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1942: The Pacific Air War

1942: The Pacific Air War

MS-DOS - Released - 1994

1942: The Pacific Air War is a flight simulation set in World War II, more specific the Pacific War between Japan and the United States. The focus is on the realistic simulation of the ten aircraft, this means for instance that there is no indicator for ammo. The game features several missions which can be either played independently from each other or in two campaigns for the United States or Japan. The goals are mostly to liberate an area, to defend an area or to destroy a specific target. The special feature of this game is that it also can be played as strategy game. On an overhead...

Acro Jet

Acro Jet

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

Acrojet contains ten acrobatic events which can be played by up to four players and at four different levels of difficulty. In all ten events you fly a BD5J Acrojet over a series of obstacles: In the Pylon Race you have to fly around pylons and land safely. In the Slalom Race you have to fly a 'figure 8'. In the next event, the Ribbon Cut you have to break two ribbons. In the Inverted Ribbon Cut you perform the same stunt but flying the plane upside down. In the Ribbon Roll there are two ribbons in a row and you have to fly under one and complete a full roll followed by flying under the...

AcroJet

AcroJet

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

Acrojet contains ten acrobatic events which can be played by up to four players and at four different levels of difficulty. In all ten events you fly a BD5J Acrojet over a series of obstacles: In the Pylon Race you have to fly around pylons and land safely. In the Slalom Race you have to fly a 'figure 8'. In the next event, the Ribbon Cut you have to break two ribbons. In the Inverted Ribbon Cut you perform the same stunt but flying the plane upside down. In the Ribbon Roll there are two ribbons in a row and you have to fly under one and complete a full roll followed by flying under the...

Airborne Ranger

Airborne Ranger

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

More Than Just A Great Game ... It's an Adventure! Call up your courage, your ingenuity and your aptitude...and all the cunning, dexterity and tactical expertise you can muster! You'll need it. The twelve desperate missions in this MicroProse classic use them all. You'd better be at your very best. Test yourself as one of America's elite fighting men. Embark on solo mission behind enemy lines - rescue hostages from a terrorist prison or infiltrate the HQ of an enemy unit. Whether starting an infiltration, search and destroy, rescue or sabotage mission, plan on plenty of heavy-hitting...

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress

MS-DOS - Released - December 31, 1992

B-17 Flying Fortress is a simulation of the legendary heavy bomber of World War II. After customizing one's bomber with nose art and a name, one of several randomly assigned bombing missions into Germany must be flown. The game not only features actual flight simulation, but also crew management. Each of the 10 crew members has ratings for categories like piloting, bombing and gunnery. During a mission, crew members can be reassigned to other posts if needed because of injuries. Each position including the pilot seat, the guns and the bombing sight can of course also be controlled by the...

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

B-17 Flying Fortress or B-17 Flying Fortress World War II Bombers in Action is a flight simulation/role-playing video game released in 1992 for DOS on the IBM PC compatible personal computer by MicroProse. Commodore Amiga and Atari ST versions were released a year later. The game simulates training, combat missions and sorties in a tour of duty in the Eighth Air Force of the United States Army Air Forces in the European Theater of Operations aboard a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber during World War II.

BloodNet

BloodNet

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1995

BloodNet is an adventure game with RPG elements. You play as Ransom Stark, a computer hacker, scrounger or mercenary (depending on how the player answers the opening questions when they start a new game) who finds himself caught up in a sinister affair involving an evil global megacorporation, TransTechnicals, Manhattan, a fight for Cyberspace and vampires! Ransom Stark became stricken with Hopkins-Brie Ontology Syndrome whilst working at TransTechnicals, due to his forced extended exposure to Cyberspace while he worked there. As soon as he was diagnosed he was dismissed from TransTech...

BloodNet: A Cyberpunk Gothic

BloodNet: A Cyberpunk Gothic

MS-DOS - Released - November 1, 1993

You play as Ransom Stark, a computer hacker, scrounger or mercenary (depending on how the player answers the opening questions when they start a new game) who finds himself caught up in a sinister affair involving an evil global megacorporation, TransTechnicals, Manhattan, a fight for Cyberspace and vampires!

C.P.U. Bach

C.P.U. Bach

3DO Interactive Multiplayer - 1994

C.P.U Bach is not what would be typically considered a video game. There are no challenges and no goals presented to the player. C.P.U Bach can more easily understood as a software program that allows the user to assist the program in creating music. The user does not create music directly. Instead, the user selects from a set of variables, including type of music and instruments. The software produces a musical concert from the variables selected. The music created is unique to the variables selected, and is not pre-recorded. The game was intended to show the power of computers to create...

Challenge of the Five Realms

Challenge of the Five Realms

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Subtitled Spellbound in the World of Nhagardia, this Microprose title came out the same year as their more popular work, Darklands. It is a top-down 256-color VGA role-playing game with a few unique twists. As Prince of Alonia, the player controls a party of up to 10 (!) characters, battling the evil lord Grimnoth in a standard fantasy setting. The game features "Ultima-style" character generation, in which the player's answers to situational questions help determine the protagonist's character type (diplomat, warrior, thief, or wizard) and attributes. An immense number of skills and...

Conflict in Vietnam

Conflict in Vietnam

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

The third and final installment in Microprose's Command series of war games simulates five key battles in Vietnam, beginning with the defeat of the French colonial army in 1954 and culminating in the 1972 victory of the Viet Cong against South Vietnam forces. Conflict in Vietnam adapts the well tried "accelerated real-time" game system of its predecessors to the jungle combat situation in Indochina, with its bizarre balance of power, specific technology (such massive use of helicopters) and unique strategic challenges. Impressively complex for its time, the simulation calculates a...

Crusade in Europe

Crusade in Europe

MS-DOS - Released - 1985

The first of the Command Series of tactical wargames released by MicroProse in the mid-1980s, Crusade in Europe is the descendant of Meier's first wargame, NATO Commander. Sid Meier and Ed Bever, Ph.D., collaborated on Crusade's design, which (along with the game's manual) shows an enormous amount of research and attention to historical detail. As the title suggests, the game's focus is the European Theater of World War II in 1944-45, and the Normandy Invasion in particular. Although there are only five scenarios, each can be customized through multiple variants (with different initial...

Dark Earth

Dark Earth

Windows - 1997

Dark Earth takes place several centuries in the future, when a meteor collision with Earth (referred to as the "Great Cataclysm") has thrown up great clouds of ash and dust, blocking out the light of the sun. Those not killed in the collision were soon hunted by strange creatures of darkness, and so they began to seek a refuge from the "Dark Earth" - pockets of land where the light of the sun breached the clouds. Eventually they found such places. Called "Stallites", these places of light became cities, and the survivors built temples in honor of the light. The game is set in a Stallite called...

F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0

F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

The sequel to F-19 Stealth Fighter - take America's premiere stealth fighter out for a spin in several battle areas, including the Persian Gulf, Cuba, and even Vietnam. There are various scenarios for each, with air-to-air or ground missions, in "cold war" and full-scale war situations. Players can build up their pilot ranks through completed missions and medals. The game actually has two flight modes. In the "authentic" mode, you have only 2 weapon bays, but you have higher stealth rating. In the "theoretical" mode, you have 4 weapon bays like F-19 Stealth Fighter, but your plane is easier...

F-15 Strike Eagle

F-15 Strike Eagle

MS-DOS - Released - 1985

The seven missions featured in this simulation of F-15 flight are all real-life missions the plane was originally used in. They take in the Middle East and Asia in the 1970s and early 1980s, and have air and ground targets to destroy. You have machine guns, guided missiles and bombs at your disposal. There is an arcade mode and 3 further difficulty levels. The game features 3 enemy aircraft and 3 types of enemy SAMs.

F-15 Strike Eagle

F-15 Strike Eagle

Arcade - Released - 1991

F-15 Strike Eagle is an arcade only release of the air combat Microprose simulation franchise. It is based on the home computer version of F-15 Strike Eagle II, running on more powerful hardware than was generally available at the time. Available both in stand up and sit down configuration, the player flies the namesake F-15E US multi-role strike fighter in a variety of missions in the Persian Gulf, attacking various enemy targets including oil rigs and weapon factories. Three difficulty settings can be selected at start, from beginner to Ace. Six different scenarios are available, some of...

F-15 Strike Eagle II (Deluxe Edition)

F-15 Strike Eagle II (Deluxe Edition)

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

A compilation of the original F-15 Strike Eagle II, and the Operation Desert Storm Scenario Disk. The second in the series features campaigns in Lybia, the Persian Gulf, The Middle East and Vietnam, making for a total of 250,000 miles of potential action and danger. Primary and secondary aerial and ground-based targets must be destroyed on each of these. You are armed with a cannon, AMRAAM long-range air-to-air missile, Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile, and the Maverick air-to-ground missile. 11 camera angles including internal and external views of the plane exist. To help new...

F-19 Stealth Fighter

F-19 Stealth Fighter

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

Rule the night! Take the pride of American Stealth technology and take on the best the Warsaw pact technology can offer! Dodge between radars, sneak under enemy fighters, and take out your primary objectives and secondary objectives with your limited weapons onboard, then make your way home. Can you survive all the way to general and win the Congressional Medal of Honor? F-19 Stealth Fighter was based around Sid Meier's closest estimate of the stealth fighter based on the data available at the time. You get full 3D graphics, 3D enemies, random objectives and enemy dispositions (so each...

F-19 Stealth Fighter

F-19 Stealth Fighter

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

Rule the night! Take the pride of American Stealth technology and take on the best the Warsaw pact technology can offer! Dodge between radars, sneak under enemy fighters, and take out your primary objectives and secondary objectives with your limited weapons onboard, then make your way home. Can you survive all the way to general and win the Congressional Medal of Honor? F-19 Stealth Fighter was based around Sid Meier's closest estimate of the stealth fighter based on the data available at the time. You get full 3D graphics, 3D enemies, random objectives and enemy dispositions (so each...

Fleet Defender Gold

Fleet Defender Gold

Windows 3.X - Released - 1995

This compilation contains: * Fleet Defender (main game) * Fleet Defender: Scenario (expansion) * A multimedia presentation of the game, which includes interactive tutorials explaining every aspect of the F-14 Tomcat, how to perform typical maneuvers, etc. * A multimedia naval aviation presentation which includes several communication and video recordings of actual aerial confrontations, a glossary, and Aviation Week's "Flight Deck" video documentary which showcases operations aboard naval carriers (also included are six "teaser" promos of other Aviation Week videos).

Gunship

Gunship

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1989

Gunship is now available, after months of waiting, even after ST and PC versions were released, on the Amiga. The world outside your 'copter is viewed in first person perspective, as usual, and that is how it stays. There are no outside views, there are no missile-eye views. There are no zoom facilities. There is not even a chase plane option. But that is a much more sensible way to generate atmosphere. It is a bit hard to believe in a flight simulator if you are pouncing around outside your plane, zooming in and out, not really flying. In Gunship, you are restricted to three views: look...

Gunship

Gunship

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

Gunship depicts one of the Western world's finest attack helicopters: The AH-64A Apache. This simulation recreates the weapons, flight systems, and performance of the real machine. The player controls an arsenal that includes laser-guided Hellfire missiles, a 30mm cannon controlled by helmet gunsights, clusters of bombardment rockets--even air-to-air missiles for duels with enemy helicopters. The game starts with flight training at a base in the United States. Tutorials teach the player to handle the copter; once the controls and flying skills are mastered, there are escalating challenges...

Gunship

Gunship

Sharp X68000 - Released - August 23, 1990

Gunship depicts one of the Western world's finest attack helicopters: The AH-64A Apache. This simulation recreates the weapons, flight systems, and performance of the real machine. The player controls an arsenal that includes laser-guided Hellfire missiles, a 30mm cannon controlled by helmet gunsights, clusters of bombardment rockets--even air-to-air missiles for duels with enemy helicopters. The game starts with flight training at a base in the United States. Tutorials teach the player to handle the copter; once the controls and flying skills are mastered, there are escalating challenges...

Gunship 2000

Gunship 2000

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1993

Take the Apache, the new Longbow Apache, The Blackhawk, Comanche Scout, Comanche Gunship, or the MD-500 Defender on campaigns or missions. Updated graphics engine has much more detailed terrain variation with true valleys/hills and even train tunnels that you can fly through. When you are promoted to a sufficient rank you can take along multiple helicopters to accomplish your objectives. The dynamic campaign generates new missions based on multiple maps. Attack, defend, sweep, scout, rescue, drop... Lots of missions to keep you busy. Crew learn and grow in experience as they survive and...

Gunship 2000 (CD-ROM Edition)

Gunship 2000 (CD-ROM Edition)

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

This is a compilation of the original Gunship 2000 and the Gunship 2000 Scenario Disk and Mission Builder. Take the Apache, the new Longbow Apache, The Blackhawk, Comanche Scout, Comanche Gunship, or the MD-500 Defender on campaigns or missions. Updated graphics engine has much more detailed terrain variation with true valleys/hills and even train tunnels that you can fly through. When you are promoted to a sufficient rank you can take along multiple helicopters to accomplish your objectives. The dynamic campaign generates new missions based on multiple maps. Attack, defend, sweep, scout,...

Hellcat Ace

Hellcat Ace

MS-DOS - Released - 1984

A classic 1st person flight simulation similar to Ace of Aces. In several missions you have to shoot down Japanese fighters and bombers. Through the front cockpit window you can see the sky and the ocean. Below the cockpit view is the instrument panel with engine power, altitude, fuel and your ammunition-counter. Through the rear window you can see the enemies on your tail.

Knights of the Sky

Knights of the Sky

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Knights of the Sky is a World War I flight combat sim where you pilot one of 20 different aircraft (each handles differently) as you engage in simple missions or join a full campaign where you will progress through World War I, going on a variety of missions, patrols, and even encounter enemy aces. You can engage balloons and blimps, enemy fighters and bombers, even strafe group targets such as supply trains. If you do really good in the game, one of the enemy aces may drop a note to challenge you to an aerial duel. A unique feature of the game is the capability of modem link so you can...

National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1

National Lampoon's Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Humorous animated chess game; pieces capture with rude/funny digitized live-action cutscenes. Computer player tries to break your concentration with taunts and distracting animations--will steal a piece if you let it. Victory rewarded with cheesecake/beefcake/mountain-goat cutscene.

Pirates!

Pirates!

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

Take on the life of a buccaneer in the golden age of Caribbean Piracy! This game lets you choose from 6 different "ages" (for example, "The Silver Empire" from 1560-1600, "War For Profit" from 1640-1660, etc.), one of 4 nationalities (English, French, Dutch, Spanish), 4 difficulty levels, and one of 5 special abilities (skill at fencing, skill at navigation, etc.). Nine different types of ships were represented. The goal of the game is to retire with as much gold and land as possible, as many ranks/titles as possible (Colonel, Admiral, Marquis, Duke), and a wife. Finding long lost...

Pirates!

Pirates!

Commodore Amiga - 1990

Sid Meier’s Pirates! is a video game created by Sid Meier and developed and published by MicroProse in 1987. It was the first game to include the name "Sid Meier" in its title as an effort by MicroProse to attract fans of Meier's earlier games, most of which were combat vehicle simulation video games. The game is a simulation of the life of a pirate, a privateer or a pirate hunter in the Spanish Main in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Pirates! Gold

Pirates! Gold

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

As with the original, this is a blend of strategy, action and adventure. Pirates! Gold lets you play the role of a beginning buccaneer in the 17th century Spanish Main, in search of fame and fortune. Each town in this untamed raw region has different surprises and dangers. How you acquire stature is up to you; you can make your living through honest trade and the search for hidden treasure, or you can be a little more daring and attack and plunder ships. As you can choose a specific skill to stand out in, the game can vary each time. Sword fighting is played out in side-view action...

Railroad Tycoon Deluxe

Railroad Tycoon Deluxe

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

This expanded version of Sid Meier's original Railroad Tycoon includes additional scenarios and settings, enhanced graphics, and several additional types of trains to work with. The additions are: new maps (South America and Africa) with region-specific cargo types (e.g. troops for Africa), new time ranges and locomotives, bandits who can hijack trains, and sheriffs who will arrest them. Although the game is called Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Deluxe, Sid Meier himself had nothing to do with the development of this version

Red Storm Rising

Red Storm Rising

Commodore Amiga - 1988

The Soviet Union, under severe pressure after destruction of one of their biggest oil refineries, must secure a new source of oil, and to do that, they must disable the West... which means they must invade Europe and fight NATO to a standstill... And the only way NATO can prevent that from happening is to reinforce their forces with convoys from the US and other countries. You are in command of one of the US attack submarines. You must hold the ocean against the Soviet navy at all costs, or the land battle will go badly. Part submarine simulator, part dynamic campaign, and part WW3...

Red Storm Rising

Red Storm Rising

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

The Soviet Union, under severe pressure after destruction of one of their biggest oil refineries, must secure a new source of oil, and to do that, they must disable the West... which means they must invade Europe and fight NATO to a standstill... And the only way NATO can prevent that from happening is to reinforce their forces with convoys from the US and other countries. You are in command of one of the US attack submarines. You must hold the ocean against the Soviet navy at all costs, or the land battle will go badly. Part submarine simulator, part dynamic campaign, and part WW3...

Sid Meier's Civilization II

Sid Meier's Civilization II

Windows - February 29, 1996

Starting out with just a single unit and knowledge of a small local area, your challenge is to guide your civilization into becoming the dominant force, either by conquering every other civilization or by sending a spaceship to Alpha Centauri. As you'd imagine, a lot of challenges come into such a task. You must locate cities so as to make use of food, construction and trade resources, which can be later improved by constructing irrigation, roads, mines, railroads, and farmland. Each city can construct one item at a time - civilian and military units, buildings or Wonders of the World...

Sid Meier's Colonization

Sid Meier's Colonization

MS-DOS - Released - 1994

Sid Meier's Colonization is a strategy game which puts you in the role of Viceroy of the New World. You are sent by your King and country to establish colonies in the newly-discovered Americas that lie to the west. You face many of the same challenges that faced colonial organizers of the time-competition from other Old World powers, strange native cultures, the problems of establishing profitable trade programs, and the problems of organizing an army from a rag-tag band of colonists. The game begins with the European discovery of the Americas (1500) and continues until approximately the...

Sid Meier's Covert Action

Sid Meier's Covert Action

Commodore Amiga - 1991

As special agent Maximilian (or Maxine) "Max" Remington, you are the premier anti-terror agent in the world. CIA have received tips and clues about some suspicious activities of some known bad guys. Gather enough evidence through house search, wiretaps, etc. Decode any messages you discover to unravel additional clues. Each operation will be handled by multiple people. Figure out the crime before it happens and get enough evidence to find the true mastermind behind the whole thing. Then chase down and arrest the suspects via car chases or go into the house arrest the suspect yourself. Can you...

Silent Service

Silent Service

MS-DOS - Released - 1985

You are now a member of the Silent Service, the US Navy Submarine command. For a long while after Pearl Harbor, you are the only forces capable of striking back at the Japanese in the Pacific. Take one of the "fleet boats" and go on extended patrols of up to 2 months from Hawaii, Australia, or New Zealand. Set your difficulty/realism level and time period (early means less tech for juicier targets, later means tougher escorts, more tech, lousier targets). Contend with factors like dud torpedoes, maximum depth, and more. You can choose among practice run against some old hulks, recreate...

Silent Service

Silent Service

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1986

You are now a member of the Silent Service, the US Navy Submarine command. For a long while after Pearl Harbor, you are the only forces capable of striking back at the Japanese in the Pacific. Take one of the "fleet boats" and go on extended patrols of up to 2 months from Hawaii, Australia, or New Zealand. Set your difficulty/realism level and time period (early means less tech for juicier targets, later means tougher escorts, more tech, lousier targets). Contend with factors like dud torpedoes, maximum depth, and more. You can choose among practice run against some old hulks, recreate...

Silent Service

Silent Service

Atari 800 - Released - 1985

You are now a member of the Silent Service, the US Navy Submarine command. For a long while after Pearl Harbor, you are the only forces capable of striking back at the Japanese in the Pacific. Take one of the "fleet boats" and go on extended patrols of up to 2 months from Hawaii, Australia, or New Zealand. Set your difficulty/realism level and time period (early means less tech for juicier targets, later means tougher escorts, more tech, lousier targets). Contend with factors like dud torpedoes, maximum depth, and more. You can choose among practice run against some old hulks, recreate...

Solo Flight

Solo Flight

MS-DOS - Released - 1985

A simulation that has you flying Mail runs from many different airports in one of three states of America which are Kansas, Colorado and Washington (choosing Washington does allow you to fly in neighbouring state Oregon as well). For a game that arrived some 24 years ago now, it still manages to feature an impressive amount of remarkable details for the time, such as VOR towers readings, DME, ILS, and coupled with the game aspect that is to deliver post, Solo Flight is clearly quite unlike what you will have played before. Score for choices made meaning you must ponder certain things like...

Spitfire Ace

Spitfire Ace

MS-DOS - Released - 1984

Aerial combat over Europe in World War II. Man your Royal Marine Spitfire and defend London during the Blitz.

Task Force 1942

Task Force 1942

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

The year 1942 is the subject of many computer games that deal with World War II. The reason: this was the year that many pivotal battles were fought including Midway, Stalingrad, N. Africa, and... Guadalcanal. This game deals with the desperate battles fought in the Solomon Islands, specifically in and around the island of Guadalcanal, in which the Allies tried to stop the Japanese from their drive to Australia. In TF42, you can play as either the Americans or Japanese. All the major ships that participated are represented, including the infamous Yamato and devastating Iowa. It features...

Transport Tycoon Deluxe

Transport Tycoon Deluxe

MS-DOS - Released - March 1, 1995

You're a transportation manager in this game. You choose your starting landscape (Europe, toy land, South America, desert) and your skill level. In this game you can build different transportation lines, like transporting coal to a coal power plant, or oil from the oil wells to the oil refinery. There exist ships, trains, buses & trucks, helicopters and trains. The game has an isometric graphics engine and a jazz-style soundtrack. The Deluxe version contains new features that were not present in the original Transport Tycoon: the time scale of the game became larger, including futuristic...

Virtual Karts

Virtual Karts

MS-DOS - Released - 1995

Race in the little leagues, except these Karts are anything but slow! With the fastest going up to 130 MPH, these karts are what professional race drivers drive to keep their edge in the off-season! Choose from three classes of engines, 4 types of chasis, and 4 types of tires. Customize your kart and your alter ego to specific colors, stripes, and logos, even racing numbers. Adjust your gear ratio for optimum acceleration vs. top speed. Join single-race at any of the dozen different tracks, each with their own challenges, or play a full season's championship against ruthless AI who...

World Circuit

World Circuit

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1991

MicroProse Formula One Grand Prix is a Racing game, developed and published by MicroProse, which was released in 1991. Coming from those clever people, MicroProse, Formula One Grand Prix is, not surprisingly, almost a flight simulation. With detailed, complex game play, not to mention the MicroProse trade mark huge manual and one trillion camera views, FOGP is by no means an easy game to get into. That said, however, it you do have the time and patience to learn, there’s a excellent game waiting to be found. Though the on-screen graphical effects are sometimes a bit sparse, the action is...

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