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Altered Destiny

Accolade 1991
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga
Have you ever wanted to play a 1980s/early 1990s yuppie? No, this is not Jones in the Fast Lane, even if certain parallels to Sierra cannot be denied. Accolade had entered the Adventure game market relatively late with a Sierra-like parser/graphics hybrid engine which already appeared anachronistic when it was first applied and even Sierra itself was already moving away from such a model at the time. Altered Destiny retains this clumsy interface which never made any sense, but at least the predominance of textual storytelling makes some sense in this case insofar that they acquired the talents of an Infocom veteran to write the game for them: Michael Berlyn (Infidel, Suspended).

Don't Go Alone

Accolade 1989
Genre: RPG
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

An old mansion, a lost grandfather and plenty of monsters in what at firsts looks like another dungeon crawler, but that hide within a few things which make it different. But don't get your hopes high.

Law of the West

Accolade 1986
Genre: Adventure, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

You know what would suck even more than living in a town where everyone does not only own a gun and always walks around carrying it, but is also trigger happy? Being the person who is obliged to uphold law and order in such a town. However, in a computer game where the worst thing which can happen to you is the game over screen, it can actually turn into fun.

Star Control

Accolade 1990
Genre: Strategy, Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

This is a mix of strategy and space shooter, a well-balanced and with variety, albeit somewhat small, game where you try to conquer a region of space, attacking with real-time dogfights.

Really, the game is more about those fights than about strategy. Both factions, the Ur-Quan Hierarchy (alien slavers) and the Alliance of Free Stars (good guys) have seven different ships, ranging from small scouts to big destroyers.

Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters

Accolade 1992
Genre: RPG, Action
Rating: 6/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Born and raised in a distant colony isolated during the war you come back to Earth, bringing the ancient technology found in your planet to improve your civilization and help if the war still ravages. But it has already reached the end with the fall of the alliance and the eternal imprisonment of all those that didn't want to become slave warriors for the Ur-Quan. And humanity is among the trapped ones.

Test Drive

Accolade 1987
Genre: Action, Simulation, Sport
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Test Drive is both a driving simulation and an action game rolled into one package. This is one the first games I played for the IBM/PC platform in 1987. By this point I already owned a Nintendo Entertainment System, so I had become accustomed to games with full color and a 4-channel soundtrack. Nevertheless the 3-D POV aspect coupled with the authentic attempt to simulate the subtle differences between each of the vehicles made this one a winner in my estimation. At the time I received this game, the unit my family owned was an Acer/Multitech 710 PC/XT clone, with a Samsung 12” amber monochrome display. This display adapter was an ATI graphics solution plus (CGA, MDA, Hercules, Plantronics) which did a great job of determining which mono mode to use, and in this case used CGA mono (which is way better than the unfortunate purple and blue pastel patterns that the CGA mode generates on a color monitor). The screenshots I have included display both mono CGA and EGA modes, respectively. Also, this game does not look very good in Hercules so I am thankful the graphics adapter had the good sense not to use this feature.

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