[2019 with DOS games] Zork: The Great Underworld Empire /Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders / Zorro


Hello guys,

This is the twenty-sixth 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 Z.


Ciao a tutti,

Questa è la ventiseiesima puntata della rubrica [2019 with DOS games], un mini-compendio dei migliori giochi per DOS rilasciati. Per gran parte della mia vista sono stato un giocatore da PC e avevo tonnellate di giochi con i quali giocare negli anni 90. Questo è il mio modo di omaggiarli.

Le regole sono semplici, l’MS-DOS è stato creato nel 1981 ed era ancora disponibile sui computer fino ai primi anni Duemila. Tuttavia il rilascio di Windows 95 ebbe un effetto di rottura e tutto ciò che esisteva prima, divenne immediatamente obsoleto. Per qusto posso dire con sufficiente certezza che l’era del DOS va dal 1981 al 1995. [2019 with DOS games] ogni due settimane includerà una selezione di tre giochi, uno per ogni lustro (1981-1985, 1986-1990 e 1991-1995) in ordine alfabetico che considero o importanti di per se o meritevoli per affezione personale. Cercherò di considerare solo giochi esclusivi per DOS o giochi per i quali il porting per DOS risulta essere il più importante. Non ho pretese di completezza. Sfortunatamente non sono un’enciclopedia umana. Via con la lettera Z.

Zork: The Great Underground Empire (1981)

  • Developer: Infocom
  • Publisher: Infocom
  • Genre: Interactive Fiction

We’re facing what I consider the greatest interactive fiction of all time, created by the developers that actually invented the genre. Zork has a fame that goes beyond the game, some of the sentences became iconic (it’s pitch black) and the sophisticated parser, capable to recognize hundreds of compbinations make Zork one of the most playable, long and (sometimes) difficult adventures ever made. Its success was huge and the three parts in which the game was divided totalized 680k copies sold. Nort bad. In 1996, Computer & Video Games named Zork the 13th best game ever made.

Siamo di fronte a quella che considero la più grande avventura testuale di sempre, creata dagli sviluppatori che hanno praticamente inventato il genere. Zork ha una fama che va oltre il gioco, alcune delle sue frasi sono diventate iconiche (It’s pitch black) e la raffinatezza del parser, in grado di riconoscere centinaia di combinazioni rende Zork una delle avventure più giocabili, lunghe e (a tratti) difficili mai realizzate. Il suo successo fu enorme e le tre parti in cui fu diviso totalizzarono un totale di 680mila copie. Non male. Nel 1996, Computer and Video Games nominò Zork al tredicesimo posto tra i 150 giochi migliori di sempre.

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (1988)

  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Genre: Graphic Adventure

 

 

Zorro (1995)

  • Developer: Capstone Software
  • Publisher: Capstone Software
  • Genre: Platform

 

 

As always here are some honorable mentions:

  • Zyll (1984)
  • Zeliard (1990)
  • ZZT (1991)
  • Zeppelin (1994)
  • Zephyr (1994)
  • Zone Raiders (1995)
  • Z (1996)

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zone raiders

 

Previous entries in this column:

  1. [2019 with DOS games] The Ancient Art of War / Altered Destiny / Alone in the Dark
  2. [2019 with DOS games] The Bard’s Tale / Barbarian / Betrayal at Krondor
  3. [2019 with DOS games] Castle Wolfenstein / Cadaver / The Chaos Engine
  4. [2019 with DOS games] Dragonworld / Dangerous Dave / Doom
  5. [2019 with DOS games] Enchanter / Elvira: Mistress of the Dark / Eye of the Beholder
  6. [2019 with DOS games] F-15 Strike Eagle / Future Wars: Adventure in Time / Flashback
  7. [2019 with DOS games] GATO / Gobliiins / Guilty
  8. [2019 with DOS games] The Hobbit / Hero’s Quest: So You Wanto to Be a Hero / Heretic
  9. [2019 with DOS games] In Search of the Most Amazing Thing / Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure / Innocent Until Caught
  10. [2019 with DOS games] Jumpman / Journey / James Pond 2 – Codename: RoboCod
  11. [2019 with DOS games] King’s Quest / Knight Orc / Knights of Xentar
  12. [2019 with DOS games] Lode Runner / Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards / Lure of the Temptress
  13. [2019 with DOS games] Microsoft Adventure / Maniac Mansion / Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
  14. [2019 with DOS games] Nine Princes in Amber / Neuromancer / The Need for Speed
  15. [2019 with DOS games] Oil’s Well/ The Oregon Trail / The Orion Conspiracy
  16. [2019 with DOS games] Planetfall / Pool of Radiance / Phantasmagoria
  17. [2019 with DOS games] Questprobe / Quest for Glory II: Trials by Fire / Quarantine
  18. [2019 with DOS games] Rogue / Rise of the Dragon / Rayman
  19. [2019 with DOS games] Sorcerer/ Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter / Sam & Max Hit the Road
  20. [2019 with DOS games] Temple of Apshai / Tetris / Terminator: Future Shock
  21. [2019 with DOS games] Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress / Unreal / U.F.O. – Enemy Unknown
  22. [2019 with DOS games] Voyager I: Sabotage of the Robot Ship / Venom / Veil of Darkness
  23. [2019 with DOS games] Wizard and the Princess / War of the Lance / Wolfenstein 3D
  24. [2019 with DOS games] Xonix / Xenomorph / Xatax
  25. [2019 with DOS games] Yahtzee / Yes Prime Minister: The Computer Game / Yendorian Tales: Book I

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. ZacMackracken was awesome.

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