Over the long weekend I decided to start cleaning out the garage – a project, by my estimates, will take several years to complete. I came across some old software that has been hiding in some box for … well, decades. I found many 5 1/4” floppy disks of some old favorite games I used to play. Recognize any? (Many of the labels are in pretty bad condition.)
First up is the original Zork. Nothing more really needs to be said on this one.
I probably put the most number of hours into this one. This was Ultima III – not sure why I never really played the other Ultimas until much later.
StarGlider wasn’t as well known as Ultima or Zork, but I was so jazzed about this game because it was like the Star Wars arcade game – where you would fly your x-wing into the death star with the vector graphics.
Night Stalker was also on Intellivision – no, it’s not a Richard Ramirez RPG, it was kind of like a creepy Pac-Man style game.
I have almost no memory of this game, Murder on the Zinderneuf. I was big into Clue and games like “Stop Thief!” and this game was very much along those lines.
Everyone who claims to be a geek knows Archon. Archon played like Chess, but when “battling” another player by landing on their square, you’d be whisked away to a virtual battlefield. Stronger pieces had an advantage but that’s what made it fun.
I spend a great deal of time playing this one (The Ancient Art of War), too, and from what I remember I was pretty frustrated at that. This was a really great strategy game for its time…
… which was followed up by a sequel, The Ancient Art of War at Sea.
Hacker was a fun adventure game – probably the first to make you feel like a real hacker.
And saving the best for last:
That’s right. The original Flight Simulator.
The good ol’ days.