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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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Yup, yup, believe it or not – the game we introduce today is actually available for sale in physical format. Players not familiar with the Spanish language had to wait a while, but three translations of Retro Wars Episode IV¼ have been finished by now. Even if one has to wonder about the quality of the German version, considering "Deutsch" is misspelt right there on the promotional artwork. Ahem. Anyway, this one comes from the same dedicated team which already brought us Else we get mad!, which, in spite of its limitations, was quite a fun game, so let's take a look – because after all, you have the choice of buying or just legally downloading it freely as well. Great move!
Mr Creosote


A second review on Starflight is done by carlostex. He calls it a masterpiece and rates it 6 despite some of the technical flaws. He also believes this game served as a model for later titles such Star Control or even modern day Mass Effect.


Believe it or not, the title screen actually fits this time! Schwert und Magie 4: Die Burg des Magiers features a castle as its main setting, there is an evil magician as main antagonist, a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued and an armed hero. Strictly speaking, no snakes, though that's forgiveable. Nevertheless, the nagging suspicion remains that this equivalence could be by chance rather than by plan…
Mr Creosote


Probably not completely surprisingly, we continue with Schwert und Magie 3: Das Piratenhaus. So after a fairy tale and Lovecraftian horror, we switch to pirate treasure hunting. Quite a diverse series, isn't it? Also, this one even lets you choose its display font. Although most choices, honestly speaking, are close to unreadable. A feature which was omitted again from subsequent installments. One series tradition which is carried on, at least, is the total dissociation of the title screen motif from the actual game.


Yup, yup… they're still making them. A brand new Asteroids clone released only this year. Didn't expect that, did you? At least outside the typical large platforms of today and without a commercial background. Golden Wing looks like a promising effort in the area of amateur freeware games. Let's dive right in!


Wait, wait! Didn't we just have this one already? Indeed, it is the same title screen and the two games can be found on the same disk; two stories bundled and sold as an inseparable set. Nevertheless, it is worth looking at each part individually as Schwert und Magie 2: Der unheimliche Tempel does some things a little differently. Apart from having its original, fresh story, of course.


A knight fighting a dragon, lightning strikes… all that for little money? Looks extremely promising and exciting, doesn't it? What more could you possibly ask for? OK, for sure it would be nice to at least have an idea what that wizard head is doing in this floating bubble there. Or why the dragon attracts lightning – is it a robot? Intriguing! You'll find it all out in Schwert und Magie 1: Das geheimnisvolle Kraut. Spoiler: no armed knight in armor or dragons appear in the game.


If you have a winning formula, why not follow up in the same manner? After our brief visit to Joan of Arc, we go back further in time. All the way to ancient Egypt, where – so the game wants us to believe – the current year was actually prefixed with a "minus". Because they already knew what the later Christians would do to the calendar, of course. Anyway, that funny little observation aside, Day of the Pharaoh retains the by then established, pleasant mixture of strategy and small action sequences.


Another goodie from SB1988, which is another Sierra game. This is the second review on Torin's Passage, a game by Al Lowe, who is the author of Leisure Suit Larry series himself. Surprised? SB1988 says that the game is overall pretty good, but it skips on some juicy bits which made his experience incomplete. The rumor has it, it was planned as a series bridging all the gaps, but that, alas, was never meant to happen.


One of our very few but loyal contributors SB1988 is back with yet another great review, this time on King's Quest 5: Absence Makes the Heart go Yonder!. We learn that this was Sierra's first VGA game released in more than one language and also as a CD-ROM edition with digitized speech pack alongside floppy release. Makes me wonder who the hell had a CD drive back in 1990 and how many people were aware of its existence even...

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