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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.


A Computer Christmas

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Sierra On-Line 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

It is strange, but the thought that people used to write all of their Christmas cards by hand and send them via non-e mail seems really archaic. Yes, people who like their festive season nostalgic or simply love traditions still do it today, but most of our Christmas greetings take a different route now. Whether its email, text messaging or social media: Purely digital seems the way to go. Yet there was an even stranger time when there were hybrids, that is digital greetings send on physical media. Mostly they were created by big software companies for their employees and/or customers and they were as curious as they were innovative.


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 Breakout clone here.


Ballyhoo

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Infocom 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

In spite of a few visits as a kid, I've pretty much always been quite a cynic about the circus. Ballyhoo is all about the circus. So insert your favourite fuzzy stereotypes here as I'll neither be listing them, nor be talking about 'the magic' or whatever. This game is set in the circus. The owner's daughter has been kidnapped and she's held for ransom. The player has to find her, because the detective who has been hired to investigate is a clueless drunk.


BMX Simulator

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Codemasters 1986
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

I'm a sadistical person. No, really. I had a cat and a girlfriend until three days ago. But my girlfriend fled when she saw how I tortured the poor feline.

Of course I'm kidding (actually, I don't have a girlfriend), *but* I'm sadistical enough to enjoy breaking my bones on bycicle.


Bongo

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Kingsoft 1986
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Plus/4
You loved Donkey Kong, didn't you? Sure, everybody did! What about all those imitations? Eh, so-so, overall. Many aren't that playable and some which tried extending the gameplay actually destroyed what made in fun in the first place. Let's see about Bongo.

Borrowed Time

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Interplay / Activision 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Sam Harlow - Private Eye. It all begins with a quiet day at the office when the phone rings. 'They want you dead', a voice gasps. And how right that voice is! Two thugs are already hot on your trail. And even after you manage to escape those two, that wasn't the end of it: Your ex-wife has been kidnapped, everybody who tries to help you is assaulted and even more bad guys are after you.


Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True

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Icom Simulations 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Interactive Fiction made more accessible: add graphics, add a mouse-driven user interface and use the capabilities of a modern 'windowed' operating system. But in spite of that all: don't forget about your target audience!


Dracula

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CLR 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

This review is part of The Review Roundup - Round 2: Games Related to the Undead

Dracula - a universally known horror icon. Ironically, only few have actually read the novel these days. Instead, the count's image is dominated by his numerous appearances in other media. Most notably movies which have taken on a life on their own, straying from the original more and more over time. Instead, these movies seem to be based on other movies. Or how would you explain that almost every vampire movie out there claims these undead creatures dissolve in daylight? A hint: this wasn't the case in either Dracula or the even older vampire story Carmilla. That 'tradition' was established by Nosferatu, an unofficial movie version of Dracula from the 1920s.


Druid

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Firebird 1986
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Druid is yet another game in Gauntlet style: top-down view, player runs around shooting an endless stream of monsters. Mostly, these games are set in fantasy environments. So is Druid.

Acamantor, some evil sorcerer, has summoned four 'demon princes' to help him rule the country of Belorn. The guild of druids sends one of their illustrious members to banish these powerful creatures: Hasrinax. They could have gone all together, and the quest would certainly have been way easier, but then, this game would have been pretty dull. So Hasrinax is on his own.



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