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1st Division Manager

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Codemasters 1993
Genre: Sport
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Weee...yeah, I know I know, I'm a Championship Manager addict, too :) but since there's no CM for a C64, we'll have to use something like this, eh?

1st Division Manager is one of the few fairly good (although quite primitive) and realistic (again, although quite primitive) Commodore64 footie management games. Boosting a nice matchview engine (we don't have player animations in Champan :)), 1st Division Manager is an option for those who want to make a carreer out of this.


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.


Alien Breed

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AVM / Team 17 1993
Genre: Action
Rating: -
Licence: Commercial
System: PC
Ported by a third-party, in spite of the title, this is actually not the original Alien Breed (which doesn't exist on the IBM PC), but rather the '92 Special Edition. The extra year it took certainly must be due to the inclusion of the new sprite graphic coming from Alien Breed 2.

Alien Breed Special Edition 1992

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Team 17 1992
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

One year later: our heroes are back at another space station infested by aliens again. This time, it's a bit larger, spanning ten fairly large (all new) levels. Though it isn't Alien Breed II – it's "just" the Special Edition of the first part.


Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura

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Troika Games / Sierra 2001
Genre: RPG
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

At first glance Arcanum looks like a role playing game full of great ideas: Its main attraction is its fantasy world, which is set at the time of an industrial revolution, that is about to turn it into a science fiction setting. It is a refreshingly unique place, full of whimsical magic and technical marvels, that has great potential for interesting twists to age-old cliches: How does an ageless being, like an elf, react to the rise of science, which is about to make the magic, that has kept him alive so far, obsolete? Is there a cheaper workforce than orcs, which can be exploited at will, for they are obviously evil and therefore deserve no less? Or what about safety: Should a wizard, whose magical power has an unpredictable effect on machines, be allowed to get close to steam engines or trains? There are so many new stories that could be told…


Battle Isle 3: Schatten des Imperators

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Blue Byte 1995
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

"Well, if SSI can do it with their Panzer General games, so can we!", Blue Byte must have thought. What they did here was simply porting their successful Battle Isle 2 engine to Windows, made new missions and bam – new release! Guaranteed hit! Well, not quite.


Battle Squadron: The Destruction Of The Barrax Empire

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Innerprise 1989
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Reviewing games belonging to genres which are governed by very strong conventions is not much fun. All too often, you fall back to just going through the motions, performing a mental checklist. Which, not incidentally, is one of the main reasons I rarely dive into shoot 'em ups. It's not a seen-one-seen-'em-all genre, but it is sort of discussed-one-discussed-'em-all. Still, there are some which simply shouldn't go unmentioned. This can be for various reasons, like general popularity, coming from a noteworthy company or even indeed doing something a little different.


Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity

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Viacom New Media 1995
Genre: Adventure, Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Background

[Anchantia] Beavis and Butt-Head was a series which aired on MTV for the first time in 1990. It was invented by Mike Judge who later also became known for the series "Kind of the Hill". Beavis & Butt-Head quickly became a cult hit due to its brute-ish humour, its simple animation style and the open criticism of our society.


Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror

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Revolution Software / Virgin Interactive 1997
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

George Stobbart - occupation: American tourist in Paris. After a few month, he comes back trying to get it on again with his girlfriend Nico, the photograph who helped him unravel a Templar conspiracy in the first game. Instead of the date he hoped for, Nico drags him to the home of a Professor of Central American culture - where the two are knocked out. Nico is taken away while George is bound to a chair with a poisonous spider in the room. And just to be sure, the baddies also set the room on fire.


Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars

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Revolution Software / Virgin Interactive 1996
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

American tourist George Stobbart is enjoying himself sitting in a cafe in Paris when he witnesses a murder: a clown plants of a bomb and an older man in a grubby raincoat who had been eyeing the young waitress just a moment before dies. The clown escapes through the sewers. Because he has nothing better to do, George decides to investigate on his own, meeting the journalist Nicole (Nico) Collard who supports him for selfish reasons. They uncover a conspiracy involving the order of the templars... Looking at the current bestseller lists of novels and the cinema charts, Broken Sword hits a popular theme there.



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