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Autoduel

Autoduel

Atari ST - Released - 1987

Autoduel is a hybrid game based on Steve Jackson Games board game Car Wars. It incorporates elements of role-playing, driving and action-based combat. The game is set in a futuristic version of USA, where gangs and vigilantes rule the wilderness, and people's only protection are armored cars with mounted weaponry. The player is cast in the role of an average person who must at first earn enough money to buy an own car, and then perform courier missions throughout the country. The game's progression is fairly open-ended: the player is free to visit different cities, explore highways,...

Caverns of Callisto

Caverns of Callisto

Apple II - July 29, 1983

You are an astronaut on the moon of Callisto and mutants have stolen the panels from your spaceship along with its ion drive. You must explore the caverns of Callisto, recover all the panels, find the ion drive and escape alive. This is a fast paced arcade shooter, in which you fly on your jet-pack through the maze-like caverns, avoiding all the aliens and attempting to find your missing ship parts. Your jet-pack has a limited amount of fuel which must also be collected on your way around. You are equipped with a unlimited ammo gun which kills all aliens in one hit, but this overheats if...

Moebius

Moebius

Apple II - August 24, 1985

Khantun is traditionally a peaceful land, with no army or wars. Former leader Kaimen has turned to using his powers for evil, and the land has not withstood his aggression. The Holy Ones have been kidnapped, the land instead ruled by an evil group of monks. It is down to the player to vanquish Kaimen and restore the path of righteousness. The game combines top-viewed role playing elements with combat action. The player explores the lands, but when encountering unfriendly people the player must fight, using swords or martial arts moves, as well as long-range missiles and magical powers.

Omega

Omega

Apple II - August 26, 1989

Omega is a computer game developed by Stuart Marks and published by Origin Systems in 1989. The game puts the player in the role of a cyber-tank designer and programmer. Given a limited budget, the player must design a tank that can defeat a series of ever more challenging opponent tanks. Each successful design yields a higher security clearance and a larger budget, ultimately resulting in an OMEGA clearance and an unlimited budget. The focus of the game is not on the combat but on game programming the tank itself. Tanks are programmed using a built-in text editor that allows the player to...

Omega

Omega

Apple IIGS - Released - 1990

Omega is a computer game developed by Stuart Marks and published by Origin Systems in 1989. The original game came on 5¼" floppy disks.

Ring Quest

Ring Quest

Apple II - August 27, 1985

Ring Quest is a fantasy text based adventure game which also has pictures of most of the locations. It contains about 100 locations and 80 illustrations. The Ring of Chaos has enslaved the noble sorceress, Lisa, and all space-time is threatened by its destructive influence. As bearer of the Ring of Order, your mission is to free Lisa before reality is disrupted beyond retrieval. Ring Quest is the nominal sequel of The Quest. Ring Quest returns you to the magical land of Balema, accompanied once more by Gorn, your water-swilling strong-arm. Far to the north is your ultimate goal, the...

Tangled Tales

Tangled Tales

Apple II - September 11, 1989

Tangled Tales: The Misadventures of a Wizard’s Apprentice is a computer game developed by Origin Systems in 1989 for the Apple II, MS-DOS, and Commodore 64. In Tangled Tales: The Misadventures of a Wizard’s Apprentice, the player is a young apprentice wizard without friends, spells, or money, about to go out and learn the wizard trade. The player makes new friends from various fictional universes, such as a werewolf, a surfer, a snowman, Goldilocks (a thief), and Isaac Newton, each of which can help the player reach wizard status. The game consists of three separate scenarios, each must be...

Times of Lore

Times of Lore

Apple II - 1988

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty - Released - April 1, 1992

Following the defeat of the evil triad in the previous three Ultima games, the world of Sosaria changed beyond recognition: continents rose and sank, and new cities were built, heralding the advent of a different civilization. Unified by the reign of the benevolent monarch Lord British, the new world was renamed Britannia. Lord British wished to base people's well-being on the ethical principles of Truth, Love, and Courage, proclaiming the Eight Virtues (Honesty, Compassion, Valor, Justice, Sacrifice, Honor, Spirituality, and Humility) as the ideal everyone should strive for. The person who...

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty - Released - 1992

The Avatar, the embodiment of the Eight Virtues and the hero of Britannia, is called back to deal with a grave threat. Lord British, the country's benevolent monarch, has disappeared, and a man named Blackthorn has usurped his throne. The tyrant rules the land by enforcing the virtues upon the will of the people, corrupting their meaning in the process. His fundamentalist visions led him to create a police state, where failure to adhere to the virtues is punishable by death. Behind Blackthorn are the three Shadowlords, anti-thesis to the three principles of Truth, Love, and Courage. The Avatar...

Wing Commander

Wing Commander

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 1, 1992

Intense, cinematic action, with one big difference... you're in command! the fate of humanity is in your hands as you lead the Tiger's Claw squadron against the forces of the Kilrathi empire. Your skills, your experience and your wingman are your only allies.

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1990

After the events in Ultima VI, the Avatar is transported by a friend's failed experiment with an obsidian "moonstone" to the otherworldly Valley of Eodon, a large jungle-like world filled with various tribes. These tribes have been magically drawn from varying periods and locations in history, such as the aboriginal nations of Mesoamerica and tropical Africa. The valley of Eodon is actually on Earth, but it is inaccessible and unmappable. At the time of the arrival of the Avatar, the place is under attack from the insect-like Myrmidex. The Avatar needs to understand and master some aspects...

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