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Balance of the Planet

Balance of the Planet

NEC PC-9801 - Released - February 28, 1992

Balance of the Planet is an environmental management simulation. It is the successor to Balance of Power. Chris Crawford seems to have a special liking for problems of global concern. Balance of Power dealt with politics in the cold war, its successor Balance of the Planet simulates nothing less than Earth's ecosystem. Although Maxis' Sim Earth is often credited as the first "ecosim", the title rightfully belongs to Crawford's game. Both games are equally interesting nevertheless, as they use two vastly different approaches to an enormously complex subject. Sim Earth tries to simulate...

Block Out

Block Out

NEC PC-9801 - Released - January 18, 1991

Block Out is a Tetris variant with an added twist: it's in 3D. The player can rotate the blocks in 3D in order to fit them into the pit they are being guided into. Advanced users can play this game with odd three-dimensional pieces, or change the size of the pit, for depth of between 6 and 18 piles, and width and length of between 3 and 7.

CRW: Counter Revolution War

CRW: Counter Revolution War

Sony Playstation - Released - August 30, 1996

It is the year 2037. The defense department has established the new Fourth Special Division, the Special Mobile Unit. It is supposedly a part of the intelligence force, but is actually an independent organization which takes orders directly from the President. Its purpose is for preemptive strike on terrorist forces, but it also assists the self-defense force, eliminates state enemies, and even takes on private missions. They have experts with a wide range of expertise. Counter Revolution War is an turn-based strategy game similar to Front Mission. The player assembles a team of pilots each...

Elvira

Elvira

NEC PC-9801 - Released - November 27, 1992

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is an adventure game. The game uses a first-person perspective in which the hero wanders around solving puzzles, and combating with undead creatures that have overrun Elvira’s Castle. This game features dozens of different death sequences. If the cook in the kitchen kills you, for example, you can see your head floating in her cauldron. The game also has a real-time combat system. You have to time your attacks and blocks in order to defeat the enemy.

Laptop Chess

Laptop Chess

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1989

One of the world's first chess games designed for experts, Cyrus is also unfortunately one of the least known due to limited distribution. The IBM version can be played from a isometric 3-D perspective, or a traditional boring 2-D overhead view. There is a clock, which can be turned on or off. You can view analysis mode, examine game, or watch the computer play itself. The game has 16 difficulty levels!

Migrain

Migrain

NEC PC-9801 - Released - December 17, 1991

Mindbender uses similar gameplay principles to Deflektor, which means that you have indirect control over a beam of light. On each of the 50 levels you must guide it from a starting point to an ending point, taking out all the enemies along the way. Rotating each of the many mirrors on the level to send the beam onto the points the enemies hover over does this – reaching many of them will involve several attempts at finding the right combination of angles. Rotating barriers, light bulb switches and locked sections must all be taken into account, but there are also magic balloons later on. All...

Starborders

Starborders

Sony Playstation - Released - August 21, 1997

Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

Sony Playstation - Released - August 30, 1996

Inspired by the Oz Books by L. Frank Baum, Yellow Brick Road concerns the player's attempt to thwart an invasion of the Emerald City by the Gnome King. Along the way s/he teams up with the tin man, lion, and eventually the scarecrow. Besides these, other recognizable figures from the books include Jack Pumpkinhead, the little Wizard of Oz, and Glinda, who, in the game, is queen of Oz. The game's structure is reminiscent of first-person adventures: the player interacts with the environment and manipulates inventory items to proceed. The puzzles, however, are kept to a minimum, since combat...

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