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2018-04-22

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…and the million dollar question is: who recognizes this movie poster? Not just the two protagonists, that's easy. Right, it is the movie with the colourful beach buggy! Not that anyone can tell the titles of those films apart. Unfortunately, one of the two idols pictured has died in the meantime. Posthumously, he now receives additional recognition through this brand new fighting game called Else We Get Mad!
Mr Creosote

2018-04-21

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casmith again, following up with a game which is not as pretty. Not even close. Yet, Micro! Deluxe is another puzzle game, a genre severely underrepresented on our site. Still plenty of empty space to fill there!
Mr Creosote

2018-04-20

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Sure, that's a cool title screen, isn't it? Can't you already imagine the thrill of being chased by a dinosaur? The adrenaline rush is coming? Then please don't be disappointed, because Stone Age isn't quite like that. Still, a good one if casmith is to be believed.
Mr Creosote

2018-04-17

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Moving on from my football update to somewhat more interesting kinds of sports, Grand Monster Slam also involves kicking a ball as its primary activity. Hm, no, correction. It is actually not a ball, but a rather round animal. So unfortunately, this is not a game which can claim for itself that no animals have been harmed during a play session… but just wait for the "Revenge of the Beloms" bonus level!
Mr Creosote

2018-04-14

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And next from Garnett Williams is anything but little known classic RPG by Broderbund The Dark Heart Of Uukrul. Detailed, comprehensive, enthusiastic. What else can I say? Oh, and congrats on your 50 points, you finally did it!
Moebius

2018-04-14

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Newcomer Garnett Williams provides second and third opinions on a number of games at once: Paratrooper, Digger and Akalabeth: World of Doom. Quite a varied selection, wouldn't you think? Though the three have one thing in common: they all go back to the earliest age of commercial computer gaming. There is more to come.
Mr Creosote

2018-04-08

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Football, football, football! Like every European, I was a big fan of it as a kid. Only in my case, I lost interest when I grew up. Unlike many other people around me. Though this website is, to some degree, about things I knew growing up, of course. So football is at least an occasional topic around here. European Soccer Challenge is one of the many games which tried to cash in on the football hype. According to some other thematic websites, it is considered "rare". So let's unearth it.
Mr Creosote

2018-04-04

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If somebody comes along with the username contrafan, what is your guess which game he's going to cover? Why, Metal Gear, of course! Not kidding, that is indeed the first game he reviewed for our little website. Closely followed by Contra. Phew… Oh, and Super C (also known as Super Contra) as well. Three games in a day? And ultra-obscure versions of them as well? Seems like we have a real expert here – welcome!
Mr Creosote

2018-04-03

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…and he deserved it, the sucker! I'm giving this planet to my daughter as a present. And why not? Let's just hope she won't backstab me later, so I'll better be careful.

Starlord's strength lies in the permanent uncertainty. You may have just scored a major military victory, but it may turn into a Pyrrhic one. Not just due to the obvious reasons (e.g. having lost too many fighters), but also due to other, more subtle effects. Maybe you have angered a more powerful, highly influential friend, ally or direct superior of the lord you have just beaten on the battlefield. Meaning a vastly superior force may be on the way to your own home world as you are still bathing in the glory of destruction. These are considerations not governed by game rules, but enabled by them, as it happens in good game concepts. If only this one's implementation were more playable…

Mr Creosote

2018-03-24

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If I could only… jump, I would be able to finally get this stupid &"%! rune! It's a little sad when interface restrictions like that hold you up in games, isn't it? It is even more sad if this happens in 1996 should really have been up to a standard when it could enable players rather than obstruct them. Ring Cycle didn't actually anger and frustrate many people with issues like this one. For the simple reason that basically nobody has ever played it. Surely, beneath interface awkwardness, there is an amazing game to be found there, right?
Mr Creosote

2018-03-17

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You know what's really useful in real-time based games? A time compression function. To illustrate: swooosh, there go the ten years between 1985 and 1995, in just a couple of days! The Lords of Midnight are back, visiting a citadel this time. Or once again. We all know how it is when old acquaintances visit. It could go well and you immediately click again. Or it turns into an evening of awkward silence as there is really nothing linking you anymore. Or you spend your time looking at their botched facelift in total disbelief, failing to make your stare not too obvious.
Mr Creosote

2018-03-14

Strange how things can happen. After long silence we get two reviews from two different people on the same day with only one hour break in-between. And here is a rather ancient RPG game Akalabeth from Darknat and a strategy Attila from gennarsteam, which is the English version of Caesar game originally in German. No, not '92 Caesar by Impressions, but by some other dude who thought it would be very clever and original to use a reserved title in 1996. Can you believe that? Thanks a lot you guys and welcome to TGOD!
Moebius

2018-03-10

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Here we go again, back in the lands of Midnight… no, wait, Icemark! May look somewhat familiar anyway. Oh, and although the game is called Doomdark's Revenge, there is absolutely no trace of the titular baddie. This is all so confusing! Ah, wait, but there is some dungeon crawling now. Amazing! And what is that? I've won the game? A random NPC killed the main baddie while I was just doing first baby steps? Huh? This should better be investigated.
Mr Creosote

2018-03-07

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This time, we're really going back to a game which undeniably belongs to the seminal classics of history: The Lords of Midnight! I know, I know, this is usually where most readers turn away; after all, you are rightly asking for games to be fun, not just "super important for history". Bear with me on this one. You may find it will be worth it – because historically important artifacts may also still have kept their value nowadays…
Mr Creosote

2018-03-04

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Hm, fair point made by Mr. CEO Dracula there. We may have been a little naive there. Ruling cyberspace is something only great minds can achieve. Like Jobe, for instance. Or a true immortal like himself? This isn't going to end well…

Or rather, it didn't even begin well? Back when I bought Bloodnet, I was really impressed by the mixture of horror and cyberpunk elements. Never got far in the game, though. LostInSpace will tell you exactly why.

Mr Creosote

2018-02-26

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It's amazing. Back when this site started (today, 18 long years ago…), this hobby was regarded as extremely weird. After all, the general opinion was, why waste time with ugly, boring old games when you can just play the latest 3D shooter? Nowadays, the whole "retro" thing is in full swing. It has even turned into a viable market again, for better or worse. Almost on the side (by now), there is also a dedicated community of enthusiasts who create new games in old style and for old systems in their spare time. Is it a golden age for people like us? Considering the annoyance of our valued hobby being reduced to a Pacman logo on a shirt in many cases, maybe not. Though there can still be a lot of "pure" enjoyment – as in Mine Cave!
Mr Creosote

2018-02-24

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Psycho Pinball, also known as "the pinball game with the evil clown". It was subject to a huge marketing campaign in the appropriate print magazines, featuring this rendered, freaky face. Which, honestly, may have given some wrong expectations as to what the game actually is. And how it plays. Which is not to say it's a bad game. Not at all. Just see for yourself.
Mr Creosote

2018-02-17

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Yes, Bazooka Sue is this stupid. Just in case you've been wondering. Oh, you haven't? Bad luck, you cannot escape now! Ironically, although our site is called The Good Old Days, we've always been dedicated to also keep the bad memories alive. Fuzzy memories through tose-tinted glasses? Sure, there were some great games in the past, but to find these, you had to wade through waves of crud. Crud which was even positively reviewed in the magazines of the time. Good thing nobody sees the need to bribe us anymore these days, so we can identify the real gems and explicitly warn you of the crop.
Mr Creosote

2018-02-15

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Death takes a holiday. Which is actually a bit of a problem, really. Think about overpopulation. Then think about overpopulation in a world not as large as ours, but actually one which is located on the back of a giant turtle travelling through space. Giant, but not that giant. You see? If not, let Discworld II: Missing Presumed…!? (believe it or not: we've got the original version, not the one retitled for the US) illustrate.
Mr Creosote

2018-02-11

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And the next thing we knew our shuttle was infested with bloodthirsty xenomorph-like creatures. What are we doing here, commander drathan? Guess now we have no other choice but to put on these heavy armor suits and fight for our lives in Space Hulk!
Moebius

2018-02-11

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Join the NASA space flight program with drathan and fly a real shuttle spacecraft with extremely realistic controls in Shuttle: The Space Flight Simulator. Bon voyage now!
Moebius

2018-02-09

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Oh boy, I haven't seen this one in a while! When I first saw this Pacman & Boulder Dash mutant I wasn't very much impressed and thought it's just one of those many obscure rejects. Now I realize, it's exactly games like this that make you shed a tear or two after a while. Behold, the legendary Supaplex and our new contributor drathan, who has also shared this disk image for the first time. Good job and welcome to TGOD!
Moebius

2018-02-03

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Doc Brown gets Toonstruck! Like many B or C class actors, Christopher Lloyd was contracted to lend his name, voice and physical shape to a computer game production when the advent of the CD-ROM with its increased storage capacity allowed for digitized people to appear on screen. Which he did – surrounded by cartoon figures. Good thing he had already trained for this in an earlier movie…
Mr Creosote

2018-01-29

Hello. This is Vagabond speaking... not. I must say, today I've been born a certain time again, but I thought this Vagabond guy is not exactly what I am and I should better reincarnate into something more fitting. The thought has lingered for a couple of years now and finally the time has come to unleash it. And thanks to Mr Creosote, without him my quality rebirth wouldn't be possible. So long, Vagabond. Greetings...
Moebius

2018-01-27

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Wild West – The Incredible Adventures of Donald Reddish. Yes, you have never heard of it. It is probably the rarest Adventure game to have come out in the 1990s. Huge thanks go out to fuxxxyfloppy for discovering a working disk set and sending it in! Of course, such a scoop has to be celebrated by giving the game full coverage. Maybe this humble review will help to spread the word about this game's existence.
Mr Creosote

2018-01-20

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The mid-1990s were a great time for the Adventure genre. Quantity-wise. Though the more choice there is, the harder it is to choose, isn't it? So here is some support (~20 years late) with that. The Gene Machine – The Great British Adventure did not exactly make it to the top of everybody's lists of games which should be remembered, even though it is in fact a very typical game of its time. So even if it may not be the best, you could learn a lot about those years by having a look.
Mr Creosote

2018-01-14

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Hold on! Why is there an anti-air missile system parading in front of the Roman emperor? Welcome to a world where even slaves have their rights laid out in a union-negotiated contract, where our hero wears a toga, but also sneakers and where you can place prank phone calls to the Praetorian Guard. Welcome to the real (?) Imperium Romanum!
Mr Creosote

2018-01-13

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jeffro11's next move is Brix, a puzzle board game featuring... bricks. And don't tell me you knew it! Looks like this game is an extremely evolved version of Puzznic, because now you can move around bricks and not puzznics. Eh? No, wait, folks... there is actually a little bit more to it!
Moebius

2018-01-10

My apologies for a little delayed reaction. SB1988 comes back after a short break and shakes us with yet another flamboyant and extensive review on King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride. You definitely got the touch, dude! Incidentally, I happen to be one of those "haters" who don't really dig this new at the time cartoonish (or is it Dragon Lair-ish?) move with still dumber controls. I was never a big fan of icon system to begin with, but that sucker completely killed the experience for me. Now, it's for that very reason I never finished Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, it just seemed too dull and overinteractive. Still though, it is nice to know there are people who love Sierra regardless and can appreciate it from many different angles.
Moebius

2018-01-07

Why wasn't I ever into RPGs? I don't know. Why almost everyone else loves them? Beats me. Perhaps, it requires an RPG mindset. Anyway, SB1988 presents us with a 3rd look on Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos in a very detailed, classy and literary fashion. Mind you, it's exactly reviews like this that people like to steal from other sources, like wiki, etc. Only this time "hoofs" gave you out, so checking wasn't necessary ;)
Moebius

2018-01-06

Recently we took a look at the return of an adventure game legend, one of the few successful atempts at reliving that good old nostalgic moments. As you might remember overall we liked Thimbleweed Park, but there were a couple of things we could not quite stand about it, one of the main ones was the constant selfpraise. So, why not go back to the source of it and try to shed some light on the reasons why they padded themselves so much on their shoulders? Yes, today I am taking a look at The Secret Of Monkey Island
Herr M.

2018-01-03

It surprises me that even on days like these when people are supposed to keep on partying and celebrating holidays we get more than one contributor within a short time period. This is slightly anomalous for our practice, which makes me think, there is probably more to this global warming sucker than I thought...

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Anyway, whatever the season, we dearly welcome newcomers and their treats. guld here has brought us Crypto Cube, an obscure pre-AT educational game, which includes both review and a disk image. Thank you and welcome!

Moebius

2018-01-01

Sorry for a little belated announcement. Celebration and all, you know *hick*. We wish you all a Happy New Year and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed in 2017. Particularly: derceto, troublemind, flyers80, fuxxxyfloppy, bjt, Chiochio, perfectnarcosis and others. And last but not the least, Mr Creosote (our great leader) has written 101 reviews this year which breaks his personal annual record! Congratulations!
Moebius
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