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Curse of the Azure Bonds

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SSI 1989
Genre: RPG
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

This is the second game in SSI's Gold Box Advanced Dungeons & Dragons epic. If you enjoyed Pool of Radiance, this game scratches much of the same itch – plenty of exploration, monsters to defeat, and treasure to be found. This game continues the concepts the first game brought to the table: solid combat, classic D&D rules (for better and worse), lots of places to get lost in, and a strongly immersive world.


Darklands

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Microprose 1992
Genre: RPG
Rating: 5.5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Darklands is partially an historic game, but also partially a fantasy game based on the medieval myths of the christianism, of witches and of goblins. With your party of four adventurers you go around the 15th century german empire in search of fame. You will travel around the country, being asked for tasks or asking for them in cities, scorting pilgrims, freeing villages from the pillages of raubritters (robber knights), getting rid of paganic dangers and goblins or even, if you want bigger tasks, looking for the places the sabbats are celebrated and giving an end to them.


Doom

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ID Software 1994
Genre: Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Jaguar, PC (DOS)

Doom was a game changer, and to this day is arguably one of the best FPS games around. Great graphics, 3D environments, complex levels, wide selection of guns, and smooth controls all contribute to the experience that is uniquely ID Software.


Legend of Kyrandia 2 – Hand Of Fate

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Westwood Studios 1993
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4.3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Kyrandia is in trouble again! But this time it's not that easy to determine where it comes from. The realm is slowly disappearing bit by bit. The royal Mystics don't have a clue what to do (that rhymes ;). But fortunately, a giant hand has obviously experienced this phenomenon before: someone needs to retrieve the anchor stone from the center of the world. On the hand's diagram of the world, you can clearly see a lot of lava there, but who cares? The youngest member of the mystics is chosen for this mission: Zanthia.


Math Rabbit

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The Learning Company 1987
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

This is a solid educational math game from my childhood. Rather than being just a single game, the game includes multiple mini-games. The games are great fun for a child to play and are nice introductions to counting, addition and subtraction. There are some additional concepts introduced besides basic arithmetic such as musical tones and memory.


Pool of Radiance

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SSI 1988
Genre: RPG
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Well, this is a classic. The first of the Gold Box games, and must say it shines. Not that it is perfect, but as a start it surely is great. Leaving you in charge of a team of adventures who must get rid of all the bad guys, it looks like a great way to adapt D&D into computer.


Privateer

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Origin 1993
Genre: Simulation, Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Right. What can I write about such an immensely popular game which hasn't already been said. Obviously not much. Also, what should I describe it for - everybody already knows it! Then again, maybe not really everybody. So, a brief introduction.


Silpheed

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Sierra 1989
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

One of the first shoot-em-up games I ever had the good fortune to play. And I have to say, Silpheed is a memorable game. Even though it's old, it manages to not be just another top-down shoot-em-up game to me. It's a difficult game, one that I've never completed. Yet it's fun and memorable enough that I still sit down to take another crack at it once in a while.


Thexder

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Game Arts / Sierra 1987
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Thexder is an action side-scrolling platforming game where you play as the eponymous fighter robot. The goal is to get from the start of the level to end of the level. Sounds simple enough.

To get through each level, you'll need to get through hoards of enemy robots, all programmed with the singular purpose of destroying you. To help you survive and navigate the levels, Thexder can transform from a humanoid-like form into a plane and back at will. Each mode gives you a specific advantage and weakness trade-off. When in humanoid mode, your attack laser homes in on enemies, but your mobility is restricted. When in plane mode, you are no longer bound by gravity, but your laser shoots only in the direction you are facing, and you are constantly propelled forward.



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