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TroyW
August 31st, 2006, 07:03 AM
For me, it would have to be Star Raiders (http://www.google.com/search?q=star+raiders) - a full 3D space combat game on a 8K ROM, produced back in 1979 for the Atari 400 and 800 Home Computers.

I still love that game, and still play it from time to time.

So, how about everyone else?

bbcmicro
August 31st, 2006, 07:07 AM
3-Demon, Maddog Williams, Comet Busters (1995ish-Vintage?) Adventure, Duke Nukem, Wizard of Wor.

I think Wizard of Wor and Maddog Williams are my two very favourites

dreddnott
August 31st, 2006, 07:29 AM
Ultima VI, of course, but most of the 80s games I like were arcade hits imitated on microcomputers.

I also have a weakness for any game with Mario and/or Luigi in it.

bbcmicro
August 31st, 2006, 07:36 AM
Going into NES games, I (heart) Castlevania! The first Metal Gear is good but the password system is a pain in the bum.

Bill_Loguidice
August 31st, 2006, 07:38 AM
It's a tough call, as I have very fond memories of several RPG's, including Phantasie I - III, Autoduel, etc., but I'd have to go with "Raid on Bungeling Bay" on the Commodore 64, Wil Wright's first game, and the one that begot "Sim City", which premiered on the same platform. The Commodore 64 version of ROBB is best (to be fair, it is the original), as the NES and MSX versions are just too different for my tastes... Of course picking just one game is impossible, as I have lots of favorites across countless classic platforms...

dreddnott
August 31st, 2006, 08:04 AM
I liked the way they did SimCity on the PC.

Bill_Loguidice
August 31st, 2006, 08:07 AM
I liked the way they did SimCity on the PC.

It's interesting to note that the original C-64 version came with the construction set, while with the later ports it was removed. Certainly Sim City was most popular on PC, probably followed next by the Mac version. I also have the slightly tweaked Super NES version, but it bogs down when your city gets too big...

Luke
August 31st, 2006, 08:40 AM
My favourites from PC are Alley Cat, Bouncing Babies, Prince and maybe not game, but nice AI program called 'Racter'.

80sFreak
August 31st, 2006, 05:31 PM
It's a tough call, as I have very fond memories of several RPG's, including Phantasie I - III,

OMG, you are the first person I have read about that likes the Phantasie series!!! :) I played that on my C64 and Amiga back in the wonderful day.. A few years ago (or so) I *tried* to replay it from start to finish but something bad happened to my save games when I was almost finished the first one which was very depressing after investing soo much time it I stopped playing. :( I may have to try again.. (But this time backup my save game disks!!!)

Autoduel, etc.,
Another *fantastic* game I played to death! :D Another good one (IMHO) by the same company was Ogre.


but I'd have to go with "Raid on Bungeling Bay" on the Commodore 64, Wil Wright's first game, and the one that begot "Sim City", which premiered on the same platform. The Commodore 64 version of ROBB is best (to be fair, it is the original), as the NES and MSX versions are just too different for my tastes... Of course picking just one game is impossible, as I have lots of favorites across countless classic platforms...
And another awesome game (ROBB)...! I remember frantically flying back and forth over the factories trying to time dropping the bombs right... (And of course trying not to get shot out of the sky... and bombing the uber-battleship... and protecting your carrier!)

Soo... my fav "vintage" computer games are what Bill said.. ;)

But there was also the Ultimas, Might & Magics (mmm.. World of Xeen, Isles of Terra).. Oh and remember the cloth maps? Also Nuclear War by New World Computing (too bad that company is no longer with us... and the new M&M: Dark Messiah is only using the name! For god sakes it is a FPS :( )
the Wizardry series, also anyone remember King's Bounty? It was the predecessor to the Heroes of Might and Magic series....

And let's not forget Master of Orion and Master of Magic. For MOO I loved a zillion tiny ships and MOM the Dark Elves.. ;)

Also Night Driver and Clowns for the C64..

Ok.. I will stop now! :)

Cheers!,

80sFreak

tradde
September 1st, 2006, 11:19 AM
I always enjoyed Impossible Mission (the original version) on the C-64.

Bill_Loguidice
September 1st, 2006, 11:27 AM
I always enjoyed Impossible Mission (the original version) on the C-64.

That was my very first game after I got the 1541 disk drive for the C-64. It was a toss-up between that and Bruce Lee. I enjoyed Impossible Mission, but never actually beat it. I eventually got Bruce Lee through illicit means, as was the norm for the day, and played and beat that countless times. Both great games (I remember my mother coming upstairs to my room after the avatar in Impossible Mission fell down the shaft - he screamed; memorable moment for me...), but I'd have to give the nod to Bruce Lee in my particular case.

dongfeng
September 1st, 2006, 11:29 AM
I've been playing Sopwith lately, as well as Commander Keen 4 (in CGA!).

DoctorPepper
September 1st, 2006, 11:36 AM
Truth be told, my favorite "retro" game is Zaxxon for the C-64. I really enjoyed that game!

atari2600a
September 1st, 2006, 11:54 AM
I'm suprised no one said Pac-Man yet!

bbcmicro
September 1st, 2006, 12:02 PM
Pac Man has its charm, but it isn't vary varied...

DoctorPepper
September 1st, 2006, 02:46 PM
I'm suprised no one said Pac-Man yet!

I think I played Pac-Man perhaps five times. It gave me the hebbie-jebbies for some reason! I guess it was the stress from trying to not get touched by the ghosts. Anyway, we just never got along.

dongfeng
September 1st, 2006, 03:18 PM
I have PC-MAN on my XT. It's not very fun, the red ghost is too fast and always outruns the Pac Man to instant death.

ahm
September 2nd, 2006, 07:35 AM
The two games that spring to mind are Epic Pinball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_Pinball) and Little Computer People Discovery Kit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Computer_People).

Epic Pinball is just a well designed and (still) very playable game. It was one of the first shareware games I actually paid for, so I was able to get all of the available dozen or so "tables". I've still got it on my "$10 laptop" (an HP Omnibook 4000CT I scored at a thrift shop for ten bucks).

And LCP was just a cute concept - that there is a little person inside your computer that made everything work. You're supposed to keep the little person fed, watered and entertained (perhaps this was the first Tamagotchi?). I didn't actually have a machine it would run on, but my friend had it on a C64 and we had great fun discovering all the things the little person could do. Late one night, we got bored and decided to see what would happen if we didn't take care of the little guy. After not feeding him for a while, he turned green and just lay in the bed. My friend said he would leave his computer on overnight and call me in the morning. When we talked the next day, he said the little guy was no no longer on the screen anywhere, just the dog, happily trotting from room to room. So we had a good laugh and rebooted the computer. But when the program came back up, the little computer person still wasn't there. Apparently, when the guy "died", the program wrote something to the floppy to record that fact. I'm pretty sure we never did see our little guy anymore, but by then we'd moved on to other things. Still, it was a little creepy. Years later, LCP was re-released on a CDROM for peecees that contained a C64 emulator and 15 C64 games. If you dig around on the net, you can probably find a D64 image of LCP that will work with one of the available C64 emulators.

Anybody remember Spectre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectre_%28computer_game%29)?

carlsson
September 2nd, 2006, 11:43 AM
Yeah, software that writes the current configuration on disk is a bit annoying, in particular if there is no way to reset the state. Those preserving old games want pristine sources, and LCP is one of those games where it was hard to locate an original disk that had not been played so they could make a perfect copy.

chuckcmagee
September 2nd, 2006, 12:42 PM
I really enjoyed "Kingdom of Kroz" by Apogee on my old 486DX50. If I recall correctly, "Rise of the Triad" worked at an acceptable level on that machine too. I lost alot of sleep between those 2 games. It was much later when I discovered cheat codes. It really isn't much fun to run around Triad in God Mode all the time, yawwwwn.

chuckcmagee
September 2nd, 2006, 12:47 PM
Kicking my buns now, I tossed all my Leisure Suit Larry games after I got done playing them. Those were at the top of my favorite game list..

Mike Chambers
September 2nd, 2006, 03:49 PM
Ultima VI, of course, but most of the 80s games I like were arcade hits imitated on microcomputers.

I also have a weakness for any game with Mario and/or Luigi in it.

f**kin' right!! i used to plays Ultima 6 for hours on end back when i got a 286! best game ever.