Old DOS games that you never thought would last this long in your collection

Discussion in 'Games' started by fury, May 3, 2007.

  1. fury

    fury Administrator Staff Member

    For me, it's Tyrian. It's an upward-scrolling, space flyer shooter game.

    The main attraction I have to the game is the endless possibilities for destruction. You have a wide selection of weapons (several different types for each of a front gun, rear gun, and left and right sidekick weapons or ships). The front and rear specifically have 11 levels of power. Some sidekicks require ammo (these are usually the more destructive kind), others have a theoretically limitless supply of shots. Even your ship's power generator and shields can be upgraded.

    Each level may depend on a certain goal of destroying an enemy within a certain time limit, or (in most cases) simply surviving the level to the end. Some ships, or some game modes will allow you to perform special moves to do anything from spitting out a unique weapon blast, to deflecting enemy fire, all the way to regenerating new armor on your ship. The music is distinctly 70s and 80s inspired Techno, and the sound effects were quite good for its time.

    I bought the game for the full $40 about 10 years ago, lo and behold it's now Abandonware and is available for complete & free download at http://www.classic-gaming.net/

    But before that happened, it was entirely worth the $40 I'd spent. I got more play time out of that game than any game ever since.

    On the quicker machines of today, I have to run it inside a utility called DOSbox, which, as it turns out, is quite good at replicating the original experience (with an SB16 sound & FM music driver, like I had on the Pentium 133 I first played the game on!).

    Got any old DOS games you still have around that you want to play? Play 'em http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/ - and then post about it. :beerbang:
     
  2. Huge

    Huge Holla if you hear me! Staff Member

    Tie Fighter. Favorits space sim of all time. I found these instructions on how to get it to work with xp, but I haven't had any time :(
     
  3. Professur

    Professur Mushroom at large

    Odd this thread appears wen I just pulled out my old copy of Cannon Fodder. Having a bitch of a time finding a comp old enough to run it on.
     
  4. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN Bumbling Idiot Staff Member

    X-com UFO Defense
    Master of Orion (1)
    Vikings
    Warcraft (1)

    As most of you know, I keep a P-90 in good condition just to run these. I started a new game of X-Com a couple days ago.
     
  5. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN Bumbling Idiot Staff Member

    I also located an abandonware copy of Sword of Aragon (original 1993 version) a couple months back. Unc and I used to play that in his old man's basement way back then.
     
  6. Inkara1

    Inkara1 New Member

    Is that the one with the .mod file theme song...

    Never been so much fun
    Never been so much fun
    Never been so much fun
    Never been so much fun
    Go up to your brother, kill him with your gun
    Leave him lying in his uniform dying in the sun

    ?
     
  7. Noite Escura

    Noite Escura The unpredictable

    Diablo 2
    The Baldur's Gate series
    Total Anihilation
    Fighters Anthology
    Lords Of The Realms 2.
     
  8. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN Bumbling Idiot Staff Member

    I still play Civ 2 quite a bit, and that dates back to Windows 3.1 days.
     
  9. Professur

    Professur Mushroom at large

    Dunno, Ink. I don't have a sound card old enough to work with it. My AdLib card went out with my 486.
     
  10. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN Bumbling Idiot Staff Member

    Need one? I probably still have a Soundblaster compatible ISA around someplace. If you're interested, I'll go look and test it out if it's still there.
     
  11. Inkara1

    Inkara1 New Member

    I finally threw out the SoundBlaster 16 ISA that was sitting in my car's trunk just over a year ago. That, along with an Intel 486SX2-50 chip.
     
  12. Professur

    Professur Mushroom at large

    Thanks, but I don't have any ISA sockets anymore either.

    I've got a SB card buried somewhere that i bought and never used. It should be able to cover it. Doesn't fit well in a laptop, tho.
     
  13. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN Bumbling Idiot Staff Member

    Well, there's yer problem, alright. No ISA sockets? System's too new.

    Want me to send a barebones P-II 233?
     
  14. Professur

    Professur Mushroom at large

    I've got a .99C bid on a Pii400 HP Brio with monitor. If I get it, I should be good to go.

    The big problem is getting a video card that Cannon Fodder can acutally use. When I stepped up to my 1M Vesa local card, I got better images than what I'm getting with a 16M AGP now.

    Actually, I'm sure if I dug about, I could find a P200 somewhere. Jsut getting old, fat and lazy, I guess.
     
  15. fury

    fury Administrator Staff Member

    Did you try running it inside DOSbox?
     
  16. Professur

    Professur Mushroom at large

    And that would be....
     
  17. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN Bumbling Idiot Staff Member

    Emulator, I'd assume.
     
  18. fury

    fury Administrator Staff Member

    I told you in the original post :P

    http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/

    Complete old-computer emulator. Runs about like a fast 486 or mid-grade Pentium on the latest 2ghz machines.
     
  19. Professur

    Professur Mushroom at large

    Is that gonna convert my crystal soundcard to an Adlib?
     
  20. Noite Escura

    Noite Escura The unpredictable

    What was that old spaceship game I used to run on my 486? Terminal Velocity that is...
     

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