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21 January 2009

Mario Teaches Typing

 in 1982,Educational — bunnzy

It all begins with an annoying PC speaker song. Beep beep beep. It does not make you want to do the Mario. But do not worry, it ends with you being able to type like a tacky, blonde, perfectly manicured secretary.

This game may have the Mario brand, but it’s also a very comprehensive typing tutor. It only had one fault I could find, it wouldn’t let me skip ahead to more advanced levels if I felt I was advanced enough to start further ahead. I had to go through each of the easy levels to see what was happening up ahead.

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The first step is to create yourself a profile. Give yourself a name and choose if you want to play as Mario, Luigi or Princess Peach. Then you’re off starting your lessons.

There are five lessons, each contains different sets, such as numbers, letters, top keys, bottom keys, symbols and the entire keyboard. Each lesson is themed, the first being standard Mario head-butting blocks, plus under the sea, in the castle and typing a letter (of gobbledy-gook).

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I’m not a huge Mario fan, but I did enjoy this typing tutor. It was addictive and it worked damnit! It’s a really good typing tutor. If you want to refine your skills so you can get that super-secretary job, or you want to be able to say more on IRC in a shorter span of time, then definitely have a turn with this. It’s abandonware, so it’s free. 🙂 And one of the best free ones out there I’m sure.

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Mario Teaches Typing

  • Published by: Interplay Entertainment Corp.
  • Designed by: Interplay Entertainment Corp.

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Size: 985kb (4 min on 56k dial-up)

Wordquest

 in 1992,Puzzle — bunnzy

A simple concept really. This game generates wordfind puzzles, like you used to do in your mums Woman’s Weekly. 🙂

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There are over 100 different categories of words which you can select from, plus this game also has a special function – you can create your own word lists to use. There is a manual included in the game, plus a small manual available below with instructions.

By default the puzzles are quite large, and it can be a bit time consuming trying to differentiate the letters in that oldschool font. A great feature of this programme is that you can save your games and continue them later.

You can configure the puzzles so they are a bit smaller, use different colours etc. If you are playing on the screen you can have from 10×10 to 24×50 letters. You can also play print games (it’ll send the puzzle to the printer) ranging from 10×10 to 40×80. If you want to keep those kids busy then just generate a random puzzle to the printer. Great for making wordfind books for your Nana too.

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I have made a small text file with the keys to use. I was playing this game on a laptop and there was no numberpad. It pays to know the keys if you’re going to be discovering words diagonally. 🙂

If you play in DOSBox then I recommend playing this game fullscreen, otherwise you might end up straining your eye-balls!

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Wordquest

  • Published by: Jeffrey Fullerton
  • Designed by: Jeffrey Fullerton

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Size: 73kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

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Wizard Wars – the game which time (and I) forgot…

 in News — bunnzy

Y’know, I’m not quite sure how it ended up a private page, but I added this game a few years ago!

Check out Wizard Wars, it is an addictive game with annoying sound – just what you come to love and expect from older games!

Xixit

 in 1995,Puzzle — bunnzy

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Another worthy Tetris clone. Well, more like a Beyond Columns clone, because there aren’t funky shapes, only blocks three long. I just had to play this because Beyond Columns was one of my favourite games.

The idea is simple, the blocks fall from the sky, you have to get three in a row to get the points, get four or more and you get even more points. Press spacebar and it’ll toggle the blocks around. Left, right and down do what you would expect them to.

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This game has some nice touches, the music is brilliant. You can change what the blocks look like. I like the sparklies one, but there are faces, dice, kinetics, plasma, blobs, all kinds of things! It takes ages to play the game and play them all. It’ll always be exciting 😀

There is a two player option in this game, it is fun to play with others too. A bit like local Tetrinet! 🙂 The keys for P2 are “w” to toggle the pieces, “c” for left, “b” for right and “v” for down.

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If you did like Beyond Columns like I did then you’ll love this 🙂

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Xixit

  • Published by: Optik Software, Inc.
  • Designed by: Optik Software, Inc.

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Size: 827kb (3 min on 56k dial-up)

13 January 2009

Klax

 in 1990,Puzzle — bunnzy

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This game was really popular in the arcades over here. Fortunately the PC version isn’t a lame imitation, it was developed the same as the arcade version. I’m glad they did make it for Atari, Amiga and DOS because it’s so damn addictive.

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This game is like tetris with a twist. If you aren’t good at 3D or distinguishing colours then you’re gonna be in trouble. The blocks come down a conveyer belt towards you, and you have to collect them and deposit them into the slots below. Sort of like Tubes! However you can only hold a certain amount before they start slipping through. You can only let three slip through and then the level is over. You do get a few chances however. But you’re going to need them for the harder levels. 🙂

You are given tasks which you need to complete, such as getting 3 sets of diagonals or 10,000 points. As you play the levels they get faster, so the sooner you accomplish the tasks the better.

I really did enjoy this game. I ended up playing it for hours! Tetris is one of the best games ever made (I have about three different versions on my cellphone). So, if you enjoy tetris, you’ll love this game. 🙂

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Klax

  • Published by: Domark Software, Inc.
  • Designed by: Atari Games Corporation

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Size: 551kb (2 min on 56k dial-up)