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#51 telengard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 9, 2016 2:13 PM

I played a lot of them back in the late 80s/early 90s, but the ones I still play on occasion are 1830 Railroads and Robber Barons, and Firefighter, very simple and fun

 

www.videogamegeek.com/videogame/142639/firefighter

 

There was this game, I think it was called Terra Nova, you were in a mech and if you shot at your squad members they'd curse at you.  I'll have to go dig that one up and see how well it has aged.


Edited by telengard, Sat Apr 9, 2016 2:14 PM.


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Posted Sat Apr 9, 2016 3:36 PM

Dos gaming is one of my collecting focuses right now. I don't have many currently as some are hard to find but I loved pretty much everything by Lucasarts. I was big on XWing and Tie Fighter, also Full Throttle and the other Scumm adventure games. One of my favorite racing games was Stunt Driver by Spectrum Holobyte. I played the hell outta that game in the early 90's. Also remember many gaming sessions of the original Ancient Art of War. Just an awesome RTS for the time and probably the first one I'd ever played. 


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#53 bohoki OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 24, 2016 1:06 AM

anybody ever hear of von krashenburn's flying circus i think i picked it up in a bargain bin at bizmart in the mid 90s

 

also the first 2 monkey island games and star control 2 in melee mode

 

also angry birds is not much like scorch (because the pigs dont shoot back) but worms really stole the heck out of that game

 

 

my first computer came with crime wave it was kind of funny in a brutal way

 

ooh and one must fall 2097

 

and those porny type games cobra mission and metal and lace i guess i was crazy cause i was playing them for the plot


Edited by bohoki, Tue May 24, 2016 1:10 AM.


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Posted Tue May 24, 2016 3:37 PM

Oh dude... I don't even know where to start.

 

I have fantasies of one day retiring and playing all my old DOS games and beating all of them. I'm sure my wife at that point would divorce me and my kids (and their children) would never see me, and it would end up not going well... so that'll probably never happen. But I'm so big on the DOS era that I've got two Case-Logic CD bags (250 CDs each) with every DOS game I could possibly find. Most of them are the "Collectors Edition" or "Collection CD" or whatever... because the vast majority of them never came on CD originally... only in the re-release.

 

There are so many...

 

The Origin games (Ultima and Wing Commander)

The Sierra games (Space / Police / Kings - Quest, Leisure Suite Larry, Outpost, Alien Legacy, etc...)

Star Control 1/2/3

AD&D Gold Box Series (Champions of Krynn, Pool of Radiance, etc...)

Mech Warrior 2/3

 

man... the list goes on.

 

I'll never find the time to play those games, ahh... life.



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Posted Sat Jun 4, 2016 5:26 AM

I was an early fan of Ultima (on Commodre SX-64), so the first great game I really played on MS-DOS was Ultima Underworld : for the first time, Ultima (under)world was nearly living on screen !

For me PC was the beginning of 3D gaming.



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Posted Sat Jun 4, 2016 5:47 AM

I really enjoyed PC gaming from the early 90's through the early 00's (retired my last PC around '07 or '08). Even before then, I used to play Battle Chess on mom's 286 machine in the late 80's. Once I got my own PC a year or two after college ("trading up" - hah! - from my trusty 1040ST), I spent a lot of hours playing SimEarth, SimCity, Doom/Doom II, the officially-licensed AD&D dungeon crawlers, the SSI naval warfare simulators, so on, moving on through great shooters like Quake, Hexxen and others, finally culminating for me in the FPS adventure Unreal and the spinoff  shooter Unreal Tournament ... My last PC game purchase was in the early '04/'05 time frame when Steam was just starting out. I bought Half-Life 2; ironically, a number of years ago when Steam released a Mac client, my HL2 purchase was in my game library when I logged in and I was able to download it cross-platform. Still holds up remarkably well 12 years later. 



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Posted Sat Jun 4, 2016 8:21 AM

I was an early fan of Ultima (on Commodre SX-64), so the first great game I really played on MS-DOS was Ultima Underworld : for the first time, Ultima (under)world was nearly living on screen !

For me PC was the beginning of 3D gaming.

 

Hah! Oh man... you played Ultima on the Commodore SX-64? My neighbor had one many years ago... it had like a built-in 5" monitor or something, didn't it? Did you play it off that, or go to a larger external monitor?



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Posted Sat Jun 4, 2016 9:57 AM

 

Hah! Oh man... you played Ultima on the Commodore SX-64? My neighbor had one many years ago... it had like a built-in 5" monitor or something, didn't it? Did you play it off that, or go to a larger external monitor?

 

Yes a 5" monitor on which C64 games look different ; played on a "normal sized" TV or monitor, they seemed to be much more pixelized (but some details so small !).

I remember that Adventure Construction Set was nicer on SX monitor, but you had to push contrast and luminosity to see well enough the contruction kit menus !

Later, I played some first age Ultima (IV) on Atari ST, but that was not a very different feeling...



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Posted Sun Jun 5, 2016 7:32 AM

 

Yes a 5" monitor on which C64 games look different ; played on a "normal sized" TV or monitor, they seemed to be much more pixelized (but some details so small !).

I remember that Adventure Construction Set was nicer on SX monitor, but you had to push contrast and luminosity to see well enough the contruction kit menus !

Later, I played some first age Ultima (IV) on Atari ST, but that was not a very different feeling...

 

 

That makes sense.. the smaller the monitor, the less pixilated. I've noticed the same thing too when I play older games on a larger monitor that I had previously only played on a 14".



#60 Guest_LiqMat_* OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 5, 2016 6:17 PM

There seems to be a little lack of DOS stuff here.  What are some of your favorite old-skool DOS games?  I know I grew up with Lode Runner, Falcon, and Arctic Fox among others.  These were all available on other platforms, but they were what were available to a Montana kid around 1989.  I also liked text adventures, such as the stellar Enchanted Castle and (what I didn't even know at the time was) an excellent but incomplete shareware RPG called Dungeons of Kairn.

 

I hang at VOGONS for all that. So much info in those threads.

 

https://www.vogons.org/

 

The 1990s were easily my favorite years for DOS. The 80s were the great Commodore age for me. C64 and Amiga ruled that decade IMO.

 

Current DOS titles I am revisiting and loving:

 

Azrael's Tear (very strange RPG)

Deathkarz (insane racing shooter with no guard rails)

Amok (great voxel landscaped mech shooter)

Scorcher (nasty hard futuristic racer)

 

The main thing I loved about all the above titles? They were all super atmospheric games that pushed the limits of that era's hardware.


Edited by LiqMat, Sun Jun 5, 2016 6:24 PM.


#61 Guest_LiqMat_* OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 5, 2016 6:26 PM

Wolfenstein 3d

Hexen,

Space Quest 3-4

Leisure suit Larry 3

Monkey Island 

F-19 Stealth Fighter

Rick Dangerous

Captain Comic

Ba’al

Aldo’s adventures

Commander Keen 1-4

Cosmo’s Adventure

Duke Nuke’m

Prince of Persia

Thexder

Silpheed

Stargoose

Robocop

ZZT

Islands of Danger

Bubble Ghost

Worms 2

Lemmings

Scorched Earth

VGA Sharks

joust

Syndicate

Death track

Archon

Boulder Dash

Space Station

Tetris

Neuromancer

Eye of the Beholder

Indiana Jones Last Crusade

Indiana Jones Fate of Atlantis

Simcity

Last Half of Darkness

Veil of Darkness

 

Holy crap! I completely forgot about Veil of Darkness!!! What a cool game that I never finished. Definitely need to look at that again and DOSBox that game.



#62 2Ni OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jun 9, 2016 5:12 AM

I played Dungeon Master and Chaos Strikes Back on ST, and later DOS versions of Eye of Beholder I & II : great games ! Especially Darkmoon, with a fabulous "ambiance", as for the true successor : Lands of Lore.

I also appreciate Stonekeep, which have a good staging (i don't know if it is the good word for french "mise en scène")...



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Posted Thu Jun 9, 2016 7:04 AM

Actually, I think "mise en scène" is valid English too (!)



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Posted Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:19 PM

Civilization, Elite...

And there was one of those $5 games I bought at an office supply place circa 1990-1991 that I can't remember the name of, but you were a guy in a colorful outfit with an astronaut-type helmet. It was a platformer... you had to run, jump and you fired little spheres as your weapon. Captain something?

Anyone have any ideas?

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Posted Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:10 PM

Civilization, Elite...

And there was one of those $5 games I bought at an office supply place circa 1990-1991 that I can't remember the name of, but you were a guy in a colorful outfit with an astronaut-type helmet. It was a platformer... you had to run, jump and you fired little spheres as your weapon. Captain something?

Anyone have any ideas?

Sounds like Commander Keen.

 

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#66 enoofu OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:02 PM

 
Believe this list holds up well even today as I believe I played all of them recently
Also heard that Warcraft, Dune II may still be fun also

Edited by enoofu, Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:09 PM.


#67 rorysl OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:22 PM

Great thread. I was a huge DOS gamer BITD.

 

Space Quests

King's Quests

Police Quest 1 - 2

Leisure Suit Larry 1

California Gold Rush

Manhunter New York + San Francisco

Commander Keen Series

 

Some others:

 

Crystal Caves

Secret Agent

Arachnophobia

Star Trek 25th Anniversary

Sleuth

 

Castle Adventure was deadly as well.

 

...I'm sure I'll be editing this post as more come to mind....



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Posted Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:26 PM

And there was one of those $5 games I bought at an office supply place circa 1990-1991 that I can't remember the name of, but you were a guy in a colorful outfit with an astronaut-type helmet. It was a platformer... you had to run, jump and you fired little spheres as your weapon. Captain something?

Captain Comic?

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Posted Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:05 PM

Great thread. I was a huge DOS gamer BITD.

 

Space Quests

King's Quests

Police Quest 1 - 2

Leisure Suit Larry 1

California Gold Rush

Manhunter New York + San Francisco

Commander Keen Series

 

Some others:

 

Crystal Caves

Secret Agent

Arachnophobia

Star Trek 25th Anniversary

Sleuth

 

Castle Adventure was deadly as well.

 

...I'm sure I'll be editing this post as more come to mind....

There was a text adventure called "Enchanted Castle" that was a great father-son bonding thing for me back in the late 80s.  I'd recommend it if you can handle text and liked Castle Adventure.



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Posted Thu Aug 4, 2016 10:21 AM

I still play the lovely DOS pinballs - Pinball Fantasy, Pinball Illusions,  Pinball Dreams, Extreme Pinball and lots more. 



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Posted Sat Aug 6, 2016 11:22 PM

Civilization, Elite...

And there was one of those $5 games I bought at an office supply place circa 1990-1991 that I can't remember the name of, but you were a guy in a colorful outfit with an astronaut-type helmet. It was a platformer... you had to run, jump and you fired little spheres as your weapon. Captain something?

Anyone have any ideas?


JetPac?

#72 Guest_LiqMat_* OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2016 8:14 PM

Captain Comic?

msdos_The_Adventures_of_Captain_Comic_19

 

I was thinking the same thing.



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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2016 1:56 AM

I didn't play it BITD, but when I got into DOSBox I discovered a game called, "Outer Ridge" - sort of a first person perspective/3D Asteroids.

Games I played BITD included Prince of Persia, Tetris, and of course DOOM and the games of that genre that followed... Hexen, Descent, Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, and Redneck Rampage.

 

I loved the way Moonshine would take away your pain in Redneck Rampage, but if you drank too much the screen would tilt, and you couldn't walk in a straight line...


Edited by almightytodd, Mon Aug 8, 2016 1:59 AM.


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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2016 3:09 AM

Been playing quite a bit of SimCity 2000 lately. God, I love that freakin' stupid ass game...

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Posted Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:08 PM

Did anyone else like Terminal Velocity?

I liked that one a LOT. Good music, speeding through tunnels and across voxel landscapes. So cool.

 

I was pleased when they made some surprise ports to mobile

 

android version

https://play.google....rnal.tv20&hl=en

 

ios version

https://itunes.apple...d974081191?mt=8

 

The iOS version came out around the same time that DOSBox 2 stopped working on my iPhone because of a software update that blocked use of file sharing to load data. Just in time. 






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