also the Electronic Arts CDROM Classics series was the best, it was pretty easy to convince my parents to get me one of these for 10 bucks every couple weeks back in the day. hard to believe that EA used to be one of my favorite game companies.
Then when I found the level editor as well as playing it online on Kali, I became forever hooked on online gaming.
As for another DOS game I've been trying to get working again, Albion. A 2d RPG which was pretty unique for it's time, need to find it in them abandonware sites and get it to run. Never finished it...
I had many great times playing these games on my dads old 386 and his lightning fast 486 when it came out.
Games like Gods, Jill of the Jungle, Jetpack and Dark Legions (from Silicon Knights I later discovered) were a huge part of my childhood.
Yeah, I said it.
Eh, it runs at like 20 fps, though. It was completely lacking the fluidity of Mario Kart.
Wacky Wheels was better than Super Mario Kart.
Yeah, I said it.
In fact, even as a child, I was acutely aware of framerate differences before I even understood what a framerate was. When I picked up Wacky Wheels for my PC it was immediately apparent that it ran nowhere NEAR as smooth as Super Mario Kart.
Same kind of holds true for most of those older DOS games. They typically operated at very low framerates while consoles were delivering full 60 fps platformers left and right with loads of parallax. I still loved that era of PC games, though. So many great memories.
All of these games were just amazing.
My first PC Platformer wasn't an Apogee game (although I ended up playing most of those), it was a game called Captain Comic.
I remember going to a computer show when Wolfenstein 3D had just been released to bulletin boards... All the manufacturers and vendors were playing Wolfenstein at their tables instead of being focused on selling.
I also remember when doom first came out..
ah man... there's too many memories to continue.. Shareware titles changed everything for me.
90's PC is the best.
Aaaa, nostalgia bomb. 90% of the PC games I played back then were edutainment titles like this at a day care. I don't think I ever beat it (they only had two computers, so you had to take turns) I'm more familiar with Sierra and The Learning Company though.
a bunch of freeware/demo dos games (Sim city 2000, WCII, the afore mentioned apogee titles, and my favorite, putt-putt goes to the moon)
Apogee and Shareware is the mother fucking shit. I loved PC gaming back then before it got super elite and pretentious.
...Really? There are plenty of modern PC games out right now that can be run on extremely low-spec, non-gaming machines.
Gog's release schedule seems never particularly set in stone, but it seems clear that at the moment they're working through a collection that they have rights to, so if you're after an Apogee title, probably worth keeping an eye on the site.
Y'know, now I'd quite like to see someone attempt to make a Retro Game Challenge - PC edition. RGC was great, and it'd be nice to see a game with that model based around the PC scene in the early nineties rather than the NES scene of the late eighties.
I would love a collection of these on a portable, but not with touch screen controls.
I mean yeah I can play them on my computer anytime, but to take them out would be great.
ID, published by Apogee
Hmm, which company made Commander Keen I through VI?
Duke Nukem (the 2D ones)?
Parallax, published by Interplay
Apogee, now released as freeware, apparently.
I was too young at the time to be able to afford my own computer, but I remember going to my Grandpa's house and playing Duke Nukem, Commander Keen, Hocus Pocus, Monkey Island, Abe's Odyssey. So many great memories, we eventually got our own computer around when Half-Life came out, so that worked out pretty well.
Shareware compilations were great because each one contained tons of games you had never heard about; so trying them and discovering new stuff was awesome. This was before cd burners were really mainstream, 2X burners were expensive, the sotwares were primitive and medias was omg expensive; i remember cd-r costing 60-80$ A PIECE for quality media.
I miss those days.
You can try it out right now. Legally, for free. It's been designated freeware for quite sometime now (2005) on the dev site and it's available to download. The soundtrack is especially awesome. The graphics still hold up to this day, the gameplay is fast and frantic, the weapons plenty and satisfying.
You just need DOSBox and with minimal tinkering to compensate for the game speed cycles, you're good to go.
Came in here to see this. Leaving satisfied.
How has no one mentioned Blake Stone yet? I think I put more time into it than Wolf3D.
Dungeon Master II
Improved on the original so much. Probably my favorite DOS game. Epic music, too. The game looked much better than these screens. The ones above are from the pretty shitty Sega CD version.
Hey, this came with my Packard Bell PC from years back too! I think mine was called Journeyman Project. Wow, I didn't understand much of the game but I liked it.
Journey Project Turbo. It came with our Packard Bell 100mhZ powerhouse.
I should also remind people that the Apogee name is back with the remake of Rise of the Triad that should release in a few months.
Well, now they're on sale at GOG for only $6!