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Alley Cat

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Synapse Software / IBM 1984
Genre: Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

This early IBM PC masterpiece is Billy Williams' 1984 port of his 8-bit Atari game of the previous year.

The game starts in an alley with trash cans, moving clothes lines and randomly opening windows. You climb up and avoid dogs, mice bites and junk flying out of the windows to enter one of five types of rooms. You might dive into a fishbowl to catch fish among electric eels, chase mice hiding in a huge wedge of cheese, tiptoe between a room full of sleeping dogs to eat their food, drop a birdcage and catch the canary, or knock over vases on top of a bookshelf guarded by a spider.


Archon – The Light and the Dark

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Electronic Arts 1984
Genre: Action, Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64, PC (CGA)

Have you ever heard about Napoleon? Yeah, the genial goblin-like garlic-eater. It's strange how along the time, the good games that had a look at this formidable person...simply failed to appear.


Avalon

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Hewson Consultants 1984
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: ZX Spectrum

The Dark Ages are closing in. You are a wandering lore-seeker in 5th century Britain. Oh look, you've been given a magical staff and a map, and for some wild reason you must now travel to Isle of Glass (Avalon?). There at the foot of the Glass Hill you shall dispatch your soul undeground into dismal dungeons to remotely locate and banish Avelach the Lord of Chaos, who according to this old witch's prophecy shall soon bring down terrible calamities and the end of the world as we know it. Firstly, though, you must overcome his perplexing maze and its ghastly denizens to prove yourself a skilled sorcerer and a worthy opponent...


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.


Breakdance

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Epyx 1984
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

The 1980s obviously were the cultural high point of humanity as a whole. However, it has to be admitted, not everything which came out of that decade was great. For instance, there was Hip Hip, Rap and Breakdancing. Urk! Now, if this is my view on this "phenomenon", what qualifies me to review a game called Breakdance? Nothing, really; I do it because I can. Oh, and we're really committed to show the dark sides of classic gaming as well (phew, last minute excuse).


Breakthru in 3D

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Avalon Hill 1984
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Pong...the game that ate my nights :). Indeed, I had a hard time playing PONG, I even tried to make my own. Some years ago, after playing Elite, I was even more curious to see a Pong game in 3D. After playing Doom, I thought at a first-person Pong.


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.


Der Stein der Weisen

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Kingsoft 1984
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

A German text adventure, written by Ralph Stock who later became quite famous for games like Mad TV. Unfortunately, the bibliographic information within the game are not ambigous and even the oh-so-omniscient Internet does not offer a lot. Nevertheless, somebody has to start documenting such rarities, so let's just start with what we've got – amendments welcome!


Diplomacy

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Avalon Hill 1984
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

This is a conversion of a tabletop. As one of 7 Powers in a Europe divided in regions on the dawn of the 20th century you try to conquer as much as possible with your allies' help.

The rules have been adopted completely. The main point of them is that nothing happens by accident but everything can be calculated logically before. That means that nobody can use the excuse of luck/bad luck. Instead of that the attacking armies are compared to the defending ones. The one who has more wins. But more than one unit per area is impossible. In order to build a front line neighbouring countries have to support others.


Ducks Ahoy!

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CBS Software 1984
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Ducks Ahoy! This was one of the first games I played on the C64. So this may not turn into the most "objective" review I've ever written. The funny thing is: when I picked it up for review again, I did this assuming nobody knew about it anymore – that it had faded into total obscurity. Very brief Internet research proved me wrong. In fact, it seems to be many people's "one of the first games", as some gushing testimonials document. My turn to chime in.



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