately, volume two and three were never made. For a shareware game, ...
  • Daggerfall: the second chapter of the Elder Scrolls

    Daggerfall: the second chapter of the Elder Scrolls

    23rd July 2022RPG
    The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall is an old school first-person 3D RPG developed by Bethesda Softworks and released in 1996 for DOS. Daggerfall is the second chapter in The Elder Scrolls Series. The open world gameplay, the procedural generation of dungeons and the freedom of exploring and taking on the quests at ...
  • Mobygames awards: Games of the Year

    Mobygames awards: Games of the Year

    16th July 2022top games and awards
    Mobygames is perhaps the biggest video game database on the Internet, as many of you already know. What you might not know is that Mobygames has a Games Of The Year award... well... sort of. The "best games" are automatically chosen among the ones with the highest critic scores. That's ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Simon The Sorcerer: point and click humor

    Simon The Sorcerer: point and click humor

    25th June 2022adventure
    Simon the Sorcerer is adventure game designed by Simon Woodroffe, developed and published by Adventure Soft and released in 1993. Often overlooked, Simon The Sorcerer is one of the finest point & click adventure games ever designed for DOS. In an era dominated by LucasFilm Games (later renamed LucasArts) and Sierra, ...
  • The best first-person party-based RPGs according to you

    The best first-person party-based RPGs according to you

    18th June 2022RPG, top games and awards
    Party-based role-playing games with a first person perspective became popular after the release of Dungeon Master in 1989. Before Dungeon Master only a handful RPGs used first-person as a point of view, the Bard's Tale and Wizardry series among others.Dungeon Master managed to create a very neat user interface without ...
  • 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, ...
  • Quarantine: blood on the road

    Quarantine: blood on the road

    4th June 2022racing
    Quarantine is a first-person shooter / driving game hybrid set in a dark dystopian futuristic city where the player drives around in a taxi cab, picking up passengers and killing everyone else. If you loved Carmageddon, you will also like Quarantine. Stay away if you don't like gratuitous violence, gore and ...
  • 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....
  • Space Questing with Sierra On-Line

    Space Questing with Sierra On-Line

    21st May 2022adventure
    Space Quest games are all somewhat "abandoned". Sierra is defunct and no one is maintaining the old Space Quest games. (Un)fortunately a few digital stores have Space Quest games in their catalog (see GOG) and that's why almost all Sierra games on Abandonware DOS aren't available for download.The ...
  • The beginning of Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

    The beginning of Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

    14th May 2022RPG, top games and awards
    Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss is a first-person 3D RPG set in the Ultima universe created by Richard Garriott. Ultima Underworld was designed by Paul Neurath, developed by Blue Sky Productions and released by Origin Systems in 1992. It was followed by Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds.More info about ...
  • The Zork universe: an underground empire

    The Zork universe: an underground empire

    7th May 2022adventure
    Zork is one of the most popular text-adventures and one of the first interactive fiction games ever created. The first Zork was developed in the seventies and ported on various platform by Infocom in the early 80s. Infocom was one of the most prolific developers of text-adventures for home ...
  • A classic roguelike: Linley's Dungeon Crawl

    A classic roguelike: Linley's Dungeon Crawl

    29th April 2022RPG
    Dungeon Crawl (also known as Linley's Dungeon Crawl from the name of the original programmer: Linley Henzell) is a classic roguelike: an RPG with permadeath, procedural generation and high replayability. Dungeon Crawl was released on 1997 but it's not maintained anymore. The spiritual successor of Crawl is DCCS (Dungeon Crawl Stone ...
  • Retro racing: Grand Prix 2 by Geoff Crammond

    Retro racing: Grand Prix 2 by Geoff Crammond

    23rd April 2022racing
    Grand Prix 2 is an abandoned Formula 1 racing game designed by Geoff Crammond and published by MicroProse Software in 1995 for DOS. Grand Prix 2 is the sequel to Formula One Grand Prix and was a one-man project (which was uncommon at the time). Grand Prix 2 was essentially an accurate simulation of ...
  • The Origin of The Savage Empire

    The Origin of The Savage Empire

    16th April 2022big box PC games, RPG
    After the success of Ultima 6: The False Prophet, Origin decided to "create worlds" not part of the popular Ultima series using the same engine as Ultima 6. They came up with two games: The Savage Empire and Martian Dreams. The Savage Empire is set in a stone-age-like time period and features ...
  • 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 ...