California Dreams

Block Out

Block Out

MS-DOS - Released - March 1, 1989

Blockout 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.

Block Out

Block Out

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

Blockout 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.

Block Out

Block Out

Apple IIGS - Released - 1989

Blockout is a puzzle video game, published in 1989 by California Dreams, developed in Poland by Aleksander Ustaszewski and Mirosław Zabłocki. The game is the logical extension of Tetris into the third dimension. In regular Tetris, the player manipulates a set of tetrominoes which fall into a two-dimensional pit (seen from the side). The aim is to solve a real-time packing problem by forming complete rows, which then disappear and score points. Poor play leads to incomplete rows, caused by inefficient arrangements of tiles; these rows do not disappear, giving the player progressively less...

Block Out

Block Out

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

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.

Block Out

Block Out

Atari ST - Released - 1990

Blockout 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.

Block Out

Block Out

Apple Mac OS - Released - 1989

Blockout 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.

Club Backgammon

Club Backgammon

Apple IIGS - Released - 1988

Club Backgammon is a computer adaptation of the board game that can be played by two human players or by one human against three levels of AI. It's also possible to watch a game between two AI controlled players. The game follows the rules of the original board game and is played with a cursor that is used to click on the board to move around pieces and to throw the dices. Some additional options exist to customize the game such as editing the colors of board, pieces and dices as well as lowering the speed. It is also possible to turn on manual roll which means the player is allowed to...

Club Backgammon

Club Backgammon

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

Club Backgammon is a computer adaptation of the board game that can be played by two human players or by one human against three levels of AI. It's also possible to watch a game between two AI controlled players. The game follows the rules of the original board game and is played with a cursor that is used to click on the board to move around pieces and to throw the dices. Some additional options exist to customize the game such as editing the colors of board, pieces and dices as well as lowering the speed. It is also possible to turn on manual roll which means the player is allowed to enter...

Mancala

Mancala

Apple IIGS - Released - 1988

Mancala is a family of boards games where the aim is to capture seeds that are placed in a number of bowls. This particular game is based on Oware (or Wari as it is called in the manual) a variant that originates from western Africa. The game can be played by one player against an AI or against another human player. Both players have six bowls and when starting out there are four seeds in each bowl. The two players then has to sow their seeds and they take turns doing so. Sowing means that the player takes all the seeds from one bowl and places them in each bowl counter-clockwise from the...

Mancala (California Dreams)

Mancala (California Dreams)

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Mancala is a family of boards games where the aim is to capture seeds that are placed in a number of bowls. This particular game is based on Oware (or Wari as it is called in the manual) a variant that originates from western Africa. The game can be played by one player against an AI or against another human player. Both players have six bowls and when starting out there are four seeds in each bowl. The two players then has to sow their seeds and they take turns doing so. Sowing means that the player takes all the seeds from one bowl and places them in each bowl counter-clockwise from the...

Solidarność

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Solidarność is a political simulation of the Polish underground freedom movement that culminated in the Solidarity trade union in 1980. The action begins when the communist government enforces the martial law on December 13th, 1981. Player's goal is to win support of the citizens and thus weaken the oppressive government. At your disposal are political activists, whose propaganda actions may sway the regional populace (Poland is divided into 7 regions here). They may drop leaflets, place posters, call worker strikes or anti-Soviet demonstrations, set up illegal radio and TV stations, buy...

Street Rod

Street Rod

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Year is 1963 and you're one of the hotshots aspiring to be king of the county. You're given a small sum of money to buy your first car. Tune it for maximum performance and off you go. In the diner where other hotshots are waiting to take your prized possession, you race for money and pink slips and if you win, you get to take home their cars! The game's interface is relatively easy and fun to use. You have your own garage as the interface itself. Options are in the form of the garage's elements such as the clock for the game's main menu and the newspaper as your source for buying cars and...

Street Rod

Street Rod

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

The player starts off on the garage, where cars and parts may be purchased from the newspaper. New parts that are purchased must be installed by the player by entering the hood of or going under the car and then removing a series of screws to remove parts of the engine and transmission. Then, these parts must be re-installed in order and the bolts replaced, otherwise the car will be undrivable. To install tires, the car must be jacked up. While racing, the car will eventually run out of fuel, which the player must obtain from the gas station. The player will proceed from the garage to the...

Street Rod

Street Rod

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

Street Rod is a car racing game with a difference - and loads of atmosphere as well. It's set in the days when cars were really cars and milk bars were really milk bars. First you'll have to buy your car - look through the classified ads in the newspaper on the screen. Then get to work in the body-shop - maybe a new paint job in something tasteful like hot pink. Then it's out with the engine. A workshop screen lets you pull it to pieces, make timing adjustments and add high performance parts. Then it's off to the race track. A cruise down the main street to show off your wheels will always...

Street Rod 2

Street Rod 2

Commodore Amiga - 1990

SR2 is primarily a racing game, with an interesting premise. You buy and race “muscle cars” in the 1960s. Except, these are not professional races. Instead, you challenge drivers at the local burger joint for illegal races down Mullholland drive. I knew the magazine reviews had said quality was average, but still a decent game. It turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. Lots of emphasis is placed on upgrading your car. You have to spend your money wisely, and pick the best parts for the money. Once your car has been upgraded and modified, you drive it down to the local...

Street Rod 2: The Next Generation

Street Rod 2: The Next Generation

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Interface is thankfully the same as the first but that's where the similarity ends. More is the name here, more cars and parts to buy giving you every edge to regain your crown. Gameplay is it's most significant thing that you will ever remember in this classic. Gameplay control is really tight. You're given 3 venues to race your blood thirsty opponent, betting for money and pink slips. The drag race tests how fast you can engage 1st gear. Your ultimate goal is to beat the new king on these three courses that if you do you get to regain your long lost crown and take home his girl, again.

TrianGO

TrianGO

Apple IIGS - Released - 1988

TrianGO is a variation of the board game Go that is played on a hexagon shaped board. The board is composed of 21 lines which cross to form triangles. The lines intersect to create 55 points where players can place their stones. The game is available for up to four players who take turns placing stones on the board. The aim is to capture the stones of the opponents by creating triangles. A triangle is created when three stones are positioned so that they can be connected with straight lines. All of the stones that are located within the triangle can then be captured if the player chooses to....

TrianGO

TrianGO

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

TrianGO is a variation of the board game Go that is played on a hexagon shaped board. The board is composed of 21 lines which cross to form triangles. The lines intersect to create 55 points where players can place their stones. The game is available for up to four players who take turns placing stones on the board. The aim is to capture the stones of the opponents by creating triangles. A triangle is created when three stones are positioned so that they can be connected with straight lines. All of the stones that are located within the triangle can then be captured if the player chooses to....

TrianGO

TrianGO

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1988

TrianGO is a variation of the board game Go that is played on a hexagon shaped board. The board is composed of 21 lines which cross to form triangles. The lines intersect to create 55 points where players can place their stones. The game is available for up to four players who take turns placing stones on the board. The aim is to capture the stones of the opponents by creating triangles. A triangle is created when three stones are positioned so that they can be connected with straight lines. All of the stones that are located within the triangle can then be captured if the player chooses to....

TrianGO

TrianGO

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

TrianGO is a variation of the board game Go that is played on a hexagon shaped board. The board is composed of 21 lines which cross to form triangles. The lines intersect to create 55 points where players can place their stones. The game is available for up to four players who take turns placing stones on the board. The aim is to capture the stones of the opponents by creating triangles. A triangle is created when three stones are positioned so that they can be connected with straight lines. All of the stones that are located within the triangle can then be captured if the player chooses to....

Tunnels of Armageddon

Tunnels of Armageddon

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Aliens threaten to destroy the earth via a huge bomb embedded deep within the planet. As a challenge to the human race, they have agreed to let Earth's finest pilot to get into a high-speed ship to get to the bomb before the timer runs out. Your ship has minimal shields to protect you from slamming into walls as you navigate the deep underground tunnels. But it's not easy: You'll have no idea which tunnels are the fastest/shortest until a split second before you get to them, and there are alien weapons trying to destroy you along the way. If you manage to complete the run and save the...

Tunnels of Armageddon

Tunnels of Armageddon

Apple IIGS - Released - 1989

Tunnels of Armageddon is a computer game involving racing and shooting while avoiding obstacles.

Tunnels of Armageddon

Tunnels of Armageddon

Commodore Amiga - 1990

Tunnels of Armageddon is a fun futuristic racing game with a twist: instead of racing headlone on predetermined tracks, your goal is to collect various objects inside the tunnel by knocking them off the walls. There is not much else to the game, but although gameplay is simplistic, it is a lot of fun. You will need to avoid obstacles inside the tunnel, and there are many bonus items that increase your score. You will also come across forks or junctures inside the tunnel where you will have to choose which way to go. Lack of tournament mode and on-screen computer opponents hampers the game's...

Vegas Craps

Vegas Craps

Apple IIGS - Released - 1988

Vegas Craps is a simulation of the casino game. The game uses a graphical mouse based interface where the cursor is used to to pick up chips and place them on the board before clicking on the dice to roll. The player then either makes or loses money and the game continues with more rounds until money runs out. The starting amount of money is $1000 and when out of money the player gets the option to either borrow another $1000 or quit the game.

Vegas Craps

Vegas Craps

Atari ST - Released - 1987

Vegas Craps is a simulation of the casino game. The game uses a graphical mouse based interface where the cursor is used to to pick up chips and place them on the board before clicking on the dice to roll. The player then either makes or loses money and the game continues with more rounds until money runs out. The starting amount of money is $1000 and when out of money the player gets the option to either borrow another $1000 or quit the game.

Vegas Craps

Vegas Craps

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Vegas Craps is a simulation of the casino game. The game uses a graphical mouse based interface where the cursor is used to to pick up chips and place them on the board before clicking on the dice to roll. The player then either makes or loses money and the game continues with more rounds until money runs out. The starting amount of money is $1000 and when out of money the player gets the option to either borrow another $1000 or quit the game.

Vegas Gambler

Vegas Gambler

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1989

Vegas Gambler is a casino game for one player which features four common casino games: Video Poker, Roulette, Black Jack and Slots. At the start of the game you have $500 to bet with. The betting limits are $200 for Black Jack and Roulette and $5 for Video Poker and Slots. Once you have placed a bet you only need to hit play, the computer will automatically bet the same amount of money again and again, however if you play roulette you have to manually place your bet on the game board. Once you run out of money you may chose between borrowing another $500 or quit. The game features a...

Vegas Gambler

Vegas Gambler

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Vegas Gambler is a casino game for one player which features four common casino games: Video Poker, Roulette, Black Jack and Slots. At the start of the game you have $500 to bet with. The betting limits are $200 for Black Jack and Roulette and $5 for Video Poker and Slots. Once you have placed a bet you only need to hit play, the computer will automatically bet the same amount of money again and again, however if you play roulette you have to manually place your bet on the game board. Once you run out of money you may chose between borrowing another $500 or quit. The game features a...

Vegas Gambler

Vegas Gambler

Atari ST - Released - 1987

Vegas Gambler is a casino game for one player which features four common casino games: Video Poker, Roulette, Black Jack and Slots. At the start of the game you have $500 to bet with. The betting limits are $200 for Black Jack and Roulette and $5 for Video Poker and Slots. Once you have placed a bet you only need to hit play, the computer will automatically bet the same amount of money again and again, however if you play roulette you have to manually place your bet on the game board. Once you run out of money you may chose between borrowing another $500 or quit. The game features a...

Vegas Gambler

Vegas Gambler

Apple IIGS - Released - 1988

Quite simply, Vegas Gambler will allow you play of the most common gambling outlets such as Roulette, Poker, Black Jack and the Slots. Hot on the heals of PBI's Monte Carlo gambling sim, Vegas Gambler surpasses its rival in terms of graphics (very, very nicely drawn) and sound effects. And hey, that's all that's necessary I think, because it means more bright lights flash on the slot machines when you win! Vegas Gambler allows you to save your game from the main menu, so next time you play you'll have kept all your money. Vegas Gambler is a fun time waster.

Vegas Gambler

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

Vegas Gambler is a casino game for one player which features four common casino games: Video Poker, Roulette, Black Jack and Slots. At the start of the game you have $500 to bet with. The betting limits are $200 for Black Jack and Roulette and $5 for Video Poker and Slots. Once you have placed a bet you only need to hit play, the computer will automatically bet the same amount of money again and again, however if you play roulette you have to manually place your bet on the game board. Once you run out of money you may chose between borrowing another $500 or quit. The game features a...

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