Grim Fandango by LucasArts

Editor's Rating: 4.7/5
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Overview

Well, whaddya know. The Aztecs had it right all along. You die, take the money you’re buried with, and start out on your four-year trek through the land of the dead. Our hero, Manuel Calavera, is a travel agent for the dead, selling the best travel packages a dead soul qualifies for; after all, why spend four years on a dangerous journey when the Number 9 Express train can get you there in four minutes? Manny’s been in a bit of a slump lately, though, with all the good clients going to his competition. There’s trouble in paradise and Manny needs to untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation. That’s where you come in.

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

I liked the game interface. LucasArts chose to keep player interaction with the world pretty simple. In a quick reward for reading the booklet, they even tell you outright that you will not be able to combine inventory items (making it much easier to brute-force a solution if you get desperate). As you approach something with which you can interact, Manny’s head moves to focus on the object. You can then examine it, use it (i.e. pick it up or talk with it) or use an inventory object with it. Pretty basic. There are one or two tight spots where the angle of approach can make it tricky to get from one area to another, and another area where you do have to combine two objects you can pick up (prop item one where you found it, use an inventory item with it, and then pick it up), but all in all, things went pretty smoothly. I particularly liked the option of choosing your frame of reference—either character-relative or camera-relative. I got to love controlling things relative to the character so that I didn’t have to change buttons when my camera angle changed.

Download the Grim Fandango CD’s and play Manuel’s role in this adventure game…

Posted in Adventure

Carmageddon 1 by Interplay & SCi Ltd

Editor's Rating: 4.2/5
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You’re sitting at the starting line, waiting for the checkered flag to drop. Engines race as each driver waits for the race to begin. Suddenly the car next to you surges forward, slamming the starter’s body into the wall. You and the other drivers take off in fast pursuit, careening up onto the sidewalks, sending spectators running for cover.

If you’ve ever seen Deathrace 2000 you have a good idea of the story in Carmageddon. There are no rules; it’s just you and your car against everyone. Your goal is to climb from 99th in the rankings to number one and if, along the way, you have to crush the opposition (literally), that’s just fine. And if you’re also willing to take out any pedestrians that don’t run fast enough, that’s even better. This is one racing game where your position in the pack doesn’t matter as much as how much damage you do.

Each race does have a set course and you can successfully complete a race by going through the checkpoints and finishing the required laps, but you’ll miss most of the fun if you do. You can also win by knocking the competition out of the race, and we’re not talking about a wimpy game where you blast away at the enemy with guns — in this race, it’s just you and the car slamming into stuff while doing 95 mph. And if that’s not violent enough, there is a third way to win: run over every pedestrian on the streets.

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Posted in Racing

Banzai Bug by Grolier Interactive.

Editor's Rating: 3.1/5
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You play Banzai, an insect of unknown species, who, we’re told as the old game begins, has quite a reputation as a hellraiser. The game opens with a movie of sorts in which an octogenarian Banzai – complete with a big old bushy gray mustache – recounts the story of how he was once whisked away to the countryside after getting caught on the front grill of a car. The youthful Banzai rode the car to the end of the trip, which terminated in the garage of the local exterminator’s home. Curse fate!

Your mission, now that you’re trapped in the exterminator’s home – do I have to tell you this is the worst possible place for a bug to be trapped? – is to find an escape, though there’s more to it than just escaping. As you progress through the various levels of the game, which take you to different parts of the house, you encounter other bugs and slugs and things and a revolution begins to form around you. As Banzai Bug, you lead your ragtag band of insectoids in an insurgence against the humans in the house. In the final battle, your resourceful band of six-leggeds unleashes a horrible super stink bomb, called the Stinkulator, to drive the humans from the house and bring about the golden age of insectism.

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Posted in Action, Simulation

Baldies by Panasonic Interactive Media

Editor's Rating: 4.7/5
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Here comes Baldies — the lunatic action strategy challenge that leaves its toupe at home. Baldies is a real-time action strategy game similar to Warcraft with a little bit of Lemmings thrown in for good measure. You control a band of cute but ruthless bald characters with one goal — wipe out the enemy Hairies. In order for your empire to survive and grow, you must manage both what types of Baldies you have (Workers, Scientists, Soldiers or Builders) and what tasks they perform. Each level presents a new challenge, and for those who master all the single-player levels (including a trip to Hell), Baldies also supports up to four players for head-to-head play on IPX networks.

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Posted in Real-Time

Balls of Steel by GT Interactive & Wildfire Studios

Editor's Rating: 4.5/5
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Computer pinball games have evolved quite a bit over the last couple of years. It used to be several years ago that tons of these games were released, usually with crude 320×200 pixel-scrolling graphics, with poor physics in ball movement, and with uninspired copycat graphics on the tables. Now the very best computerized pinball efforts have generally clustered themselves into two categories: those that have frenzied action with tons of animations going on the screen at once, lacking the realism in ball movement and gameplay of actual pinball tables (Sierra’s 3D Ultra Pinball series is the best example of this type); and those that provide with extraordinary graphical detail an accurate pinball simulation, lacking any meaningful sense of fun and whimsy (Empire Interactive’s Pro Pinball series is the best example of this second type). Within both types of pinball games the standards have been set fairly high, discouraging new entrants to the field. Into this crowded arena Wildfire Studios, a small Australian software company, has dared to develop Balls of Steel (marketed by GT Interactive), and they have managed to blow the socks off the competition. While the game’s clever title hinted at great promise, I had no idea when I opened the box about the incredible experience that was to follow.

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Download Balls of Steel from The Pirate Bay!. It’s a torrent that contains 38 Pinball games, including Balls of Steel.

  • Files: 221
  • 3.83 GiB (4111690862 Bytes)
  • Uploaded: 2006-09-01 02:24:09 GMT
  • On August 10, 2008, there were:
    • 15 Seeders and 43 Leechers

This old game has yet to become abandonware. It’s still listed for sale on 3D Realms Yahoo Shop. If you guys find another download link, please let me know – maybe some readers don’t know how to download torrents.

Read more: Its combination of smooth, realistic gameplay with creative animated challenges simply cannot be beaten…

Posted in Action

Asteroids by Activision

Editor's Rating: 3.5/5
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Overview

This is an update of the classic arcade game. There isn’t much to say about it if you’ve seen the original before. You control a little ship starting in the center of an asteroid field and blast various obstacles before they crash into you. There’s a cursory cinematic intro with a storyline that’s about as in-depth as the description on the box.

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

The game in many ways feels like the original — nothing much has changed. You get to shoot asteroids, crystals and UFOs and get floating weapons upgrades now and then. The controls really are the same. The amount of thrust, fire rate and drift is almost identical to the original (with variations for the individual ships you can choose from), which may be due to the rumored inclusion of the original game code in this latest update. The pre-set keyboard commands are terrible — if you want to play from the keyboard, you’ll want to set them yourself. Using a gamepad also works well.

Activision brings back a classic, but there’s not that much difference bewteen it and the original

Posted in Action

The Curse of Monkey Island by LucasArts.

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5
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  • Size: 828.39 MiB (868628382 Bytes)
  • Uploaded: 2007-12-23 06:32:28 GMT
  • On August 10, 2008, there were:
    • 43 Seeders and 8 Leechers

If you are having problems installing this game, especially on newer versions of Windows, like Vista, try the CMI graphic installer.

Overview

What can I say? LucasArts — in my opinion the best adventure games maker — has absolutely outdone itself this time. The Curse of Monkey Island, the third installment in the series of classic adventure games, met and exceeded the lofty expectations surrounding it. This game had been long anticipated by fans of the series, and the genre in general. This game had created a new standard for adventure games, and it was hard to play any adventure game without comparing it with this extraordinary gaming achievement. The more I think about it, the more the word CLASSIC comes to mind.

I have yet to find a person who has played this game and didn’t like it

Posted in Adventure

Cylindrix by Softdisk & Goldtree Enterprises

Editor's Rating: 3.6/5
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A common trend in action games was to focus on incorporating increasingly realistic graphics as the primary means of promoting sales and enhancing the gaming experience. Live actors and photo-realistic videos were becoming quite the rage, to the point that many potential buyers were dismissing games as "primitive" if these bells and whistles are missing.  But in the process, game designers seem to have forgotten that more abstract virtual reality games in unreal settings can be just as enjoyable.

For those who want an experience of pure adrenaline-pumping without distraction, this is for you.

Posted in 3D Shooters

Apache Havoc by Empire Interactive & Razorworks

Editor's Rating: 4.1/5
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  • "Double Tap, this is Delta Hawk … do you copy? Over."
  • "Read you loud and clear, Delta Hawk, what can we do for you today? Over."
  • "Double Tap, we have five, I repeat five heavy Tanks that just rolled out of the tree line, heading straight for us, what is your ETA? Over."
  • "We have an ETA of five minutes, Delta Hawk … do you copy? Over."
  • "Roger that, Double Tap, we'll pop smoke to mark our area in four minutes … over."
  • "Roger that, Delta Hawk, hold on and we'll see you in a few … Out."

Welcome, loyal readers, to the review of Apache Havoc. If that opening didn't get your heart racing, then head straight to the hospital to have your pulse checked.  Apache Havoc is a combat flight simulator which showcases two adversary helicopters: the American AH-64D Apache Longbow and the Russian Mi-28N Havoc-b. You can choose to fly from either an American or Russian standpoint, and in multiplayer games players may choose to fly cooperatively or competitively.

The game makes you feel like your intelligence coefficient is critically low, at least for me.. maybe for helicopter pilots it’s a piece of cake

Posted in Flight

Andretti Racing Game by EA Sports

Editor's Rating: 4.3/5
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It's two, two, yes, two old games in one! Not only do you get a NASCAR game, but you also get an Indycar game FREE! EA Sports has been one of the best, if not the best, sports games producers and publishers in computer gaming history. Their latest try at a racing game, Andretti Racing, is consistent with that trend. It is solid in both the NASCAR and Indycar portions of the game and provides hours of fun. The game does have a few shortcomings, but if you enjoy the speed and excitement of professional racing, then Andretti Racing will give you what you're looking for.

Old Gameplay

The control and interface in Andretti Racing take some getting used to; particularly when jumping from one type of car to another. The Indycars are lightning-fast and respond very quickly. They make sharp turns and corner like a dream; which is a good thing, because some of the tracks you race on are extremely windy and turn-intensive.

On the other side of the coin, the NASCARs seem sluggish and unresponsive by comparison with Indycars…

Posted in Racing