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Abmis the Lion    Button Software,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Abmis the Lion is a rather strange sidescrolling/jumping game that stars ... um, a lion. Named Abmis. Who woulda thunk it? Ahem anyways. Yes, the levels here include some puzzle elements as well as action. The goal is to collect all of the potatoes on the level (what a lion wants with potatoes, I have no idea) and then make it to the exit. The game looks good, but the gameplay just has a slightly "weird" feel that's difficult to place. (Note: If you're stuck on the first level, watch the included demo by choosing option 4 at the main menu.)
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Aldo's Adventure    David and Benjamin Ibach,  1987
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Aldo bears a striking resemblence to Mario in this EGA ladder-climbing and jumping game that looks suspiciously similar to the original Donkey Kong game. Obvious similarities aside, this game does feature excellent play control, and the game holds up very well even though it's now over 15 years old! Like Donkey Kong each level fills one screen and does not scroll, although there are several different levels to explore.
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Aldo 3: Aldo's Assault    David and Benjamin Ibach,  1991
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Part 3 of the Aldo series of games. All of the Aldo games play similarly to the classic Donkey Kong games from Nintendo. Aldo even looks strikingly similar to everyone's favorite video game plumber. There seems to be a slight problem with collision-detection on the first level, where Aldo sometimes will jump through a certain platform ... but other than that, this game seems to play just as well as the others in the series.
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Alien Carnage    Apogee Software,  1993
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Also known as "Halloween Harry" (not sure why the name change occurred) this is one of the lesser-known titles from Apogee Software. This game features great graphics and awesome SB sound effects and music. The gameplay is very shooting oriented, similar to Duke Nukem. You also collect money to buy new weapons from vending machines. Very cool, and Apogee (now 3D Realms) has recently released the entire full version of this game as freeware! Click below to download the full version. (Note: Use DOSBox to play this.)
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Arctic Adventure    Apogee,  1991
Rating: 3 stars  Full version!  [ Screenshot ]
If you've played the classic Pharaoh's Tomb game, you'll be right at home in Arctic Adventure. The unofficial sequel to the classic platform/puzzle game, Arctic Adventure appears to use the same engine as its predecessor, and employs a similar graphical (CGA, ie 4-color) and gameplay style. Gameplay involves jumping around ice ridden levels, breaking ice with pickaxes, and trying to make your way to the exit. Apogee Software (now 3D Realms) recently released the full version of this series as freeware!
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Aro    D'India Software,  1998
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Aro is a fairly basic sidescrolling/jumping game. You play as a red guy. The object is to jump your way to the end of the level. That's it, there's no story, no shooting, and only rarely is there any excitement. The graphics are pretty basic, but game controls fairly well though, and you have unlimited lives, so given the fact that the excitement level in the game is pretty subdued, it might be worth playing if you need to relax for awhile.
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Back to the Forest    Copysoft,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
In this game you play a squirrel named Skunny (who's also featured in several other Copysoft games), and are on a quest to "save your girl". Pretty good VGA graphics, and SB sound effects ... however, the controls are very loose and floaty (especially the way your character slides around as if he were on ice), which makes this game tough to get used to.
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Bio Menace    Apogee Software,  1993
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Note that this is the full registered version of this game, recently released as freeware by 3D Realms. Bio Menace is a decent EGA platformer from Apogee. It's got some nice EGA graphics and SoundBlaster sounds, though, as well as a few original elements like interaction with the game's backgrounds. For whatever reason, however, it doesn't seem quite as fun as some of Apogee's other games. (Note: To get this game working in Windows XP, you'll need to check the Bio Menace in XP thread!!!)
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Blackthorne    Interplay Productions,  1994
Rating: 4 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Although the character movement and general gameplay aesthetic may bear a strong resemblance to the classic Prince of Persia game, Blackthorne was actually developed by Blizzard Entertainment, who of course would later go on to create the wildly popular Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series. In this demo version of Blackthorne you can get a taste of the full version of the game. It's an action-adventure game requiring excellent timing. The graphics and sounds are great, especially the smooth animations and stylistic world you explore.
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Blinky 3    Jeremy Lamar,  1995
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Blinky 3 is an odd game that has for some reason been requested a lot on the DOS Games Discussion Forum. So, here it is. It was created with the old Game Maker utility, and while compared with other Game Maker games its pretty good, the controls are tough to get used to and the sidescrolling gameplay isn't particularly entertaining. The graphics are alright though. If you've been looking for this game, it's your lucky day! Otherwise, maybe better to stay away. :) (Note: If you happen to have copies of the other Blinky games please let me know.)
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Captain Comic    Michael A. Denio,  1989
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
One of my first experiences with 'shareware' way back a couple of months before we'd even purchased our old 2400baud modem ... Anyways, this game was quite innovative back when it was released, with it's smooth scrolling EGA graphics and sound effects. (This was 1989, of course.) It's still a pretty cool game. The only thing it lacks is a save feature ... which means you'll just spend hours at a time trying to finish it. :)
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Charlie the Duck    Mike Wiering,  2000
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
As soon as you run this game, you can tell it's going to be an experience that's higher quality than your average shareware game. The VGA graphics in this sidescrolling Mario-esque jumping game are very nice, and there are some SB sound effects too. (Unfortunately no music.) The gameplay consists of just getting to the next level. It's quite fun to play!
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Charlie II    Wiering Software,  2003
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Charlie II is the sequel to Wiering Software's "Charlie the Duck". As such, it's similar to the original game. Very similar, in fact. It seems to use the same engine, and shares a lot of graphical touches and gameplay devices. The object of the game is to guide your duck through various Mario-like side-scrolling levels, collecting coins and gems. The graphics and sounds are still quite decent and the game flows quite well, although the way the action scrolls can be a bit tricky at times, and oddly there's still no music.
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Chickie Egg    Criterion Software,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot Unavailable ]
This remake of a somewhat obscure computer game features pseudo-3D "rendered" graphics which were all the rage for awhile back in the early/mid 90's in games such as Alone in the Dark. This game has nothing to do with Alone in the Dark though. It's a fairly generic item grabbing game, the object is to move your guy who seems to be wearing a tomato costume around the screen, avoiding the ostrich-like bird enemies. Strangeness aside, this game does have some control issues (too tough to move around) but they're not large enough to kill the fun entirely.
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Clyde's Adventure    Moonlite Software,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Clyde's Adventure is the first in the (short) series of Clyde games (followed by Clyde's Revenge). The game is quite simple: Run and jump around the level (and use your magic wand) to collect gems and life orbs to keep yourself alive (your Energy constantly counts down so you have to keep finding life orbs). There are no enemies to worry about so you're dealing with enironmental hazards and your pseudo-timer only. These games were sort of the prototype to the much better Hocus Pocus games.
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Clyde's Revenge    Moonlite Software,  1995
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A relaxing sidescroller where the emphasis is on collecting items and making tricky jumps, as well as solving simple puzzles. I say "relaxing" because there are no enemies to worry about, and the MIDI music has a soothing quality about it. It's similar in style to Apogee's Hocus Pocus, just a bit more layed back.
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Commander Keen    Apogee Software,  1990
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Full title of this game is "Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons". I thought that this game was SO amazing when I first played it (many years ago), and it's still quite fun now. It features great graphics (for EGA) and some not-so-annoying PC speaker sound effects. The jumping and pogo-sticking (yes, that's a word) take a bit of getting used to ... otherwise, a great, classic Apogee platformer.
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Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle    Apogee Software,  1991
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Commander Keen. Many of us have played this game in our youth. The plot was just wacky enough, the gameplay just great enough, to make this many people's favorite platformer ... CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW!
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Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter!    id Software,  1991
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
This demo (3 playable levels) version of the 6th episode in the popular Commander Keen series continues the adventures Keen began in the 4th episode of the series. The engine and most of the enemies, powerups, etc are the same, except with all new level designs. Since the basic game is the same, if you enjoy the other Keen games, you'll probably like this one. If you're new to the series, this is a good place to start. (Although there are only three levels in the demo; try Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle for a complete game wuth the same style.)
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Commander Keen Dreams    Softdisk Publishing,  1992
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Another great Commander Keen game! This is what's known as the "lost" episode since not as many people have played it. It uses the same engine as Commander Keen 4 but features all new levels, enemies, etc. It's more of the great Commander Keen gameplay, so that means great graphics, sounds, and fun. It's still kind of annoying that you die after being hit once, but it's still tons of fun to play!
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