The Lost Vikings: Get them out of alien prison

by Writer 25. July 2017 06:11

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.

SimCity 2000 - Real Challenge of Building And Managing a City

by Writer 25. July 2017 06:06

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!


Ultra Violent Worlds: A Nostalgic Journey

by riky 24. July 2017 06:47

The idea of “retro gaming,” or playing older limited function video games, continues to excite established players and draw new players into the mix. These older games provided the player with quick accumulation of points and winnable games. With the advancements in gaming, many players saw a diminution in the purity of the old games which relied on gaming for its own sake. As games became more sophisticated, the older Command Line Interfaces and Low-Resolution RGB games lost their appeal. This brief is written to remind more experienced players of the purity driven game and its place in the gaming world.

Ultra Violent Worlds is a game involving shooting against a single enemy. There is no indecipherable playbook or complex control system necessary to play the game.

The saga begins in the year 2305. By this time, Earth had developed a healthy level of prosperity. However, early in the twenty-first century, some threats to this tiring development of economic development emerged. An alien species called the Zamaxians arrived on Earth with only violence on their minds. Very quickly, a new colony on the planet Mars was attacked by enemy forces. Earth’s only orbiting space station was destroyed. The Zamaxians then approached Earth itself. Formations of Zamaxian spaceships overwhelmed the scattered and largely ineffectivedefense forces and destroyed any signs of life. However, there were survivors in vast sections of Earth that were not attacked. One effect the presence of the Zamaxian invasion was that their larger ships created their own gravitational pull drawing the Moon closer to earth. The remaining Earth resistance has to vanquish the Zamaxian enemy and liberate those remaining on Mars and Earth.

 Developer: Vorlon Software

Publisher: Vorlon Software

Category: Shooter

More Details: MobyGames

Game Added By: MrFlibble

Part of Group: Vertical scrolling shooter games

DOSBox: Supported


The use of Emulators

An emulator is a piece of software that replaces the computer console and allows the player to participate in many old games. In addition, ROM (a copy of what is contained on the disk drive or cartridge) or ISO software (for players who use optical media) must be added to a current PC in order to play the game. The advantages of emulation are:

Ease of Access. The player has only to open the emulator with a click and load the ROM to begin playing the game.

Since using an emulator allows the player to play favorite old games, there is no need to go to an arcade.

Low cost. In an arcade, the player has to spend more money to advance in the game. This cost is eliminated by the emulator.

There are many online players working to preserve and improve old DOS games so players at all skill levels can play some of the classic games of the past or visit Platinum Play.

While there is a decided advantage to playing old games in an arcade as opposed to at home, many choose either option or both for pure enjoyment of the game. The arcade environment allows players to immediately interact with one another and strategize on how to win a particular game or group of games. Others enjoy the solitude of being at home and playing with online opponents to generate a specific intimate connection to the game and other players.