I think there are aliens in it. The theme song is unforgettable. It goes, “da da da” or something like that. Is there a game locked in your memory, from a distant past, whose name you don’t remember and no one else mentioned? In the fog of educational games and random items that come with your home PC, is there anything you wish you could recall? Maybe someone else will know what you’re talking about. Come to think of it, they might not be aliens. They might just be weird fish.
Are there any games that only you seem to remember?
Here are our answers, and some of our answers forum.
Lauren Aitken, Associate Guide Editor: Definitely “Rock Manager”, I honestly thought I was dreaming because no one knew what I was talking about. Finally knowing its name the other day, I can finally sit back and relax.
Robin Valentine, print editor: There was a game yesterday and I was trying to figure out its name. I remember playing at my cousin’s house one day. It involves trying to survive on a rather barren alien planet by splicing together the DNA of several different organisms. For example, you can combine a horse-like creature with a bird to get a new animal with the stamina of the former and the flight ability of the latter. In my memory it was isometric and the creatures were nothing but green silhouettes. This is probably the mid to late 90s, although the game could be older. No, it’s not an impossible creature. What is impossible try google all.
Nat Clayton, Featured Producer: Like Robin said, we were all looking for oldies in Slack the other day and I was stuck in a hole trying to remember from a bunch of CDs my dad used to keep in an old box next to our beige A time computer. In a moment of utterly fascinated panic, I even googled and I quoted “what was the PC fighting game in the 90’s where you shot UFOs and old MacDonald sometimes played”, trying to get back to a single vague memory of a 7-year-old . It turns out that at least some combination of these pieces got me to a Reddit page where someone asked a similar question and revealed that the game was 1998’s Incoming from Rage Software – such a shameless generic game that could murder from NCIS Delete the scene from the scene of the case.
It’s a problem that solves the mystery of childhood games. Now, if only I could end that game about being a haggis and escaping a giant through the ugliest hills you’ve ever seen. I swear to God this is true.
Taylor Wilde, Executive Editor: This is a vertical horizontal platform game. I think you move from top to bottom of the screen and the character is a penguin. I would play it on my home computer in the late 80s or early 90s.For whatever reason, the penguin was a popular character in the ’80s and ’90s, so it’s got a lot going for it Can Yes.Have Penguin Paradise, but that’s a Sega master system game, and I’m sure we don’t have a master system.The first game designed by Hideo Kojima as a professional designer is also the master system penguin game named Penguin Adventure. this is not the truth. It’s not the Atari 2600 game Pengo, or Ice Block, Petch, Snokie, or Mr. Frosty and Killer Penguin.The most likely candidate is the 1988 Amiga game arctic mom adventure, which was almost ignored by me, since the penguin only appears as the second player, and the first player is the monkey. It feels familiar, but still not quite like the Penguin game I remember, relatively simple. Granted, I was only five years old at the time. It’s possible that I just remember seeing a penguin character and then making up an entire game that doesn’t exist. I’ll probably never know unless I can find it in some box.
Robin, it sounds like you’re describing The Sims. If not, I don’t know.
Wes Fenlon, Senior Editor: Over the years, I’ve posted vague descriptions on forums about half-forgotten things of my childhood, and others have miraculously figured them out, and I’ve had a lot of success. Honestly, this is probably the single best use of an internet forum to rule out any issues or other issues with a particular model of washing machine from 1993. People once helped me rediscover Budokan, a DOS game we played on our home PC, either too bad or I was so bad at it that I probably never got past 10 minutes.
A couple of memorable non-game Eureka:
Galavante, a bizarre children’s cartoon about fantasy ants going on some kind of exploration. The protagonist is ashamed that he hasn’t gone through ant puberty and has a butt, so in one of the most memorable scenes, he cuts a fruit that looks like a watermelon in half and sticks it to his ass. It almost works.
samson and sally, another 80s cartoon about a young whale who believes in the legend of Moby Dick. In the end he found Moby Dick, spoiler, this big whale is very old now, what a big failure.
As for games, I once played a game that I didn’t really get into, but did wonder what it was. It’s a cave exploration game, kind of like Spelunky in the early 90s, with lots of traps and stuff that will kill you instantly. I remember there were some boulders (with faces on them, I think, like thwomp blocks?) that would land on your head and crack your skull when you walked under them. I remember it used very small pixel graphics. I think there are a lot of grass tiles that look like wheat? The more I type, the more I wonder what it is.
(After 10 minutes, I figured it out: Herman and Falling Rocks).
Chris Livingston, Featured Producer: I don’t remember any games that only I remember, but since everyone has their own thinking skills, help me write a children’s book. It’s about a friendly giant (not BFG) who lives near a village, but even if he’s nice, everyone hates him. I think there’s an evil wizard who shoots a magic beam at the town and the giant jumps in front of it and everyone thinks he’s dead. But the beam bounces off the shaving mirror the giant wears around his neck, so he’s fine (spoiler). Then the villagers like him because to stop people from hating you for no reason, all you really have to do is try to sacrifice your life for them.
Does anyone know what this book is called?
Evan Lahti, Global Editor-in-Chief: This is a very interesting question. I’m still trying to figure out the names of 90s games I’ve come across, such as educational adventure games related to meteorology and storm chasing. The plethora of demos and shareware in circulation makes it easy for short-lived games to appear and disappear.
Virus is worth mentioning here, the premise of this game is sure to scare your parents in the age of the home computer.In Virus, the actual files of your PC Become the structure and façade of a Descent-style spaceship shooter where you hunt down malicious programs. Don’t worry dad, it’s just a game! None of your precious files are really at risk, but the game’s publisher isn’t helping things out by running a marketing stunt on a file-sharing site that resembles a real virus but disguises itself as a registration machine. Helluva’s way of promoting the game – imagine if the Steam demo would walk and talk like malware and cause a stir on social media. Its publisher, Sir-Tech, is best known for creating witchcraft and the Jagged Alliance.
Zlos: Eamon Adventures has been this way for me for a long time, but apparently, I eventually rediscovered the name. I can always find them now with a little googling.
DXCHASE: Timelapse, I hope it gets a remake like Myst. I love that game and the 7 discs that came with it.
Freeze burning: Legend of the Red Dragon. This is the game we played on the bulletin board, you had to dial in…before the internet.
Pivangel: I remember watching a game at an acquaintance’s house when I was a child, about 8 to 10 years old. I think there was something wrong with launching it because I don’t think we’ve played either. I just remember it had a lot of brown, and I’m pretty sure the name starts with a D. Since then, I haven’t heard anyone mention any game that reminds me of that game.
Wooden plate: A really great game, the only one I remember is Colossus: Citizen Kabuto. And I’m not sure why no one remembers it. It seemed like a cutting-edge AAA game when it came out in 2000, but maybe it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Still, it was an amazing game.
Kaamos_Llama: Remember the original wizard fight? It’s kind of like a rhythm challenge with mouse clicks. There was an RPG game for PS2 a few years ago that had a similar system, except you had to press the correct face buttons in order, or you would lose the rhythm and miss an attack leaving you open. A top-down view like a cannon fodder or a commando, probably you can zoom in to make it more 3d, but I prefer farther.
I always thought it was called the Summoner, but apparently that was something else.
main: About 20 years ago (2003), there was an isometric RPG called LionHeart: Legacy of the Crusaders, developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay. It’s a paranormal take on Earth’s medieval times, and you (the player) are descended from Richard the Lionheart. You travel across another Europe, dealing with various factions, peoples and enemies. As far as I can tell, it’s very similar to the Baldur’s Gate game. But instead of using D&D rules, it uses a modified SPECIAL system, the one used in Fallout 1 and 2.
For some reason, I don’t think it was very popular or successful, and none of the people I’ve mentioned it have any recollection.
Brian Bolu: Ah, just thought of one: Dark Reign 1 and 2 are pretty good RTS games that no one seems to remember in the past decade. They appeared in the golden RTS era and were thus buried by all the AAA RTS of the time.
I rate DR AA. Both are available on GOG – read the first few comments and you’ll need to get the community patch for DR1.
Salavan: In my case, it’s the Submarine Titan. The game is an old RTS that takes the best features from StarCraft and blends it with the underwater environment. I remember when the game was released, some critics announced it was the successor to StarCraft. Even the three sections are very similar to the ones in StarCraft. However, time has shown that the game has not gained the popularity it deserved. Mostly forgotten now, but you can actually buy it on digital distribution platforms. I highly recommend it to every strategy junkie.
flashn00b: Action: Internal space. The people making this game are currently MIA and the last time we saw them they didn’t show any interest in porting the game to a 32 or 64 bit OS which really kills the appeal of the game if you can only Run it on a virtual machine or DOSBOX Win3.1 folder. Basically, it’s a top-down shooter similar to Asteroids, although the currency of the game world is an icon represented by an .exe or .dll file in your actual computer, and the icon is used to repair/upgrade your ship As well as purchasing new weapons other than basic machine guns.
Where Inner Space is really interesting, however, is the NPC ships that spawn after clearing the first few folders, which introduce players to what may be the first implementation of AI faction warfare in a single-player action game, as well as the basic law and order system , players seem to be encouraged to throw out the window, but if it is found that you have stolen loot or destroyed too many donut launchers, the enforcers will eventually give up on arresting you and try to kill you outright.
Too bad we don’t see games like Inner Space anymore, because the concept of computer content as a means of level generation is a very novel concept, especially when the point of a game is that it happens inside your computer.