Tagged: 90s

Screenshot from Cleanwater Detectives. The player is testing water in the river outside Cleanwater Farms. The water is oily and has a sheen, and it's contaminated with gasoline.

Cleanwater Detectives Educational category

Somebody’s polluted the river, and you’ve gotta crack the case. This science whodunnit is a great example of the range and depth that Oregon Trail developer MECC could have with their less-famous software.

Screenshot from Clyde's Adventure

Clyde’s Adventure Platform categoryPuzzle category

Clyde’s Adventure‘s unexpected, almost uncharacteristic viciousness may speak to those who find playful ridicule motivating.

The box for Comer by Shine Studio. The front of the box reads: “COMER is an interactive adventure into the surreal world of natural and architectural wonders. Be a COMER and experience the story, 3D graphics, stereo sound with a quality of no compromise. In an ancient oriental script of prophecy, life was referred to as ‘The Game of Zao Hua.’ In modern terms, it might be ‘The Game of Creation and Evolution of Life.’ The study of prehistoric earth reveals that there were periods of lifeforms such as that of dinosaurs and that of mammals. Usually in a drastic ‘Bang!’, one period ended, lives were wiped out, new cycle started. Here and now, another ‘Bang!’ is taking shape...”

Read about Kyle Choi’s Comer in ROMChip! Adventure category

Where do the outliers fit into gaming history? My article about Comer, a surreal self-published CD-ROM game from 1998, is now available in ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories!

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 Creep Clash

Creep Clash Fighting category

Creep Clash is a lousy fighting game, but at least it’s a lousy Halloween fighting game.

Screenshot from Crime City

Crime City Adventure category

After a phenomenal introduction, this murder mystery loses sight of its resonant message about change and time amid a setting that sidelines those forces.

Screenshot from Crystal Caves

Crystal Caves Platform category

Is it a platformer or a puzzle game? Genre means little when games are challenging and rewarding like Crystal Caves.

Screenshot from Crystal Pixels

Crystal Pixels Other category

Go inside a void of glistening lights, created by its programmer as a personal place to be alone. You can explore it if you can control it. Maybe we’re not supposed to play this.

Screenshot from Curse of Enchantia

Curse of Enchantia Adventure category

The expectations of the adventure genre weigh on this game that otherwise has a blast chasing the non-logic of an increasingly absurd dream.

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