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2 hours ago, earlymodernsteve said:

I still had my Amiga so never got to play this but I remember being so hyped by the screen shots in magazines that the game I imagined was probably far better than the real thing - Ecstatica

 

 

I remember that! Weird thing is I can't remember if I ever played it or not. I certainly remember seeing it all over the magazines though. Did it ever come out with a different name? 

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I've been hunting for a few days for something really forgotten that I doubt anyone else has played or remembers, but I remember playing this shooter to death back in the day:

 

 

 

The into cutscene scared the shit out of my young brain for some reason.

 

 

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A few from me:

 

Boppin' - Legitimately don't think I've played another puzzle game like it since. Also, I don't remember the soundtrack being as ear-grating, but then I did have an Ensoniq Soundscape. :eyebrows:

 

 

 

Traffic Department 2192 - Seem to remember being captured by the storyline more than anything else.

 

 

 

Operation: Inner Space - The game where you got to heroically save the files on your PC from destruction care of the bad guys. Had a large amount of ships and surprisingly varied gameplay. The best part is perhaps that their website is still active and up until very recently still looked like it was from the 90s.

 

 

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I always wanted the next game from the Ecstatica guy. It was in the same style but a police action game. Something like Urban Decay. I only ever saw screenshots. 

 

Just looked it up, it was called Urban Decay.

 

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Speaking of Urban, does anyone remember Urban Chaos? It was a little like GTA3 some time before that game was released. I remember it being rock hard, and having no save points during very long missions.

 

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1 hour ago, Goose said:

I always wanted the next game from the Ecstatica guy. It was in the same style but a police action game. Something like Urban Decay. I only ever saw screenshots. 

 

Just looked it up, it was called Urban Decay.

 

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Speaking of Urban, does anyone remember Urban Chaos? It was a little like GTA3 some time before that game was released. I remember it being rock hard, and having no save points during very long missions.

 

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Urban Chaos was by ex Bullfrog folk, who recently went onto starting Two Point (Two Point Hospital\ Campus).  I had really high hopes for Urban Chaos but ended up thinking it was pretty terrible so quickly gave up. 

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Ahh yes, it was ex-Bullfrog wasn’t it.
 

It was very difficult and seemed to mix  a gritty cop thing with a fantasy element. I seem to recall men in black with mini guns who could appear and disappear at random. You had to travel across half the map to get to them and got wasted in seconds. Repeat.

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On 27/06/2021 at 06:17, amc said:

Bit of a pain in the arse getting it running sweet in GOG mind. Worth a couple of quid. I wonder what game it's trying to ape. Hmm.

 

 

Not a bad looking game!

Obvious influences, but they did a good job with the art direction and character designs.  Looks like something Jaleco would make

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18 hours ago, earlymodernsteve said:

I still had my Amiga so never got to play this but I remember being so hyped by the screen shots in magazines that the game I imagined was probably far better than the real thing - Ecstatica

 

 

 

This was one of the first PC games I ever played, on my next door neighbour's PC when I was about 8. I remember it probably shit me up. 

 

Something about the sparse soundtrack and the guy that hunted you from scene to scene ruined me. 

 

Great game though.

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I bought Ecstatica from my local games shop, and the man laughed at me for some reason. I thought I'd accidentally bought some sort of porn game or something, I felt quite embarrassed.

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I've been tempted to post videos from a lot of classic PC games from the 90's as there were loads of great ones, but as the thread is more about the obscure and perhaps lesser known gems I'm going to try to resist delving into classics like Little Big Adventure, Alone in the Dark, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans etc. 

 

Entomorph was a game I got in one of the many CD-ROM collections that started to pop up around the mid 90s. I can't remember which collection it was but it certainly wasn't the reason I bought it as I'd never heard of it prior to buying the bundle. It stayed untouched for months before I finally decided to give it a go and it turned out to be a rather enjoyable action adventure with a fantastic soundtrack which was fully orchestrated and played as CD Audio

 

 

Blade Runner might not be obscure but it certainly never got the attention it deserved. I think point 'n click adventures was out of style as the Playstation and N64 turned the industry on its head and made 3D games the new fad. Westwood Studios released this gem in 97 and it was a technical masterpiece when it came out. It was basically a classic point 'n click adventure but the engine used voxels to render highly detailed 3D models. The game nailed the atmosphere from the movie, had a great plot and treated the franchise with respect. 

 

 

Scorched Earth was a fantastic multiplayer game that was head and shoulders above the Gorilla game you could load in Basic. I remember Scorched Earth would fit on a single density floppy and we used to smuggle the game in to computer class to play on the shitty school computers. I'm pretty sure I once read that Scorched Earth was the direct inspiration to the Worms franchise

 

 

 

Under a Killing Moon certainly fits the obscure label with its cross between classic Film Noir detective story and slap stick comedy. While most of my friends used The 7th Guest as the benchmark of CD-ROM game superiority, I always chose to show of Under a Killing Moon when I wanted to flex. First of all it was an actual game and its story almost made sense, at least far more that the story in The 7th Guest. It also spawned a couple of very entertaining sequels: 

 

 

 

Harvester is perhaps the weirdest game I've ever played. It's as if David Lynch wrote this while high on acid, it certainly has a lot of the same vibe as Twin Peaks/Blue Velvet but it's spiced up with some Eraserhead weirdness and gore that makes the Phantasmogoria games look like kiddie shows. There's absolutely nothing else like this in the history of video games and if you haven't played it before it's worth giving it a go just to experience something new!

 

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Obscure or classic or whatever in between seems to suit the thread to be honest. Even a lot of "classics" would be obscure to a lot of people who were not PC gamers back in the 90s.

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On 26/06/2021 at 06:54, Qazimod said:

Can we mention the Interstate games? No? Screw it:

 

 

It's probably not an exaggeration to say that Interstate '76 is one of the most influential peices of media on my own personality and tastes as I entered adulthood. I already thought muscle cars were pretty cool, but that absolutely cemented it and sent my music taste off in a totally different direction.

 

The soundtrack tape I made lived in my cars until I didn;t have a tape player any more.

 

I still have, within reach, the ERTL 1/18th model of a 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda that I bought very soon after the game came out.

 

It's so quotable:

"I think better on the road"

"Never Get out of the Car"

"Can I get a Mondo Burger with Cheese, but get it without cheese?"

"Speed, Groove. Speed is your salvation!"

 

The voice acting, (esp John De Lancie's voice work on the villian) is excellent. The polygon-retro of the cuscenes was such a strong look and tied the whole world together.

 

Long after completing the story I'd spend hours playing bot matches trying to optimise the most lethal car possible.

 

The less said about '82 the better though.

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Interstate '76 was genuinely great, my favourite vehicular combat game for sure (despite being awful at it).

 

However, I feel compelled to distress everyone by noting that its setting and aesthetic, which I found have the whole game an enjoyably retro feel, put the game a whopping 21 years in the past at release. The game is now 24 years old.

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I absolutely loved it as well - still stylistically one of my favourite games of all time. I even remember doing a sort of fanfic story set in its world for an English essay at school back in the day!

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This thread is right up my street. Was more a computer gamer in the 90s, first and Amiga then PC. The difference between the tech in 1990 and 2000 was immense, certainly a lot more than later decades.

 

Have the Screamer games been mentioned? Forget Ridge Racer and Daytona, Screamer was that texture-mapped arcade racing experience on your PC, and even on my rubbish PC ran really well. Screamer Rally was more demanding, not sure if that was as good as SEGA Rally though, not played it in a good 25-ish years.

 

Driving games tend to date really quickly, there's always something newer, shinier, and more realistic or solid around the corner, but back then this was just awesome to have at home.

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, RFT said:

It's probably not an exaggeration to say that Interstate '76 is one of the most influential peices of media on my own personality and tastes as I entered adulthood. I already thought muscle cars were pretty cool, but that absolutely cemented it and sent my music taste off in a totally different direction.

 

It's so quotable:

"I think better on the road"

"Never Get out of the Car"

"Can I get a Mondo Burger with Cheese, but get it without cheese?"

"Speed, Groove. Speed is your salvation!"

 

Literally last week, a friend quoted "Groove, check your map" at me and I knew it was from this.

 

On 27/06/2021 at 20:18, Sureshot said:

Operation: Inner Space - The game where you got to heroically save the files on your PC from destruction care of the bad guys. Had a large amount of ships and surprisingly varied gameplay. The best part is perhaps that their website is still active and up until very recently still looked like it was from the 90s.

 

Fuck me, Inner Space! That is quite the nostalgia bomb, my friend. Thanks a lot for reminding me of this gem which I can't have thought about in over 20 years. :)

 

My contribution to this thread today is Creatures:

 

 

Before Neopets, before Pokemon and Tamagotchis hit our shores, there was Creatures. The Norns you hatched from eggs used a fairly sophisticated (for the time) AI system to grow and learn. It had a complex gene-based breeding system, and there were a couple of sequels that took them into space if I recall.

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12 minutes ago, Marzipan Travolta said:

Delta Force and an RS232 cable was how a friend and I spent the whole of Christmas 1998. The game used voxels and our PCs were crap so the enemies were barely visible.

https://youtu.be/80cMKK2_WR4

 

On the contrary! I used to play DF the same way, and the voxels meant that an enemy on a distant mountain was a hugely snipeable black square from miles away.

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13 hours ago, Benny said:

I missed out on Interstate '76 back in the day. Would it still hold up to playing it today?

 

It's on GOG. but they didn;t put enough work in to fix the issues with the game running on faster machines - the AI doesn't work right and cars under AI control can;t drive at the right speed.

It looks like someone made a patch though: https://www.gamepressure.com/download.asp?ID=75874. I'll have to give it a try.

 

It never really tried to look cutting edge (the polygon custscenes) and I don't think it's ever really been bettered as a car combat with guns game (not that it's a big genre)

 

13 hours ago, SeanR said:

Isn’t vigilante8 a pseudo-sequel?

 

Spin-off rather than sequel, I think. The first one used a lot of the i76 car models but it plays totally differently.

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