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Archon – The Light and the Dark

Free Fall Associates 1983
Genre: Action, Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC, C64

This is the PC port of the great game Archon. I played this game for hours at a time on the Commodore 64. The PC version plays identically. The graphics are, in my humble opinion, much better on the Commodore.

The Bard's Tale II: Destiny Knight

Interplay 1986
Genre: RPG
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

If you enjoyed the first game, Tales of the Unknown: The Bard's Tale, you'll enjoy this one as well. The play style is almost completely identical. The artwork, though limited to 16 colors, was well done in my opinion. The music was much better on the alternate systems (Amiga, Commodore 64, Apple IIgs, etc...) but they did the best they could with the PC's speaker.

The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate

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

Bard's Tale III – Thief of Fate is the third and final chapter in the original Bard's Tale saga. Again, the play style remains the same but the world has been expanded. The music choices have been expanded to include AdLib or Roland MT-32 (the best IMHO.) If you are using DOSBox to play, you will need mount the necessary MT-32 ROM files to utilize the latter, or a real MT-32 with a compatible interface. Reading the Reference Card will tell you how to set for the non-default values (PC Speaker & EGA Graphics.)

Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress

Sierra On-Line/Origin Systems 1982
Genre: RPG
Rating: 6/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Ultima, later re-written and released as Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness, saw you, the hero from another world, conquering time itself to defeat the evil wizard Mondain. In what is actually Lord British's (a.k.a. Richard Garriott,) second game in the Ultima universe, The evil wizard Mondain had created a gem of imortality which prevented you from defeating him. Until you mastered time, and defeated him before he could finish crafting it.

Ultima: Escape from Mount Drash

Sierra / Peroxide Entertainment 2003
Genre: Action
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC, VIC-20

This is a short and simple game. It was converted from the original Commodore Vic-20 game for Windows only. The conversion is designed for 320x200 resolution and doesn't re-size. I played it in Windows 7 64bit fine, though I had to lean to within inches of my monitor to see what was going on (320x200 is rather tiny on a 1366x768 screen.) I also tried it in XP mode, but it still wouldn't resize. Finally, I tried it on my Windows 98 Virtual PC build and it played with the same re-sizing issue, though there were issues on load forcing me to load it twice every time. There may be settings in Virtual PC allowing a re-size, but I could not find them (Virtual PC gives a message "Virtual PC has disabled live resolution switching.")

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