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A Journey into Xanth

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Neil Sorenson 1993
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

This is a must for every Xanth-Fan! I always loved the great books of Piers Anthony and searched hard for any computer-games based on it. Long before I was able to get my hands on the graphical adventure I found this game (and lost it when my harddisk crashed).


Actua Soccer

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Gremlin Interactive 1995
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Now I've never been one of the greatest in playing football games... however I do see it as a bad sign when I cannot find a way to move the goalkeeper. Okay, I managed to let him lift his arm... but that's about everything. Limited by this I was naturally not too hard to beat by the computer who pretty much only needed to shoot at the goal to score. Well... I have to admit that this led to frustration. I am willing to accept though that it was just my usual low intelligence hindering me to find out how that @#!* goalkeeper could probably be convinced to do more than lift his arm in the hope to reach the ball without moving or even jumping. Apart from that playing is something like semi-enjoyable. If you can live with getting control over a player that's somewhere in the background instead of the one near the ball and of course an automatical switch once you approach the ball... I do have to be fair though - this does not happen all the time - only in the worst situations. ;)


Alpha Waves

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Infogrames 1990
Genre: Simulation, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Now what should you think of this? A pseudo-esoteric 3D Sim with an unusual soundtrack. Yeah... that pretty much describes it. That's all? Hell no, of course not. The goal of the game itself is a bit unclear, but usually you have to find your way out of the room you are in, which in some cases is not difficult at all - at least it seems so - just jumping up those stairs. Yeah, you think - the gravity is different in those rooms, some stairs are just moving away and not all the doors you might want to use as an exit are open - you sometimes have to use crystals to open the doors. Nasty thing about this is that you can't even leave through the door you entered all the time - nice surprise to fall down from just below the roof, defintely eliminates the possibility of using that door again - hehe.


Arkanoid

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Taito 1986
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

The era and time of this story is unknown. After the mothership Arkanoid was destroyed, a craft Vaus scrambled away from it. Oh yes, we're speaking of a deep, involving background story here! In fact we're speaking of a Breakoutclone here.


billiards

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DOKA 1993
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

If nothing else, this game is at least noticable for its relaxed attitude towards the German language and its grammar and spelling rules. The game is full of goofey and daft phrases which the opponents let out, and which can't really be analyzed by the common rules. The game itself is basically also not very exact with its physics and its application in the field of billiards (which, in fact, is spelt Billard in German, so another clue about the groundbreaking knowledge of the German language of the programmer - see the title).


Blockout

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P.Z.K. Co. Development Group 1989
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

On the one side of the ring you see the longtime fan of Tetris - on the other side you see the game claiming to be the next step in the evolution of Tetris. So... there you have me, the fan, and Blockout, the 3D-variant of Tetris. I won't go into the concept of Tetris now, just in case you have never heard of it, go to the review of Tetris and read up on it. While you're there you should also consider trying that one out first. If you like it, there's a chance you will like Blockout too, if you don't like it - well... it's pretty much guaranteed that you won't like Blockout either. This brings us back to the idea of the ring with the game on one side and me on the other. Playing this game means constant fighting - and that is with the controls of it. But I will get into that later on.


Blödtris

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Philip Winterberg 2001
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Blödtris - or Dumbtris as it's called if you install it in english version (the game can be installed in english or german) - is a game that can be sorted into the Tetris-category. Well... at least the name of it claims that sort of kinship. Now it's a bit difficult to write a proper review about it I have to admit. First of all - this game is not really... well... serious. The goal of it is the same as you have in Tetris - you have to build whole lines, they vanish, you get points and after a certain amount of points you go up one level, which means things go faster and so on and so forth.


Bricks 2000

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Inner-Smile.com 2000
Genre: Puzzle, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

I had to notice that The Good Old Days do not feature a single Tetris-game. So I went and asked Mr Creosote if there was any reason for it, suspecting he might have some sort of hidden hatred for that game or something like that. But well no, no real reason - just doesn't seem to be his genre. It's mine though. Those very very few of you who remember my own old site The Keep might also remember I had a good number of Tetris-clones up there. So I thought which of those might be the best to be THE Tetris-game up here. I'm not saying there won't be any of the other ones around here anytime, but one has to be the first.


Buck Rogers - Planet of Zoom

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Sega 1984
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Buck Rogers... when I hear that name I instantly think of this stupid, annoying, just plainly dumb robot-thing... Twiki... Argh! I guess it was supposed to be cute, but well - it's not relevant here anyway. The whole series... comic... movies - everything ist just not important here. The only thing this game has got to do with Buck Rogers at all is just that there is some kind of spacecraft involved and there's a bit of flying around in space. That's just about it.


Bundesliga Manager Professional

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Software 2000 1992
Genre: Strategy, Sport
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Visiting an old acquaintance... you probably know that, not having seen each other for a long time. Maybe you think back how it was. The good old days together... back then... you have lots of fun, it was wild times, fun times and so on. Now you're facing this old friend again - and... now what? Often, everything is different. Time has cut a rift you can't bridge anymore. You two have become alienated. That's a pity then. Then, there are the cases in which you stand face to face and it is almost like no day has passed at all.



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