The thrilling return of the old DOS PC Games

by George 23. March 2017 14:24

Old DOS PC Games are very much a part of the childhood of those in their 20s today. These retro games are an intrinsic part of their early memories. The games were original in content, each one a whole lot different from the other. They were relatively simple to operate with a limited number of buttons. They were pure fun. As with most things in life, the newer versions attract the crowd. It is purely herd mentality that prompts the gamers to follow the new fads leaving behind the simple and pure joy of the games of the past century. When space proved to be a constraint, the old discs of the retro games were unwittingly condemned to the trash heap.

The originality of the old DOS PC games was immense - no two games shared the same idea or plot. It mostly tried to mimick the reality of life – one learned at an early age that nothing in life comes easy. When you “died” you had to start from the beginning of the level or in certain games, even at the very beginning of the game. A lesson in reality subtly meted out to a youngster, which probably had more effect than a lecture on the harsh realities of life. There was an undying fascination playing the games zillion times. Loading a game helped improve your knowledge of command life interfaces- thus you learned while you had fun.

The initial ideas were simply awesome and the gaming industry garnered USD 5 billion by way of revenue. Although the graphics were not very advanced, nor were there any 3D effects, the games abounded in originality. The game were undiluted fun and fantastic. As with all gaming activity, the games could be very addictive. There was that something special about them that you did not mind playing and replaying the game a zillion number of times. Most gamers frequented arcades to play the retro games, the arcades became a meeting point for social interaction and creating fraternal bonds. Life was all about socializing although you played your game on your own, you still had occasion to meet and chat up your pals at the local arcade.

Fortunately, the industry has realized that folks still like to play the old games and there are websites offering these class old retro games. This brings back childhood memories and the thrill of playing them once again. The software has been so developed that the games can be played without any complex user settings, but just with a click of a mouse. The chance to re-live the childhood experience means a lot to those extreme gamers who talk, walk, sleep and breathe gaming.

 

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Command & Conquer: You're in the Army now

by George 23. March 2017 14:09

http://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Command-Conquer/Screenshot-1.pngCommand and Conquer is a strategy video game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive. The story tells a tale of a savage war waged by two factions: The Global Defense Initiative of the United Nations and a loosely coalesced enemy called the Brotherhood of Nod (led by a man named Kane). These groups fight for control of a substance called Tiberium moving across the Earth. The developers set Command & Conquer in the time of modern warfare. Some added scenes include a variety of Westwood Studio employees playing characters in the game and an actor, Joseph Kucan, to play Kane.

This game requires the player to construct a military base and obtain a variety of resources necessary to run the base to as effectively as possible attack and conquer the enemy. The Nod army is made up of a number of cheap units with more unusual weapons such as rocket bicycles and stealth tanks. There are approximately fifty units and structures. Control of the Tiberium is the goal of the game. Tiberium is transported by harvester units to a refinery for processing. When the player builds structures, more units and structures are for sale. Command & Conquer features two fronts, one for each side. The object of this game is to control or eliminate all enemy structures.

The story opens in an alternate time frame after a meteor explodes in the Tiber River in 1995. As a result of this explosion, a foreign substance called Tiberium becomes very sought after because of its ability to process special metals from the soil. The Brotherhood of Nod claims to have predicted the potential of Tiberium and invests in the technology to acquire and process the Tiberium crystals. The Brotherhood uses this refined substance to prop up an evolving number of armies led by Kane.

Command & Conquer was an initial success selling more than three million copies when it was released. Many reviews were positive. Command & Conquer Gold was rewarded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences as “Computer Strategy Game of the Year” in 1998. Entertainment Weekly praised this game noting, “If you liked playing with toy soldiers as a kid, you’ll think you’ve stepped on a land mine and gone to heaven.” The publication Next Generation referred to it being, “a game that any strategy fans have to pick up.” Computer Games Magazine called the game, “an adrenaline rush in a box.”

Command & Conquer appears to be a video game that morphed well from its inception as a DOS-based product into the highly sophisticated, complex, and energetic version it is thttp://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Command-Conquer/Screenshot-6.pngoday. With its development into a more expert-friendly game, the new player may be lost in the haze. Command & Conquer has a multitude of player, forums, cheats, and Q&A sites so the newer player need never feel alone and may always find someone who has overcome the same challenges and achieved the same successes while playing the game. Perusing more recent reviews finds that the Command & Conquer game series is fun had by all for an exceptionally reasonable cost and, in most cases, free in many respects.

 

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Alien Trilogy: Horror shooter game

by George 15. March 2017 03:41

Alien Trilogy is an old DOS first-person shooting game developed by a company named Probe Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1996 for PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and MS-DOS systems. Alien Trilogy contains many features of the Alien movie series. There are references to things such as facehuggers, chestbursters, dog aliens, adult aliens, and Queen alien bosses. This game uses several weapons from the movie and new weapons developed exclusively for the game.

The player takes the role of Ellen Ripley who experiences some elements from the first three movies in the trilogy. Some cutscene technology is used in the game to enhance some of its features. The plot is laid out in a number of mission briefings taking the player through a very action-dependent story based more on game character development rather than specific elements of the films. The game begins with Ripley in a spacecraft traveling to make contact with a certain planet. With a variety of weapons at her disposal (including the pulse rifle from Aliens) and other props such as something as simple as a shoulder lamp, the other members of the ship die in a variety of gruesome ways leaving Ripley to work her way through the infested colony, prison, and alien spaceship and set herself free. There are some thirty levels and three Alien Queen bosses. If the player is using a console, only a single player campaign can be used. If the player has the DOS version, death matches involving multiple characters can be brought to life.

Thanks to the Multiplayer emulation engine Ancient.NET which is available on freegameempire.com players can enjoy the multiplayer once again over the internet.

http://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Alien-Trilogy/Screenshot-3.pngAlien Trilogy received some positive reviews. GameRankings rated the Trilogy at 77.5% based on only five reviews, Sega Saturn at 77% based on only one review, and the PC version 43% based on three reviews. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave Alien Trilogy a “Game of the Month Award” and also thought the various “mission objectives” provided more depth to the characters. A reviewer from Maximum was pleased with the sound effects but was not impressed with the developer boasting about new “Motion Picture Capture” technology. Other reviewers talked about a confusing layout but had good things to say about the game’s “intuitive” controls, the ease of the player interacting with the environment, and a strong film-to-game translation.

While originally a DOS system standout, Alien Trilogy has gone through a metamorphosis of sorts to keep itself relevant in today’s competitive gaming environment. The paltry ratings aside, Alien Trilogy will satisfy the beginning and experienced player with a technically satisfying experience derived from a tried and true method of gaming.

 

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Original Hand Made Gaming Products by FanFit Gaming

by George 2. March 2017 11:40

 

The Toronto-based company FanFit gaming has come out with it’s unique hand-bent neon lights inspired by videogames.  The original gaming merchandise is for people who want to take their gaming experience beyond the screen and into the rest of their home.  With the growing phenomenon of E-Sports, FanFit Gaming is filling a niche.

“We celebrate the best of gaming design and aesthetic through our exclusive line of unique apparel, merchandise, and our signature neon lights,” said Rob Green, owner of FanFit Gaming.


Each piece of merchandise celebrates a character or iconic image from games.
“We strive to capture the love for some of our favorite gaming moments and experiences through our products,” Green said.

 

FanFit Gaming opened Febuary 1st, 2017 - but has already been hitting the spotlight including mentions in VentureBeat.

There are currently 9 Neonlights available, focusing on Overwatch, with 10 original felt penannts.  FanFit also carries other fun accessories.  They plan on coming out with a gaming-themed apparel line in early September to let your geek flag fly.

This is all to say that FanFit has a modest selection of merchandise designed in-house by gamers with a good selection of third-party products, which comes together for a great gaming shopping experience.


Visit us on fanfitgaming.com

 

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The Lost Vikings: Get them out of alien prison

by George 18. January 2017 04:39

The Lost Vikings is a puzzle game in which player controls three Vikings who are in need of help to come out of the alien prison. Each of the Vikings has different abilities that help them in crisis. All the three were abducted by an alien ship which has them as its prisoners. The game was developed by Silicon & Synapse, now called as the Blizzard entertainment. The game studio Silicon & Synapse was a third party game developer for game machines like the Super Nintendo. Later on, it went on to give finest games like the Warcraft. The instant success of the game owed to the originality and the innovation in the game.

The three Vikings have unique like qualities which make them the best when they are united. The three have escaped the airlock of the spaceship and now are in search of the way home which would be unlocked through various levels. Each of the levels would host different puzzles which make use of the puzzles, keys, switches and traps with enemies. Each of the Viking has to do his own battle and win over to get to his fellows. You can control one Viking at a time, you need to make sure of your plan of not letting any of the Viking killed in the process of helping other survive. Apart from the puzzles that need to be solved, it is your instinct and intellect that would help them survive.

There are 37 levels in the game each with varied difficulties and traps. In most of the times the characters in to be aligned in a particular order to solve the puzzle.The unique abilities of the main characters of the game Erik, Baleog, and Olaf are

Erik: A fast runner than other two and can go smashing through the walls because of his helmet.

Baleog : A skilful Viking in handling the bow and sword.

Olaf : The shield man, blocking enemies He also helps Erik with the shield to jump to heights.

The company originally worked as a third party game developer. This work was initially developed for Nintendo.Later it was developed to other platforms like Amiga, MS-DOS etc. Because of the loyal fan following even after a decade, to make this game accessible it was added as a free download that can run through DOSBox platform.

After two years of the release of this game in 1992, there was a sequel called The Lost Vikings 2

The Lost Vikings is the best fun filled puzzle old DOS game. It gained the love of the gamers because of the characters in the game. The puzzles and challenges you face would increase the thirst of solving puzzles. The best part is that there is no game-over, you can have infinite attempts to get the challenge completed. Although the puzzles would seem to be tedious at times it makes the games more interesting.

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Terminator Future Shock- Prevent the terminators from ruling the world!

by George 18. January 2017 04:28

It is a first person shooting game which was launched in 1995 by Bethesda software. The game can only be played in the single player mode, and is based on the movie series ‘Terminator”. The player is supposed to meet different challenges and accomplish unique objectives while tacking various enemy robots with grenades and guns. Once you have completed all the objectives, the next level challenges await you!

Apart from the terminators which are programmed to kill you, you have to deal with terrains having high radiation. That can be fatal for the player’s health. The player can navigate the terrain on foot, by a jeep mounted by cannon or with an aerial HK fighter robot. The game features a concise story line with elements of fantasy, strategy and violence. The player escapes an extermination camp and meets John Connor, the leader of the ‘resistance’ against the terminator domination. He also meets Kyle Reese, father of John. As the game progresses and you have successfully completed many missions, the resistance headquarter gets infiltrated.

The T800 model terminator attacks the HQ and forces your team to flee and relocate to a new headquarter. Soon, the phenomenon of enemy ‘spawning’ randomly everywhere on the screen stuck to your team as a warning, and it becomes evident that the terminator mastermind ‘Skynet’ has mastered a technology termed as ‘time displacement’ and they can now manipulate time and communicate information to its own past self in 1995 to increase the speed of its own development. Unless the ‘resistance’ do something about it, it’s unavoidable that Skynet will thwart any efforts by the resistance and your mission will fail. Eventually, the player is given an objective of returning to the past, to prevent Skynet in its intent. While the player is on his mission, the resistance HQ is raided and Connor and Kyle are wounded terribly.

The theme consist of scenarios depicting the post-apocalyptic environment, the player finds himself surrounded by death and decaying bodies amidst the ruins of society.

The game was highly acclaimed and much praise was directed at the graphics and sound effects. The control system of the game was another reason for it being loved by the gamers. This was one of those games where the player can enter almost every building to rummage for ammo, weapons and med canisters. The game was even competing in popularity with Doom. The game’s resolution didn’t get particularly good feedback, some complaints were also directed at the slow game play. Terminator Future Shock allows the use of mouse to control the view; the player can control the vehicles, including the feel of a racing game. The game features a completely textured- map 3D location and enemy units.

If you find first player shooting games, consisting of a thrilling story line, difficult to resist, the gamer within you has found what it was looking for! While you are willing to try it, do not hesitate in trying this one, especially if you loved the ‘Terminator’ movie series!

 

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Bubble Ghost is a lot of Fun

by George 20. December 2016 04:18

http://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Bubble-Ghost/Screenshot-1.pngBubble Ghost is a maze game in which you the player put your ghost character through puzzle after puzzle, moving through the rooms of the Bubble Ghost’s mansion while avoiding various traps, tricks and trouble. The Bubble Ghost can be directed in a compass pattern of movement, and blows on a bubble to keep it moving through the mansion (and ideally not popping on the complicated machinery) that is the contest.

Each room has a way in, and a way out, and as Bubble Ghost is already a ghost, he isn’t in much danger himself.... But he does have to keep blowing his bubble, which is in constant motion and likely to pop on the various surfaces that are in the way. Each room of the mansion is a fun arrangement of devices that can set the bubble popping and Bubble Ghost blue, but if you are a crafty player, you will navigate your bubble through each room and keep your Bubble Ghost happy.

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The graphics are quite nice for a simple game of this kind, pretty for their purposes and not the super creepy style that might go with a game titled Bubble Ghost. Bubble Ghost is essentially a kind ghost, I would presume, because while his mansion is quite strange, his pastime in the game (and therefore your series of obstacles) is to keep his bubble moving through it. That is the entire scope of gameplay, which is suitably enjoyable and pleasant.

Bubble Ghost occasionally has a couple of options how to get his bubble through any given room, but usually it is one way in and one way out. As there are a variety of levels and flat surfaces in the rooms of his mansion, he needs to quite delicately blow his bubble up, down, left, right and at diagonals in order to keep the bubble moving freely and safe from the traps that could pop it. Oddly enough, I don’t recall there being any bathroom in Bubble Ghost’s mansion, so I take it Bubble Ghost is merely a recreational bubble-blowing ghost, as though perhaps he had in his pocket a flask of soap and the little round bubble maker that occasionally is found in the real world making bubbles yet again.

 

Bubble Ghost will keep blowing

There aren’t so many rooms in the game of Bubble Ghost that victory is impossible, and certainly if you enjoy the game you will find yourself playing with enough dedication that winning the game, which entails moving your bubble through Bubble Ghost’s entire mansion, is within the scope of your abilities that can keep you playing. http://www.freegameempire.com/Img/Cache/Games/Bubble-Ghost/Screenshot-3.pngThe gameplay is consistently good throughout the game, and while there aren’t a large variety of gameplay scenarios to carry out, you will find that if you like the basic style of the game, you may find yourself playing quite a bit of Bubble Ghost. That, and making an effort to preserve your bubble.

Each room is similar to others, but there truly is quite a bit of variety as crazy mansions go which have Bubble Ghost moving through them blowing his bubble. It wouldn’t come as a surprise in the least if Bubble Ghost’s bubble occasionally pops, but if you are a skillful player at puzzle games, you will see Bubble Ghost succeed and keep his bubble flying through each and every room of his mansion.

 

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Sound Blaster Gameport Driver for Windows 7

by George 18. November 2016 05:23

I have spend some time searching for this driver so maybe it will be in use for others in need because it is very hard to find still live link on the internet.

The problem starting my search  was my old gameport steering wheel and my old SoundBlaster Live 5.1 card which I still own. Apparently all of this is not supported any more, at least not officially and I just not felt like to buy a USB controller for my casual playing of mostly old games. There are several places mentioned the customized driver but the links were too old and mostly dead so when I have finally found what I was looking for, here is a working link for those interested. Unfortunately works only for 32-bit version of windows because support for 64-bit versions was dropped completely because of some incompatibility issues.

Anyway I have tested the driver on Windows 7 and Window 8 with success. The supported list of cards is however limited so please read the readme file in the archive first. I have left the package untouched except I have added support for my Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Gameport in addition to supported list of cards. I keep this short because I expect not much of mass interest for this but if anyone would like to share some updates or new versions, you can send this to us. Thank you and happy gaming.

Gameport Win7.zip (2.15 mb)

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The Prince of Persia: save the princess and defeat the enemy before time runs out!

by George 14. November 2016 04:52

In ancient Persia, there lived a Sultan who had an enchanting daughter. While the Sultan was fighting in a foreign land, Jafaar a malevolent wizard ceases the power and attempts to occupy the throne. The princess is imprisoned and proposed by Jafaar to marry him, to which she refuses. The player is a young traveller and a lover of the princess who tries to climb the walls to see the princess, which has enraged Jafaar. The traveller is trapped into the dungeons. In this old DOS PC game your mission is to control the young traveller and pursue the mission of saving the princess, from the evil Jafaar. You have only 60 minutes to confront your enemy and defeat him because Jafaar has locked her in a tower and would kill her if she doesn’t accept to become his wife before the time runs out! You are the nameless hero, the young entrapped traveller who has to overcome numerous obstacles on his way which includes various guards, traps and some other mysterious magical illusions, to reach the villain.

The game consists of 12 levels, you have a health bar which diminishes with every failure in dodging dangerous obstacles. But you can restore health by obtaining large red potion jars, found on the way. Health bar becoming null can cause you to die and the player will have to re-start from the beginning of the level, with of course a time penalty, you will have even shorter time to reach the enemy.


One caution to consider is that you cannot save the game until you have passed the first 3 levels. So, be extremely careful in the earlier stages of the game. Traps like deep pits, spikes or guillotines can cause a sudden death, and the player will be beginning from the starting with reduced time to complete the task. The player may come across closed gates; these can be opened using triggers present around the gate. Stand on the triggers to activate them.


The game features multiple types of strikes with the sword, which are effective in slashing your enemy. The enemy guards have a health bar too, similar to yours. Every successful strike on them will deplete their health bar and eventually kill them.  You can also push your enemies into a trap and cause their instant death. The doppelganger phenomenon is the most intriguing and unusual obstacle of the game. In course of your travel in the 4th level, the player finds a mirror blocking his path. The doppelganger of the protagonist emerges from the mirror and hinders the path but notorious activities like stealing a potion and making the player fall in to the dungeon. You cannot harm the doppelganger since he shares your life but by merging with him you can solve the problem and venture ahead.


Only by defeating Jafaar, you can break the spell and save the Princess. The timer stops with the death of Jafaar and the high scores are revealed. This game has become highly popular in the gaming world and is still one of the old DOS PC games most sought by the game lovers. Go ahead, defeat the Grand Vizier Jafaar and be the saviour of the beautiful princess! You can enjoy this game in our collection. Click here to get directly to the game page. Because of simplicity of this game, you can also easily enjoy it in our JavaScript version, directly in your borwser. Use "Run In Browser" button on the game page or follow this link directly.

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New feature : Run In Browser.

by George 14. June 2016 13:12

From now on, all our games have "Run In Browser" button. It allows you to test the game directly in your browser without the need of Download the game or our emulator software. The game can be run in Fullscreen too for maximum game experience and should work on many operating systems including Linux based systems and MACs.

This feature is however not that stable as our emulator (Play NOW! button) so it is still the recommended choice. When you run the game directly in browser, you will not be able to use your saved games once you close the game and we cannot guarantee the flawless run for every possible configuration and machine because we do not have a full control over it and the game performance depends on lots of factors like CPU performance, browser performance, OS.

Still, it is now the fastest and easiest way to try some games even on machine you are not allowed to install anything on like PC in your work or internet cafés. It should be easy to run on Linux, MAC OS or Android too.

Hope you will enjoy it.

 

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