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...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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Trugg is game #3 coming from casmith, and it isn't completely dissimilar to the previous two. This one comes with a custom gameplay video, though! On a related note, have you ever noticed how 3 is the exact number of game entries which many contributors have attributed to their name? Losing interest a bit too quickly, it seems.
Mr Creosote


…and the million dollar question is: who recognizes this movie poster? Not just the two protagonists, that's easy. Right, it is the movie with the colourful beach buggy! Not that anyone can tell the titles of those films apart. Unfortunately, one of the two idols pictured has died in the meantime. Posthumously, he now receives additional recognition through this brand new fighting game called Else We Get Mad!
Mr Creosote


casmith again, following up with a game which is not as pretty. Not even close. Yet, Micro! Deluxe is another puzzle game, a genre severely underrepresented on our site. Still plenty of empty space to fill there!
Mr Creosote


Sure, that's a cool title screen, isn't it? Can't you already imagine the thrill of being chased by a dinosaur? The adrenaline rush is coming? Then please don't be disappointed, because Stone Age isn't quite like that. Still, a good one if casmith is to be believed.
Mr Creosote


Moving on from my football update to somewhat more interesting kinds of sports, Grand Monster Slam also involves kicking a ball as its primary activity. Hm, no, correction. It is actually not a ball, but a rather round animal. So unfortunately, this is not a game which can claim for itself that no animals have been harmed during a play session… but just wait for the "Revenge of the Beloms" bonus level!


And next from Garnett Williams is anything but little known classic RPG by Broderbund The Dark Heart Of Uukrul. Detailed, comprehensive, enthusiastic. What else can I say? Oh, and congrats on your 50 points, you finally did it!


Newcomer Garnett Williams provides second and third opinions on a number of games at once: Paratrooper, Digger and Akalabeth: World of Doom. Quite a varied selection, wouldn't you think? Though the three have one thing in common: they all go back to the earliest age of commercial computer gaming. There is more to come.


Football, football, football! Like every European, I was a big fan of it as a kid. Only in my case, I lost interest when I grew up. Unlike many other people around me. Though this website is, to some degree, about things I knew growing up, of course. So football is at least an occasional topic around here. European Soccer Challenge is one of the many games which tried to cash in on the football hype. According to some other thematic websites, it is considered "rare". So let's unearth it.


If somebody comes along with the username contrafan, what is your guess which game he's going to cover? Why, Metal Gear, of course! Not kidding, that is indeed the first game he reviewed for our little website. Closely followed by Contra. Phew… Oh, and Super C (also known as Super Contra) as well. Three games in a day? And ultra-obscure versions of them as well? Seems like we have a real expert here – welcome!


…and he deserved it, the sucker! I'm giving this planet to my daughter as a present. And why not? Let's just hope she won't backstab me later, so I'll better be careful.

Starlord's strength lies in the permanent uncertainty. You may have just scored a major military victory, but it may turn into a Pyrrhic one. Not just due to the obvious reasons (e.g. having lost too many fighters), but also due to other, more subtle effects. Maybe you have angered a more powerful, highly influential friend, ally or direct superior of the lord you have just beaten on the battlefield. Meaning a vastly superior force may be on the way to your own home world as you are still bathing in the glory of destruction. These are considerations not governed by game rules, but enabled by them, as it happens in good game concepts. If only this one's implementation were more playable…

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