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.

Good Interfaces

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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Dune - The first one which still rocks.

by George 9. May 2016 13:17

The adrenaline rush is here again. Dune - one of the most fascinating military strategy games, takes its name from the sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert ‘Dune’. The game is a seamless blend of adventure with economic and military strategy. Paul Atreides, the protagonist is tasked with the ultimate goal of driving Harkonnen from Planet Dune, and sees adventures running through spice extractions, military combat, and protecting against the Fremen Tribes. Here’s a short review of what the players can expect with this genre of the game and why this old DOS game can still be played and become addicted to.


The Plot
The game bears an intriguing storyline. Dune is the only planet in the universe that contains Spice and the control on Dune rests on the control of Spice. Paul Atreides, prepares to take to Carthag Tuek, in search of Gurney, who will share the key to stand the ultimate battle against the Harkonnens. He needs to get together with the Fermen Chief to gather as many troops as possible, to escalate the Spice Plantation on the planet. His parents, Duke and Jessica share with him the importance of Spice Plantation on the planet. The secret of the Spice Plantation lies in developing Stillsuits, about which Paul learns from his father and weapon instructor – Duke Leto.
For producing the Stillsuits, Paul has to convince the Fremen citizens about the importance of their support and inspire them to join his cause. With great perseverance and consistent effort, he turns the entire tide of the population in his favour and gets them to grow the Spice Plantations and support the production of Stillsuits, which will eventually help them to fight against the Harkonnens.
With the help of his mother Jessica, Paul finds out the hidden secrets of the Gurneys palace and identifies every single Fremen from every sietch on the planet. A gruesome battle prepares to happen; the battleground – Arrakis. Who wins? The one who dares to walk beyond himself. The future of the Dune planet rests upon the shoulders of their new hero!


The Gameplay
The game has been designed to operate in two different strategic layers – the adventure and top-down strategy layer. The player is at will to interchange between the strategies depending upon the demands of the game, to create his own battle strategies. The game begins with Paul in the Arakeen palace, where the Atreides family presently resides. Paul has to closely understand the essentials of the planet, prepare and orient himself with the economic importance of growing Spices on the planet and its long-term strategic implications. He seeks the help of his mother Jessica’s psychic powers, to unlock the hidden doors of the palace and confront his own hidden and psychic powers. Mostly the conversations in the game circle around sharing keys and information to unlock the different stages of the game.


Compatibility and Operating System
The Dune game is one of the first adventure and strategy games that has undergone the transition from floppy to hard drives. It is compatible with both Amiga and IBM versions. It has highly improved graphics, voice for all speaking roles and 3D rendering. It has also been designed to render on the Sega Console. Audio has been developed by Stephane Picq and Philip Urich. The Dune has been developed by the Cryo Interactive and published by Virgin Interactive.

 

The game runs on a real-time mode with the story and the plot manifesting through the various levels of the game. As the player progresses with the game, he is able to unlock the additional features of the game that makes the protagonist player more and more powerful to take on the Harkonnens. The troops on the higher levels unlock weapons such as the crysknives; while they also witness Paul unlock his psychic powers.

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Manhunter:New York - A Sci-fi Puzzler with Guts

by George 10. April 2016 14:33

In 1988 game company Sierra Online had numerous titles available, which including the enduring Manhunter:New York, including this interactive adventure in which monstrous alien orbs have infiltrated the city of New York, USA and have, unfortunately, devastated the city.  The game provides players with various capabilities to fight back, and from one screen to another, which include locations from real world New York City to visit while unravelling the game’s mystery, to puzzles that the player must unlock to progress in the game, to computer images of your whereabouts in New York City (in the year 2002) to navigate through the mystery.

 
The graphics can be characterized as interesting, for the year 1988, as Old DOS PC Games weren’t particularly advanced in terms of visuals, and the pictures in Manhunter: New York seem interesting, weird and stark.  The sound isn’t interesting, though if you’re willing to ignore the beeps and hisses characteristic of game technology in the year 1988, there’s as yet charm in this game, which for its faults, still rather kicks up a fight, and there may be pleasure in tackling its mystery storyline, although it’s not simple.  It’s a challenging game to play to completion.  Fortunately, its charm’s apparent right away, as it doesn’t require much time to get what’s on offer. 


It introduces its style of gameplay from early on in the game, revealing its attempt at cinematic storytelling along with a variety of locations in the world of the game and puzzles that tax the player.  Regrettably, it’s likely will tax your abilities as a player.  The gameplay’s a tad rudimentary.  It’s probable that the game designers were concerned with providing a cinematic game experience with limited capabilities for a game than making the puzzles of the game enjoyable.  The best of the puzzles include visiting New York locations in a devastated 2002 to examine by moving your mouse pointer to various items on the screen which may return information.  The hardest puzzles seem weird and require a bit of guesswork and a bit of dexterity to unlock and therefore to proceed with the game.


Manhunter:New York remains a favourite due to its general bizarreness and eerie design, which tries to go outside of other game worlds into a shattered New York City in the year 2002, and may be the game which has a sci-fi vibe dressed with primitive horror themes, somewhat different than other Games have.  To play head-to-head with the puzzle and adventure of Manhunter: New York, you’ll certainly need it luck and determination.  If you are interested in DOS Games, Manhunter: New York is definitely recommended.

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Blood: Revenge against the Dark God

by George 4. April 2016 07:55

The First Person shooter game has a fascinating plot and a dark but compelling story line. You are Caleb, a merciless gun fighter who has to pave his way in a cruel world, at the age of 17. One among the top old DOS PC games this is divided into several ‘episodes’ based on the story and your purpose as Caleb is to navigate through multiple levels in order to take revenge against the dark lord. Large rewards await you if you come across those hidden secret areas in the game. The game features a large collection of weapons ranging from ordinary guns to bizarre objects like voodoo dolls. 
In course of the game, Caleb meets Ophelia, a victim of assault by the dreadful Cult of Tchernobog. Her husband and child were killed and house burned. He was not moved so much by her rugged beauty as her story that she conveyed during her incoherent mumbling. Eventually, he falls in love with the girl and takes her in.


The game begins with Caleb rising from a tomb, and declaring ‘I..live..again’. He boards a train, Phantom Express, from the “Miskatonic Station”, and later ends up blowing the train as he fights his way forward. The game is filled with horror and cruelty filled themes. While on the path back to the Hall of the Epiphany, which is fraught with peril, Caleb faces numerous puzzles, foes and challenges. Caleb can’t accomplish his mission alone, of defeating Tchernobog. The combined power of the Chosen, a cult, will drive their fate to victory. The protagonist awakens and finds himself cold and damp. He is a complete stranger to himself; his master didn’t let him die. Filled with rage his scream resonates with that of his master; WHYYY!!?


Gameplay
The game permits both single player and multiplayer gaming with the help of LAN, modem or serial cable connection. Blood is one of the most addictive old DOS PC games. The player passes through a range of explosive barrels, puzzles, combination lock doors, dodging lava pits and crushing blocks to venture ahead towards the next level.
It is one of the earliest games to facilitate secondary attack modes. The ‘super secret’ areas in the game are difficult to find but possess great reward for the player.
The game incorporates 4 episodes each one made of 9 levels, 7 normal levels while the other two as a secret and a boss level. Most part of the game scenario resembles the 20th century cities, like pubs, museums, civil buildings, mall, mills and hospitals. Some levels consist of Victorian or Edwardian architecture. You may find yourself on board a train on a certain level while in a haunted house in another. The last episode of the game occurs in a setting surrounded by evil temples also featuring ceiling and floor made of blood and flesh. During many scenes in the game, enemies are blown into pieces and rains down on you. Heads are chopped off and kicked around showering blood. The game ensured a violent atmosphere in every theme. The fantasy element found in most old DOS PC games is not missing at all in the ‘Blood’.


The last episode
The player finds himself in a strange land with a laboratory which supposedly is owned by a mad-scientist. Diving into an aquatic lab he ends up in a charnel house. Reaching the final showdown, Tchernobog’s voice could be heard saying “I have awaited you” and asking to kneel before him. Caleb throbbing with rage battles the dark god and finishes him.
If you are a lover of old DOS PC games, you definitely cannot miss this one.

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SimCity 2000 - Real Challenge of Building And Managing a City

by George 27. August 2014 09:21

How many of you remember that extremely engaging PC DOS game that involved managing a hustling and bustling metropolis? Yes, I am talking about SimCity 2000. I really enjoyed playing this game, which is actually the second installment of the game SimCity that Maxis released on 1994.

What I like about SimCity 2000 is its simplicity in creating and increasing the size of the city. Of course, there are various chances to destroy as you get to destruct using air crashes, earthquake and bulldozers with just simple mouse clicks. However, the real challenge is of course building than destroying. I loved that fact that dreams, hope and lives of millions of Sims are in my hands.

The Power Plant Variety
In SimCity 2000, the varieties of power plants are as much as nine. These are: Natural gas, Oil, Coal, Wind turbines, Nuclear, Satellite microwave, Solar, Futuristic fusion power and Hydroelectric dams.

I enjoyed building highways in the neighboring cities that helped in increasing the population and trade. Also, it is quite challenging to rebuild the power plants as these come with limited life span.

News to Keep You Informed
You can find news related to the city in the form of newspaper articles that you could subscribe yearly or daily. This newspaper option comes with numerous relevant stories and also several humorous ones. I took special interest on the relevant stories as those stories kept me informed about the city problems through opinion polls, recent disasters in the city, introduction of new technology and warnings about the aging power plants. I had to constantly look for the relevant news headlines, as there were many headlines with no purpose of serving the game, and kept the interest factor active.

Brainstorming activities
Unlike many other video games that are merely designed as a stress buster or for sheer fun, SimCity 2000. Indeed involves a lot of brainstorming activities. You have to prepare strategies for everything so that things can be maintained in right order. It involves a whole lot of things to make the city grow and for that you have to deal with education, health issues and crime rates, etc. It keeps you on your toes to strategically place schools, hospitals and police stations.

At the same time, you also have to add bus stops, airports, sea ports, stadiums, parks along with managing traffic, budget, face public wrath and much more. You really need to play this game and experience yourself. It gives a great overview about the tasks needed to build and manage a city properly in the form of fun. Go for it!

 

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