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Atomix

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Thalion 1990
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Known mainly as a developer of very unique and very colorful role-playing games for the Amiga, Thalion has produced several high-quality puzzle games as well. Probably the best puzzle was Atomix, a mix of timed puzzle and educational software. Over the course of ever fifty levels, the player had to combine atoms into molecules, in order to advance further.


Auf dem Weg nach Europa

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Auswärtiges Amt 1991
Genre: Puzzle, Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

In 1991, the EU wasn't nearly as prominent as it is now. In fact, it didn't even exist back then, because the treaties of Maastricht would only be signed a year later. However, there was the 'European Community' which was pretty much a predecessor of the EU. And it was obvious that the political and economic integration would continue, so there was a 'need' for political propaganda to soften the nationalist feelings of the population. Which part of the population is most easily influenced? Right, the children. Enter Auf dem Weg nach Europa.


Das schmutzige Erbe

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Umweltbundesamt 1993
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

The seminal classic of promotional/propaganda games is back! Das schmutzige Erbe picks up exactly where the first game left off. By renovating your uncle's house in the most environmentally-friendly way, you are now handed 5 million DM. But instead of enjoying your riches, you start to wonder about the key which you also receive. Unfortunately, the safe deposit box at the bank requires two keys. Not that you should care, but wow, mysterious, right? Also, your flame Lolita is a bit pissed, because you didn't phone sufficiently often. That that she should care, now that you're a millionaire, but this is not the real world, alright?


Der Rasende Reporter

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Promotion Software 1994
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

We're slowly turning into a propaganda site for the government - this is already the third game financed by them we're presenting! No idea what we're trying to compensate with that, wishful thinking at our school days maybe (since they're all 'educational' games) or bad conscience because of the terrorist acts.... er... better stop talking about that now.


Die Enviro-Kids greifen ein

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Art Department / Umweltministerium NRW 1996
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Do you remember Dennis the Menace? This completely annoying, artificial character who always made his neighbour see red and got on the nerves of the audience? If not, congratulations – keep it that way. All those unfortunates who have been scarred already will, however, feel a deep pain looking at Enviro Kids for the first time: the same slingshot in the pack pocket, the same haircut, the same hat… this does not bode well! Or does it?


Dunkle Schatten

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Art Department 1994
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

"Dunkle Schatten" (Dark Shadows) was released during the "Fairständnis" campaign of the German Ministries of Inner Affairs in 1994. The slogan was "respect human rights - against racial hatred", the development was executed by Art Department, a company well known for its advertising games at that time.


Eco Quest: The Search for Cetus

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Sierra 1992
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3.5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

[Mr Creosote] The first part of Eco Quest, which we will be discussing today, came out in the early 90s. Much later than the start of most of Sierra's 'endless' Adventure game series. Consequently, it did not turn into a long series anymore: Only two parts have ever been released. So, let's begin with the first one, subtitled 'The Search for Cetus'.


Elefanten!

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elefanten Schuh GmbH / WWF 1993
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

Oh, sweet childhood! Even for boys, there were ways of making shoe shopping (basically one of the most hated activities ever) into a true adventure. In one store chain, you got free comic books of Lurchi and the competition had you go on a safari (well, at least you could get a plush elephant)! It's the latter company (which has by now disappeared from the market) which is also responsible for this game: another attempt at acquiring customers in a playful way.


Energie-Manager

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Rauser / BWMi 1993
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga

Just a little more than ten years ago (in 1993), there was no 'Internet' of today's proportions. Computer magazines coming with CDs full of stuff were still uncommon, too. To be exact, the first 'one-shot issues' of this kind appeared in early 1994 in Germany. So, 1993 was still a year of game demos being spread on floppy disks, and those were available on quite a few magazine covers.


Gesetzgebung

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Deutscher Bundestag 1994
Genre: Strategy, Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

This is a very special promotial game. It doesn't advertise a product or some company. It doesn't tell you 'buy this'. Or in fact, it does the latter. But in another meaning: it's political propaganda! And it does try to convince you to 'buy' all the stuff which is said there...



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