I spent a lot of my childhood in front of a computer, just like my adulthood.
The first computer we ever had in our household was bought in 1992 and was an Amstrad PC in colour! It ran Windows 3.5, but most times DOS was more useful. From memory, it cost around $4000 and only had 1Mb of RAM. Today that would be considered a complete rip off. Back then it was super awesome.
It was a PC5386SXHD and it still exists with original monitor and keyboard. Unfortunately the mouse stopped working years ago (reason why we couldn’t be bothered using Windows). We even had a joystick for it. Last time I turned it on was around 2003 and it was still working like it used to. We even have the original floppy disks that came with it. It is in another country in my parent’s house. Mid 2014 I will be going there and I will see if it still works. Thankfully I still know how to use DOS.
Nowadays I use an emulator to revisit the games I used to play. Below are some of the games I wasted hours of my life on (alphabetically). Do you recognise any of them? Ah, the life of PC games.
Old School Games
Recently I tried them out again. I never realised how many games we had growing up!
Adventures of Captain Comic
Created the year I was born. To this day I have not completed it. Those evil birds! And those circle disco whatevers.
I didn’t play this very often growing up as I could not pass the first levels. Then when I was old enough to understand it, the game disappeared from our collection. Couldn’t find the floppy disk anywhere.
After dying several times in a row I gave up and just accepted the fact I will not beat this game ever.
Lab experiment gone weird and wrong at the same time. Fatal slugs. Fatal slugs!! Go back and try again. Fatal SLUGS!!!!
Frustration. I think that was my main emotion with this game. I was determine to complete it, however it was just difficult in many aspects! You screwed up at one point, you start that section all over again. I remember writing down all the level codes as I passed them and then losing the piece of paper I wrote them all on. It was that day that I just gave up.
Frustration. This time my attention span is shorter and I have less patience. After those slugs killed me in the first level over and over again, I just decided to rest in peace forever. I don’t think there is any modern game that is as difficult as this one.
The man that wears a hat and looks like he is only wearing sleeves sometimes.
This was one of my favourites. I finished this game over and over again. We only had the first chapter. I knew where every level was, where I could get the boat and all the bricks I could head hit to get more points. I remember trying to pass as many levels as possible without shooting at the bad guys just to make the game more difficult.
So many memories. I felt like I didn’t have to play this one all the way though because I have played it that many times! I have forgotten a lot of what I once knew. I also forgotten how pink it was! Ah, pixelated graphics and limited colour. So unnoticeable back then.
The hardest paddle game I have ever encountered. Bounce, bounce, bounce, faster, faster, crazy bouncing!
Many hours on this one. Just trying to reach the very last level. Never got there. It was also the very first game I tried playing with a joystick. It was even more impossible using it. I still don’t understand joysticks at all. This game was quite fun to play, but often frustrating. It was so easy to lose in the very first levels (e.g., level 3 as shown in picture).
I was convinced that my older and wiser self could beat this game without an issue. How wrong was I. I got as far as level 4 after losing most of my lives in level 3. My lack of patience ran out after my 10th attempt. One day, game. One day! You can watch me play it here.
People are captured. Must save them! OMG, walking dinosaurs!
I played this one a few times. It probably only took me a couple of hours to finish it. I do remember having fun playing this one, but I did rush through it most of the time.
I got bored of this one quite quick. I am sure it was very fun for my child self, but I wouldn’t spent much time on this one again.
Chuck Yeager’s Air Combat
Let’s fly away, let’s fly let’s fly awa… OMG I’m hit, I’m hit! How do I land this thing? Stall? No!!
This was played because it was there. I don’t think I even enjoyed it too much. I remember flying around pointlessly and then trying to land, but somehow it never really worked out. I attempted to play the combat mode a couple of times, but considering I had trouble controlling the plane, it didn’t really work out well.
This was still difficult for me. Especially because I couldn’t remember all the correct keys I needed. There are flaps, breaks and so on. I started pressing random buttons until something happened. I took the screen shots and then left the game. Flight simulators are just not my thing.
Commander Keen 4 – Goodbye, Galaxy!
The freckled-face kid who wears a helmet and pogo sticks everywhere. Such an unlikely hero.
So much of my life playing this game. We only had this episode for a very long time, so I played and replayed it majorly. Even after acquiring the other episodes, such as Aliens ate my Babysitter!, etc. I still favoured this one. The acid urinating slugs were just too damn cute.
This game is still amusing. I probably wouldn’t spend the same amount of hours playing this as I did back then, but I would still play it if I am in the mood for a single player game.
Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure – Forbidden Planet
Freckled alien with suction hands in a world full of crazy creatures.
This was one of my favourites. I played it from beginning to end all the time. The suction hands were such a novelty for me and I found it incredibly awesome that I could stick to walls. We only had the first episode, Forbidden Planet, and I am sure I would have loved to have all the others. Unfortunately this was the only one we had at home.
For this list I tried out the games just to get screenshots and also to remember how the game was like and how I feel about it today. With this game I found myself actually playing it for awhile until I noticed that some of the day had gone by. The game still has its difficulties and still sparks interest.
Crystal Caves – Troubles with Twibbles
A miner who really like jewels. And is a winner who does not do drugs, however he can consume mushrooms in the game…
I played this because it was there. I did go through it a few times, as I did with pretty much every single game that we had in our household, however it was just a game to pass the time. I don’t really have many fond memories of it. However I did play it so it must go on the list!
I was all meh about this one. I took the screenshots and then left the game. There are better things to do.
A friendly car game with sabotage, weapons and drug dealers.
This is the game that made me good at road maps. No need to turn it to know if I am going left or right. I found this game fun, but also difficult as a child. I also enjoyed the fact that Duke Nukem was in it as I watched my brother play that game all the time.
Still enjoy this. Trying it out I found myself actually playing it for a couple of hours. The game is still tough on easy! You really need to work it to climb up the ladder. I have tried the recent version of this game and was disappointed. Waste of money. Don’t understand why the modern version took away the part of the game that makes it interesting. Much prefer this old version!
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