Tagged: 1996

Screenshot from Angst: Rahz's Revenge

Angst: Rahz’s Revenge Shooter category

Angst may be the worst commercially released first-person shooter of all time. It is so affectingly bad that it makes other games worse.

Title screen from Barrack

Barrack Arcade categoryMacintosh category

Barrack is a decent entry point for the weird world of Ambrosia Software, a company that takes arcade classics and fills them with crazy. This riff on JezzBall is scattershot but subtly improves the original.

Title screen from Crazy Drake

Crazy Drake Platform category

The borderline stylistic thievery of Crazy Drake actually helps the game compare favorably to other platformers from the same period.

Screenshot from Dinosaur Predators

Dinosaur Predators Educational categoryStrategy category

As an educational tool about dinosaurs, this game is limited by its strategic shortcomings. As a strategy game, it’s held back by its adherence to science.

Screenshot from Duracell: Run the Bunny

Duracell: Run the Bunny Other category

Tip: When you put together a lengthy, interactive ad for batteries, at least make it functional.

Screenshot from Lemmings Paintball

Lemmings Paintball Action categoryStrategy category

Lemmings and paintball complement each other better than you’d expect, and Lemmings Paintball‘s sloppiness is less the fault of its ridiculous concept than of its execution.

Screenshot from Lighthouse: The Dark Being

Lighthouse: The Dark Being Adventure category

For a game that admittedly cribs most of its design from Myst, Lighthouse has its own take on how to build a haunting, empty world.

Screenshot from MissionForce: CyberStorm

MissionForce: CyberStorm Strategy category

MissionForce: CyberStorm‘s complex strategic gameplay underscores a dark narrative about the encroaching, soulless logic of endless war. It deserves to be considered a classic.

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