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1830: Railroads & Robber Barons

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Avalon Hill 1995
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

A good adaptation of the classic board game. No doubt the port to computer from the tabletop was done in response to Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon, a game co-created by one of the designers of the board game original. It is honestly probably still one of the most accurate adaptations of the golden age of railroading in America, showing clearly how the early robber barons bought up earlier, smaller, less profitable companies, and used them to construct huge lines - additionally, it's heavy focus on the stock market is quite realistic, something that the Railroad Tycoon series never quite got 100% right. Whereas the Railroad Tycoon series always had model railroad simulation elements, 1830 focuses solely on the business aspects. It is possible to win a game without even running a railroad!


Aaargh!

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Melbourne House 1988
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Regardless of what kind of game it is and how good or bad it is, this game wins the price for the greatest game name ever hands down: Aaargh! Just imagine going to the games store and demanding Aaargh! Or phoning a game retailer to order it. The possibilities of cool situations are endless.


Anvil of Dawn

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Dreamforge 1995
Genre: RPG
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

This is a little dungeon crawler where you embark on a quest, as usual. A quest for what you say? A quest for something big to help against the invading evil warlord. It’s the usual deal: you get a weapon, a few spells and many enemies to kill and corridors to crawl around, only this time it occupies a CD.


Balance of Power - The 1990 Edition

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Chris Crawford 1990
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 6/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Balance of Power is almost a simulation of the cold war. As one of the two major superpowers (USA or USSR) you try to gain influence without starting a nuclear war.
The rest of the world is serving as a playground for the enemies. Other countries are not directly conquered but you try to get the respective government on your side or to overthrow it.


Batman: The Movie

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Ocean 1989
Genre: Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

This was one of the first games I ever completed on my Amiga 500. It was released in 1989 by Ocean Software and is based on the 1989 motion picture, which starred Micheal Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholas as the Joker. Up until this game was released, movie based games were quick cash-ins that were lacking in gameplay.


Bio Menace

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Apogee 1993
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Shareware
System: PC

You will play as Snake Logan, a top-secret CIA agent sent to the most dangerous mission ever - to deal with the hundreds of monsters attacking Metro City and destroying everythig in their path. No one knows why and you are our last hope. Original, no? Well, to make things even more difficult, your plane is shot while flying over Metro City and after salvaging the destroyed plane, you find one machine gun. Time to secure the perimeter.


Brutal Sports Football

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Millenium 1993
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: -
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga, Amiga (CD32), PC
Aestetic colours make this version more appealing graphically than the MS-DOS version.

Millennium 2.2

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Electric Dreams / Activision 1989
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Millennium 2.2 is best described as a space strategy game with a unique twist as opposed to the 4X space strategy games established by the Master of Orion series of games. You play as a leader of a moon base, which serves as the last refuge of humanity after an asteroid strikes earth. What makes the game so addictive is how the story unfolds, so I do not want to describe the game in too much detail.



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