Saturday, 24th July 2021
1986 in retro gaming: Archon, Karateka, Space Quest
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 arcade game and chess and balanced the two brilliantly
- Karateka amazed people like me, stunned by the fluid movement of the main character
- Space Quest 1 was the first adventure of a successful series
- Starflight didn't became immediately popular; today is a cult
- Alter Ego Male and Alter Ego Female were so unique that no one managed to do something similar for years
1986 produced some of the finest interactive fiction games: Amnesia, Ballyhoo, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, Moonmist, The Pawn, to name a few.
Cinemas were full of testosterone: Platoon, Highlander, Big Trouble in Little China, Aliens (female testosterone?), Top Gun, but also Stand By Me and Labyrinth (rest in peace David).
The billboard top 10 for 1986 was... well... disappointing:
|1||"That's What Friends are For"||Dionne and Friends (Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder)|
|2||"Say You, Say Me"||Lionel Richie|
|3||"I Miss You"||Klymaxx|
|4||"On My Own"||Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald|
|5||"Broken Wings"||Mr. Mister|
|6||"How Will I Know"||Whitney Houston|
|7||"Party All the Time"||Eddie Murphy|
|10||"Addicted to Love"||Robert Palmer|
Want more games published in 1986? Abandonware DOS has a few available for download.