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Games that Require Brains

GOGmix by doctorfrog's avatardoctorfrog 4votes

Beneath a Steel Sky

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: Old game that'll run on anything. And it's free. Use your brain to unravel the narrative!

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DEFCON

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: A sobering game about the results of overwhelming nuclear war. I only played it once.

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Deus Ex™ GOTY Edition

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: A thinking man's shooter from 1999. In terms of free choice and heady subject matter, few games have surpassed it.

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Divine Divinity

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: This is a classic, sprawling RPG. It's time has long passed, but it remains hugely involving and demanding.

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Jagged Alliance 2

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: This is extraordinarily difficult game to manage and understand as you foment a revolution in a foreign country. You direct bands of hired guns, and manage every bullet, every weapon, every moment of rest and action. Very detailed, very hard.

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Last Express, The

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: An involving adventure game that proceeds along its own pace, in an historical era very few games bother with. Stay sharp or miss opportunities as the narrative plays out. It's like a book, and you're one of the characters.

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Master of Orion 1+2

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: Another extremely complex and involving game. Manage an interstellar empire, expansion, research, conquest. One of the most notorious and best strategy games of all time. Very, very hard.

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Pro Pinball Big Race USA

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: Pinball was the best arcade experience available in the 70's and early 80's. It's ostensibly just a game of keeping the ball from falling in the hole, but BRUSA shows that pinball games are far deeper than that.

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Sanitarium

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: A very dark, disturbing adventure game, but not too difficult to go through. It might give you a nightmare or two, so be warned.

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SimCity 2000™ Special Edition

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: There is a SimCity 5 under production at this point, but the second to the original is still second to none in terms of approachability and addictiveness. Design your own city, rule it as you please. Pretty friendly and not too tough.

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Stronghold HD

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: This is a moderately difficult game that has you building castles in a medieval European setting. Defend your castle against enemy onslaughts, and see what it means to support an infrastructure. Medium hard.

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Ultima™ 4: Quest of the Avatar

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250

doctorfrog says: It's free, but it's astoundingly difficult to play, and requires tons of patience and reading. I've heard it's pretty good, but I wouldn't know, it's too hard for me to get into!

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Startopia

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: A beautiful game of alien species management on an interstellar space station. One of the most lovely and enjoyable strategy games of all time. Not too difficult, looks great, and will run on lots of different PCs.

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Star Control 1+2

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: Star Control 2 is free as a bird under the name "Ur-Quan Masters." Lots of space exploration, old-school arcade-style combat, and figuring out the right things to say to the right people. Pretty easy to start play, but very tough to beat.

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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri™

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: A very complex and tough strategy game, you control the future of mankind as one of many contentious factions on a foreign planet. One of the best Civilization-style games, and similar to

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Total Annihilation: Commander Pack

doctorfrog's rating:
250

doctorfrog says: Control vast armies of robots warring over alien planets, and basically throw them at each other. An RTS classic from 1997.

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