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Rambo? Cool, let's get shooting! Yes, this game does have a lot of shooting. And stabbing. And throat slitting. And fistfighting. Nevertheless, it's not exactly what you think it is. The secret is right there on the title screen already. Yup, you read right. It's "interactive fiction", i.e. a text adventure. Seriously? Seriously. But don't despair, it does have a lot of shooting.Mr Creosote
Empire Deluxe – reading my own old review, honestly speaking, made me cringe in embarassment. The good thing is that I'm still regularly playing it anyway, so making new screenshots and sitting down again to write down how I feel about it now was not even a huge effort. Not sure there is still a big interest in this one; in the early years of the website, it was a regular point of discussion… but that may have been thanks to the biggest Empire fan ever being a regular on our forums in those daysMr Creosote
Taking a break from delving into the past, here is a game which is still in active development as of today. KeeperRL enhances the small dungeon building simulation genre which had a short heyday in the mid-1990s with more role-playing elements, tactical combat, an intuitive interface, random (highly configurable) maps and highly attractive graphics. Definitely worth checking out and following further enhancement!Mr Creosote
3 Skulls of the Toltecsis a game I've last played 15 years ago. I didn't enjoy it very much back then. How do I know? Having a website has its advantages in supporting one's memory Given that my previous record of what I thought about it left something to be desired, I gave the game another spin. Did this change my mind? Feel free to check it out and compare.Mr Creosote
Continuing with brand new (well, 27 year old) games, who is the Supreme Warrior? That guy there on the picture? The intention seems to be that it should be you, the player, who is supposed to rise to this "supreme" status by defeating the circus freaks like him. Don't even think for a second this will be an easy task, though. In spite of their appearance, these guys are quite tough. But at least somewhat merciful, as they will let the player escape repeatedly after defeats. What is merciless, on the other hand, is this game overall…Mr Creosote
Behind the scenes, we have started a Herculean task some time ago: reviewing all the contents we have produced in the last 20+ years. Trying to see what we still consider good and what could be improved by today's standards. As it turns out, we produced some really nice write-ups over the years, but some others have become rather dated or they're in some other way not really in line with our own expectations anymore.
One such case was Battle Bugs. This game was one of the four initially covered at the day of the website's opening. Reading my old review, I found that it really deserved a fresh look. Don't worry, the "historical" one remains there for those who still want to read it, but the one posted today is now considered "default". Enjoy!Mr Creosote
As if 3DO and CD-i weren't obscure enough, LostInSpace adds the Atari XEGS to our list of generally unknown and unsuccessful game console coverage. The obvious first choice to introduce a system being its bundled launch title: Bug Hunt. This one being special in another way as well, with regards to its controller. Good thing that our hero can discuss first-hand impressions.Mr Creosote
As I'm writing these lines, my daughter is watching a cartoon where a kid Marco Polo travels into the far east in search of his father. It's actually not too bad. Although there is absolutely no relation to this Marco Polo game, I will probably not always associate the cartoon's title tune with the game. Anyway… indeed, trying to construct any parallel, one could argue that this game also falls within the area of family entertainment. For sure, it was intended as a communal experience sitting on the couch in front of a TV.Mr Creosote
Do you remember Kai's Power Goo? Yup, that tool which made photos look exactly like this? Leading to thirty seconds of chuckle before realizing that it was utterly useless? No, this is not what you will find on our website now.
Instead, my latest 3DO pick is Psychic Detective, an interactive movie from the mid-1990s. Interactive movie? Yes, I know, but please believe me when I say that this one is different. Far from perfect for sure, but full of smart ideas. The manual hinted at sequels (labellling this one the protagonist's "first case") which never appeared. Too bad!Mr Creosote
If you were leading a conscious life in the early 1980s, you will certainly remember Richard Chamberlain in the role of John Blackthorne. Learning basic Japanese and bowing a lot, but switching to annoying "olde English" with a lot of "thys" and "thees" when wooing his sweetheart Yoko Shimada, while Toshiro Mifune attempted to become Shōgun. In 1989, players already had their second chance to do better. No, that's not right. They had the chance to do exactly as well as Blackthorne, or worse and fail.
On an interesting sidenote, this was one of the last games made and released by Infocom, long past their market leadership in adventure games.Mr Creosote