Bunny Abandonware

Welcome! We scour old closets, mouldy floppy discs, and the darkest tubes of the internet for the best of the best games in the galaxy, and we exhibit them here, so you can get them down into your hot little hard drives, for you to experience and enjoy some genuine gaming history!

8 July 2013

Wow, how time flies…

 in News — bunnzy

These games are still old, and getting older! And there are probably so many more which need to be shared. Don’t worry, I still keep them safe. If you need to find an old game you can contact me any time.

So what’s been happening? This site has been around for about 13 years now. I’m 13 years older. One daughter in school, one husband who is the greatest (and loves gaming) and a son due to be born any day now. Life is busy, but I still visit this site every week, check the comments, check the emails – I still get heaps of requests for games and help. So a lack of posts doesn’t necessarily mean this is a derelict hole on the internet. 🙂

If you’re looking for games to run nicely on your new spanky machines then definitely get on Steam or check out GOG.com (which is probably better, DRM free)

Remember to contact me via the contact us page if you need anything!

P.S. What do you all think of Diablo III? Just went past the first anniversary, still hooked. Sheesh 😉

bunnzy

2 March 2011

The Christchurch earthquake… #eqnz

 in News — bunnzy

It’s been eight days since Christchurch was given the epic (in a bad sense of the word) shake up. The one on my birthday last year was scary, but last Tuesday was terrifying. Fortunately for me I’m in Wellington (the earthquake capital of the country…) and felt them but came out physically unhurt.

I am stunned by what has happened down South though. Looking at the pictures of the city looking like some haunted post-apocalyptic zombie movie set sends chills down your spine. I spent days glued to the TV or the internet watching as they showed videos of absolute carnage. Watching people, New Zealanders, being dragged out covered in red stained sheets. Eight days later and still they are recovering them.

You see scenes of flooding in Australia, tsunami’s over in the islands, big land slides in Asia, hurricanes in America. But it feels so far away, and it is painful, but it’s international news and “happening to someone else”. To have something happen in your own back yard makes you feel so, well, vulnerable I guess.

They reckon the next big one will hit Wellington… we had an earthquake last night, but it was relatively minor. I think we’re incredibly lucky. And I think Christchurch has been battered and shaken, but will rise up better than ever. They have a country behind them giving everything they have got to help them rebuild their lives and their beautiful city. <3 For the latest news and updates on what is happening in Christchurch (or on the earthquake in general) the best place to look is Twitter. Search for the #eqnz tag: http://twitter.com/#!/search/eqnz.

So what can you do?

I’m worried for New Zealand. We are a dirt poor country borrowing millions per week, so we’re going to need all the help we can get. So if you can help, then please do.

Donate: To donate or to help out Christchurch, please get in touch with the New Zealand Red Cross or visit the NZ Government Christchurch Earthquake Appeal website. Also consider donating to the SPCA, as there are lots of little animals without homes etc out there now.
BEWARE: there are many fraudsters out there, so make sure you donate through an official channel.

Spread the word: Get on Facebook, Twitter etc and spread the word on how others can help. Follow @NZstuff and @NZherald and other news agencies and retweet what’s happening. Raise the awareness. Use the #chch and #eqnz hashtags.

1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

 in News — bunnzy

I can’t believe this site has been around for over 10 years now. And we’re still getting lots of visitors and downloads.
Granted I’m not as active as I used to be online, but it’s good to keep campaigning and making these games available to you all 🙂

Happy New Year and all the best for 2011!!!

28 July 2010

New images and videos for our old games

 in News — bunnzy

Hello! 🙂

I’m currently doing some work on the screenshots for the games on this website.  A lot of them were taken years ago and are teeny-weeny (eww, see Coolspot.)  

I can take much bigger screenshots, more of them, and just better quality really (well as quality as the game was, right?) It’s time to go back and look at ones I took before I used DOSBox and get them up to scratch!

We should also get some videos in there too huh? We do have a Bunny Abandonware YouTube channel, it’s just used for some pretty irrelvant things right now… Then again, are you sure you want to see me fucking up constantly when it comes to jumping over gaps n stuff? I’m a shitty platform gamer, it’s a known fact.

Anyway, work is underway. So keep your eyes peeled for updated game screenies and videos.

Cheerio,
M

22 January 2010

Site maintenance

 in News — bunnzy

Nope, haven’t been playing any games or anything.  Well I have, but they have been on my Nintendo DSi!

I’ve been doing some site maintenance tonight.  Making sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes, and that the Google stuff is all ticking along nicely.

I really should play some games. Anyone want to recommend any that should be added to the site?

M xx

26 October 2009

Old gaming FTW

 in News — bunnzy

Hey hey,

Y’know, I still don’t have a PC that can handle playing games like Left 4 Dead, Half Life 2 or any new and exciting games. Not that Half Life is actually that new!

That’s why I thank God for Abandonware, and also awesome games which you can still buy like Warcraft II. 😀 You’d be interested to know that even if you don’t own a legit copy (and I own two for some reason) you can probably pirate yourself one (or Starcraft) and play on the Asian Battle.Net servers with your friends – nobody is there anymore, therefore nobody’s keys are there either…

I’ve also been dabbling with early version of The Settlers, Dungeon Keeper, Fallout 1 & 2 and Heaven & Hell.

And yes, I will be adding more games here over time. But as you all know, I don’t just add anything. It’s only games I like 😉

Old games FTW.

19 June 2009

Home of the Underdogs back from the dead!

 in News — bunnzy

It’s a fine day when the mega-site of abandonware comes back from the dead. Welcome back Home of the Underdogs!

Hopefully it’ll keep updated. Well, more updated than this bloody site has been lately eh? 😀 Not hard really. Sorry about that folks. If only I could quit my job and just update my site all day and play games. Alas, that will never happen…

20 February 2009

R.I.P Home of the Underdogs :'(

 in News — bunnzy

If you know anything about old games, retro-gaming, abandonware or anything cool, then you know about Home of the Underdogs. You don’t know about HOTU? STOP reading and leave.

I remember when there were many abandonware websites. Back in the days of Flashback, Conservatory etc. Then maybe we grow up and grow away from these things. Everyone runs off and gets a job or gets married 😛 The rest of us die-hard nerds are left here behind holding it all together… Maybe abandonware stops being 100k games from the 80s and becomes 100mb games from the late 90s and we are left with the issue of hosting and bandwidth. What to do?

The die-hards aren’t leaving. The Good Old Days, XTC Abandonware, Abandonia, this website. We’ll still be here.

It’s a sad day when the world loses access to rare games, old games, forgotten games, forsaken games.

I must say it is a relief that HOTU went down because the hosting company went bankrupt. Is that an awful thing to say? I’m glad because it’s not because it got closed down by some crappy dictatorshippycommunisty IDSA or something bullshit like that.

Hopefully someone is man enough to step up and take over. Did I say “man enough”? This scene is run by chicks – if you didn’t know that then you should leave again in case you get an inferiority complex 😉

Sad day, sad day indeed. It means the rest of us are going to have to work extra hard to pick up the slack. Rise to the challenge boys :p

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)

15 December 2008

Doofus

 in 1993,Platform — bunnzy

Doofus is a very nice wee platform game. The graphics are very nice, reminding me of games like the Blues Brothers.

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It’s basically the nice graphics that makes the game. Other than that it’s a general platformer, you jump around collecting fruit and stars, and spend the rest of the time avoiding enemies and chasms. You get to shoot your enemies with a bouncy blue rubber ball. There are rabbits, flies, bugs and small elephants.. random.

According to Mobygames you are a “simpleton”, which is why it’s called Doofus. I’m not so sure about that, when I was in control he was quite okay!
What makes it slightly different however, is that you have your dog with you. So you have to be sure that he doesn’t get hurt. That requires timing your jumping properly and making sure you dispose of all the enemies. If your dog gets hit then you are told to “Look after your dog” and have to try again.

Be sure to press “down” and raise the red flags when you see them. They are the checkpoints and if you die or your dog gets hurt then you can start from the last raised flag.

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I wasn’t the only one impressed with the fact that a game like this comes in a package smaller than 800kb.

Good game, it’ll keep you occupied for a while 🙂

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Doofus

  • Published by: Prestige Softwareentwicklung GmbH
  • Designed by: X-ample Architectures

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Size: 689kb (3 min on 56k dial-up)

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1 July 2008

Abmis the Lion

 in 1996,Platform — bunnzy

Such a magnificent game. I remember this game from when I was much younger. I have to say I thought it was awesome then, and I think it’s awesome now.

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At first glimpse it seems very simple, boring, crappy, mundane and well, crappy. But it’s not. Like a Transformer, there is “more than meets the eye”.

Great challenges face thee who takes on the role of King Abmis the Lion. Battle your way through puzzle riddled levels saving your potatoes. Yes, Sly Fox has stolen the Kings potatoes.

While on your quest you can collect weapons to throw (I think some of them are coconuts and .. water things). But you must avoid all the incredibly dangerous island inhabitants like crabs. You collect items which you can trade for other items, weapons and keys.

There’s also food to be had! This game is quite difficult. I did finish it when I was younger, but I have to admit I needed to ask someone in #oldgames for help just to get past the first level this time -_-

A bit about the specs? Good old PC speaker beeping away, plus stunning VGA graphics 🙂 What more could you ask for? Well, unfortunately you could ask for more from a 1996 game, it’s a bit of a let-down. But the infuriating puzzles should distract you from that…

Climb aboard your turtle to Sly Fox’s island and save those potatoes!

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Abmis the Lion

  • Designed by: Button Software
  • Published by: Button Software

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Size: 53kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

Oil’s Well

 in 1990,Action — bunnzy

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The first thing I noticed about this game is the totally funky music. To put a very personal slant on this, I didn’t like the game at all, but I did like the music, and I did like the lovely background and imagery at the top of the screen.

Press spacebar to select a difficulty of Regular, Unleaded or Premium. Ha-ha. Nice touch! Great cartoons between the levels. Shame there is only eight levels though.
Good adlib sound, nice VGA graphics, but pretty lame game-play. If I really knew how to play it then I’d probably be okay. Otherwise I just… don’t know what to say.

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Oil’s Well

  • Published by: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
  • Designed by: Banana Development, Inc.

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Size: 2443kb (9 min on 56k dial-up)

30 March 2008

Marching on…

 in News — bunnzy

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of March 2008. Time really does fly when you’re having fun (and being a mum, and being a manager, and being a student, and being a webmaster…).

But, I do live for abandonware! -_-; And I’m loving the progress of this site. I am really happy, and I guess.. encouraged to see the new sites which are still being built to support this cause. I remember when it was the 1990s and we were starting abandonware websites to keep the 1980s alive. And it’s nearly 2010 and people are still starting up websites to keep the 1980s alive, as well as the 1990s.

Keep up the good work everyone. It’s worthy cause, and as curators of these museums we’re doing a damn fine job.

Au revoir!
Michelle xx

Chip’s Challenge

 in 1991,Strategy — bunnzy

Note: This game requires Microsoft Windows.

Chip is a mega-nerd. And he wants to join the Bit Busters, which is a club for… nerds. The problem is the club is run by Melinda the Mental Marvel, and there is a rigorous test you must pass to be eligible to join.

To take up this much desired memberhship Chip has to collect all the computer chips in her tree house, which is a huge maze of levels over 140 levels tall! That is one HUGE treehouse! And it’s a really dodgy tricky treehouse with magic walls, strange doors, teleports, open fires, invisible walls and scary monsters. (Who leaves unattended fires in a treehouse?)

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This game is great. I have never made it to the end, but I’ve given it a damn good go. The levels get more challenging quite quickly. Every level has a yellow question mark on the floor, if you stand on that then you get a hint about the level and what you should do.

Some levels you have to do in certain times, you can pause the game to think. Always use the hints you are given. And read the ingame help, because they have a really good “Strategy and Hints” section!

The good news is that if you are having a really tough time trying to figure out a level sometimes Melinda will let you through to the next one. But you really have to deserve it! 😉

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Chip’s Challenge

  • Published by: Microsoft Game Studios
  • Designed by: Epyx, Inc.

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Size: 175kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

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22 February 2008

Scrabble: Deluxe Computer Edition

 in 1990,Board — bunnzy

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I’m not sure what makes the deluxe version better than the normal version, but this game sure did feel “deluxe” 😉 Could be all the options in the menu, could be the lovely big scrabble pieces… I’m not sure.

This game has so many options! You can play up to four players, any combination of human and computer. You also get to select the ability of the computer players from novice to professional, then kick off the game.

Player 1 goes first, which is probably you, start from the star in the middle. When the subsequent players have their turn their tiles will appear along the bottom. When you get towards the end of the game it gets a bit slow, the computer takes more time to think because everyone is left with V’s, Q’s, Z’s and X’s usually. 🙂

A timer is available if you want to turn it on, that stops the computer thinking too long and forces them to pass. A useful feature if you’re hot-seating too and want to make sure your retarded brother doesn’t take too long. Also, you can turn of “s-words”, which is when someone dumps an “S” onto the end of the word and plurals it. You can turn off the “2-letter” words too, which can add a challenge.

There are some useful tools available to help during the game. One of the most useful would definitely be the anagram solver. Enter your letters, or a combination of letters and it’ll recommend words. There is a crossword solver (erm, if you’re doing a crossword sometime it might be useful…) There’s also a definition feature, if you want to find out what a word means. The computer doesn’t cheat though, so you don’t need to worry. However, don’t YOU be attempted to cheat, because yes, you can add words to the dictionary.

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There are so many other features and configurations for this game. I’d be here all day listing them all. This game is magnificent. If you can’t get people at home to play Scrabble with you, or you don’t think it’s worth forking out $40 for the board game then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this.

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Scrabble: Deluxe Computer Edition

  • Published by: Virgin Mastertronic (Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.)
  • Designed by: Virgin Mastertronic (Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.)

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Size: 1508kb (6 min on 56k dial-up)

15 February 2008

Trivial Pursuit Deluxe

 in 1986,Board — bunnzy

Another great board game conversion!

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One thing I found quite unusable was the initial menu. There were no text rollovers or anything for the menu items. I took the spanner and hammer combination to be “setup” and I was right, I could choose which card deck to use and configure the sound. The one with the graph I took a guess at and got wrong, it is actually some sort of scoring thing. The clock icon is used to set a time limit for answering the questions. The little gloved hands in the middle is where you can change the player setup – who plays as what colour, add more players etc. Of course the bottom icon is the “Let’s start the game!” icon 🙂

So like the board game, you roll the dice and move your piece. You are asked the question from the card corresponding with your colour, but you do not type in or select the answer, you choose it in your head. Once you have decided the answer, push the “reveal” button and then you get to put in whether you got it right or not. So realistically this game is designed for you to play with your friends around a table (erm, around a computer). I think it must have been purely for those who didn’t have the board game but wanted to play, not for people home alone that want to play vs a computer. There is no computer player option, so you better make sure you have some friends to play with.

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The little bird guy that comes out and asks you the question is very cool. 🙂 He takes you into themed rooms and asks you your question. I enjoyed his sarcastic sense of humour too! He kept accusing me of guessing it correctly when I got it right.

Really, you have to play against humans otherwise it’s not going to work 😉 I’ve been cheating the entire time I’ve played this…

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Trivial Pursuit Deluxe

  • Published by: Domark Software
  • Designed by: Domark Software

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Size: 568kb (2 min on 56k dial-up)

1 February 2008

Iron Lord

 in 1989,Adventure — bunnzy

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First, a big thanks to Oyn who found this game for me. I was looking for it for many years. I used to play this game at Intermediate school on the class computer, because we were there earlier than school started. After all these years I could only remember a game set in the middle ages, and that there was arm wrestling, archery and galloping a horse between towns. So I described this dream game to Oyn and he went hunting, and sure enough he found it – he finds everything. 🙂 Thanks Oyn! (k)

This game was way before it’s time. It was enthralling, stunning, fun and adventurous. I have always had a fascination with all things medieval.

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So, where to start? You are a knight who has returned from afar, only to find that your uncle has an army approaching to conquer your lands and your home has been ravaged. Your castle is a ruin and you need to amass an army to defend the lands. A bit like the Robin Hood movie with Kevin Costner? The problem is that you’ve been gone so long that nobody really cares who you are, so you need to go around doing archery and arm wrestling and other things to gather enough respect and money to get the army together.

So you get on your faithful steed and face the county map. You ride your horse from town to town and other inhibited areas and do all that is required to save your land from the oncoming slaughter.

The first town you’ll come across is Chatany Malabry, where you spend most of the game trying to conquer the annual archery contest. I totally sucked at the archery. You have to gauge the angle up, down, side-to-side, force etc. You get 6 rounds. It was quite difficult! I also managed to pick up some supplies from the store to aid me in my quest.

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The town of Lorando is to the west, where there is a used-car salesman and an optimistic barman. It’s a quaint town, where people are friendly and they have a lot of… shrubbery.

Knights Templar Abbey isn’t a town, but it’s another area you can visit. I was confuddled here, seemed a good place to just purchase things. I thought it was awesome that there were Knights Templar, very medieval. Shame they weren’t ready to rally to my cause just yet.

The best place to visit though is Torantek, the restless city of scoundrels and people without morals or faith. Wow, careful not to be mugged I say. People tend to stare at me and don’t like me. I did find some mercenaries but they didn’t like me either. It was a very interesting place to be. Some nice shady characters for you to take your moods out on.

But that’s not all, there are many other places to visit and see, other challenges, people to meet and talk to, buy things from etc.

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I really recommend this game, it’s just brilliant. So popular it was ported to nearly any platform you can think of! 🙂

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Iron Lord

  • Published by: Ubi Soft Entertainment Software
  • Designed by: Ubi Soft Entertainment Software

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Size: 727kb (3 min on 56k dial-up)

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26 January 2008

Battle Chess

 in 1988,Board — bunnzy

If you haven’t heard of or played Battle Chess before then I don’t know what rock you’ve been living under. This game is one of the most well-known classic games of all time.

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The highlight of this game is when you play in “3D” mode, you get to witness actual battles between the pieces. I love watching the castle eat the queen, very cool. Each different combination of pieces have a unique battle, which is very fun to watch. It’s almost worth losing a few of the games so you can see all the different wars going on between pieces. Apparently one set is red and the other is blue, but it’s really pink and blue when I play. Gotta love those oldschool graphics.

If you aren’t into the whole waiting for battles then there is also a 2D mode, where you can look down on the pieces, very old school normal chess. Not half as exciting as full on Battle Chess. 😉

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A very impressive feature of this game was the ability play over a modem. Yes, back in 1989! How awesome is that? You can go and battle with your neighbour.

There’s another lovely feature, called “Setup Board”. You can arrange the pieces how you want, and then you play. I guess it’s a bit like cheating, but it’s a good way to see the different battles. Plus it’s good to test out certain moves. Probably helpful if you’re learning, I only used it to watch the pieces fight!

There are difficulty levels, from Novice through to Level 9. You can also set a time limit for moves. So, there are a lot of awesome features in this game. They really did think through what people would want to do in this game, obviously a lot of user requirements were gathered.

The sound effects are brilliant. No need to settle for lame sounds anymore! You can live it up with swords, knights clinking around in armour etc. Adds another dimension.

If you like chess, are good at chess and just like watching little wars, then you’re going to love this game. If you don’t like chess, then it might help you get into chess!

Related Links

Battle Chess

  • Published by: Interplay Productions, Inc.
  • Designed by: Interplay Productions, Inc.

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Size: 756kb (3 min on 56k dial-up)

25 January 2008

Abandonware Torrents!

 in News — bunnzy

So DarKsiDe (yes, from Abandon5000) has started an Abandonware Torrents site. I think this is a just awesome idea. The site is at http://www.awtorrent.net/.

I wrote a bit about it over on my blog at www.weetbix.net, and DarKsiDe was nice enough to stop by and provide more information about what’s happening with the site and where it’ll be heading. So defintely go over and have a read for more information.

It may be hard to get it all sorted, with keeping up with what is seeding, removing old games no longer abandonware etc.� I am pleased to hear that there will be more info shared per game, screenshots etc.� Plus, limited uploaders to keep the quality. 🙂

I think it’s going to be useful for repopulating the abandonware world.� People will be able to review games, start up sites and link to the Abandonware Torrents site to encourage people to share the old games.

I’m looking forward to getting involved and sharing a lot of abandonware through Abandonware Torrents, I hope everyone else gets behind this awesome concept and shares the love too. 🙂

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20 January 2008

Magic Maycabs

 in 1994,Platform — bunnzy

Magic Maycabs is an absolutely wonderful game. Did I say wonderful? I meant difficult!

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It sure takes me back to when I was about 15 and I played it for the first time. It reminded me a lot of Jumpman, Lode Runner and other little platforms out at that time. I loved Jumpman (it’s one of my favourite games of all time). So you can probably guess I adored Magic Maycabs, even though I found it excruciatingly hard at times.

According to the author Dan, Magic Maycabs is based on Magic Mushroom, which was an awesome game for the BBC Micro. (I remember that game!). Well, the reason you play a car in his PC version here, is because he couldn’t draw the best looking person 😉 I think that’s a good enough reason! Besides, it gives the game it’s own twist, and also lends to the name of the game – Maycabs. Named after a fictional taxi firm – it’s a long story I’m sure 🙂

Back to the plot, you are a car, a magical car that can jump. Maybe that is where the “Magic” comes into it. You have to drive around the level, collecting all the mushrooms. There are certain parts of the level which are fatal if your car goes into them. There are also enemies which you need to avoid, and they are clever enough to be attracted to your car too. A bit like possums and headlights? Or maybe dogs which chase cars…

Just when you thought that was bad enough – and trust me it is. There is also a time limit on each level. So you have to get all the mushrooms, avoid the enemies, and make it to the exit block before you run out of time on the clock. Much easier said than done… this game is damn hard. Or maybe we are all so into our modern games we’ve become useful at platform games.

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Version 1.1 is shareware and available below (for memories sake). Version 2.0 is the registered full version, and it is also available as the main download below. This version has been made available by the creator Dan Lester for free! Version 2.0 also contains a level editor, which is easy to use and can keep you occupied for hours (just ask my family). You can use the level editor to create easier levels… hehe.

I want to say thanks to Swizzle for his part in getting this game out to everyone. And a really big thanks to Dan Lester for making this game free for everyone to enjoy.

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Magic Maycabs

  • Published by: Dan Lester
  • Designed by: Dan Lester

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Size: 80kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

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17 January 2008

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest Coloring Book

 in 1992,Miscellaneous — bunnzy

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You may be wondering how this manages to be a game, or an abandonware game. Well, it is! And it’s actually fun. I have been playing it while watching a movie on television. Finding different colours to fill in the pictures the best way.

The plot, well, there is no plot. But the idea is very simple. Scenes and characters are taken from the FernGully: The Last Rainforest movie. If you haven’t seen that movie then you should.

I love that movie, and it’s what attracted me to this “game” in the first place.

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You are given a palette of colours, and if you press on the key icon in the bottom right when you’re on a colour you get a new palette which is based upon your selected colour. It took me a while to figure that out, and once I did my colouring-in got so much better. The game has a free-for-all mode, where you can just draw things.

There is an undo button for when you do an oopsie. Unfortunately you can only undo once. But you can also colour overtop of previous colours, so it’s basically impossible to stuff it up 😉

If you have young kids, they’ll also love this game. I tried to give Charlotte a turn, but she didn’t quite understand what to do.

You can even print out your masterpieces and hang them on the fridge.

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P.S. Send me your artwork and I’ll put it up here for the world to see. 😉

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Ferngully: The Last Rainforest Coloring Book

  • Published by: Capstone

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Size: 184kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

11 January 2008

Heros: The Sanguine Seven

 in 1993,Platform — bunnzy

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Now THIS is an interesting game… interesting and strange, but totally brilliant!

The story? You and your band of heroes need to save Megalopolis from five dangerous criminals who have done a prison break. Battle through the streets (well, a strange city of platforms and ladders and keys) and get them baddies. There are 50 levels in the full version, so you get to face one every 10 levels.

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Play as the Rocketress, Leadman, The Flea, The Drip, Spaced Cadet, The Flying Squirrel and Gumwad. You don’t need to worry about choosing, because once one gets into trouble you can use any of the others to help you out! Very handy. Being able to play as seven different characters. Your standard platform game with a twist. Yes, you still have to jump and climb and shoot etc, but your different characters have different specialties. The Rocketress has a rocket, The Drip turns into a pool of water, you get the idea. I wouldn’t want to ruin the strange surprises 😉 Their individual shots (they all just shoot little balls of “stuff”) do different things to the various enemies. The Drip took out the fire when I used him… I hope that was on purpose!

The characters also have different abilities. Gumwad can climb walls (I guess it’s because he’s so sticky), The Flying Squirrel didn’t mind going in the water, Does this remind you of a certain television show? I wonder if any of these characters can heal on their own, I didn’t discover if any of them could. None of them seem to be wearing any cheerleader costumes or are Asians called Hiro. 😉

The highlight of this game is the objects you collect to gather points! Yes, you get gems you can use and keys etc, but that’s not as fun as gathering baseballs, diskettes, stamps and toilet paper. Oh, that gave me the giggles. I had to pause the game and show everyone in my family.

The game works wonderfully in DOSBox. The controls are simple, nice and standard DOS game stuff. ALT to shoot, CTRL to fire. I love that. Nice, predictable and easy-to-use.

Music is provided a mash-up of Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. This creates quite an ambient if not rather strange atmosphere. But hey, they were thinking when they chose that, royalty free music 🙂 Sounding very funky on the PC speaker! It actually goes quite well, is a nice change from the beeep-beeeeep-bip-bip-beep-whine soundtrack you normally get with PC speaking platformers.

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Initally when this game was released in 1993 and didn’t do too well, a publisher picked the game up and it was released as shareware in 1994. The shareware version was called Heroes 1/4: The Tantalizing Trio (I’ve made that available to download as a resource, just for the hell of it). A big hats off to the creator of this game Jeffrey Fullerton for releasing the full version as freeware. He knows how to preserve his good work for all future generations.

Beware the vicious bunnies. Vicious! Yes, you will have to kill them. When bunnies go bad, eh? *sniff* 🙁

Here are some screenshots from the shareware version, Heroes 1/4: The Tantalizing Trio:

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Heros: The Sanguine Seven

  • Published by: Safari Software, Jeffrey Fullerton
  • Designed by: Jeffrey Fullerton

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Size: 1100kb (4 min on 56k dial-up)

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31 December 2007

Happy New Year!

 in News — bunnzy

Well, another year has passed us by here at Bunny Abandonware. Quite a few changes occurred.

Firstly we have moved into v4.0. The new wordpress setup is working awesomely. We are also fully moved to our new host – Huzzah to Hexie. You can send him lots of love emails via this website. Use our contact form to say thank you to him. He’s really our saviour! (Seriously, get that love mail flowing okay!)

Our second biggest change was getting Abandoned Places added to our collection. Now we have to great sites run by the fabulous people here. Well, I’m the only person, I guess that makes me fabulous? No? 😉

It’s been, 9 years now? It’s been a long time anyway. I’ve seen a lot of sites go down the tubes over the years. Even ones which are still alive from the good old days are abandoned themselves, never to be updated (read: HOTU, Flashback etc). We’ll keep trucking 🙂 Long live abandonware and our worthy cause.

Here’s to a most excellent 2008! *cheers*

25 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

 in News — bunnzy

Hi everyone,

A short Merry Christmas message for all the fans out there, and friends and loved ones and special people. Especially you lovely clowns over in #oldgames EFnet.

I have added Holiday Lemmings for your enjoyment 😉

Enjoy a safe and awesome Christmas, and all the best for the new year.

Love Michelle xxx

Christmas Lemmings (Complete Collection)

 in 1991,1992,1993,1994,Puzzle — bunnzy

This games is more than one mere game. The Christmas Lemmings series included four great short games by the dudes from Psygnosis.

The four games are all included in the one download from this site, for your pleasure. They are:

  • Xmas Lemmings (1991)
  • Xmas Lemmings (1992)
  • Christmas/Holiday Lemmings (1993)
  • Christmas/Holiday Lemmings (1994)

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A bit about the games then eh? So, in true Lemming style you had to guide the lemmings from the entry to the exit. Overcoming all barriers using things like digging, steps, etc. Nominating lemmings to do the tasks.

The first two games had very few levels and were considered demo’s. The latter two were full games with 16 levels each. If I recall correctly the 1991 Xmas Lemmings had less levels than the 1992 Xmas Lemmings, because it included a couple of levels from the Oh No! More Lemmings game. You check that out and let me know.

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All four games have the Christmas theme going on, from the little suits the lemmings wear to the halls decked out with bells and holly. They battle their way through ice and snow laying down their planks of wood true lemmings-style.

If you expected something different, then apart from visually and musically you will be let down. But if you’re into puzzle gaming, enjoyed the Lemmings games and want something fun for the festive season then by all means download these cool titles.

Oh, they are so cute with their little hats on, and as they are walking along they go boing, boing, boing, and the music is just brilliant!!

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Christmas Lemmings (Complete Collection)

  • Published by: Psygnosis
  • Designed by: DMA Design

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Size: 706kb (3 min on 56k dial-up)

3 October 2007

The Catacomb II

 in 1991,Action — bunnzy

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Oh I have been having so much fun playing this game for the last three or so days. It is a completely addictive, hardass piece of addictive and frustrating goodness! >_<

Ugh!

The aim? Simple, fight your way through 30 levels of mysterious mazes while being bombarded by little red men, skeletons, big red teddy bears (erm, iruno) and then multitudes of dragons. And then funny big dragons which look like vampires, so end up looking like some sort of emo-dragon-vampire. But you can’t be assured it’s going to cut itself, so just shoot the crap out of it.

You can shoot with nukes or bombs. You gather those while running around, they look like little scroll things. Also potions – remember you can use the spacebar for that as well as “P”. There are shortcut keys all over. Also doors will need unlocking so collect keys.

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One thing I remembered – to my amazement – is the secrets. If you shoot certain parts of the catacomb walls you will reveal passage ways to lovely prizes, or portals to higher levels (heeey, saves time!). I guess I used to play this game way too much when I was younger. 😉

I’m kind of gutted that if you die you have to start again. I’ve not managed to make it past the 18th level in my latest attempt (and did I mention I’ve been playing for three days?!). Don’t worry, I’ll get there soon…

Oh, hint: Great sounding game, POW POW POW oldschool. 😀

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The Catacomb II

  • Published by: SoftDisk Publishing
  • Designed by: SoftDisk Publishing

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