Reply 21 of 48, by gerry
so many games developed and left hanging by small teams and individuals, all those sites and communities lost to time. interesting finds
Reply 22 of 48, by MrFlibble
gerry wrote on 2021-06-22, 10:39:
so many games developed and left hanging by small teams and individuals, all those sites and communities lost to time.
A greater problem IMO is that many games were completed and fully playable, yet lost because everyone was busy with well-known titles.
Reply 23 of 48, by MrFlibble
Reply 24 of 48, by MrFlibble
Alright, let's arrange some of the findings into the good old-fashioned list by genre:
Prototype / incomplete
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Reply 26 of 48, by MrFlibble
I was just browsing the DEMU Classic PC Games collection and discovered information about a DOS-based train simulator that was made by a small Polish hobbyist dev team called Mechanik. Apparently it gained substantial international popularity, mostly thanks to word of mouth via the early Internet in the second half of the 90s, because the version I stumbled upon at DEMU is from Australia.
Anyway, almost immediately I found tons of pages:
Additionally, the free, open source train sim called OpenBVE has at some point added support for Mechanik routes:
Granted this is not as much a game as a serious vehicle simulator, but nevertheless I find it pretty interesting!
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Reply 33 of 48, by MrFlibble
Some interesting looking free games here:
UPD: An interesting 3D FPS engine called CSP Engine (which stands for Cyberskunk Pictures Engine). They released five short games as demonstration:
https://web.archive.org/web/20050204215044/ht … log.ch/dropper/
Looks not bad at all!
Reply 34 of 48, by MrFlibble
A few more liberated DOS games.
First off, one of the developers from H/M Software released the registered versions of their games, Cyber Chopper and Station 7, as freeware:
Hi, sorry for the delay. Here are the games in the series: […]
Hi, sorry for the delay. Here are the games in the series:
Escape from Station 7:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mCZIhJOh0R8 … _iSXA_pblXPXk_s
These are the original installers, so Station 7 still retains the "This is not Shareware. Don't steal me" language. Use the following license instead:
As the original author, I hereby grant an individual non-commercial license to whoever wants to play these games, as long as you do not misrepresent the authorship, or attempt to profit from the distribution. Contact me if you are interested in any other rights.
If you know how to run these on modern computers, let me know. I was able to run them on Virtual Box, but without sound and kind of slow. [source]
Reply 35 of 48, by MrFlibble
Reply 36 of 48, by MrFlibble
No Future? -- German environmentalist edutainment/awareness campaign game (MobyGames page)
Mänick Mänschion -- a German "parody" of the LucasArts classic adventure
Hero -- adventure game
BRICKS -- puzzle game(s)
Laser Tank -- another puzzle game