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Taco Fiction

Ryan Veeder 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Expectations: low, because the title makes obvious references to some of the uncoolest movies ever made; these wannabe funny 'gangster comedies' which just try too hard to be oh-so-cool – achieving exactly the opposite of the desired effect. In this one, you take over the role of a desperate small-time criminal planning to rob, of all places, an all night Taco place. Which, of course, turns out to be full of lazy policemen. But he stumbles into a much bigger adventure instead which might pay off nevertheless – financially and otherwise.

Taipan for Windows

Thomas J. Carroll 2002
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

I just happened to run into an old review of mine:

[quote]Taipan - the legend is brought to the Windows operating system. This is a fanmade remake of the original game for the Apple II - and it features great gameplay in the environment of a true classic. The story is quickly told - you start off in the Hong Kong of the 1860s. You are the captain of a small ship and of course strive hard to become rich - a respected Taipan. You either begin with a little money you have lent from the local money lender who will charge you 10% a month, but would not normally lend someone without money anything (he will always lend you up to two times the amount you already have) or you start with 5 cannons on your ship but without any money (which also means no chance to lend anything). The last option might be the better one as in case you encounter some pirates you are not only able to defend yourself, but if you defeat them you will also get some thousand bucks.

Tales of the Unknown: The Bard's Tale

Interplay / Electronic Arts 1987
Genre: RPG
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Tales of the Unknown: The Bard's Tale, as this game was originally called, is one of the most important games in the history of computer gaming. In addition to bringing role-playing to the masses with its flashy graphics, simplified character development and relatively good story, never before and never again did a game development team include so many great talents. In fact, this game has launched the careers of several biggest names in the gaming industry, including Lawrence Holland, Joe Ybarra and Brian Fargo.


Bally Midway 1983
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

A very simple game for quick fun. Its attractiveness is caused by its original theme: As a waiter you have to serve the rushing-in customers.

But they are very impatient. Aparantely they are alcoholics. Their appearance points to that: unkempt beards and hair hidden under (probably) greasy hats. But also their behaviour lets you become suspicious about their addiction. They can't even wait for their beer (the game does not know other drinks) for some seconds. No, they need it immediately! And if you do not serve them at once, they will pull you over the bar.

Task Force 1942

Microprose 1992
Genre: Simulation
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Task Force 1942 is a great naval combat simulation that is staged (as the name suggests) in WW II in the Pacific. It concentrates on the battle for Guadalcanal and features all the ships that took part in this campaign. Great graphics, controls and the ability to build own scenarios make this game a true classic.


Recreational Brainware / Sega 1992
Genre: Action
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Mega Drive

A cartoon licenced game not made by Ocean… so there is hope that this one turns out to be semi-decent. Until you actually try it and have your hopes let down. No, shattered. And the remains then stomped into the ground, set on fire and then dynamited for good measure.

Ted Paladin and the Case of the Abandoned House

Anssi Räisänen 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

The question whether an old house should be demolished should be answered by an expert. Not anybody from the board for monument conservation, though, but Ted Paladin, private investigator. Why him? Because of his 'text adventure skills', as the introduction tells us. What kind of game awaits the player should now be obvious: Meta humour embedded into old-school exploration and puzzles. So this will not exactly be a candidate to win the IF Comp, but it might very well place high on my personal list.


Metropolis Software House 1995
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

This ain't a story about good boys. This story is about the agent. Teen agent.
If you ever wanted to be the one, here's your chance to try. But I warn you, you'll have to do many weird things – tie up matured ones, make underground passages, run from bears, etc. Anyway, if you are not afraid, this game is for you.


Avalon Hill 1985
Genre: RPG
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

"Ah yes, my young fellows, I still remember when I first climbed down the stairs into this vile dungeon. All I had was the sword of my father and no clue how to use it. And then they came! Zombies, Skeletons, Orcs! I fought them all - barely made it out alive with the few coins I was able to find in the corners of the tunnels. Bandaging my wounds I made it to this very tavern and spent the night. But when the morning sun rose I knew I had to go back in there. I could not leave that dungeon unconquered. And so I travelled deeper. My skills got better, I got faster - soon I was starting to fight of demons and dragons - and the deeper I ventured into the caverns the deadlier they got!

Tempest 2000

Llamasoft / Atari 1994
Genre: Action
Rating: 3.5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Jaguar, PC (DOS)

Tempest 2000 is the successor to the 1981 arcade game Tempest, and it is a fairly well-known and highly-regarded game. Many like to say that it completely redeems the Atari Jaguar as a console, though the Jaguar has other good games. Another big thing about T2K is its pedigree of being a Llamasoft work, a semi-famous one-man arcade-style developer stationed in the UK, big in the old computer days, and particularly known for their psychedelic styling; T2K is testament to nearly all of these things.

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