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Did you know...

...that although Home of the Underdogs closed its doors long ago, we have archived the database in order to preserve the massive reference?
So what is this site? To put it in the most simple way imaginable: It's a site about digital games. Not about the latest gaming news, but about the games themselves, and - as you've already surmised from the site's name - specializing in what's usually considered 'classic' these days. Of course, definitions of 'classic' differ widely. However, if you browse around a little, you'll find us covering pretty much everything (with varying intensity) from the earliest home systems (late 1970s) to the end of the last millenium.

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The 24th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition
2013 Site Theme: Games of 1983

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2018-10-20

It is almost halftime at the IFComp and by now I have found some real pearls in the plethora of games. One of them is going to take centre stage today. It is a game of mathemagics or to be more precise: A puzzle game about creating and modifying numbers. And like the best of its kind it is easy to learn yet it offers quite a challenge thanks to its generous content and some nifty puzzles. It gets a definite recommendation on my part and details on the reasons why can be found in todays review of Junior Arithmancer.

PS: Do not forget to check out the ongoing IFComp article featuring mini reviews, now with a list of recommended games too! It gets updated on an almost daily basis.

Herr M.

2018-10-13

Today we take a closer look at another candidate from the IFComp. It is an unusual mech simulator which does not feature combat encounters but shows a more civil use for a steely colossus. There are some additional twists and influences from totally different genres, but going too much into them would be getting into spoiler territory. Let us just say that Terminal Interface for Models RCM301-303 might have some surprises for you in store.
Herr M.

2018-10-12

We've got a second review on the Game Boy Breakout-like game Alleyway by RetroBunny who has just joined us. Well done and welcome to TGOD!
Moebius

2018-10-10

Here we go, fresh from the press: The first full review for one of the IFComp's entries. Flowers of Mysteria is a very traditional example for a text adventure. Maybe a bit too traditional? Just take a look at the review to find out!

2018-10-08

The 24th Interactive Fiction Competition has started! With more than 70 games to choose from, covering a wide variety of genres and scenarios there should be something for each and every one of our readers. No matter whether you prefer your games with more typing or more clicking involved, if you can stand to read at least a minimum of text, you should definitely give some of the games a try.

Just as a reminder: You can easily participate on the competition's webpages (links can be found in the article). All you have to do is rate at least 5 games. But if you are like me, you can go a step further and publish your thoughts on our site. Any kind of feedback and/or reviews are most certainly welcome!

2018-10-06

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Now you know everything about Innocent Until Caught's tonality you need to. Easy, wasn't it? If it doesn't put you off immediately, you can read all the rest, about gameplay in particular, but also graphics etc., in our full review. If, after all that, you still don't have enough, you could play the game yourself. Or check back here for news on the sequel. There is a sequel? Just wait for it…

2018-09-29

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Silmarils – many of their games are known for incredible premises, atmospheric visuals and sound, genre-bending gameplay… If this is what you're looking for, Starblade – reviewed by ThyPersonalSnoop – may be right up your alley. Or it may also severely disappoint and frustrate you, since this company is also very well known for some quite screwy design decisions, implementation weaknesses etc.

2018-09-22

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There we are. We made it! All the way from part 1 to 8. This one, called Insel der Wunder, concludes the Schwert & Magie series. It is almost a bit sad, as this game is indeed by far the best of the whole bunch. If things had continued in this way, I'm sure nobody would have minded. Then again, it is usually better to go with a bang rather than slowly fading away into mediocrity; which likely would have happened, as mediocrity is where the series came from, after all. So anyway, from this island of wonders, we'll be moving on to different shores in the coming weeks.

2018-09-17

Hold on a sec, what's in that trash can? Oh wow, 3 game reviews! Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 by someone mahan1241, Sensible Soccer by carlostex and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by some email adress serwar@gmail.com. This must be our lucky day! Now, jokes aside, guys. Never completing your submissions and ignoring PMs isn't very cool and next time if you don't react soon enough your reviews may be ditched, all the more likely if their quality is hardly a redeeming factor. That said, we would like to encourage everyone to at least provide better material if you expect us to assist you with things like screenshots.

2018-09-15

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You have enough of this historically irrelevant and German-only series? I can imagine! Though I'm not someone to leave a job half done. What I started, I will finish. Even if this particular instance doesn't make it easy to still see the good. Fear not, though: Unter Wasser!, part 7 and the subjective low point this far, already comes on the last compilation disk. Meaning after this one, there is just one more to go. And, to maybe tease next week's inevitable update a little, don't give up on this series yet ;)

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