I'll not write a endlessly long list of Amiga or C64 or old Console games, since these are platforms that just don't exist anymore.
So on the PC we stay
Like everyone else I fist must nominate:
No One Lives Forever
No One Lives Forever - A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s way
Self explanatory. Specifically excluding Contract Jack from the same series, that was garbage.
Heav Metal F.A.K.K. 2
Play Julie Strain in a 3rd person shooter that has it all.
It came out shortly after the movie
Heart of Darkness
An excellent 2D platformer by the people who also created Another World. It has a full orchestral soundtrack as well.
Development time took way too long, so when it came out, the graphics were outdated. But the game was brilliant.
Also came with blue/red rd glasses, so the intro sequence could be watched in 3D as a bonus.
Space Bunnies Must Die!
3rd person perspective action game, nice humor.
Point & click adventure. A blonde it-girl who cares more about the color of her finger nails than about getting something to eat, stranded on an island, having to deal with pirates.
Croc - Legend of the Gobbos
Great game. It also used the Soundblaster AWE to play background sound, making it more vivid without CPU cost.
When Windows locked direct sound card access however, those sound would not play anymore. Apparently a later DirectSound version of the games has the sounds restored.
Gexx 3D Enter the Gecko
3d platformer. I was never really good at it, but it was fun none the less.
Isometric shooter: Fly a Apache, shoot bad guys, resque brave soldiers, 'manage' fuel and ammunition.
More of the same with different graphics, the CD version also features FMV cutscenes.
(for me unavailable)
American McGees Alice
the predecessort to the still available game is not being sold in Italy for whatever reason. Also packages containing that game are banned
Before Far Cry 2, there was Boiling point. You would play a ex soldier on the search for his daughter on a tropical island.
There are several factions who fight each other, so you also had either to pick sides or play them against each other, so it hat certain role play elements.
The game was way beyond what every other compareable game from that time offered. But sadly it was also a bug feast. Constant crashes took the fun out of it so people forgot about it pretty quickly. Would have been nice if it stuck around and got fixed.
over (not ultra) violent reality TV show where people must hunt one lonely guy ... guess who you play.
Very very good Stealth game. If it hasn't been banned in several countries, it would have give Splinter Cell and Thief a run for their money.
Good, but not great. Comic point & click adventure, road trip style. You play a pig with two big ... personalities, who doesn't take shit from anyone, stranded in a small town.
The Riddle of Master Lu - RIppley's Believe It Or Not
Excellent old style point & click adventure, LucasArts style, but a bit more on the ground. The main character existed in real life and was a guy who was searching worldwide for curiosities.
All characters are filmed real life actors. OF course that brings a few limitations when it comes to transitions between animations, but it works really well.
This is a permanent inhabitant of my DosBox games folder.
FMV point & click game on 7CDs (or one DVD). Mulder and Scully are vanisheshed, the FBI sends you to find them.
A lot of people were disappointed that we could not play Mulder or Scully, but the game is great anyway.
It still runs with a quicktime emulator, sadly with minor display bugs. The bars on top and bottom are not black as they should but grey and not always hide the icons that should not be visible during cutscenes.
James Pond 2 Codename RoboCod
Excellent 2D platformer. Thanks to it being released only in 1993, it also supports Sound Blaster music, therefore sounding almost as good as the Amiga version, also scrolling is a LOT better than in early VGA games.
Touche: The Adventures Of The Fifth Musketeer
Another great point & click adventure. Runs in ScummVM, has a few minor issues with cut off sound.
And last but not least
Turrican 2 The Final FIght (PC)
This is how a conversion has to be done. It plays exactly the same as the Amiga version, also features it's sound track.
The graphics have been remade to support VGA colors. Some people might complain about not having the same graphics as the original, but that's what we have emulatoras for. The redesign by Sonflowers is excellent (except for Turrican's head maybe). Music/sound and scrolling and excellent, finally someone who knows how to make VGA work properly in 2D games.
It's however made for a analog monitor, so to make it run in DOSBox, it's necessary to delete the graphic informations from the configuration file, so it has to run the detection - every time. So to run the game, I made a batch file that replaces the current configuration with another one before every start.
Best played with a Speedlink Competition Pro joystick.
Back in the days the main problem was to free enough RAM to run the game, with DOSBox that is not an issue.
Post edited December 04, 2022 by neumi5694