Archive for the ‘Score: 7’ Category

Altered Destiny

03/08/2010

Altered Destiny is an adventure game by Accolade. It was released in 1990, so we have to see this in context: this was between Space Quest 3 and 4 on the Sierra side, and Loom and The Secret of Monkey Island on the LucasArts side. I think we might say that this game was released at pretty much the absolute peak of the graphical adventure games. The control scheme incorporates a mouse in the “click here to walk here” function, but all other interaction is still text-based. Coupled with the fact that it’s often easier and more precise to use the keyboard to walk around, I wouldn’t want to call this game a point-and-click adventure game yet. Just a graphical adventure game.

Title screen. The journal or whatever in the background has absolutely no relation to the game.

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Abrams Battle Tank

07/08/2009

The M1 Abrams is a US battle tank which, according to Wikipedia, was used in battle in the ’90 Gulf war and the ’03 Iraq war. The Abrams Battle Tank game is from 1988. Because no prior battles had been fought with the tank, public enemy number 1 at the time was picked: the Soviets. You’ll fight a series of fictional battles against a (quoting the manual) “large mediocre force” of Soviet tanks. I think I can see some Cold War propaganda seeping through in this game.

My steel barrel shooting hot loads in your face

My steel barrel shooting hot loads in your face

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ABC Wide World of Sports Boxing

06/08/2009

I’m a little boxing game, short and stout

here is my face, please punch me on the snout.

When I get all roughed up hear me shout:

One, two, three, four… ten, knock-out!

Another boxing game, woe is me. ABC Wide World of Sport Boxing is part of a series of sport games associated with the American Broadcasting Company. According to MobyGames, most games in the series were released for Windows so I won’t review the series. Boxing was released in 1991.

Say hello to Dan Dierdorf!

Say hello to Dan Dierdorf!

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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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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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