Dune - The first one which still rocks.

by Writer 19. July 2018 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.

The Golden Age of Gaming: Old DOS Games

by riky 12. July 2018 03:27

Old Games Are Hard To Beat

Modern video games are amazing. With their hyper-realistic graphics, slick, multi-player gameplay and surround sound that puts you right in the middle of the action, you might think that gamers have never had it so good. Buta long time ago, before the PlayStation, before touchscreens, before the Internet, even before the computer mouse, there was a golden age of gaming and it ran on a text-based operating system called MS-DOS. These Old DOS Games were slow, fiddly to set up, their music was bleepy, their graphics were blocky and if your mum called you downstairs for tea at a crucial moment, you couldn't save your level.

But no matter how impressive a game looks and sounds, what matters in the end, is how much fun it is to play. And these minimalist games made up for up for their clunkiness with their clever and absorbing gameplay. Many modern games don't ask much more from players than fast reflexes and great hand-eye coordination. Beating their retro equivalents demanded problem-solving skills, spatial awareness and a quick wit too. Some of the best modern games started out as DOS games: Sim City, Pacman, Prince of Persia, Tetris, Doom and Duke Nukem. Although they might look more impressive these days, the gameplay of their originals has never been beaten.

Thousands of Old DOS Games were released between 1981 and 1997, in a variety that's mind-boggling when compared to the shoot-em-up-saturated market of today. There were RPGs like The Elder Scrolls, adventure games like Leisure Suit Larry, fighting games like Mortal Kombat, racing games like The Need for Speed, and strategy games, sports games, board games, puzzle games, educational games and of course, hundreds of first person shooter games.

The Golden Age of Gaming Lives On

These days we can fire up Grand Theft Auto with a couple of clicks, but if you wanted to play a game on your PCback in the day, you couldn't just click on an icon. You had to type a series of arcane codes into a command line to find the right files. If you've got a bunch of old DOS games on disk up in the attic and you want to show the kids what they've been missing, the golden age of gaming lives on in DOSBox. This software gives you a shell in which you can run the games and recreates the authentic experience by forcing you to use those tricky command line prompts. There are lots of Old DOS Games that you can download legally to play on DOSbox, and plenty more "abandonware" games that aren't legal, but the developers don't seem to mind their games being revived by nostalgic fans.

If you're less technically-minded and you want to relive the magic of your 80s games 2018, you can check out this casino or do that with just a couple of clicks. The Internet Archive has collected more than 4000 MS-DOS games,and you can play them online!You'll find old favourites like Donkey Kong, Link, Maniac Mansion, Qbert, Arkanoid, Tomb Raider, Lemmings and so many more that you might temporarily forget all about the sleek black box of the PlayStation gathering dust next to the TV.

Retro Renaissance: Sega is Bringing Back Classic Gaming

by riky 11. July 2018 04:11

For those old-school Sega fans and those who were quite satiated with the recent release of Nintendo's NES and SNES classics, 2019 could be the year for you. Rumours are swirling that Sega of Japan is due to release a reboot of the much-beloved 1989 console the Sega Genesis, also known worldwide as the Sega Megadrive, which sold over 30 million units during its original run and enjoys a special place in the hearts of gamers across the world to this very day. In a decision that was likely spurred on by the massive success of the previously mentioned Nintendo releases, which themselves have already sold hundreds of thousands of units since the re-release earlier this year, Sega posted an unexpected and somewhat vague Twitter announcement, featuring an image of this new hybrid console.

Since then speculation across the Twitterverse has skyrocketed, with pundits wondering how a re-release of such a popular vintage console will work out practically, and whether this also means new games releases. This will also be the first hardware release from Sega since the release of the Dreamcast way back in 1998, so stakes are understandably high. Let's take a look back at the heady days of 90s Sega to see what we might expect from this release.

Sticking with the Classics

One of the big talking points since Sega's sneaky late night Twitter announcement is the practical issues that accompany the release of a still-popular classic console. Will original Genesis cartridges be useable in the new console? Will there be pre-installed games? Will there be a new type of disc which is not adaptable with the original console? There remains plenty of questions to answer, and developers should keep in mind that not every classic game will be popular today. One thing that gamers can be sure of is that the re-release will give a whole new generation of gamers the chance to play through some of the most iconic and influential games of the 1990s. When people think Sega, they automatically think of its most successful progeny, Sonic the Hedgehog, who has spawned over 70 titles, most notably the smash hit Sonic Adventures, and sold well over 300 million units, making the little blue hedgehog by far Sega's most valuable cash cow. Beyond this, it remains a mystery which games will get the re-boot next year, but you can bet that the guys at Sega will be sticking with the most popular and memorable ones. 1999's arcade classic Crazy Taxi anyone?

Developments So Far

If the Sega dream team need some help in deciding which games should make the cut, they don't need to look too far to see which ones have true staying power and have remained just as popular with gamers today as they were when they were first released. One area worth looking to is mobile gaming, which has exploded in popularity alongside the rise of smartphones, now being worth over $35 billion dollars according to Statista, and well over half of the total market share for the gaming industry. With classic consoles being harder to find these days, mobile gaming has stepped in to fill the gap, with old-school console emulators for smartphones having exploded in popularity in recent years. Gamers can, of course, play the full spectrum of Sonic the Hedgehog games on mobile, with smartphone versions of the classic titles now accounting for a significant chunk of Sega's sales, with the Dreamcast-style Sonic Dash having been downloaded over 100 million times. Other Sega classics that have found a new lease of life on mobile include the critically-acclaimed Crazy Taxi: City Rush, which perfectly emulates the original gameplay, and the nail-bitingly terrifying House of the Dead: Overkill which seeks to recreate the classic arcade feeling of this popular zombie franchise.

If Sega is looking beyond just bringing back their most popular titles for the Genesis re-release, they might look for inspiration in the release of newer titles which have sought to emulate the vintage gaming experience. One of the most popular releases of the past couple of years was the Pac-Man 256 (or "endless Pac-Man"), which brought a fresh take on one of the most retro gaming experiences there is. Similarly, iconic old-school titles like Gamecube's Frogger have proven to be smash-hits on Android, being brought up-to-date to bring a modern gaming experience with a classic feel. Beyond this, you also have cross-platform gaming which has highlighted the popular appetite for traditional gaming, with websites like Betway continuing to provide digital versions of classic games like blackjack and roulette. On top of this, the resurgent popularity of previously long-gone titles like the original Grand Theft Auto and early Tomb Raider titles, which one might think would have become irrelevant due to more recent releases from these franchises, shows that there's something about the classic experience which nostalgia-loving gamers just can't get enough of.

What to Expect in the Future

With these developments in mind, we can see Sega's recent announcement as a logical cultural and industry-wide culmination, the next step in a wider shift towards classic gaming experiences, that no amounts of mind-blowing graphics, AI, or immersive software can possibly provide. Expect to see the continued renaissance of retro gaming, as more and more developers and franchises seek to capitalise on the growing and insatiable public appetite for nostalgia-tinged gaming experiences. Sometimes the simplest concepts are the most effective, and the fact that stripped-back titles like Sonic and Pac Man have become the most popular titles on the market shows this the most.