Tagged: Windows 3.1

Screenshot from Kye

Kye Puzzle category

With an avalanche of brightly colored blocks, Kye turns inundating you into a puzzle.

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 Lunicus

Lunicus Shooter category

Cyberflix’s sci-fi opus – an early stab at a narrative-driven shooter – largely fails as both an action game and an adventure game, though there’s glimpses of something innovative under the surface.

Screenshot from The Madness of Roland

The Madness of Roland Multimedia category

This early CD-ROM novel by Hyperbole Studios imagines how to tell a story across multiple perspectives and mediums, an inventive idea even though the story is muddled.

Title screen from Microsoft Dinosaurs

Microsoft Dinosaurs Educational categorySoftware category

Microsoft Home’s Jurassic reference guide upends the digital encyclopedia model by showing the relations between articles, even if its information is out-of-date.

Screenshot from Millennium Auction

Millennium Auction Other category

A combination of random events and speculative fiction creates drama in this game’s virtual auction house. Does it matter that we can’t separate the randomness from the intentional storytelling and character? (This article includes a history of the game’s rocky production.)

Screenshot from MindGym

MindGym Multimedia categoryOther categorySoftware category

This unique, stunning surrealist self-help guide gets arrogant when it uses the strengths of the multimedia CD-ROM format to make players examine how they think.

Screenshot from Music Brush

Music Brush Software category

Music Brush creates expressionist art that toys with animation and music, which also makes it a great tool for idle reflection.

Screenshot from Noir: A Shadowy Thriller

Noir: A Shadowy Thriller Adventure category

Noir recreates the world of a generic 1940s detective story with incredible production values and the genre’s trademark convoluted plotting.

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