Yesterday I stumbled upon Abandonia and I'm currently still browsing through their offerings. Not all games can be downloaded, I found out, but enough of them to make it worth my while. I stopped browsing around Gobliiins, since I already had about 30 tabs open. This is going to be so much fun!
Stuff I'm really happy about:
- Alley Cat, an old CGA game that was probably one of the first games I ever played on a home computer. It's simple, easy, not very challenging, but it brings back so many memories...
- Ascendancy, a game I actually have somewhere in it's original packaging. Emphasis on somewhere. Might have been thrown out during the move years ago. But I'm looking forward to playing it again. It had this huge tech tree, if I remember correctly.
- The Black Cauldron, one of those old, great Sierra classics. I haven't really looked into it yet, but I assume it's simply playable in ScummVM, which is a great project by itself. I loved this movie, but I can't really remember playing the game. Still, it should be fun!
- Budokan, one of the first sport-simulation games I ever played. It's not really that great, especially compared to current games, but I spent a lot of time playing it.
- Bumpy is one of those games that everyone in my family played. We'd compete and help each other get through levels and continue in the game. We've spent hours behind the computer playing it, so I'm mostly looking forward to showing my dad and my sister this. I think they'll enjoy it again, too!
- California Games (which I distinctly remember by the name "CALGAMES", because that was the name of the executable, if I remember correctly) really is a boring game. But again, one of the first I ever played, so I expect it'll bring back some nostalgia.
- Celtic Tales I played a lot too, even though I never really got the hang of it. It's one of those rare games that I actually think about now and again. Mostly because it thought me some stuff about Celtic lore, a subject I've been interested in since about that game.
- Centurion! Who hasn't played that game? Pure nostalgia, although I remember spending a lot of time on that one, too.
- Command & Conquer. Do I need to say more? I should have the original game somewhere, just like Red Alert, a sequel of C&C. This game is a classic. I don't remember chronology, but I think it's one of those games right after Dune 2 (which I'll probably list a little later in this list) and the original Warcraft that made me spend days behind my computer. You know, the kind of game that makes your mother get a little worried that you might be playing a little too much...
- Sid Meier's Covert Action, yet another game that I spent days if not weeks on. One of the less known titles from Sid Meier (the guy behind the Civilization series!), but I loved this game. It's probably simple compared to modern stuff, but it felt good playing it.
- I never played Discworld, but I love Terry Pratchett's world. Being from 1995, this is a fairly old title (in computer game terms, of course), but the screenshots look like a lot of fun.
- Dizzy! Like Bumpy, this is a game both my father and my sister will enjoy, I'm sure. I remember them playing it too.
- Dragonsphere, an old fashioned adventure. You select the commands from the menu and try to solve the puzzles. Together with my best friend at the time (who happened to live next door, which was quite convenient) we finished this game using a walkthrough, I think. Still, another classic I'm sure will bring back fond memories.
- Duck Tales might seem like a strange addition to this list, since most other games are fairly well known genres. Duck Tales are a bunch of mini games that you need to complete, while flying from one part of the world to another. Not much of a challenge, once you master the mini games, since they keep repeating themselves. However, I used to like playing this, so we're going to chalk up another one to nostalgia.
- Totally different from the much better known sequel, Dune is still a great game. It's more of an adventure, with some small tactical additions, but I spent hours on it. It's fairly linear, you can't do much wrong, but it's a joy to find it there. I think I finished the game over ten times, but I kept returning to it.
- Dune 2. I mean, Dune 2. What more do I need to say? Dune 2.
- The Elder Scrolls, Arena is a classic. It's a huge game. And when I say huge, I mean huge. I wouldn't be suprised if the world you can walk through is bigger than World of Warcraft. It probably isn't, but that's how I remember it. I bought the sequel, Daggerfall, which is more of the same. Still, I enjoyed playing it a lot.
- F-19 Stealth Fighter is one of those games that made me want to join the airforce. It's very silly, compared to modern games, but it was great at the time. Flying around and shooting enemies down, hoping you'd get them before they'd get you. After you played long enough, you figured out how the AI worked its planes and you'd win every time. But I have so many fond memories of this game, I'll be sure to try it again.
- I've never played Fable before, but the screenshots make me want to try it!
- Fantasy Empires is a game that I hardly recognise. When I look at the screenshots, it seems familiar (especially the wizard in the top of the screen), but I have no idea if I liked it or not. Ah well, we'll soon find out!
- Freddy Pharkas - Frontier Pharmacist is yet another Sierra adventure. And what a great adventure it was! Sierra has been around during those days for so long and so dominantly, I still wonder what happened to them, how they lost their business. I think I played most of their adventures, simply because they were just so darn good! The story was always well thought out and the game was easy enough to make you progress on a steady pace, but not too easy as to get you bored. That's true for almost all of their adventures. I miss those times. Freddy will help me relive them.
- Fury of the Furries is one of those games everyone at home played. Yet another one I'm looking forward to show my dad and my sister.
- Gauntlet 2 is very old and obviously based on a game in one of those arcade machines. I remember vaguely playing it, but I'm not sure. We'll find out!
- Hexxagon wasn't well known and maybe not really up to standards, but it's one of the games my dad used to play a lot, so I want to show him. I'm sure he'll like it.
This is a huge list and I'm only at H! So much to try, so little time... Maybe I should use my vacation days soon...