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Barbarian

Author: Manu - Published: 25 October 2020, 10:26 am

Barbarian is an action game created by Psygnosis initially for the Amiga and released in 1987. It was later ported to Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, and other platforms.

Not to be confused with the beat-em-up created by Palace with the same name (at least for the Europeans), this Barbarian was designed by David H. Lawson - the same Lawson that co-founded Psygnosis and that some of you will remember for the never-released game Bandersnatch. As usual for Psygnosis games, Barbarian has an amazing presentation, fantastic graphics, animations, and sound effects. It was clearly developed to astonish users. Remember we are talking about 1987, the Amiga 500 was released that year, and not many people owned the new computer made by Commodore. The few of them that did it were proudly showing off their new titles to friends and family, and Barbarian was one of them.

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EGA Trek

Author: Manu - Published: 24 October 2020, 12:50 pm

EGATrek is one of the best remakes of the original Star Trek game developed on mainframes in the '70s. Nels Anderson created EGATrek originally in 1988 for MS-DOS and released it as shareware, but continued working on it until 1994.

The author added graphics to the original game, which was based entirely on text. Unlike the original, EGATrek uses awesome hi-res 640x350 EGA 16-color graphics, hence the title. The display is designed to show all the useful information on the screen, like the galaxy map or the damage control view, things that, in the text-only version, needed to be activated with a specific command. Btw, in case you don't know the original gameplay, have a look at Rediscovering the 1978 text-only Super Star Trek Game.

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Pegasus

Author: Manu - Published: 18 October 2020, 4:18 pm

Pegasus is an action game developed by Optimus and published by Gremlin in 1991 for PC, Amiga, and Atari ST.

In this title, clearly inspired by mythology, you are Perseus, and you have to fight Satan and his guardians. Thank god you have the legendary horse Pegasus to help you. In fact, in half of the levels (10 in totals), you will fly on Pegasus, and the game becomes a sort of shoot-em-up. While on the rest of the levels, Perseus walks, so it's more a platformer.

There are five different worlds with different styles. Fantastic graphics, huge sprites, with smooth animations and parallax scrolling. Despite the high number of enemies on screen, the game never slows down. Technically speaking, it's excellent. Unfortunately, in terms of game design, the game lacks some more interesting mechanics such as bonus levels, secret places, special power-ups, and so on. I wonder what would have happened if the developers had to focus on just one type of game.

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The Adventures of Lomax

Author: Gustavo - Published: 17 October 2020, 8:04 am

The Adventures of Lomax is a platformer created by Psygnosis and released in 1996 for Windows and Playstation, as a spin-off of the famous game Lemmings.

When I played my first Playstation game as a kid, it was the classic Ape Escape. The first level was quite small, but since it was the first 3D game I played, I felt that it was huge, and I quickly lost myself climbing an enormous mountain (which when I revisited the game a few years later, I realized that it was a three-meter hill). The point is that when I began to play games with this technology, I refused to return to the 2D platformers for years, and I was not the only one. This type of game was left behind, and the few that came out, whether good or bad, were destroyed by the critics. More recently, the market is much wider, and either by nostalgia or preference, these games may have the opportunity they were never given.

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Terry's Big Adventure

Author: Manu - Published: 16 October 2020, 1:38 pm

Terry's Big Adventure is a platformer created by Gametec and published in 1989 for the Commodore 64, Amiga, and Atari ST.

The game is clearly inspired by Great Giana Sisters, which was, in turn, a sort of clone of Super Mario.

There are 12 levels in totals, with colorful and cute enemies, such as snails and hedgehogs. Terry can use a yo-yo as a weapon, which makes things different from the usual gameplay. However, Terry's Big Adventure doesn't pretend to be anything more than a simple and fun platformer with classic 8-bit graphics. Even on the Amiga, where more colors are used, the 8-bit style is clearly visible but perfectly executed. Add addictive music composed by the legendary Allister Brimble.

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Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker

Author: Gustavo - Published: 16 October 2020, 12:56 pm

Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker is a 3D snooker simulation developed by the famous programmer Archer MacLean, and published by Virgin Games in 1991 for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, and PC.

In my school days, I remember going to play pool on the way out was one of my favorite things. I still have it stuck in my memory that I tried a backhand shot where I would not only line up all the balls perfectly but would force my fellow competitors to shoot a superb trick shot to avoid scoring one of my balls. I prepared myself to shoot, I calculated everything to perfection... And I missed the cue ball. I forgot to tell you guys that I really suck at Pool, but I like to play it. And for those of you who have a good time like me, I will show you one of the most realistic pool simulators.

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