First post, by badmojo
I get the sense that people around here are generally more interested in playing with old hardware than playing old games, that's often true for me too; I find myself installing and testing out hardware with a game as apposed to playing anything end-to-end. But lately I've been making an effort to play a game like I mean it - read the manual, learn the controls, and play it to beat it. It's been a really enjoyable experience, and I'm interested to hear what everyone else is playing (retro or otherwise).
I'm busy with work and kids so I don't have the requisite time or brain-power for long, involved RPGs anymore, so I've been keeping it simple. Mortal Kombat, DOOM, etc. Currently I'm playing 4D Sports Boxing:
This is an old favourite which I haven't played in 15 years. I'm playing it on a 386DX40 using a Sound Blaster 2.0 for sound, keyboard for control. The game does include MT-32 support but - like 4D Sports Driving (Stunts) - it was clearly an afterthought and sounds awful. The graphics are excellent, the animation is amazing, but it's the game-play that makes this game shine. You start off weak as a kitten and sloooow - the action appears to be taking place under water - but before every fight in the championship you get to 'train', which is simply putting points into 3 attributes, so you slowly build your fighter up in preparation for taking out 'the champ'. A bout is 13 rounds of 3 mins each and, even at the beginning when the going is slow, there are enough tactics to keep the player engaged. I've played other boxing games but this game - which fits on to 1 3.5" floppy - is the best of 'em. My only complaint is that so far - I'm about half way up the rankings - it's very easy. Most bouts only last 1 or 2 rounds of the possible 13, so I'm hoping for more of a challenge towards the top. I guess it depends on how you play it, but I'm going to KO's every time!
Youtubes clip of the game (not mine):