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Deep 2    ALO-Soft,  Unknown Year
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Deep II is a "falling down a pit" type game. The object is to maneuver around the obstances while collecting bonus items. There is a little strategy involved since you can use the money you collect to buy items occationally. Simple but colorful ASCII graphics and PC speaker "blips & bleeps" sound round out the game. Might be fun for those who enjoy text-mode games. (Note! Use DOSBox and/or MoSlo, available on the essential utilities page or this game will run too fast. Tip: At the DOSBox prompt type "cycles ###" (where ### is a number) to change the speed, smaller=slower. I use "cycles 120" to play the game on a reasonable speed on my PC.)
[Download] Click here to download Deep 2 (22k)


DentureMan    Nissen Ventures,  1997
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
DentureMan is a strange clone/reworking of the classic Pacman dot-eating game. The playing field scrolls as you (disembodied teeth) proceed to eat all of the dots (toothpaste?) and avoid the ... uh, things. There are three different levels you can play in the shareware version, and while DentureMan offers decent (yet weird) graphics it doesn't really improve the basic Pacman formula.
[Download] Click here to download DentureMan (303k)


D/Generation    Mindscape,  1991
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
D/Generation is a unique isometic view action/puzzle game set in a large office building. You play a package delivery guy who gets trapped within the Genoq Biolabs facility when the security system goes berserk. The excellent graphics and playing style are both quite unique and the game's mix of puzzle and action gameplay work well together. (Tip: Press Alt-K to "rotate" the arrow keys 45 degrees to better facilitate isometic mode.) Clever touches abound, such as the computer terminals you find which explain parts of the story, and the weird things that people say when you rescue them. Clearly a lot of time and loving care went into crafting this game. This demo version gives you a preview of what the full game has to offer.
[Download] Click here to download D/Generation (237k)
[Link] More info on D/Generation at Mobygames.com


Diggory    Jim Scarlett,  1990
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Diggory is a somewhat unique and innovative yet infuriating arcade game where the object is to collect mushrooms and smash into a gate in order to pass on to the next level. You have to also eat the eggs that form or harmful bugs will appear that can kill you. The game concept is interesting, but the high difficulty level (even in the first level) and the ugly graphics (or terribly old-school, whichever way you prefer to look at it) make this game a tough one to like!
[Download] Click here to download Diggory (7k)


Dodgem    BOCC Software,  1991
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Dodgem is a simple 3D-ish game which may have been influenced by games like 3D Worldrunner or Space Harrier, though it plays like an old Atari, Colecovison or Intellivision game. In Dodgem you control a tiny white space ship, which flies continually forward, collecting "Orindum" (yellow boxes) while avoiding red and cyan colored walls. And that's about it. There are a few options you can set, and multiple control methods, but although it's a neat toy it won't hold your attention for very long.
[Download] Click here to download Dodgem (88k)


Drilling Billy    Northwind Software,  1997
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Drilling Billy is a Lode Runner style single-screen platforming game where the goal is to trap the enemies by digging holes in the ground and trapping them. Here you will face numerous opponents such as the fearsome ... uh, banana. And other similarly scary opponents. This game features a decently high resolution (for a DOS game) and enthusiastic sound effects. The game is presented in a professional way and fans of this genre of game will enjoy it ... games that look and play like this are still popular in Windows today. Visit DrillingBilly.com for a site dedicated to the game by its original sound designer, David Filskov. (Note: Run SETSOUND.EXE before starting the game. I chose regular "Sound Blaster" in DOSBox and it worked for me.)
[Download] Click here to download Drilling Billy (Demo, 2,692k)
or Visit DrillingBilly.com to download the full verison (Warning: It's over 38megs!)
[Link] More info on Drilling Billy at Mobygames.com


Duck Hunt    ALO-Software Inc,  1993
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
First I have to note that NO, this is not a clone or remake of the classic NES Zapper-based game with the annoying dog that laughs at you. Instead, it is a very simplistic ASCII-mode game, where a single "duck" flies across the screen and you must hit the spacebar to shoot it down. Other than its theme, it's not very much similar to the NES classic, but I'm always intrigued by ASCII mode games, and the presentation of the game is done fairly well. (You will need DOSBox and/or a VERY slow PC to play this at proper speed.)
[Download] Click here to download Duck Hunt (41k)


Excecutioners    Bloodlust Software,  1992
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Definitely a unique game. This one is a fighting game along the lines of Final Fight or Double Dragon. It has great VGA graphics (considering it was created in 1992!) and SB sound effects (although I couldn't get the SB sounds to work with my sound card). It doesn't have a lot of replayability, but it would definitely be fun for fighting game fans. (WARNING: This game contains lots of blood and violence. Don't download it if you are underage, or would be offended by such things.)
[Download] Click here to download Executioners (647k)


Flatworm II    Murray Brandon,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Flatworm II is a Nibbles/Snake type game which attempts to spice up the action with the addition of numerous powerups and credits you can earn to buy more powerups. It's partially successful. Its graphics and sound effects are passable, but there are so many different powerups and their icons are so ambiguous that it's difficult to tell what does what. It does play well though and you can face a computer controlled opponent or play multiplayer hot-seat action with a friend. (Note: Run "runme.bat" to start the game.)
[Download] Click here to download Flatworm II (145k)


Fowl Play    MOPS Computer Systems, Inc,  1983
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Frogger. That's pretty much all you need to know about this game. Okay, I'll tell you a little more. This 1983 game has CGA 4-color graphics and is quite similar to the classic Frogger game but the levels have slightly different layouts. (Watch out for the train ...) It plays fine, although you'll need to slow it down to run it on modern computers. (In DOSBox I need to manually set cycles to around 500 to get it to play at a decent speed.)
[Download] Click here to download Fowl Play (28k)


Fracas    Geckosoft,  1996
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Fracas is a well done Bomberman clone that has been given a fantasy themed makeover. In this game you play a wizard who lays magical "bombs" to defeat your enemies. Up to four players can play at once (sharing the same computer) and the game features nice smooth scrolling graphics and great sounds. (Note that this game was originally shareware but was recently released as freeware by its authors!)
[Download] Click here to download Fracas (644k)


Grand Theft Auto    BMG Interactive,  1997
Rating: 5 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Grand Theft Auto was certainly a unique and controversial game when it was released. In the game you play the role of a mob henchmen who must do various tasks like stealing cars, making deliveries or putting out a "hit" on someone. This version of the game (the original DOS demo version) features great sound and graphics (for the time it was released) and contains a good deal of gameplay from the full game. Needless to say this game is not intended for children and should not be downloaded by anyone under the age of 18 without permission from their parents! (Note: This is a playable DEMO, not the full game. This is the 8-bit color version for maximum compatibility.)
[Download] Click here to download Grand Theft Auto (5,531k)

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[Link] More info on Grand Theft Auto at Mobygames.com


Heroes    RealTech,  1999
Rating: 5 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This game is great! In it, your task is to drive your snake around and try to force the other snakes to crash into you (or the walls). Yes, it sounds like the classic "Nibbles" type game, but this game offers much more ... like great VGA graphics and sounds, many different gameplay modes, power-up items, multiplayer play, and lots more! A must download! (Note: It works best in DOS, so if you're having trouble running it in WIN95, reboot into MS-DOS Mode.)
[Download] Click here to download Heroes (2,914k)


Holiday Serpent    PuavoHard,  1999
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot unavailable ]
Quite a nice looking Nibbles-like game. Here you are a serpent, and must collect flowers while avoiding the skulls, and also avoiding running into your tail. This game looks very nice, and includes some SB effects as well. The only small problem is with the camera: It can be very hard to see what's coming up because of the way it moves, making playing much tougher.
[Download] Click here to download Holiday Serpent (649k)


Islands of Danger    Carr Software,  1996
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A unique and interesting ASCII text-mode game where the object is to destroy all of the missle-launchers on each island. The missle launchers fire seemingly smart missles at you that you must dodge or destroy. The game features a smoothly scrolling playing field, its gameplay is fairly fast-paced and the game is quite enjoyable to play.
[Download] Click here to download Islands of Danger (43k)


JellyFish    Eldon D Martin,  1993
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
JellyFish is a simplistic arcade game that seems like it could have been released for the Atari 2600 back in day. The gameplay involves dodging seaweed while collecting bubbles and coins for points. That's it. Very simple (and the ASCII graphics are very plain) but it could be fun for young kids or as a brief diversion.
[Download] Click here to download JellyFish (65k)


Jetman    Stuart Collier,  1991
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Jetman is a remake of a classic Spectrum game called "Jetpac". (Jetpac was recently remade again as an Xbox Live game.) The object of the game is to guide your jetman (?) to collect ship pieces and fuel to build a rocket, while avoiding or shooting various enemies. The gameplay is pretty simple but the controls work well and it certainly can be a fun diversion for brief periods of time.
[Download] Click here to download Jetman (69k)
[Link] More info on Jetman at Mobygames.com


Jumpjet    Monte Variakojis,  1990
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Similar to the classic arcade Defender, in this game you use your 'Jumpjet' to fly various simple missions while avoiding other planes. It's a small, easy to play, fun game; although there isn't much variety between the levels, so it can get boring after awhile.
[Download] Click here to download Jumpjet (125k)
[Link] More info on Jumpjet at Mobygames.com


Jump'N'Bump    Brainchild Design,  1998
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Want a sick, twisted multi-player game where the object is to crush widdle bunnies? Well, this game's for you, then. In this two to four player game, you control a rabbit, and you jump around the various levels trying to jump on your opponent(s) heads and squish them. It plays alright, and has really smooth graphics. You can turn off the gore if you run the game using the -nogore commandline option if you have younger children that want to play. (ie. "JUMPBUMP -NOGORE")
[Download] Click here to download Jump'N'Bump (347k)


Kosmonaut    TIW Systems Inc (Now BlueMoon Interactive),  1990
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Kosmonaut is in some ways the prototype of a more advanced game, Skyroads. The title screen even seems to say "Skyroads" in an elaborate font. The concept is a 3D "racing" game where the only goal is to reach the end of the course. You do so by controlling your speed and jumping at the right moments. The game is tough, mainly because when you crash or fall off the track, it mocks you and then you have to start over! But it's an interesting first concept that was developed more fully in later games. (We can also see how this game influenced modern games, such as Snail Mail for iPhone/iPad.)
[Download] Click here to download Kosmonaut (74k)


Liero    Anssi Lipponen,  1994
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
In this game, you play a worm that's loaded up with some heafty ammunition! Your job: kill your opponent worm (CPU or 2nd player) as quickly as possible. This game features excellent control, great graphics, and SB sound effects. It's very polished, and plays well. Definitely one to try! (Click here to get Liero working in Windows XP!)
[Download] Click here to download Liero (824k)
[Link] Liero Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Liero at Mobygames.com


Llamatron    Llamasoft,  1992
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A weird shooting game (a take-off of the old "Robotron" games) where you control and llama and you run around firing (spitting?) at things ... like robots, and Coca-Cola cans. It's strange, but could be fun to play in short bursts. Features VGA graphics, but no sound effects. It's just ... strange!
[Download] Click here to download Llamatron (248k)
[Link] More info on Llamatron at Mobygames.com


Marshmallow Duel    Duncan Gill,  1996
Rating: 3 stars  Full Version  [ Screenshot ]
Two-player combat action! However, it isn't combat in the usual 3D shooter sense. Here, your task is to push your opponent off the game platforms into the water below, or otherwise kill them by using various bombs and other weapons. The graphics of the game aren't very good (neither is the sound) but it can be enjoyable when you've got someone to battle against. (The full version of this game has now been released as freeware, and is downloadable below.)
[Download] Click here to download Marshmallow Duel (113k)


Matter Blaster 2    BenWare,  2000
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot unavailable ]
Looking for a really crazy shooting/action game that doesn't make a lot of sense, but involves a lot of acton? Matter Blaster might be the game for you. It's a 2-player, 3-player, or 4-player contest (or you can play alone against the computer) where the object is to just blow up your opponent(s). The game's graphics and sounds aren't very good but the action is indeed frantic. I can't see playing this one for a long period of time but it may be fun in short bursts.
[Download] Click here to download Matter Blaster 2 (134k)


Maze Runner    Scott Miller,  1988
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Maze Runner is an action maze game (duh) where the object is to navigate your way to the exit. The tric kis that you can't see the walls until you run into them, and you are being chased by enemies which are quickly zeroing in on your position. The game uses ASCII text-mode graphics and PC speaker sound effects, but it can still be enjoyable to play. Notably, this game was created by Scott Miller who would later go on to found Apogee Software (later 3D Realms) and it is also ostensibly the predecessor to Miller's famous KROZ series. (Note: When playing in DOSBox, you may need to manually set the cycles to a low number via "cycles #" to play the game properly.)
[Download] Click here to download Maze Runner (16k)
[Link] More info on Maze Runner at Mobygames.com


Megatron VGA    Stanley Design Team,  1991
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This was, at the time, one of the few modem-to-modem multiplayer games available. It's basically a simple maze game using Battletech-style robots. Megatron VGA is multi-player capable using phone modems (good luck with that) or you can also play against a computer opponent. The graphics were pretty good at the time, and there is sound, but the gameplay itself is very limited. The 3D-like maze moves a block at a time, not smoothly, and there is not much strategy involved to win.
[Download] Click here to download Megatron VGA (689k)
[Link] More info on Megatron VGA at Mobygames.com






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