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Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition

Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition

Author: Manu - Published: 12 July 2022, 5:23 pm

Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition is an enhanced version of Balance of Power, a strategy game developed by Chris Crawford originally for Macintosh in 1985. The new version was published five years later by Mindscape.

In this game, you have to choose one of the two world superpowers, the USA or the USSR (Cina was not a top player then), and make it the most influential and important on the planet. To do that, you will need to use your economic, military, and political strength as best as you can. You will have to face all sorts of incidents and crises happening around the world, and you will have to respond appropriately. But be careful because there will be a counter-response for each of your responses, and if things go wrong, you can generate a nuclear war. Of course, if somebody presses the "red button", you have lost.

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Bill's Tomato Game

Author: Manu - Published: 4 July 2022, 9:13 pm

Bill's Tomato Game is a puzzler created by Bill Pullan for the Amiga and published by Psygnosis in 1992.

The game belongs to the so-called Rube Goldberg machine puzzle games, where the player has to arrange several devices to obtain a specific effect. In this case, you have to help Terry the tomato find his fiancé Terry. To do that, he will have to advance through several levels by reaching the conveyor belt set on the right side of the screen. The only way to do it is to place the right gadgets in the right position. The objects that you will have to position include electric fans, trampolines, Jack-In-The-Box, and blocking boxes. To make things worse, time is limited.

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Doctor Who: The Adventure Games

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games

Author: Manu - Published: 22 June 2022, 9:29 pm

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games is a series of graphic adventures in 3D and third-person perspective, based on the famous BBC TV show Doctor Who, starring the 11th Doctor and his companion Amelia Pond.

The games were developed by Sumo Digital in 2010 and released for free on the BBC website. Later they were published on Steam, but they are no longer for sale.

The game is structured as a series of episodes called Doctor Who: City of the Daleks, Doctor Who: Blood of the Cybermen, Doctor Who: TARDIS, and Doctor Who: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada. In case you have doubts about the quality of the adventures, know that the titles were co-designed by Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software (Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword, and more).

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Author: Manu - Published: 17 June 2022, 6:05 pm

Xenomorph is a sci-fi RPG set in space, developed by Pandora and published in 1990 for the Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, and - strangely - Commodore 64.

The title is clearly inspired by the movie Alien. In fact, the xenomorph is the race of the famous aliens of the film. Despite the settings, the game is a classic dungeon crawler, very similar to Dungeon Master in terms of gameplay. The perspective is first-person pseudo-3d, with movements to the left and right by 90°. Combat, as well as all the rest of the actions, are in real-time.

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Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony

Author: Manu - Published: 20 May 2022, 4:07 pm

Tau Ceti is a mix of action, adventure, and space simulation initially developed for the ZX Spectrum by Pete Cooke in 1985. The game was also ported to Atari ST, C64, and MS-DOS. An improved version, called Tau Ceti: The Special Edition, was released for the Spectrum 128K and Amstrad CPC in 1987.

Cooke, also the author of Tower of Babel, had the inspiration for the game playing Gyron, another ZX Spectrum hit. Gyron was using some interesting graphics routines, and Cooke studied them in order to replicate them. Soon he was able to create something similar to draw a 3D world with shadows and a day and night cycle. Today it doesn't seem exceptional, but you should not forget it was 1985, and those were 8-bit computers.

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Alien 3

Author: Manu - Published: 4 May 2022, 9:46 pm

Alien³, or more simply Alien 3, is the videogame based on the sci-fi horror movie with the same name, the third of the series.

The game was developed by Probe Software originally for the Mega Drive / Genesis console, but it was converted to Amiga, Master System, and Game Gear. A reduced version was also released for the Commodore 64, while the SNES version is an entirely different edition. All the versions were published in 1992.

The game's plot starts precisely like the movie, with Ripley waking up from the cryosleep and realizing that two aliens had entered the ship before the takeoff. The monsters killed everybody (apart from Ripley, of course) and forced the vessel to land in Fiorina 161, a prison planet. But once the game starts, you will notice it is pretty different from the movie. Ripley is armed with a big gun and has to fight tons of aliens, explore the levels and try to save hostages. Not exactly the plot of the movie.

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