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Mortal Kombat

Midway 1993
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Playing Mortal Kombat is a pure pleasure. Or pain, depending how well you are doing. The game offers everything a lover of fighting games could wish for - fast paced action, tonns of moves, punches and kicks, all of which can get combined, decent opponents, each with special attacks and a lot of blood. In addition, some extras, such as small skill tests and the introduction of all characters makes the game very well rounded.

Mortal Kombat II

Midway Games 1994
Genre: Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Mortal Kombat II. Sequel to the fighting game that made gore a selling point, this game takes that to new heights, with new fatalities and combat techniques, different types of finishers, and a cast of twelve playable characters, two boss characters and two hidden characters for you to test your skill against.

Mortal Pong

Cheesy Software 1997
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Okay ladies and gentleman. I'll now invent a new kind of review. The "drunken re-review". "So what is this?!" you ask. Okay, lemme tell you:

I used to run a few abandonware sites years ago. I still have most reviews from back then and usually they're not very good. So - what should I do with them - throw them away? Nah, too easy! A while ago I gave the whole bunch to Mr Creosote and he picked out the few that were okayish. But what about the rest? I redid some and I forgot about the most of them.


Opera Soft 1989
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

You may not have heard of Azpiri, but he was one of the main Spanish comic artists back in the 80s. Mostly known for his female drawings, he also made illustrations, such as several videogames covers, and various comics books, which included Mot, a tale about a boy and his monster.


Imagine 1986
Genre: Adventure, Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

New York. Late afternoon. You were relaxing in your office muffled in clouds of tranquilizing smoke issuing from your cigar, your feet resting on that tiny spot of your desk luckily unoccupied by exorbitant piles of inconclusive evidence and other 3rd rate material you would never tend to, and enjoying in quiet solitary bliss what little was left of your coffee break... suddenly the blower went insane disrupting your sweet oblivion. "Detective X speaking", "X, we have received information regarding an audio tape finally proving the local mobster guilty of smuggling, blackmail and 1st degree murder. Hit the road on the double and locate the girl calling us - she knows where the tape is stashed and will take you to the mob's headquarters. Be careful though, the place is heavily guarded!", "Roger". Ok, bub, time to slip into your trenchcoat and show us some good MOVIE. Lights, Camera, Action!


U.S. Gold 1990
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Detective Adventures may not be the most common genre, but they do exist (especially here on this site). All of them are somehow linear in their story and limited in their puzzles. All but one: Murder.

Murder Makes Strange Deadfellows

Tiger Media 1992
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC, Amiga (CDTV)

Ever since his wife passed away five years ago, Randolph Steere's life has been solely dedicated to his research of afterlife. Nothing was too expensive or too ridiculous to get into contact with his Irene. Electricity was banned from his villa, because Randolph assumed it would disturb the psychic energy. He even hired a medium to support his efforts! Until the day he fell down the stairs and died...

Murder on the Mississippi: The Adventures of Sir Charles Foxworth

Activision 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Famous detective Sir Charles Foxworth is taking a holiday on the Mississippi with his servant Regis. He's just taking a stroll around the upper deck of the ship when he discovers an open cabin door. Behind it: a dead man. As it turns out, the body of Raleigh Cartwright III. Sir Charles has three days to find the murderer, because then, the ship will reach New Orleans, giving the culprit a safe chance to escape.

Murder on the Zinderneuf

Free Fall Associates / Electronic Arts 1983
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Atari 400/800

A murder mystery works very well in confined space, because it tickles the audience in a very special way – it appears 'solvable' as all the information seems to be at hand. Agatha Christie knew it when she wrote the quintessential Murder on the Orient Express and similar setups have appeared many times in the genre since then. One issue with the classic train setup is the 'confined space' aspect: A train can usually stop at any time, at the next station or outsiders can enter it. That is why Orient Express has it stuck in a snow storm in the middle of nowhere. No special events are necessary for aircrafts flying over one of the oceans in order for them to be inaccessible, making them probably even better suited for this setup. The Zinderneuf is a Zeppelin – extremely convenient due to its long travel time over the Atlantic! The airship is almost halfway on the way from London to New York when a murder occurs. The player, a detective, has got 15 suspects and 12 hours remaining until arrival.


clickBOOM / PXL Computers 1997
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga, PC

The best selling game of all time… well, actually, I'm not sure this is true anymore, with the market having exploded since the mid-1990s. At least it used to be. One of the killer applications which didn't just sell itself, but also the CD-ROM drives necessary to run it. A game I held a huge grudge against for two decades. Because its huge commercial success killed the Adventure genre I loved. Now I replayed it again. Water under the bridge?

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