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Archipelagos

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Logotron 1989
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga, PC (DOS)

Sometimes, when I really think about it, it frightens me how old all these games I have sitting on my shelf are. Then I wonder where all this time went. It almost seems like it was yesterday, after all! But then, there are also those situations when it becomes painfully obvious that it wasn't. Case in point: Archipelagos. Our user state_trooper reviewed this and sent in screenshots. I edited the text, processed everything and put it on the site. Routine work in auto-pilot mode, no brain involved. Only a couple of days later, I actually realized that I have the game sitting on my shelf, in a nice box! So basically, what happened was that I found a game I already own by chance on the site. Seems like my memory isn't perfect, after all.


Ashes of Empire

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Midnight / Mirage 1992
Genre: Action, Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

First came Midwinter… and then the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Whether you see a causality in this sequence of events or not – the illegitimate child of these two followed soon enough, and it was called Ashes of Empire. From the (at the time very much current) situation of the former Soviet Union, the game takes its scenario: A large country, a major military has collapsed under its own economic weight. Its former republics are plunging into anarchy, and not the good kind. Armed former military units, now turned into modern-day highwaymen, are roaming the countries, leaving a trail of fear and suffering among the already poor and underfed population whereever their aimless plundering takes them. Only some local administrative structures can still uphold at least a bit of order.


Auf dem Weg nach Europa

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Auswärtiges Amt 1991
Genre: Puzzle, Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

In 1991, the EU wasn't nearly as prominent as it is now. In fact, it didn't even exist back then, because the treaties of Maastricht would only be signed a year later. However, there was the 'European Community' which was pretty much a predecessor of the EU. And it was obvious that the political and economic integration would continue, so there was a 'need' for political propaganda to soften the nationalist feelings of the population. Which part of the population is most easily influenced? Right, the children. Enter Auf dem Weg nach Europa.


B.A.T. II

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ESP / Ubi Soft 1992
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

The Bureau of Astral Troubleshooters, an intergalactiv secret police, had already made a name for themselves in the episodic, self-titled first game. Now it is time for the big job: The Koshan conglomerate has come into a monopoly position as the only supplier of a resource of galactic importance. Through foul play, of course. B.A.T. has already sent one agent to Koshan's base planet, but in spite of a seemingly perfect cover story, she seems to have been detected. So the player goes after her, to save her, but also to finish the mission.


B.C. Kid

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Factor 5 / Hudson Soft 1992
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Conversions of console games to computers often go wrong. Translations of Japanese games just as often. With B.C. Kid, it went surprisingly smooth. It first appeared on the PC Engine and had (for 'western' tongues) a really strange name. The English version became 'Bonk'. Bonk? To make a long story short, the Amiga version got a better title when it was ported by the German company Factor 5 a few years later.


Backstage

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Art Department 1993
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

A local radio station is holding a competition: answer five questions about (male) rockstar Alex X. Pose (for the younger readers: the singer of a then popular band called Guns'n'Roses was called Axl Rose) to win a romantic candlelightdinner with him. Our (male) hero is keen to be the chosen one. Yes… you'd better ignore the homoerotic elements of this story. Anyway, let's just say our protagonist is a huge fan, ok?


Ball Raider

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Diamond 1988
Genre: Action
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Not everybody is a game designer. Ball Raider is what happens when people who think they draw some 'mean' pictures, don't have that sort of insight. So you have some images ready, but there's still no game idea? The images don't even really form a coherent picture, because they're all over the cliché fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy? Well, just slap simple, but well-tested classic game concept on top. That always works, doesn't it?


Batman: The Movie

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Ocean 1989
Genre: Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

This was one of the first games I ever completed on my Amiga 500. It was released in 1989 by Ocean Software and is based on the 1989 motion picture, which starred Micheal Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholas as the Joker. Up until this game was released, movie based games were quick cash-ins that were lacking in gameplay.


Battle Isle

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Blue Byte 1991
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Battle Isle - the game which got two different groups of games into public focus: wargames and German games. Both had had their loyal fan-base before, but both had been small. Tactical wargames turned into a very popular genre following this game. German games stayed a niche market in spite of this game's success.


Battle Squadron: The Destruction Of The Barrax Empire

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Innerprise 1989
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Reviewing games belonging to genres which are governed by very strong conventions is not much fun. All too often, you fall back to just going through the motions, performing a mental checklist. Which, not incidentally, is one of the main reasons I rarely dive into shoot 'em ups. It's not a seen-one-seen-'em-all genre, but it is sort of discussed-one-discussed-'em-all. Still, there are some which simply shouldn't go unmentioned. This can be for various reasons, like general popularity, coming from a noteworthy company or even indeed doing something a little different.



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