It’s been a long week. I just wrapped up my 2014 Giveaway (congrats, @qksilver!), and now that Halloween has passed, I can finally jump right back into gaming and blogging! I’m currently in the process of writing up my Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers review which you should DEFINITELY pick up on Steam – it is so worth it – the revamp is amazing! But rather than wait until that’s done, I thought I would do a follow up to my favorite retro games post – with a part two! So without further ado…
I actually can’t believe I found the full trilogy of Gobliiins available for purchase on GOG (Good Old Games)! Gobliiins was easily one of my favorite games when I was around ten years old, and I would play it for hours on end. Published by Sierra Online – my absolute favorite game publishers of the 90s – and created by Coktel Vision, the game was released originally in 1991 with the trilogy being released in 1993. It is hours of fun for kids, and involves using all three goblins to solve relatively complex puzzles such as crossing broken bridges (such as above), sneaking past ogres, and hiding from witches. You can buy the Gobliiins trilogy on GoG, a total steal for $10!
Laura Bow and the Dagger of Amon Ra (1992)
The Dagger of Amon Ra was probably one of the first games that ever made me want to throw my computer through a wall – and I was only nine years old. The game was released in 1992, developed and published by Sierra Online (surprise, surprise!). You play ambitious and adventurous journalist Laura Bow who moves to the Big Apple in hopes of pursuing her dreams of working for a prestigious newspaper. It is 1926 and the game is reflective of the Egyptology craze that encapsulated the time period as well as a variety of other historical things from the era such as prohibition and speakeasies. For the time it was released in, the game is quite beautiful with some amazing detail along with excellent dialogue and a truly riveting plot for those of us who love whodunit mysteries! I wasn’t able to find it available for purchase anywhere, however I did find it on available to download on Abandonia – which you should do at your own risk!
Commander Keen (1990)
Commander Keen is a classic arcade PC game that pretty much everyone I know loved growing up. The absolute best part about its popularity is that you can buy ALL the Commander Keen games on Steam for $5! I mean, how cool is that? A piece of your childhood, just waiting for you. With just a click of a button, you could be running around as Billy Blaze in the pixelated worlds we all remember so well… if you grew up when I did!
Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? Deluxe (1992)
I was a huge fan of Carmen San Diego growing up. In case you haven’t figured it out – I really love mysteries and problem solving. I guess I was an inquisitive kid. Created by Broderbund Softwareand released in 1992, I loved the ability to explore the world while tracking down the elusive Carmen. In addition to being incredibly entertaining to my nine-year-old mind, it was also very informative and educational, providing factual information and photos of the countries visited. I was able to find the game available for purchase from a variety of sellers on Amazon.com, however, I can’t verify that it will work on modern PCs! Maybe a revamp will happen in the future.
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon (1994)
This is one of the first motion-video games I ever played. It came in a time when motion-video games were just starting to take flight and titles such as Phantasmagoria and Gabriel Knight Beast Within (both of which made my previous retro list) were released. The best part about this one is that all the Tex Murphy games are available on Steam (along with the latest Tex Murphy installment, The Tesla Effect, released earlier this year). You can bet I already own it! Despite the look of the game seeming like it might have taken place during the Great Depression, the game is actually set in post World War III San Francisco in 2042. You play, obviously, Tex Murphy, a down-on-his-luck detective who is on the hunt for new work so he can get his life together. You will spend the game solving entertaining mysteries, encountering hilarious dialogue and investigating a deadly cult! Pick up all the Tex Murphy games on Steam now!
What are your favorite retro games? Let me know in the comments! Until next time…