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...that everything you see here has been coded from the ground up? We're not using any generic Content Managament System - those things never fit any specific purpose anyway. The same goes for our forum which has even been released under a Free Software licence in its current incarnation.
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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2019-03-27

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SB1988 reminds us King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella used to be one of the first games to feature a female protagonist. Well, not counting text adventures, I guess. Though if you go graphical, isn't it a bit of a pity that this first female protagonist has to be… Barbie? Not exactly empowering towards female audiences, is it? Though for sure, it is interesting that the game applies the same strategy of today's Barbie animated movies: simply featuring the same base character in all roles, with just the hair exchanged.

All kidding aside, this is a beloved installment of probably the most iconic graphic adventure series ever. Sorely missing in our collection this far. Thank you, SB1988!

Mr Creosote

2019-03-23

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Wait, didn't we forget something there? Almost… indeed, the plan was to cover those gamebooks and their respective computer game conversions. Even if most of these haven't been all that amazing this far. So here we are, let's go swashbuckling in Seas of Blood once more!
Mr Creosote

2019-03-22

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Now is the moment of the real experts. Surely, those will notice: isn't this the same game all over again? Indeed, The Colonel's Bequest. Obviously a huge Sierra fan such as SB1988 has been just waiting for this game to be added to our small database. Lurking in the shadows to jump on the opportunity to add his own view on top of the first review. Thanks for your comprehensive write-up – and why not consider just adding those other "missing" games yourself? ;)
Mr Creosote

2019-03-19

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For sure, it is a bit funny to have this game appear on the site now, so many years after its sequel. Though that's the nature of a platform which allows for personal preference to dictate programme. It even makes some amount of sense. The Colonel's Bequest is the much less accessible game compared to the second one featuring the same main character. For those who want to know where and how it all started, here we go – thanks to beranmuden.

2019-03-16

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Ouch, that didn't go as planned! Instead of boarding unsuspecting merchant ships and slaughtering their unarmed crews, we have been surprised by a sea monster which is now in the middle of eating some of my own men. Well, thinking about it, it doesn't need to be for the worse. After all, if we survive, there will be fewer mouths left to feed and even more importantly, fewer greedy hands to share the gold with.

Everybody loves pirates, obviously. The book Seas of Blood lead to some controversy between LostInSpace and me, however.

2019-02-26

Happy birthday to us!

Celebrating our 19th anniversary, the site is now well into its adult phase. Some traditions never change, however. One of them, if you browse our news archive, is delays in redesigns.

So, yes, I've been working on and off on a visual and functional refreshment of the site over most of last year. Unlike the 2015 attempt which never went beyond concept stage, this one is actually going to happen. Although not finished, it's all well advanced. Far too advanced to abandon now. Basically, to summarize, it's already done from a pure browsing perspective, but all interactions, like entering new contents or editing existing ones, are still missing.

It's done when it's done is a sensibile concept in our case, I believe. So no big promises. We'll get back to this topic later this year – in the meantime, we'll continue providing some fresh contents, of course.

2019-02-24

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zodiac's next review concerns that game which everybody mistakes for a sequel. Millennium 2.2, however, only uses the number in its title as a plot point. Making it the Genesis II of the computer gaming world, in a way.

2019-02-22

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Oh no, the Joker is lose! Get the Shark-Repellent Bat-Spray!

Actually, Tim Burtons movie was as far from 1960s silliness as could possibly be imagined, and beyond. The mixture of film noir characters meeting a futuristic city design, a world fallen out of time (well, until those awful Prince songs start to play at least) was an artistic triumph. And it made a shitload of money, so the merchandising machine started running quickly as well. Ocean (who else?) snatched the computer game licence. How did their Batman: The Movie turn out? zodiac gives us his account.

2019-02-09

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Still in vertical mode, but this time for another reason. It just happens to be the regular format of printed books as well. As if nothing has happened, we just pick it up where we left off in 2015 with our coverage of gamebooks. Rebel Planet was the logical choice after recently reviewing the computer game conversion. This makes it our first non-fantasy gamebook. Let's see how far we get this time!

2019-02-02

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Back in the vertical dimension, but otherwise in familiar waters. Shattered Pixel Dungeon takes long established gameplay patterns and a likewise familiar graphical style, but translates it onto a modern-day platform to make it available on the move. Adaptions sure are necessary, especially in a genre which is basically known for being controlled through 100 and more different key combinations. How did this turn out?

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