This is the seventh entry of the [2019 with DOS games] column, a mini-compendium of the mandatory MS-DOS games ever released. For a big part of my life I’ve been a PC games player and I had tons of old games to play with back in the 90s. This is my homage to them.
The rules are simple. MS-DOS has been created in 1981 and was still available in computer until the early Noughties. However the release of Windows 95 acted as a break and everything before immediately becaome. So I can fairly tell that the DOS era goes from 1981 until 1985. [2019 with DOS games] will feature every two weeks a selection of three games, one for every five-year period (1981-1985, 1986-1990 and 1991-1995) in alphabetilac order that I consider either important, ground-breaking or simply fun and easy to play. I’ll try to consider only DOS-exclusive games or in case games spread on different platforms that have the PC version as a flagship. No claim of completeness, I’m not a human encyclopedia (unfortunately…). Let’s go with letter G.
- Developer: Spectrum Holobyte
- Publisher: Spectrum Holobyte
- Genre: Naval Simulation
As you can clearly understand from the cover, GATO is a WWII submarine simulation in which you command an US submarine in the Pacific ocean in a randomly generated environment that ensures a good replayability. The game was praised for being easy to use but with a great depth and a detailed strategy to manage. In the hardest level of the game was introduced a neat touch: you have to transcript the mission briefing you’ve been sent directly from Morse code!
Even though the graphics are obviously very rudimental, especially if displayed on a CGA card the game has its strong points, especially on the strategy side.
- Developer: Coktel Vision
- Publisher: Sierra On-Line
- Genre: Puzzle
Gobliiins is another of those games I’ve played occasionally when I was young. Its cartoonish style and irony it’s captivating and navigate through the different levels of the game is quite an experience.
You have to guide three goblins, each one with its set of abilities through a series of adventures filled with puzzles in order to sake their king who has gone insane. Their goal is to findt threeitems to give to the wizard Niak so he can rescue the king. The game visuals are very typical of the early 90s and can be found extremely similar in other games of the period like Heimdall or Pushover.
- Developer: Divide by Zero
- Publisher: Psygnosis
- Genre: Graphic Adventure
Guilty is the sequel of Innocent Until Caught released the year before. As the title says actually he wasn’t that innocent…Even this time we have a graphic adventure with a sci-fi plot with the possibility to control two different characters, Jack T. Ladd, hero of the first game and the cop Ysanne Andropath.
Guilty is the rather straightforward point-and-click of the 90s and doesn’t really innovate the genre, however it’s one of the three adventures I’ve played the most from my Dutch Flyer along with Dreamweb and Beneath a Steel Sky. Sincerely I’ve always played it as Jack so I don’t really know how is played as Ysanne. One thing that I know instead is that I’ve never completed it 😦
As always here are some honorable mentions:
- The Great Escape (1986)
- The Guild of Thieves (1987)
- Grand Prix 500cc (1987)
- Game Over (1987)
- Gold Rush! (1988)
- Grand Prix Circuit (1988)
- Gold of the Americas: The Conquest of the New World (1989)
- Galleons of Glory: The Secret Voyage of Magellan (1990)
- Geisha (1990)
- The Games: Winter Challenge (1991)
- The Godfather (1991)
- Gods (1991)
- Gateway to the Savage Frontier (1991)
- Gemfire (1992)
- Global Conquest (1992)
- Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1993)
- God of Thunder (1993)
- Gateworld: The Home Planet (1993)
- Grand Prix 2 (1996)
- Grand Theft Auto (1997)
- Gunmetal (1998)
I cannot avoid to cite in the honorable mentions two of the games I’ve played the most. No, I can say that one of them IS the game I’ve played the most, I’m 100% sure, because I play it almost everyday. These two games are Grand Prix Circuit and GP2.
Grand Prix Circuit (that on my floppy disk was “GPEGA” because it ran in EGA mode) was one of the first game I played constantly on my humble 286. It’s a F1 simulation in which you can choose among McLaren, Ferrari and Williams and race in 8 circuits (included the old Silverstone!) I remember playing it in EGA mode and even in the horrible CGA mode with colors that looked like puked by a zombie.
But THE game I played the most is Grand Prix 2, based on 1995 season. I’ve modded, updated, hacked and modified it in every possible way at the point in my PS I have a folder withe the original game and a folder that is everything but the original game: new cars, new tracks, new drivers, new graphics, new everything. I did it because I wanted to create a “career mode” so I’ve modified the game to be like it was set in 1985 and I raced every season until 2000, each time updating cars and drivers. It was a huge task I did wirth the help of one of my friend, in love with the game as I am.
Another funny game I used to play a lot and that I still come back to from time to time is Winter Challenge. I was a wizard in the ski jump although I suck so bad in the Cross Country…
The list wouldn’t be complete without the original Grand Theft Auto a game I0ve NEVER completed, but just because, as 99% of players, I loved to wander in the city without a goal, just killing people, stealing cars and re-selling them. And do some good GOURANGA!
Previous entries in this column:
- [2019 with DOS games] The Ancient Art of War / Altered Destiny / Alone in the Dark
- [2019 with DOS games] The Bard’s Tale / Barbarian / Betrayal at Krondor
- [2019 with DOS games] Castle Wolfenstein / Cadaver / The Chaos Engine
- [2019 with DOS games] Dragonworld / Dangerous Dave / Doom
- [2019 with DOS games] Enchanter / Elvira: Mistress of the Dark / Eye of the Beholder
- [2019 with DOS games] F-15 Strike Eagle / Future Wars: Adventure in Time / Flashback