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Alien Earth

Windows - Released - July 21, 1998

Alien Earth is an isometric action adventure game about aliens who have enslaved earth and keep humans around only to hunt for sport. In regular intervals the humans have to give up one of their own to ensure the survival of all. The player takes the role of Finn, who has been chosen to be the next prey. But he has no intentions of going down easy... In seven levels he has to use both force and brain to survive. Puzzles are of the usual inventory based kind: picking up everything not nailed down, combining items and using then in the environment. There are also friendly people to talk to....

Ardok the Barbarian

Ardok the Barbarian

Commodore 64 - 1987

Ardok the Barbarian is the US release of Asterix and the Magic Cauldron. Since the comic character Asterix is mainly known in Europe, the main character was turned into a more common Barbarian for this release. The plot and the gameplay is identical.

Australian Games

Australian Games

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1990

Australian Games travels to the Australian roots and gives us the opportunity to compare if their inconsequential and fun evidence more rooted deserve the fanaticism of Olé and Olé Spanish. In Australia they go their way, jump into the water, shoot drunk on bottles that fly in a jeep, throw boomerangs that hit them in the head and try again and again pulling the fishing rod to the very fin of the shark. These are the things with which they have fun in Australia, apart from the Pearl Surf and the Sydney Opera House. This game was also released under the name Aussie Games.

Bad Street Brawler

Bad Street Brawler

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

In Bad Street Brawler, players take the role of the former punk rocker and current martial artist Duke Dunnegan, or alternatively the wrestler Gorgeous George (Bop N' Wrestle) or as a high school teacher pushed to far (Street Hassle) who finds he is the only one in the position to clean the mean streets from various thugs and loonies. Gameplay involves walking through the streets and taking out any enemies that get in the way. Kicks and punches are your basic moves at first, but as the game progresses, new moves and attacks become available, and new enemy types to beat up as well.

Bad Street Brawler

Bad Street Brawler

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

In Bad Street Brawler, players take the role of the former punk rocker and current martial artist Duke Dunnegan, or alternatively the wrestler Gorgeous George (Bop N' Wrestle) or as a high school teacher pushed to far (Street Hassle) who finds he is the only one in the position to clean the mean streets from various thugs and loonies. Gameplay involves walking through the streets and taking out any enemies that get in the way. Kicks and punches are your basic moves at first, but as the game progresses, new moves and attacks become available, and new enemy types to beat up as well.

Bedlam

Bedlam

Amstrad CPC

Bedlam is a vertically scrolling space shoot’em-up. Space fighter shoots patterns of swirling aliens and stationary cannons, collects extras and fights boss ships – Bedlam is ordinary shoot’em-up material, stretched out over 16 short levels and spiced up with your standard two-player option. While ZX Spectrum and C64 see a genuine space shooter with full-screen backgrounds and level variations, CPC and DOS get bare-bone versions stripped down to Galaga level.

Bedlam

Bedlam

Commodore 64 - 1988

Bedlam is a vertically scrolling space shoot’em-up. Space fighter shoots patterns of swirling aliens and stationary cannons, collects extras and fights boss ships – Bedlam is ordinary shoot’em-up material, stretched out over 16 short levels and spiced up with your standard two-player option.

Bedlam (1988)

Bedlam (1988)

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

Bedlam is a vertically scrolling space shoot’em-up. Space fighter shoots patterns of swirling aliens and stationary cannons, collects extras and fights boss ships – Bedlam is ordinary shoot’em-up material, stretched out over 16 short levels and spiced up with your standard two-player option. While ZX Spectrum and C64 see a genuine space shooter with full-screen backgrounds and level variations, CPC and DOS get bare-bone versions stripped down to Galaga level.

Bop'n Wrestle

Bop'n Wrestle

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

The company behind Way of the Exploding Fist and Fighting Warrior also tried its hand at wrestling, with this game claiming to be the first 3D combat sports game, in which you can avoid the opponent by moving up or down the screen as well as left or right. Like any fighting game worth its salt, the game can be played with one or two players. In one-player mode there are 10 opponents to take on in sequence. The moves on offer include almost everything you'd find in real wrestling (and I don't mean WWE) - piledrivers, arm twists, body slams and turnbuckle flies, all of which are fully...

Castle of Terror

Castle of Terror

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

In this graphic adventure game from Melbourne House, the player must venture into the vampire's castle to rescue a fair maid. Players proceed through the game by reading a description of each scene, then entering one- or two word commands at a prompt. The commands can be simple or complex, and the player can perform more than one action on a single line. Animated characters feature in some scenes of the game, and there is background music during play.

Crack of Doom

Crack of Doom

Apple II - Released - 1989

Return to Mordor, where a dull red sky is filled with the dust and heat of Mount Doom. Brave the ash-covered wastelands of Gorgoroth, the blood-splashed courtyards in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and a horrifying torture chamber guarded by grinning, brutal orcs. In this adventure you will be playing as Sam Gamgee and will begin outside the gates of Cirith Ungol. Dare you enter the Tower and try to save your beloved master, Frodo? Or should you somehow try to complete the quest alone, and hurl the Ring of Power into the fires of Mount Doom?

The Crack of Doom

The Crack of Doom

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Return to Mordor, where a dull red sky is filled with the dust and heat of Mount Doom. Brave the ash-covered wastelands of Gorgoroth, the blood-splashed courtyards in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and a horrifying torture chamber guarded by grinning, brutal orcs. In this adventure you will be playing as Sam Gamgee and will begin outside the gates of Cirith Ungol. Dare you enter the Tower and try to save your beloved master, Frodo? Or should you somehow try to complete the quest alone, and hurl the Ring of Power into the fires of Mount Doom?

Cricket 96

Cricket 96

MS-DOS - Released - 1996

One of the first realistic cricket games in the market, Cricket 96 wowed people with its options, commentary and video options. You can play either test or one-day matches with a choice of 8 teams, and you can set your field, bowlers and batsmen. It has a good control system and decent graphics for its time.

Cricket 97

Cricket 97

MS-DOS - Released - 1997

Cricket. It's not a world wide sport and I have to say it can be pretty boring at times. However, it's one of those sports that's a bit more relaxing to watch. It's not like watching a football match (soccer American sports fans) where you're constantly in danger of a cardiac arrest because your team need one goal to stay in the Premier League. Cricket is a different kettle of fish all together. Cricket matches don't take hours, they take days. Cricket is all about sitting back and having a rest. As is the nature of cricket, you'll either be batting or bowling. Batting is handled by the...

The Dame Was Loaded

The Dame Was Loaded

MS-DOS - Released - April 30, 1996

The Dame Was Loaded is a detective mystery adventure game reminiscent of private eye movies of the 1940's. The player controls detective Scott Anger, a Sam Spade type of character, who is hired by a mysterious woman to find her missing brother, Dan. What at first appears to be just another missing persons case, Anger's investigation soon reveals that Dan was somehow involved in some much larger crimes including several murders and a bank robbery. The game is somewhat similar in style to Tex Murphy games, requiring the player to use sleuthing skills to interact with characters (represented...

Doc the Destroyer

Doc the Destroyer

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Centuries of pollution have destroyed the environment, causing the few survivors to live beneath the energy dome - outside of this havoc and dark creatures reign. Against all advice, Doc the Destroyer attempts to put things right by convincing people to return overground. Gameplay has several distinct elements, beginning with creating a character by balancing strength, endurance, luck, charisma and intelligence. Each area you travel through is described in text, and you will be presented with options as to where to explore, hide, flee, fight etc. Fights involve the gameplay moving into...

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

The Fellowship of the Ring is an interactive fiction (with graphics) game based on the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings, describing the efforts of the Hobbits Frodo, Pippin, and Sam and their quest to bring the ring to Mount Doom. The game is divided into two parts (represented by two separate executable files: DOS version). The first part starts with Frodo at his home in the Shire, where eventually you will team up with the other Hobbits Pippin and Sam, as well as Aragorn and Gandalf. From meeting with Tom Bombadil, the Green Knight, the Balrog and ends with the...

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

Commodore 64 - 1986

The Fellowship of the Ring is an interactive fiction (with graphics) game based on the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings, describing the efforts of the Hobbits Frodo, Pippin, and Sam and their quest to bring the ring to Mount Doom. The game is divided into two parts (represented by two separate executable files: DOS version). The first part starts with Frodo at his home in the Shire, where eventually you will team up with the other Hobbits Pippin and Sam, as well as Aragorn and Gandalf. From meeting with Tom Bombadil, the Green Knight, the Balrog and ends with the...

Grand Larceny

Grand Larceny

Commodore 64 - 1984

You are standing outside a hotel and your mission is to enter the hotel and explore it to find the plans to a super computer. There are many rooms and floors to explore as you find objects in various places and various other characters. You must use certain objects in the correct places to proceed and interact with the other characters to find the plans and escape from the roof by helicopter. Grand Larceny is an adventure with arcade elements as you control your character with a joystick as you view him from the side and the screen scrolls when you move. Below the playing area is text that...

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

MS-DOS - Released - 1983

Now, the book by which all other fantasy adventures must be measured has come to life as the ultimate computer program. Now you can enter into one of the most incredible fantasy adventures the world has ever known. As Bilbo, the reluctant hobbit, you suddenly find yourself on a wonderful, frightening, magical journey. You, Gandalf the wizard and Thorin the dwarf are off to slay the evil dragon and return the treasure he is hoarding. Along the way you will meet trolls and goblins, wizards and elves, Gollum, Bard and other creatures of Middle-earth. What's more, through your computer, you will...

Inspector Gadget and the Circus of !!Fear!!

Inspector Gadget and the Circus of !!Fear!!

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

When the International Circus comes to town, a mysterious series of disappearances begin, and Inspector Gadget is called into help. Once his involvement is discovered, Penny and Brains are kidnapped, making Gadget's task bigger. This involves getting through each side-scrolling level, avoiding the meanies by jumping them, and reaching the final target. There are many holes which lead to different sections of levels. The C64 version adds an icon system allowing you to collect and use your gadgets.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan

J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Another J.R.R. Tolkien based game, but specifically focused on the Two Towers story, starting right before the siege of Helm's Keep: the battle between the defending forces of Rohan and the attacking legions of the evil wizard Saruman. The game introduces a similiar style of play as War in Middle Earth, that is a macro-world map point of view which operates battles and movement of mass armies, and there's a micro point of view, a more 'action' approach where the original characters of the Fellowship can battle enemies at a smaller scale: Shoot orcs from a ranged distance, fight them melee in...

KKND Krossfire

KKND Krossfire

Sony Playstation - Released - April 10, 1999

One hundred years ago, a great nuclear war ravaged the entire planet . . . survivors were few. Those that rose from the ashes of the nuclear wastelands were split into two factions, the Survivor Army, who had the common sense to disappear underground during the worst of the nuclear winds. The Evolved, on the other hand, were not about to scurry, rat-like, into the depths of the subterranean haven. They decided to brave the harsh conditions of the once fertile planet. However, the nuclear toxins changed this once proud people into half-crazed mutants that scavenged the land for over half a...

KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy

KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy

MS-DOS - Released - 1997

After a nuclear war humanity is divided up into two groups: the survivors and the mutes. The survivors lived under the surface of Earth for years. After they crawled up to the light again, the whole world has changed. The most important resource is oil and now a war between the Evolved (mutants) and the Survivors begins. The Evolved use mutant animals as units, while the Survivors use their high-tech vehicles. KKND is a real-time strategy game where oil is the primary resource to earn the currency needed to construct buildings and train units. Different buildings can often be upgraded...

KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme

KKND: Krush Kill 'n Destroy Xtreme

Windows - October 31, 1997

KKND is set in a twenty second century post nuclear war world where two races of humanoids struggle for the control of the Earth and what little is left of its resources. KKND Xtreme is essentially the same as the original KKND game except that it adds more missions. You play one of two races: either Survivors or Evolved. Each race has their own unique set of units with which to fight. The game revolves around constructing buildings, gathering oil and training and deploying combat units to accomplish a set goal.

KKND2: Krossfire

KKND2: Krossfire

Windows - 1998

Finally, a formidable computer opponent to challenge the smartest cagey old vet. Battle an AI that probes your defenses, retreats, sets ambushes, and even attacks from multiple fronts. Add units that gain experience through combat, improving their damage potential and accuracy, and eventually the ability to heal themselves. Now you have a recipe to make any PC commander drool - welcome to the world of KRUSH, KILL 'n DESTROY!

Mickey's Adventure in Numberland

Mickey's Adventure in Numberland

Nintendo Entertainment System - March 1, 1994

In this game, Mickey must collect all of the numbers from one to ten in order prevent the evil Pete from completely robbing Numberland. The five levels are: Number City, Number Factory, Space Center, Number Museum, and Pete's Hideout. Basic math questions must be answered in order to progress to the next level. There are three difficulty levels; players can only "die" on the hardest difficulty level. Also, the player is given balls of bubblegum to be used against enemies as a weapon. These elements create a "traditional video game" environment to an otherwise "purely educational" video game.

Mugsy's Revenge!

Mugsy's Revenge!

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

As in the original Mugsy this strategy game is presented in a highly visual style with lots of detailed comic-book style stills and short animations. As a gangster in 1919, you see an opportunity to make money by illegally supplying alcohol during the Prohibition era in the US. Hints as to all decisions in the game are given through textual conversations with your assistants - these can include how much booze to produce, how big a bribe to give, and whether to invest in your own Speakeasy bar later on. Unlike the original game, there are some arcade sequences which involve running around...

The Muncher

The Muncher

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

In the Muncher, based on the sweets product Chewits, the player takes the role of a prehistoric monster on its quest to retrieve its eggs from Japanese explorers. At the bottom line this plays out as destroying as many houses and attackers as possible to get a high score. The monster has a variety of moves to its disposal, depending on if it is on the ground or currently climbing a building, which includes a limited amount of fireballs. These can be recharged by eating petrol trucks. Another important gameplay mechanics are the above mentioned eggs: if found, they can be brought to waste...

Penetrator

Penetrator

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Penetrator involves guiding your ship through a horizontally-scrolling arrangement of caverns, in a manner similar to Scramble. The ship must avoid crashing into the surface of the caverns (which have a jagged pattern of being higher in some parts than in others), or the mounted radar bases or seeker missiles. Fortunately you are armed with both a forward-shooting laser and downward-arcing bombs. The game has a training mode, which is useful to help you practice the game with infinite lives, as well as a simultaneous 2-player mode. There's also an editor allowing you to design the cavern...

Rock 'n Wrestle

Rock 'n Wrestle

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1985

The company behind Way of the Exploding Fist and Fighting Warrior also tried its hand at wrestling, with this game claiming to be the first 3D combat sports game, in which you can avoid the opponent by moving up or down the screen as well as left or right. Like any fighting game worth its salt, the game can be played with one or two players. In one-player mode there are 10 opponents to take on in sequence. The moves on offer include almost everything you'd find in real wrestling (and I don't mean WWE) - piledrivers, arm twists, body slams and turnbuckle flies, all of which are fully...

The Shadows of Mordor

The Shadows of Mordor

Apple II - Released - 1988

The Shadows of Mordor is an officially licensed J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" text adventure game based on the second part of the trilogy - "The Two Towers". You can select to play as either Frodo or Sam. The game follows the plot of the book closely and many locations have accompanying illustrations. Unusually for a text adventure game, the action happens in real time: if you sit there thinking of what to do next, things will happen in the game, e.g. creatures will move from location to location.

The Shadows of Mordor

The Shadows of Mordor

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

The Shadows of Mordor is an officially licensed J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" text adventure game based on the second part of the trilogy - "The Two Towers". You can select to play as either Frodo or Sam. The game follows the plot of the book closely and many locations have accompanying illustrations. Unusually for a text adventure game, the action happens in real time: if you sit there thinking of what to do next, things will happen in the game, e.g. creatures will move from location to location.

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