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Electronic Arts' World Tour Golf

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Electronic Arts 1986
Genre: Sport
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Though this game was published by EA, it was created by Evan & Nicky Robinson and Paul Reiche III. When this game came out, EA hadn't yet started making their own games, they only published. Well, enough with the history lesson, on to the review!


Elefanten!

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elefanten Schuh GmbH / WWF 1993
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

Oh, sweet childhood! Even for boys, there were ways of making shoe shopping (basically one of the most hated activities ever) into a true adventure. In one store chain, you got free comic books of Lurchi and the competition had you go on a safari (well, at least you could get a plush elephant)! It's the latter company (which has by now disappeared from the market) which is also responsible for this game: another attempt at acquiring customers in a playful way.


Elfmania

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Terramarque / Renegade 1994
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

All those people sneering at the thought of playing fighting games with a single-button joystick probably have never tried one which has been originally designed for it. Admittedly, many genre entries don't play all that well that way. Though those are usually ports of successful arcade cabinets or from game consoles equipped with multi-button gamepads. "Reducing" an existing control scheme well is a sometimes impossible task. Elfmania has been designed from scratch for a simpler control scheme, on the other hand.


Else we get mad!

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Amiga Wave 2017
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

When the Amiga was unveiled to the general public, the careers of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill were already on a clear downwards slope. Up until the early 1980s, their films had topped the European cinema charts regularly. Even today, they are quite present on TV, each time entertaining a returning audience. Their big run spanned more than a dozen films within just roughly 15 years. It isn't surprising that things became a little formulaic over time. One mainstay graced all those films in any case: the brawls!


Empire Deluxe

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New World Computing 1993
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Empire inspired a whole generation of programmers to do similar games. The concept is simple, yet addicting: Start with one city, build up an army and conquer the whole (unknown) world. That's it. Plain and simple. Maybe you've had this many times before, but certainly not often that well done!


Energie-Manager

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Rauser / BWMi 1993
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

Just a little more than ten years ago (in 1993), there was no 'Internet' of today's proportions. Computer magazines coming with CDs full of stuff were still uncommon, too. To be exact, the first 'one-shot issues' of this kind appeared in early 1994 in Germany. So, 1993 was still a year of game demos being spread on floppy disks, and those were available on quite a few magazine covers.


Engineering Jones and The Time Thieves of DSPea

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Prentice Associates / Harris Semiconductor 1991
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Archaeology is the search for fact […] So forget any ideas you've got about lost cities, exotic travel, and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried treasure, and "X" never, ever, marks the spot. Seventy percent of all archaeology is done in the library. Research. Reading.


Epic Pinball

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Epic MegaGames 1993
Genre: Action, Sport
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Shareware
System: PC

Another pinball game to introduce. Epic Pinball, like its name says, is epic for a pinball game on PC. This game was made by Epic MegaGames in 1993, now known Epic Games (Gears of War, Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament). It was never released initially in retail stores. It was distributed as shareware with one table named Android, then you could order the game available in 3 packs with 4 tables each. So here the description of each tables + my little review on each.


Epic: The Adventure Begins

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Digital Image Design / Ocean 1992
Genre: Simulation, Action
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Epic – announced and hailed as a Wing Commander killer… and at release, it was actually well-received by most of the mainstream press. Apart from a couple of minor voices spoiling the party. In spite of a well-known development team which had already been responsible for the well received F29 Retaliator and would go on to universally lauded simulations such as TFX. What went wrong with this one?


Erben der Erde – Die große Suche

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Dreamer's Guild / New World Computing / Softgold 1995
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

The fable genre somehow always feels old-fashioned and preachy. Not the best foundation to build a modern-day game on, one may think. Though according to someone at Wikipedia, Inherit the Earth at least appealed to a specifically weird audience with this approach. Let's try to put attraction or revulsion towards anthropomorphic animals aside for the sake of this review.



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