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SkyRoads

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Bluemoon Software 1993
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

One of the most addictive games I have ever played, Skyroads is a unique blend of puzzle, action and racing. The game was written in 1993 by the Estonian company Bluemoon Software (currently Bluemoon Interactive), and enjoyed a moderate success as a shareware title. Bluemoon has built up a sizable distribution network with this game, and so the game was worth more than the money it earned: it opened the doors for later Bluemoon games and applications to be sold.


Space Commanders II

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ajf 1983
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

When and where this game was made, I have no idea. The age is based on the file, as in "not modified since 16-1-1984". So, what's it all about? It's a...Space Invaders clone!!! Not terribly original, but then again, it's from 1984, so maybe, just maybe, it was then.


Spider and Web

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Andrew Plotkin 1998
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 6/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Let me quickly recap Alfred Hitchcock's theory of suspense with the stock example: Two men are sitting at a table, chatting away about completely unimportant topics. The audience knows there's a bomb under the table (they saw someone planting it before). However, they are powerless - they can't interfere. They want to warn the two men, but they can't. All they can do is watch. Thus, suspense is built up based on the audience's superior knowledge. Spider and Web, on the other hand, uses exactly the opposite formula: The protagonist knows more than the player (his 'audience') and it's not until the very ending of the story, that everything becomes clear.


Spielautomat

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Mr Creosote 1993
Genre: Strategy, Puzzle
Rating: 0/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

The first game I not only started, but also 'finished': the perfect simulation of an one-armed bandit.

Written in Quick Basic 4.5 after I had started to learn it at school shortly before.


Spiral

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Justin Morgan 2012
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Oh boy… this one's going to be tough. Justin Morgan made, among others, the delightfully goofy and excellently implemented The Bible Retold: Following a Star, one of the best games of the 2010 IF Competition. This time, judging from the game's blurb, he tried his hand at psychological horror. Quite a thematical jump there! Or maybe not, as it turned out, there were more thematic links than anyone would have been able to guess.


Steam Sky

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Bartek Jasicki 2016
Genre: Strategy, RPG
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC
Steampunk. What started as an original and not entirely unfascinating thought experiment has by now been reduced to stupid costumes primarily consisting of top hat plus welding goggles. It's hard to imagine why a new game would jump on that sad train in 2016. What is even more surprising, however, is that this game then actually doesn't use its self-proclaimed theme after all. Mysterious.

Striker

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Derek Williams 1985
Genre: Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Striker is a game quite like the Vectrex game "Scramble". You control a chopper over hostile territory, and you must defend yourself against just about everything from turrets to giant bats, using only your bombs and bullets. Also, you have limited fuel, and the only way to get more is to blow up refineries along the way.


Sunday Afternoon

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Christopher Huang 2012
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Many things are considered clichés in the text adventure genre. Every once in a while, a game comes along which embodies so many of these clichés that it is almost not imaginable that it is not supposed to be a meta satire. Sunday Afternoon is such a game. It stumbles from one cliché into the next one with an earnestness that is hard to interpret. Until, at least in one small occasion, it gives things a small ironic spin.


Supaplex

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Think!Ware Development 1991
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

A computer themed boulder dash clone. Can be very frustrating to learn the moves, and very frustrating in level design, but is very rewarding when you 'solve' a level. Helpfully, levels can be skipped, so you can avoid that puzzle game 'brick wall'. Another helpful feature is that levels are not time limited. Original Boulder Dash, I am looking at you.


Super C

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Distinctive Software 1990
Genre: Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Super C for DOS is a conversion of the arcade run-n-gun game, Super Contra. The reason for the abbreviation in the title not completely certain and is a subject of various discussions over the years.



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