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Zork - Grand Inquisitor - PC - Gameplay Screenshot

Zork: Grand Inquisitor

In 1996, Activision released Zork: Nemesis, a visually-stunning game, but with an overtly dark theme and a serious – even intense – game atmosphere, very unlike any other game in the Zork series.  (So dark, in fact, that the Infocom label was ...
The 7th Guest - PC - Gameplay Screenshot

The 7th Guest

It can be argued that The 7th Guest was responsible for the popularization of the CD-ROM format, as it predates the other pioneering CD-ROM superseller, MYST.  The atmospheric horror/puzzle hybrid was a smash hit at a time when CD-ROM drives were ...
Buccaneer - The Pursuit of Infamy - Indie Game - PC - Gameplay Screenshot

Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy

Sid Meier’s Pirates!was a game that deeply impressed my little underage self, as it was one of those preciously few digital offerings that actually made me daydream and fantasize about being a pirate drinking milk and eating hamburgers somewhere ...
Gemstone Dragon - PC - Gameplay Screenshot

Gemstone Dragon

Gemstone Dragon, or The Quest for the Gemstone Dragon to give it its full name, is as traditional a CRPG as one can imagine, provided one imagines something not entirely dissimilar to Baldur’s Gate.Actually, Gemstone Dragon is the most Baldur-eque ...
Sim City - PC - Box

SimCity: The City Simulator

If there ever was a game that you weren’t really sure if you were playing a game or using an educational tool…but you didn’t care because it was so much fun, SimCity: The City Simulator was it.  Published by Maxis Software in 1989, SimCity was ...
1994's Star Wars TIE Fighter

Tie Fighter

Serve the Emperor! Join the Imperial Navy and save the Galaxy! The back cover blurb of one of 1994’s best PC games began with these words, and what an amazing game it was.  Star Wars TIE Fighter was the sequel to the amazing Star Wars: X-Wing Space ...
Star Wars - Dark Forces - Box

Star Wars: Dark Forces

With the release of DOOM in 1993, the gaming industry went into overdrive in coming up with similar games using the first-person perspective.  Some games, such a as Heretic and Hexen, simply licensed id Software’s game engine.  Others choose ...
The Secret of Monkey Island

The Secret of Monkey Island

It’s very difficult to write a blog that focuses on the best retro games without reminding everyone about the gaming joy that was The Secret of Monkey Island, released by LucasArts Entertainment in 1990, to rave reviews from both game critics and the ...
Zork

Zork

One of my earliest gaming memories involves spending long nights playing Infocom’s flagship game, Zork on my family’s Circle II – an Apple II clone – computer.  This was a text-based adventure: no graphics, no digitized speech, no musical score; ...
Wing Commander - PC Gamwplay Screenshot

Wing Commander

Classic games are recognizable by both how much fun they are to play and how much they change the genre – or create their own.  Wing Commander by Origin Systems is a game that fits this criteria for greatness.The original Wing Commander game circa ...
Sid Meier's Civilization

Civilization

A game I fondly remember playing again and again, burning the midnight oil and gaming the night away because of it, was Sid Meier’s Civilization, released by MicroProse Software in 1991.  This retro MS-DOS based game had it all: outstanding gameplay, ...
Planescape Torment - Gameplay Screenshot

Planescape: Torment

There are few words that can describe the wonder that is Planescape: Torment.  A few that come to mind: amazing, deep, glorious, immersive.  This game is worth every accolade sent its way and more. Released by Interplay in 1998, Planescape: Torment ...
Duke Nukem 3D - PC - Gameplay Screenshot

Duke Nukem 3D

“Who wants some?” These words always bring back awesome gaming memories of this installment of the magisterrex Game of the Week: 3D Realms’ 1996 PC games classic, Duke Nukem 3D.  Many hours were spent blasting away aliens, looking for all the ...
The Last Express

The Last Express

I do know that the precious reader of Gnome’s Lair has been quite aware of my interest (or is that fascination?) with The Last Express. I have after all been constantly mentioning the thing both via Twitter and Facebook, and have also grabbed ...