Archive for the ‘0-9’ Category

2400 A.D.

05/08/2009

2400 A.D. is a RPG published by Origin Systems (of Ultima fame) in 1987. The game is set in the year (quick! take a guess!) 2400 in the city Metropolis on the planet Nova Athens. Some 70 years earlier, the Tzorgs seemingly betrayed the humans and assaulted Nova Athens, presumably together with many other planets. Since then, they have left the planet but left control to a series of their robots, essentially enforcing a police state. You, a well-trained computer scientist, arrive on the planet with a batch of workers, only to stumble upon the diary of a resistance member, left there for you with the specific instructions to search for “Spider”.

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10th Frame Bowling

03/08/2009

In case you’re wondering why I went from games starting with “3D” to 007 to 10th Frame Bowling, which doesn’t seem all that alphabetical… Well, Windows sorts numbered files by full number. 3 < 7 < 10, etc. It’s a slight deviation from the list, but I’m sure you can handle it.

Now, bowling. 10th Frame Bowling was created by Access Software and released in 1987. I’m not really a bowling fan and I’m definitely not a computer bowling fan. Computer bowling is even more boring than badly executed computer boxing. It’s all reduced to: pick an angle, hit space bar at correct time to select speed, hit space bar at correct time to select spin. The very definition of lame. Mind you, this might be about the best you can do with a computer to simulate bowling. It’s not quite my cup of tea though.

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007: License To Kill

02/08/2009

I have a confession to make. I don’t know anything about Bond. I’ve seen one Bond movie (Thunderball, dubbed in French which I’m not really that good at so in fact that counts for only half a movie) and I have read one of Ian Fleming’s books (Goldfinger). So don’t ask me to provide you with much background on Bond.

Our secret spy, always trying to avoid being noticed

The secret spy, always trying to avoid being noticed

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4×4 Off-Road Racing

01/08/2009

I’m starting to have fun with these games. 4×4 Off-Road Racing is another gem with surprising depth for the theme. The game was released by Epyx in 1988.

Back to the time when realistic colors were for those without imagination

Back to the time when realistic colors were for those without imagination

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4D Sports Boxing

01/08/2009

Ah, now we’re getting somewhere. Boxing in four dimensions. That can only be better than the 3D attempt I previously reviewed. 4D Sports Boxing is a 1991 game published by Mindscape, one of those big publishers. And it shows, this game is made with love.

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3D World Tennis

31/07/2009

3D World Tennis? That sounds a bit like.. Hmm.. 3D World Boxing, doesn’t it? It comes from the same team, Simulmondo, and seems to be released at about the same time in 1992.

Spot the differences!

Spot the differences!

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3D World Boxing

31/07/2009

3D World Boxing is a boxing game by Simulmondo, apparently an Italian game creator. The game was released in 1995 1992 (I believe now).

Yes, the default option is 0 players.

Yes, the default option is 0 players.

It looks rather pretty with shiny EGA VGA (thanks Nameless One) graphics and beautiful sprites. Inbetween matches there are cutscenes of a reporter discussing the fight or your trainer talking to you. It looks pretty but there’s no real point to it. There is also some MIDI music in the background which actually is rather annoying. No further sounds than that though. There’s also no 3D going on, except there’s a bit of depth to the boxing ring perhaps. I suppose it was the time when 3D had that nice ring to it. (more…)

3D Pitfall

31/07/2009

3D Pitfall is a 1995 game by J. Shramko. I heard about the Atari game “Pitfall” before, so before starting I wondered if I’d get some sort of fiendishly difficult 3D platformer here.

Fancy title screen

Fancy title screen

Well, my hopes were rather quickly smashed. This game is not quite related to Pitfall. It’s a 3D Tetris game. I’ve played a fair bit of Blockout (also to be reviewed on the site, around number 100 in the queue) and this looks very, very alike. I think it has a higher resolution, but this actually does not help the game as the rotation animations aren’t nearly as smooth as I remember them from Blockout. Also, it’s made 5 years later. (more…)

3D Helicopter Simulator

31/07/2009

3D Helicopter Simulator is a game released in 1987 by Sierra. Whoah, Sierra, the Space Quest guys. Well, and a lot more, and also a helicopter simulator game I know now.

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Intro text

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