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221B Baker Street

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Datasoft 1986
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Some board games can be converted into computer games perfectly, because their rules are simple and logically structured enough. 221B Baker Street is such a case.

30 cases in classic style of Doyle's shorter Holmes stories are waiting to be solved by the player(s). As it was common back in the 80s, the nicely written introductions to these aren't presented 'in-game', but they can all be found in the accompanying casebook.


3 Ninjas Kick Back

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Malibu Interactive / Sony Imagesoft 1994
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Mega Drive

The Mega Drive was filled with many memorable titles ranging from Sonic the Hedgehog to Streets of Rage, though 3 Ninjas Kick Back can be considered one of the more forgettable experiences you will probably have on the Mega Drive console. You begin with the choice of three characters, all of whom are from the movie the game is based on, each come with their own unique weapons that include a bo, a katana, and twin swords. The enemies you encounter are pretty generic, ranging from dogs to ninjas, and the boss fights are not practically challenging though they can be cheap at times. The downside to the game is that each character, besides their weapons, play identically to each other, they possess the same speed, power, and jumping distance. The game consists of 5 levels, which are segmented into smaller parts, and can be generally frustrating at times to locate the exit. Though, once you get the gist of it, the game can be completed in a little over a half an hour. Overall, the soundtrack of the game is it’s only redeeming quality, as it sounds as good as some of the better Mega Drive titles.


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).


Acquire

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Avalon Hill 1991
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Acquire was one in a series of business board games created by Sid Sackson and released by 3M in the 1960s. Later, most of these games were released by Avalon Hill in the 1970s and 80s and are now the property of Hasbro. Acquire is probably the most exciting of this lot of games. It requires good thinking, great foresight, a little bit of luck and lots of attention. The computer version of the game can last only ten minutes, but these ten minutes will require your full attention. Due to the fact it is a board game, the replay value is extremely high.


Adventure

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Mr Creosote 1996
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 0/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

The first text adventure I wrote. Story has been ripped off a Mickey Mouse comic with just the character names removed.

Puzzles are virtually nonexistent, the 'parser' only understands commands which have been hardcoded into the game.


Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express

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AWE Productions / The Adventure Company 2006
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC
Poor Hercule Poirot. Not only is he always mistaken for a Frenchman, but in the collective mind of popculture, he will always remain second choice after Sherlock Holmes. It may actually be deserved, seeing that he was indeed created as a Holmes-imitation (or homage?). Then again, after appearing in so many popular stories, you could think he should have emancipated himself by now. Talking about popular stories, Murder on the Orient Express arguably is his signature investigation. The confined setting of the stranded train on which a murder occurs and the following interview marathon can be seen as seminal motifs of the classic mystery genre as a whole. It is also incredibly hard to transform this into an entertaining game.

Autoduel

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Micromagic / Origin 1988
Genre: RPG
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Autoduel is one of the few classic games that don't deserve as much attention as it is getting. It may sound ironic that I review a game just because I don't consider it worth a review, but it isn't so. Autoduel is a very original piece of work, which is seriously flawed by inferior graphics, awkward interface and an extremely steep learning curve. Autoduel is simply the result of applying arcade principles to a pen-and-paper roleplaying game.


ああ播磨灘

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Sega 1993
Genre: Action
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Mega Drive

Raging obesity is not such a huge issue in Japan compared to countries like the USA or Russia (though I hear McDonald's is gaining foothold). Ironically enough, they nevertheless have a strange obsession with Sumo Wrestling over there – two incredibly fat guys basically turning into a big mass of jelly.


Barbie

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Mattel / Epyx 1984
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

A game simulating the life of Barbie... what an amazing idea! Her boyfriend Ken calls and asks her out on a date. He might want to take her to the beach, to the gym, to the prom or to a restaurant. Of course, Barbie agrees. Now, she has one hour to choose the right look for this occasion.


Barschsoft Special

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Barschsoft 1997
Genre: Puzzle, Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

All games made by 'Barschsoft'...

Salad Days

The first entry in this here reproduced log can be backtraced to 1997. Like so often, die psychosis of the testee is caused by events in his childhood. In this case, it's the strong nostalgic memories about the dominating products of long dead producers of leisure electronics.



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