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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior

Palace Software 1987
Genre: Action
Rating: 1.5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64, ZX Spectrum

To get the story over with: Evil wizard has captured the princess, oily muscleman carrying a huge sword tries to free her by first confronting the sorcerer's soldiers and then the evil master himself.

Border Zone

Infocom 1987
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

[Wandrell] Infocom takes us back to the times of Cold War, in a classic tale of spies the two blocks collide, and only you can stop an evil plot before time runs out.

[Herr M.] That is, the authors throw you in the role of three of the said spies, who find themselves in a small imaginary country near the west-east border, where a high ranking ambassador is going to be assassinated.

Buggy Boy

Tatsumi / Taito Corporation 1987
Genre: Sport
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64, Amiga (OCS/ECS)

Racing on the C64 had a few problems, as you might remember. Games like these were hard to make due to the procedural nature of BASIC, and most of the racing game were really crap.

Well, you might just like to know that this thing is NOT a crap game at all. In fact, although featuring only 5 races, Buggy Boy is some of the most interesting pieces of software I've ever seen. And certainly one of the most interesting racing games of the '80s.


Infocom 1987
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Infocom's text adventures are known to be the best. Their game engine with its great parser was used for a large variety of masterpieces. Bureaucracy is one of those. What it makes superior to most of its "colleagues" is the hilarious plot. It was written by Steve Meretzky (Leather Goddesses of Phobos, Stationfall) and the well known author Douglas Adams. The two had collaborated before to convert Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy into a game.

Colonial Conquest

SSI 1987
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Atari ST

War without bloodshed? Easy, just don't show the individual's fate, but take it to a more abstract level. A way more abstract level: Push around wodden blocks on a world map, and suddenly, even genocide becomes fun! Like in Colonial Conquest.

De Gouden Kelk

? 1987
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Now, I'm certain I saw this game in English on Home of the Underdogs, but now I can't find it anymore. Too bad for all you non-Dutch readers, because the only variant I have is in Dutch.

It's a text adventure, where the player has to find the Golden Chalice. Drink from it, and you become immortal. Then all you have to do is come back safely. The game has a classic fantasy setting, and is written completely in gold text-quite a nice touch. Also, very clear and easy to read. The title screen is graphical, and maybe the end game screen too. I don't know, because I haven't finished it yet.

Defender of the Crown

Cinemaware 1987
Genre: Strategy, Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Cinemaware was always known for producing very unique games, merging strategy, adventure and action. One of its first game, Defender of the Crown, has set this trend, which has proven to be the winning combination for years to come. The game was also the first designer work of Kellyn Beck, who while later designing such great games as S.D.I., Rocket Ranger and Centurion: Defender of Rome, will always be remembered for his best game, Defender of the Crown.

Dream Zone

Naughty Dog / Baudville 1987
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

I have played many weird games, but Dream Zone remains among the weirdest. What would you say if I told you that all bureaucrats are pigs? I mean real pigs. Or how about the fact that all you need to marry a woman is to wash your face? Or that your little brother's toy gun can kill nearly everything? You'd say that I should keep dreaming. Well, that's exactly what I did in this game.

Druid 2: Enlightenment

Firebird 1987
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

103 peaceful years have passed since Acamantor and his Demon Princes have been banished from Belorn. Now the evil is back! And it's up to the last of the druids to stop it.

Other than last time, the evil magic has already spread across the outside world. So our hero doesn't just have to enter a fortress filled with monsters, but they are everywhere. Even in his own village, the dead are literally coming alive. Imagine how it'll look in the surrounding woods...

Eden Blues

ERE Informatique 1987
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

...And the next thing you know you're in prison. Whatever crime you commited bears no importance, but what truly matters is that you're now behind bars and have to find your way out of here ASAP. Besides, what could be more romantic than escaping from a slammer? But beware, this isn't your typical prison, for there are not even guards to tease and jeer at nor fellow convicts to bully or share ciggies with. Here you are all alone, save for a bunch of security droids that seek to interfere with your plans for escape. There are also traps and other harmful devices set around to make your life difficult, so all you need now is just a little bit of luck and perseverance... if only not a whole lot more.

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