[2020 with Windows games] The 7th Guest / 1503 A.D.: The New World / 1701 A.D.

Hello guys,

This is the first entry of the [2020 with Windows games] column, a mini-compendium of the mandatory Windows 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 00s. This is my homage to them.

The rules are simple. Windows rose to a wordwide popularity with the release of Windows 95 in 1995. After this years all of the DOS games became obsolete and Windows impose itself as operative system in the new PCs. As it was for last yeasr column dedicated to DOS games, even for Windows games we will have a selection of three games, one for every five-year period (1995-1999, 2000-2004 e 2005-2009) in alphabetilac order that I consider either important, ground-breaking or simply fun and easy to play. I’ll try to consider only Windows-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 numbers from 0 to 9.

Ciao a tutti,

Questa è la prima puntata della rubrica [2020 with Windows games], un mini-compendio dei migliori giochi per Windows rilasciati. Per gran parte della mia vista sono stato un giocatore da PC e avevo tonnellate di giochi con i quali giocare negli anni Duemila. Questo è il mio modo di omaggiarli.

Le regole sono semplici, Windows ha raggiunto la fama mondiale con il rilascio di Windows 95 nel 1995. Da lì in poi tutti i giochi per DOS divennero obsoleti e Windows si impose come sistema operativo nei computer. Come per la rubrica dello scorso anno dedicata al DOS, anche per i giochi per Windows prendo in considerazione tre giochi, uno per ogni lustro (1995-1999, 2000-2004 e 2005-2009) in ordine alfabetico che considero o importanti di per se o meritevoli per affezione personale. Cercherò di considerare solo giochi esclusivi per Windows o giochi per i quali il porting per Windows risulta essere il più importante. Non ho pretese di completezza. Sfortunatamente non sono un’enciclopedia umana. Via con i numeri da 0 a 9.

The 7th Guest (1997)

  • Developer: Trilobyte Inc.
  • Publisher: Virgin Games
  • Genre: Adventure



1503 A.D: The New World (2003)

  • Developer: Max Design, Sunflowers Interactive Entertainment Software
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: RTS



1701 A.D. (2006)

  • Developer: Related Designs Software
  • Publisher: Aspyr Media
  • Genre: RTS



As always here are some honorable mentions:

  • 3D Ultra Pinball (1995)
  • 7th Legion (1997)
  • The 11th Hour (1999)
  • 1193 Anno Domini: Merchants and Crusader (2001)

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  1. 1701 A.D. is a lot of fun! I got mine from the Ubisoft Store last year and played it for about 6 months. Most of the online guides for it are in German (sadly, a language I’m not fluent in). But the in-game encyclopedia was really helpful (unlike in some other games).

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