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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!

10 January 2007

Ecco the Dolphin

 in 1993,Adventure — gord

Ecco the Dolphin Ecco the Dolphin

This game is quite unique if you ask me, you play as a dolphin, not a dolphin that has a gun, not a dolphin that can fly or walk on land, just a dolphin that happens to be in the right place at the right time.

You are Ecco (yes that’s Ecco not Echo) and you lose the rest of your pod in a freak storm, you must literally travel the world and time and space to get them back. Yes I know this sounds a little cheesy but it is done in such as way as to grab you in and you get engrossed in this game.

The controls can be a little hard to get used to as you are a dolphin swimming in water, and thus you do have a small turning circle, but once you get it sorted you can be as elegant as the dolphins themselves :).

This game is beautifully done, from the opening sequence to the amazing music that flows through the game almost seamlessly, if your looking for a game that isn’t just another action game, and will take you in for days if not weeks then this is the game for you.

Personally I enjoy Ecco the Dolphin 2: the Tides of Time, but that was rather large in size and I’m sure you can get it from many other places. Nether the less you should play the first in the series first, if just to get acquainted with the amazing storyline and the characters that are involved with this game 🙂 if I gave out rankings to the games I reviews for this place I would give it 10/10 but alas I don’t so I’ll just give it a cookie 😉

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Ecco the Dolphin

  • Published by: Sega
  • Designed by: Novotrade International

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Size: 530kb (2 min on 56k dial-up)

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7 January 2007

The Lion King

 in 1994,Platform — gord

The Lion King The Lion King

The Lion King: Man I love this movie 🙂 n the game is pretty cool too ;D

Well okay anyone who has seen the movie (and I know you have 😛 no hiding) will know what the lion king is all about, you play as simba the lovable lion cub who happens to be heir to the throne (lion, king of the jungle, all that ;)).

This game is a simple plat-former game; you jump from place to place and jump on anything that moves but an added factor to this game is your roar, you have a roar meter that drains when you roar, your roar can be used for scaring other animals (for example scaring a hedgehog type thing so that it turns upside down and you can jump on it :))

This game is very colourful and defiantly one that will remind you of younger days :). The monkey-puzzles will also make you think 😉 the monkeys must be turned around to face the right direction so that when they throw you about, you will land in the right place.

This game also features many action sequences, such as riding an ostrich type thing to timone and pumba bug catching mini-games to a half 3d type chase scene and when you are an adult lion you get to fight other animals (such as hyena’s)..

The lion king is very true to the movie and any fans of the game will enjoy it at lot 🙂

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The Lion King

  • Published by: Virgin Interactive

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Size: 3196kb (11 min on 56k dial-up)

Transport Tycoon Deluxe

 in 1995,Simulation — gord

Transport Tycoon Deluxe Transport Tycoon Deluxe Transport Tycoon Deluxe

Well what can I say, this is one of my favourite games of all time, mainly cos it rocks. But I suppose you want a more detailed review thing… slave driver 😛

Transport tycoon is a game made in 1995, created by Chris Sawyer (the creator of lots of great games including Roller Coaster Tycoon). If you have played any of the “tycoon” series then you should know that the basic premise is to have a tycoon and make like lots of the green stuff, moola, cash, quid, stuff that makes you go wheeeeee. You start off with a landscape that covers a sizeable area. The area will have a good amount of industries that produce goods (e.g. a Iron ore mine makes iron ore), your job is to build links from one industry to the next using either road, rail, ship or air. You also have to make sure your taking the right stuff to the right place, e.g. iron ore to the steel mill and then the steel mill can make steel so the steel needs to be transported to the factory which can make the products and can be transported to towns surrounding towns. You can have disasters such as a little flying saucer that will come along, fly around for a while n crash land on something (usually a bus). The government will also supply subsidies for taking certain stock from one place to another. You get 4 modes of play to well, play as :D. the basic one that was used in transport tycoon, then a mountain terrain, desert terrain and a toy land terrain, all with there own different vehicles, graphics and industry’s

But its of course a little bit more involved than that, being part of a tycoon means you must be able to control your surroundings by using money right? Incomes the money part, you can do things like Buy shares in your Opponents (or if your thinking really adventures you could just buy the company out), give money to the towns to give you exclusive transport rights to that town, fund new industries n stuff like that.

This game also has support for network play which is loots of fun (iv spent hours upon hours playing over the network I have here at home with my brother). I admit the graphics are not the best in the world (seeing as this was made in 95, they could have been a lot better) but I guess they are pretty smooth n hell once you get into it you don’t notice. The music is pretty funky (think jazz :)) You also get a world editor included with the game, very funky indeed ;).

I personally love this game to bits and I urge you to download it at least as its part of your heritage dammit hehe 😉

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Transport Tycoon Deluxe

  • Designed by: Chris Sawyer
  • Published by: MicroProse

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy

 in 1994,Dizzy Series,Platform — gord

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy

Okay to start off you should know that I am referring to the games on the ZX Spectrum (128k for the tech-heads). This is because more games came out on the Specky (Spectrum) and its that which the games were originally coded on (they were ported to many other systems including the Amiga and the PC).

Okay, so you may be asking, “so what the hell is Dizzy?” Well, it’s a game that was made on the ZX Spectrum in the 1980’s but finished its reign on the PC and Mega-Drive (Genesis for the Americans). The basic concept of the game is that you are a egg that is called surprisingly enough Dizzy, you are part of a small village that has “the yolk folk” inhabiting it. The Yolk Folk are your family and friends.

The basic plot is unusually the same in these games “Zack the evil wizard has captured Dizzy’s friends and girlfriend, Dizzy is obviously pissed at this and sets off the find his friends to defeat the evil wizard Zack”. You accomplish this task by jumping around many, many screens of pure fun picking up objects and solving tasks.

In all there were 7 PURE Dizzy games (Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy, Fantasy Land Dizzy, Magicland Dizzy, Spellbound Dizzy, Prince Of The Yolk Folk and Crystal Kingdom Dizzy. (There was another game called Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy that was released on the Mega-Drive and the PC but I don’t count that as being pure for reasons specified later). Dizzy also formed a few Spin-offs, the obvious ones being Kwik Snax (which was a puzzle game that had a super cool Dizzy rock band in it :D), Fast Food Dizzy (PAC-Man Rip-off ;)), Dizzy Down The Rapids (Action game involving Dizzy in a barrel and apples), Panic Dizzy (another puzzle game) and Bubble Dizzy (in which you had been thrown off a pirate ship into the deep water and have to find you way up to the surface by riding bubbles. Hell a magazine (crash magazine) even made its own version of Dizzy (Dizzy 3 1/2) as the release of Dizzy 4 was getting close.

If you’re still in puzzlement of why the creators (the Oliver Twins), created their whole game around a load off eggs! Then think of it this way; Mario is one of the best selling game series ever and that is about a Italian plumber created by some guys in Japan… go figure?

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy (Mega-Drive and PC only):
This was the worst Dizzy game by far, it was just a cheap attempt at getting a few extra bucks. This game basically combined elements of all the other dizzy games and like Crystal Kingdom was just a platform game with easy puzzles.

The plot of this game I have to say I have absolutely no idea played it for about 10 mins, realized it was crappy, turned it off and hung my head in shame at the disappointment of this game. I have to admit this was Code-Masters fault and NOT the Oliver Tiwns, as they were the specky people.

Graphics are the best seen on a dizzy game and so is the sound, in my view this game is not really worth the floppy disk it came on.

Music:
Just HAD to put this in, the music is great! The tunes stick in your head for years.

Conclusion:
Defiantly worth getting, even if you’re not a fan of platformers. Gords
statement: ” Whoopee Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Ahh crap I jumped in the water”

Bad things about Dizzy:
Yes there are some bad things about these games :O. Basically the controls are one, as you can sometimes jump too far or to short and you die, you can lose all of your lives on one small part like jumping over a lake. After you have got real far and that happens, you get pissed off quite a bit.

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The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy

  • Designed by: Oliver Twins
  • Published by: Codemasters

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Size: 795kb (3 min on 56k dial-up)

Magicland Dizzy

 in 1993,Dizzy Series,Platform — gord

Magicland Dizzy Magicland Dizzy

Okay to start off you should know that I am referring to the games on the ZX Spectrum (128k for the tech-heads). This is because more games came out on the Specky (Spectrum) and its that which the games were originally coded on (they were ported to many other systems including the Amiga and the PC).

Okay, so you may be asking, “so what the hell is Dizzy?” Well, it’s a game that was made on the ZX Spectrum in the 1980’s but finished its reign on the PC and Mega-Drive (Genesis for the Americans). The basic concept of the game is that you are a egg that is called surprisingly enough Dizzy, you are part of a small village that has “the yolk folk” inhabiting it. The Yolk Folk are your family and friends.

The basic plot is unusually the same in these games “Zack the evil wizard has captured Dizzy’s friends and girlfriend, Dizzy is obviously pissed at this and sets off the find his friends to defeat the evil wizard Zack”. You accomplish this task by jumping around many, many screens of pure fun picking up objects and solving tasks.

In all there were 7 PURE Dizzy games (Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy, Fantasy Land Dizzy, Magicland Dizzy, Spellbound Dizzy, Prince Of The Yolk Folk and Crystal Kingdom Dizzy. (There was another game called Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy that was released on the Mega-Drive and the PC but I don’t count that as being pure for reasons specified later). Dizzy also formed a few Spin-offs, the obvious ones being Kwik Snax (which was a puzzle game that had a super cool Dizzy rock band in it :D), Fast Food Dizzy (PAC-Man Rip-off ;)), Dizzy Down The Rapids (Action game involving Dizzy in a barrel and apples), Panic Dizzy (another puzzle game) and Bubble Dizzy (in which you had been thrown off a pirate ship into the deep water and have to find you way up to the surface by riding bubbles. Hell a magazine (crash magazine) even made its own version of Dizzy (Dizzy 3 1/2) as the release of Dizzy 4 was getting close.

If you’re still in puzzlement of why the creators (the Oliver Twins), created their whole game around a load off eggs! Then think of it this way; Mario is one of the best selling game series ever and that is about a Italian plumber created by some guys in Japan… go figure?

Magicland Dizzy:
Well guess who has gone and captured all the Yolk Folk. Yup that’s right that evil wizard Zack again. Sheesh you think he would of learned that dizzy kicks his arse every time, n what does he want with eggs other than to eat them, I digress.

This is the dizzy that the ever popular walking on clouds was brought into the limelight, but float on them too long and the earth shall soon become closer to Dizzy’s boots (you can now walk on clouds but you sink if you stand still).

In this episode your duties range from persuading a witch to perform magic, to kicking Ogre’s arse’s (literally). The graphics and sound are better in this one I reckon ). Well worth playing, I leave it 😀

Music:
Just HAD to put this in, the music is great! The tunes stick in your head for years.

Conclusion:
Defiantly worth getting, even if you’re not a fan of platformers. Gords
statement: ” Whoopee Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Ahh crap I jumped in the water”

Bad things about Dizzy:
Yes there are some bad things about these games :O. Basically the controls are one, as you can sometimes jump too far or to short and you die, you can lose all of your lives on one small part like jumping over a lake. After you have got real far and that happens, you get pissed off quite a bit.

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Magicland Dizzy

  • Designed by: Oliver Twins
  • Published by: Codemasters

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Size: 146kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

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Fast Food Dizzy

 in 1992,Dizzy Series,Platform — gord

Fast Food Dizzy Fast Food Dizzy

Fast food dizzy was another of codemasters attempts at milking the dizzy franchise, and man was this one sooo see through or what! It’s basically a Dizzy version of Pac-Man with cool cut scenes in the middle of every few stages. There’s not any kind of plot to describe as well cos ummm yea dizzy now works in a fast food joint that’s inhabited by ghosts… i guess. anyway the graphics aren’t anything to boast about. its a refreshing change from the dreary pac-man series that never seems to end (how they have made so many games that are exactly the same apart from a bow or something apples and got away with it is a mystery to me).

if you’re into pac-man type games then you will prolly like this, and if you’re just looking for some time to waste for 15 mins while you wait for your TV program to start then this is prolly the game for you 🙂

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Fast Food Dizzy

  • Designed by: Oliver Twins
  • Published by: Codemasters

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Size: 169kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

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Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk

 in 1990,Dizzy Series,Platform — gord

Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk

Okay to start off you should know that I am referring to the games on the ZX Spectrum (128k for the tech-heads). This is because more games came out on the Specky (Spectrum) and its that which the games were originally coded on (they were ported to many other systems including the Amiga and the PC).

Okay, so you may be asking, “so what the hell is Dizzy?” Well, it’s a game that was made on the ZX Spectrum in the 1980’s but finished its reign on the PC and Mega-Drive (Genesis for the Americans). The basic concept of the game is that you are a egg that is called surprisingly enough Dizzy, you are part of a small village that has “the yolk folk” inhabiting it. The Yolk Folk are your family and friends.

The basic plot is unusually the same in these games “Zack the evil wizard has captured Dizzy’s friends and girlfriend, Dizzy is obviously pissed at this and sets off the find his friends to defeat the evil wizard Zack”. You accomplish this task by jumping around many, many screens of pure fun picking up objects and solving tasks.

In all there were 7 PURE Dizzy games (Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy, Fantasy Land Dizzy, Magicland Dizzy, Spellbound Dizzy, Prince Of The Yolk Folk and Crystal Kingdom Dizzy. (There was another game called Fantasitic Adventures of Dizzy that was released on the Mega-Drive and the PC but I don’t count that as being pure for reasons specified later). Dizzy also formed a few Spin-offs, the obvious ones being Kwik Snax (which was a puzzle game that had a super cool Dizzy rock band in it :D), Fast Food Dizzy (PAC-Man Rip-off ;)), Dizzy Down The Rapids (Action game involving Dizzy in a barrel and apples), Panic Dizzy (another puzzle game) and Bubble Dizzy (in which you had been thrown off a pirate ship into the deep water and have to find you way up to the surface by riding bubbles. Hell a magazine (crash magazine) even made its own version of Dizzy (Dizzy 3 1/2) as the release of Dizzy 4 was getting close.

If you’re still in puzzlement of why the creators (the Oliver Twins), created their whole game around a load off eggs! Then think of it this way; Mario is one of the best selling game series ever and that is about a Italian plumber created by some guys in Japan… go figure?

Prince of the Yolkfolk:
Well this is another game in which people should download if they are not sure, as this one is very user friendly. But I have to say it’s the second easiest of the group (being so easy my 6 year old niece got quite far in it, but then she had to go home as it was tea time. I digress again)

In this game, Daisy has gone missing and the king has left the kingdom again :O something must be wrong. You start off trapped in a house under the ground with a locked door blocking your only way out, your only objects to hand are a pile of leaves, matches and water (Humm whatever shall we do).

Your tasks range from visiting heaven to crossing the river Stinx (the so-called river that you have to cross to get to hell). This game has great graphics and sound and is great fun to spend a while sitting in front of the computer staring at an egg bounce around).

Music:
Just HAD to put this in, the music is great! The tunes stick in your head for years.

Conclusion:
Defiantly worth getting, even if you’re not a fan of platformers. Gords
statement: ” Whoopee Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Ahh crap I jumped in the water”

Bad things about Dizzy:
Yes there are some bad things about these games :O. Basically the controls are one, as you can sometimes jump too far or to short and you die, you can lose all of your lives on one small part like jumping over a lake. After you have got real far and that happens, you get pissed off quite a bit.

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Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk

  • Designed by: Oliver Twins
  • Published by: Codemasters

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Size: 155kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)

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Civilization

 in 1991,Strategy — gord

Civilization Civilization Civilization

Civilization: Ahh civ, so I was going through my old cd-collection today and I find civilization, on cd, I pondered for a second, wondering how I managed to get this, and why civ would be on a cd. Well it turns out it had the game in English, French and German, plus manuals to match 🙂 (Although I couldn’t actually put the manual here because its like 23mb O_O) but I digress 🙂

For those of you that don’t know, civilization is a turn-based strategy game, created by Sid Meier’s and published by Micro Prose. And although I would be the first to admit I am not exactly good at this game, it is still enjoyable to play once in a while :). You are the leader of a new civilization, on a new world, your job, to 0wn everyone else. You can accomplish this task in one of two ways, by destroying all the other civilizations or by winning the space race (which is accomplished by researching into technology and then building a space-ship before anyone else). Its not just as simple as that though, there can be up to 7 other civilizations on this planet and they all want the same thing you do, and will do anything they can to accomplish it.

You can choose from 14 different civilizations to begin with ranging from civilizations such as the Romans (Caesar), to the Indians (Mahatma Gandhi). Each civilization not only looks different, but also has diffident starting technologies. Technologies are what gets you going in this world 🙂 you need to beef up your technologies by investing resource’s into researching them (such as researching the wheel), and then investing resource’s into developing them (such as making a horse drawn cart now you have the research for the wheel). Many technologies will require you to research into many different things, (see technologies flow chart).

You can acquire additional resources by expanding your civilization, for example by sending settlers to create new towns. You can also expand your civilization by converting the land surrounding your towns into irrigated land. And create roads to and from your towns to speed up the units that travel along it. What really makes or breaks you in this game is your foreign policies, will you go for love, or war? You can create ambassadors to meet with other civilizations and forge alliances, give gifts or even ask to go to war with another civilizations, but as a warning, they will also do this to you :).

One neat feature of this game is your palace, when you please your citizens, they will reward you by upgrading your palace, you can create quite a house O_O :).

All in all, this is a game that everyone should try once, even if you aren’t a fan of strategy games :).

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Civilization

  • Published by: Micro Prose
  • Designed by: Sid Meier

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Size: 1606kb (6 min on 56k dial-up)

6 January 2007

Bonanza Brothers

 in 1991,Action — gord

Bonanza Brothers Bonanza Brothers Bonanza Brothers

Well here is another underrated classic 😉 as far as I can tell me and my brothers were the only people to play this game ever ;).

But anyway on with the review, this game has a unique style of gameplay, you are one of the Bonanza Brothers and your job is to steal from the corrupt people in the city.. You have to enter a variety of institutions ranging from a casino to a pyramid and steal everything of value 🙂 fun. Its not just the objective that sets this game apart either, in this game you spend 90% of your time attempting to fool the computer AI (the security guards) so you can sneak past un-noticed or by stunning the guards by shooting them with your rather attractive stun gun. You can accomplish this in many ways, from hiding round corners, to sneaking past when they are asleep to pretending to be a robot, just make sure you get that loot ;).

The graphics in this game are very well done, everyone is made up out of shapes, and no one has legs or necks giving the game a distinct style. The music is also well done and the sound fits the game well, although usually just consist of cartoon type sounds.

Where this game really shines is in the two-player mode 🙂 so make sure to get a friend round or play on the interweb using gens to get the most out of it :).

If I have one complaint about this game, it’s the size. Its quite easy to complete once you know what your doing and there are only about 6 or 7 levels. Still worth every byte though 🙂

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Bonanza Brothers

  • Published by: Sega

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Size: 209kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)