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Transparent

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Hanon Ondricek 2014
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

There are some themes which will always belong to the staples of fiction. Exploring a haunted house is one of such mainstays. Look around on this very website and you'll find numerous examples, ranging from good to bad. Today, I will discuss Transparent, a game whose protagonist arrives at such a house as part of a film crew, ready to take some preparatory photos. I guess – player motivation and backstory are largely absent, but this is really not much of an issue as you'll be drawn in soon enough and natural curiosity takes over.


TriPeaks

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Microsoft 1991
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

I tend to dislike card games. My father loved them, and he was much better at them than I ever will be. There is one notable exception to this rule, however: TriPeaks. It's a very simple card game. You enter your name, and a deck of cards pop up, shaped like a mountain with three peaks, with all lowest cards revealed. You get the rest of the 52 cards in the deck, all turned over, except one. Say, you get a 5. You must pick a card from the mountain that's either one higher or lower than your current card, so in this example 4 or 6. Then that card becomes your next card, and you have to pick a card one lower or higher than that one. The idea is to make series, or streaks, of cards. Why? Money. You start the game broke. First card in a streak nets you $1, the next $2, the next $3 and so on. Having to buy another card loses you $5. The object of the game is to get filthy rich. It's more difficult than it sounds, however. I rarely get over $200 no matter how long I play. My father easily got $3500 in a single game.


TripleA

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Sean Bridges & Others 2001
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

So many enthusiasts try creating their own games. Very few ever come to a stage which produces something worthwhile. It's not a new phenomenon, but the Internet makes it almost painfully visible through all those hopelessly outdated websites laying out hugely ambitious plans and promising sweeping updates 'soon' – that announcement dating back many years.


Tube

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Bullfrog 1994
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

How should I categorize this game? It was a very close call between action and sports and the only reason I put it here is, that it's supposed to be racing. But a very action-based racer!

First of all, I should point out that this is not a commercial game! It was made by Bullfrog when they were working on High Octane, so Tube is most likely some kind of study object. It has been published in Germany by the well-known magazine PC Player (there are even their logos appearing in the game!). So the gameplay is a very early version of High Octane.


Ugh!

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Asmodean 2001
Genre: Strategy, Puzzle
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

It's the year 2023/24. After a devastating nuclear war which wiped out almost all life the only 2 survivors, Borislav and William Jefferson leave their respective caves in the Himalaya to take a look at what's left. After some days they happen to meet on a tiny path, surrounded on both sides by gaping cliffs. Only one can go on, the other must jump into oblivion. But how decide who that will be? Well, why not with a board game called UGH.


Ultima: Escape from Mount Drash

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Sierra / Peroxide Entertainment 2003
Genre: Action
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC, VIC-20

This is a short and simple game. It was converted from the original Commodore Vic-20 game for Windows only. The conversion is designed for 320x200 resolution and doesn't re-size. I played it in Windows 7 64bit fine, though I had to lean to within inches of my monitor to see what was going on (320x200 is rather tiny on a 1366x768 screen.) I also tried it in XP mode, but it still wouldn't resize. Finally, I tried it on my Windows 98 Virtual PC build and it played with the same re-sizing issue, though there were issues on load forcing me to load it twice every time. There may be settings in Virtual PC allowing a re-size, but I could not find them (Virtual PC gives a message "Virtual PC has disabled live resolution switching.")


Undo

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Neil deMause 1995
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

So you've played for days and weeks and finally, you get to what seems to be the ending. You can (virtually) already see the 'you have won' sign on the horizon. All you have to do is go east... but what's that? A hole, a frog and a small duck are blocking your way. This can't be what it was intended like? Turning back reveals the problem: bad sectors on the game disk. Argh!


Victor Loomes

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Promotion Software / LBS 1993
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

"Victor Loomes" is a private eye in the Chicago of the 1920s. And his sponsor is..... the LBS (a German "Bausparkasse" - if you don't know what that is, visit their homepage for a good laugh)! If you're asking where the temporal (at that time, the LBS didn't exist) and local (the LBS doesn't exist anywhere outside Germany) link is, you've already understood the whole problem of the game.


WinRisk

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Steve Stancliff 1992
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Iceland, 2002 - the big showdown. The armies of King Elwood are invading from Greenland, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. Dictator Ray has to admit defeat to the royal Blues Brother. Risk - the classic. Only ONE type of army - a very limited number of areas to conquer and gameplay based on the roll of the dice. It's simple - no big stats, no training and improving of units, no building, no nothing. And that's the fascination of Risk. You don't have to learn it - you can just play it and after a few rounds of this ingenious board game you're in it.


Wodan - The Trial

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Arbeitskreis Spielkultur 1999
Genre: Strategy, Puzzle
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

If a game comes along with a producer like "Arbeitskreis Spielkultur" (sounds like some typically German dry official office), you should be careful. If the plot revolves around Norse mythology, the expectation of some completely non-understandable crap made by roleplaying geeks.



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