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Battlezone

Battlezone

Atari ST - Released - 1986

Commonly considered the earliest progenitor of first-person shooters (FPS), Battlezone is a 3D tank game initially released in the arcades, and later converted officially to many systems. Earth has been invaded, and you and your tank lead the defensive effort. You drive around the battlefield from a first-person view, targeting and firing at tanks, planes and UFOs. You have a radar to help you see where the enemies are in direction and distance. Objects can be used as strategic cover. Controls simulate the tracks of a tank realistically, so the direction and speed settings are varied -...

California Pro Golf

California Pro Golf

MS-DOS - Released - December 3, 1989

California Pro Golf is a golf game featuring two courses with 18 holes each. The hitting mechanics are similar to Leader Board. It is important to figure in the wind and to use the correct club which can be chosen out of 14. When hitting, the game is played in a 3D third-person perspective, but there is also an overhead map which can be used to get an overview of the course.

Catastrophes

Catastrophes

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1984

Catastrophes is a single screen building game where you must carry bricks with a helicopter one at a time from a barge and place them on an island to build a hotel as high as you can. You must try to get the highest score you can over six days and each day is shown by the sun moving from east to west across the top of the screen. Every time you place a new storey then you receive a point and as you build you are competing against the computer or a second player who are building at the same time. As each day progresses there are a couple of natural disasters that occur with the first two being...

Crystal Castles: Diamond Plateaus in Space

Crystal Castles: Diamond Plateaus in Space

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Bentley Bear is trapped in the Crystal Castles! To get out, he will need to collect all of the gems located throughout the castle. The game is played with an isometric view of the multi platformed castle. When Bentley collects all of the gems on the current castle, he will move on to the next, more difficult castle. Wandering throughout the castles are a wide variety of dangerous creatures, which Bentley should avoid. From time to time, a magic hat will appear. If Bentley collects the hat, he will temporarily be invincible to the castles inhabitants.

Helistad

Helistad

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Helistad is a single screen building game where you must carry bricks with a helicopter one at a time from a barge and place them on an island to build a hotel as high as you can. You must try to get the highest score you can over six days and each day is shown by the sun moving from east to west across the top of the screen. Every time you place a new storey then you receive a point and as you build you are competing against the computer or a second player who are building at the same time. As each day progresses there are a couple of natural disasters that occur with the first two being a...

Hungaroring

Commodore 64 - Released - 1992

This title features Formula 1 racing on the Hungaroring track, in a Pole Position manner, except the timer is not counting down but up. Your score is determined by the time of your run. Gears have to be shifted manually, there are 4 speeds. You can select how many laps you want to go and how many other cars are on the track. Training run lets you go 1 round without other racers. The game has separate Hungarian and English language releases and two alternate C64 iterations.

International Karate

International Karate

Atari ST - Released - 1986

The objective is to get the highest possible dan (karate grade, determined by belt colour) and become the world champion - and of course, to get the highest score. Karate fighters compete against each other on side-view screens, the scenery representing real world locations (New York, Egypt, Japan, etc.). In between the fighting stages, there are short action sequences, during which the player can gather bonus points. These include deflecting bouncing balls, breaking wooden planks, and others.

Invaders of the Lost Tomb

Invaders of the Lost Tomb

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

The Pharoah's Lost Tomb contains the valuable emerald of Scarabaeus, and you have set off to find it. You walk around from an early first-person view with 90 degree movement and four views from each position, aided by a map. On the first level you must touch nine ghosts, to collect pieces of a key to know which of the objects you will later find are medicines, and which are potions. While on level 2, you must visit information sites - you will need this to survive on level 3. These are guarded by spiders, which must be trapped and lured away using doors. To move between levels you must...

Invaders of the Lost Tomb

Commodore 64 - 1986

The Pharoah's Lost Tomb contains the valuable emerald of Scarabaeus, and you have set off to find it. You walk around from an early first-person view with 90 degree movement and four views from each position, aided by a map. On the first level you must touch nine ghosts, to collect pieces of a key to know which of the objects you will later find are medicines, and which are potions. While on level 2, you must visit information sites - you will need this to survive on level 3. These are guarded by spiders, which must be trapped and lured away using doors. To move between levels you must guide a...

Kempelen Chess

Kempelen Chess

Microsoft MSX2 - Released - 1988

Kempelen Chess is a computer chess game with a top-down view but with a 3D-feel. It includes various boards and play options. You can choose to play at one of the seven different difficulty levels. Chess can be played against the computer or a friend. All pieces are animated when moved.

See-Saw

See-Saw

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

The evil lord of the castle is throwing heavy blocks at you. If you stand on the opposite end of the see-saw when a block falls on it, you will be hoisted up in the air. Watch out for green monsters defending the castle's wall that grab either you or the block flying up. If five blocks are on the see-saw at once, it will become immobilized. Lives are lost when you are grabbed by a green monster or when a block crushes you. The object of the game is to fly to the top of the castle and defeat the evil lord.

Star Command

Star Command

Atari ST - Released - 1988

Star Command is a sci-fi role-playing game set in a vast fictional universe and featuring tactical space and squad-level combat, similar to SSI's Pool of Radiance released the same year and other games of the Gold Box series. The game has nothing to do with Star Command Deluxe or Star Command: Revolution. The game plays in a distant future. Earth is a distant memory, having been destroyed long ago. The small human population is concentrated in a small portion of the galaxy, called "The Triangle" due to its form, and threatened from its neighbors: The Alpha border is plagued by pirates,...

Tetris

Tetris

Atari ST - Released - 1988

Mirrorsoft's version of Tetris, which was the first commercially available version of the game.

Tetris

Tetris

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1987

The original commercially-licensed version of Alexey Pajitnov's classic Tetris puzzle game. Geometric shapes fall from the top of a playfield to rest on the bottom; fit the pieces together, and the line they form disappears. If the pieces don't form lines and eventually stack up to the top of the playfield, the game is over. Difficulty increases by dropping the pieces faster and faster over time.

Traffic

Traffic

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1986

Traffic is a simple game where the player has to guide cars, motorbikes and buses through busy London streets by changing the traffic lights from red to green. The objective in order to advance to the next level is to get a preset number of vehicles through the screen, although it does not matter which exit you direct them through. Cars continue to queue off the edges of the screen (with numbers next to them if there are queued cars beyond your vision) and if the queue reach more than five cars, it's game over. A warning sound is given when five cars are queued; you must hope there are not...

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