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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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2019-07-16

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Taking the publication of the freely available full version of Die Sage von Nietoom as a cue, I will add my view to Mr Creosote's. Since April 2019, the complete game can be downloaded with official approval of the developers from the website kultmags.com. Apart from the original CD, box shots and manual, the package also contains a walkthrough, sketches and drafts from the design phase of the game.
LostInSpace

2019-07-13

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Here is one of those games which I've been playing on and off for… yes, actually decades now. For almost the same timespan, I have been planning to give it a review for this website. It is one of those games which always sat on the TODO list, but never jumped out as having super high priority. Now I finally did it, and it gives me the interesting opportunity to look back. If I had written about it back in the early days of the site, I certainly would have come to quite a different conclusion. After all, time hasn't stood still in the last 20 years. It may not have been only kind to Imperial Conquest 2.
Mr Creosote

2019-07-05

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This is Circus Games… oh, wait! That's actually not its name. Although it really should be. Instead, it calls itself Fiendish Freddy's Big Top o' Fun, which is really quite a mouthful. And it's not even true in-game, as the titular Big Top o' Fun is not owned by Fiendish Freddy. Ludwig von Tökkentäkker is not one to judge a book by its cover, though. So step inside!
Mr Creosote

2019-06-27

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Sure, you have all played those Apogee or Epic shareware games, but have you ever heard of Jack Flash: The Mutiny of Things? Probably not, at least I didn't. Nevertheless, it is a game in a style pioneered by those other mentioned companies. Does it live up to the high expectation of those much beloved best of kind? Or is it rather a forgettable entry, like many of those companies' games, too? LostInSpace brings us all up to speed.

2019-06-21

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Here we are, finally at the end of the road. Really this time. This is the last computer conversion of a Fighting Fantasy book we're going to cover. For now. Until anyone decides otherwise. Because, you know, there is a quite tempting one from the late 90s…

Anyway, with The Forest of Doom, we actually return to the early beginnings of the series. It was the third book, and also the third computer game. I.e. in the overall picture, it belongs to the second stylistic batch of games. After the first, arcadey entry, we got two almost literal adaptions, of which this is one. Finally, the games transitioned into more traditional parser-driven text adventures. The first one still retained the randomized combat which was subsequently dropped as well.

Each approach had its merits, but also its very own set of issues which I believe have been identified fairly well in our coverage. So now the ball is on your side again. Which of these games have you played? What's the "right" way to attempt such adaptions? For sure, we'd be interested in your feedback.

2019-06-01

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There we are at the zoo… not exactly a stereotypical setting for a cyberpunk game, is it? Yet if you decide to play Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy, it is where you will spend quite a bit of overall game time. LostInSpace complains quite bitterly about this. One such aspect doesn't necessarily break a whole game, though, does it? Read for yourself - and what do you think?

2019-05-25

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Yup: it's Wings of Glory! telecommand goes back to the times Origin tried to extend their market from space action towards other genres by applying the same soap opera formula to historical scenarios involving flight. Some years back, this game was a prime candidate on my own list to be reviewed, as it is set in 1916, and the challenge at the time was to find a review a game exactly with that parameter. Things went differently back then, and poor Wings of Glory went back to the drawer. Thanks for digging it out!

2019-05-19

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LostInSpace dared to enter The Forest of Doom all alone. My own recollection of this forest is indeed that it was quite a horrible experience. So I'm extremely grateful I didn't have to enter it with him again. Surprisingly, he survived. His testimony even talks of minimum danger, the thrills of adventure and enjoyment of the overall experience. That was unexpected for sure!

2019-05-06

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Extreme Assault is a game I have nothing to say about really. I guess I've been periphally aware of its existence in the past, as those screenshots don't look completely unfamiliar, but I neither played it ever, nor did I actively follow reports on it at the time.

Good that there are other knowledgable people able and willing to fill such gaps. RetroBunny will be our guide to discover uncharted territory today. Or is it even re-discovery for some of you?

2019-05-04

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The expected follow-up to the last update is here: the computer adaption of Temple of Terror. It is actually the final computer game adaption of a Fighting Fantasy book made during the original run of the line of books. Sales were too low, so the remaining games already announced never saw the light of day. Looking at the game today and also back then, it is not hard to see why this one didn't sell.

Nevertheless, it is not the end of the line for our coverage of this series. It's just that we picked the books/games out of order. So there is actually one more to go…


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