10 PC Games I Forgot Existed (LIST)


When I was a kid, I did most of my gaming on a PC that looked like that ^^^. It didn’t look like much, but it got the job done, and I played a whole lot of games on it.

Well, it turned out that I completely forget about pretty much everything I ever played as a kid except like Commander Keen and Tie Fighter. We all understand why I didn’t forget about Tie Fighter, but why did Commander Keen stay with me? Umm, it’s about a kid who goes to Mars. Billy was my role model, man.

Without further ado, here are ten games I played when I was young but which I completely forgot about when I started drinking heavily and doing meth at age 12. (I mean, I’m from Alabama. Did you really assume I didn’t do meth?)* These games are numbered from the one I remembered first while compiling this list (10) to the one I remembered most recently (1)

10

The Game: Lemmings
Developer: DMA Design (now Rockstar North!)
When It Came Out: 1991
Where Can I Get It: The original is abandonware now, so pretty much anywhere.

How the hell could I forget about Lemmings? It’s only the best game ever made about leading animals off a cliff. In this game, you direct a bunch of mindless Canadian animals with green hair through mazes of a sort in which you had to have them avoid traps and holes and burrow through rocks and stuff in order to reach the exit, which was usually just another big cliff at the end of the maze off which all the lemmings would run and presumably die. After playing this thing, I just knew I’d be a gamr4lyfe.

9

The Game: Star Wars: Rebel Assault
Developer: LucasArts
When It Came Out: 1993
Where Can I Get It: I haven’t found any retailers selling it online, so it’s likely considered abandonware.

Rebel Assault, bizarrely, was the first Star Wars game I ever played, and to this day it’s still one of the dumbest. It’s not just dumb because it completely bastardizes the entire Star Wars story by having some bro named RookieOne blow up the first Death Star after he and other rebel forces fleed from Echo Base on Hoth, which the Empire had destroyed. No, the entire concept of this game was dumb. Here’s the pitch: Let’s make a game that uses entirely pre-rendered graphics. This meant the game was a really s**tty and boring rail shooter, but it was f**king Star Wars, man, so I didn’t care. Still don’t actually. The best thing about this game is that it spawned a sequel that had live-action cutscenes. I love games with live-action cutscenes!

8

The Game: Wing Commander: Privateer
Developer: Origin
When It Came Out: 1993
Where Can I Get It: This game is abandonware.

This game doesn’t really fit into the Wing Commander story, but it is part of the universe, and there are Kilrathi. Now, the appeal of this game is that it’s an open-world game. Yes, there is a plot, but you can dick around in the world all you want in search of fame and fortune. And I spent like a year doing just that. It was awesome.

 

7

The Game: SimCopter
Developer: Maxis
When It Came Out: 1996
Where Can I Get It: I’m not totally sure what this game’s status is, but abandonware is likely what it is.

SimCopter was one of the many hundreds of Sim titles Maxis put out in the 90s, and in my experience, it’s the one people are least aware of. What you do in this one is load up one of your SimCity cities and then fly around in your choppah doing fun stuff like putting out fires, chasing down criminals and taking hurt people to the hospital. And that’s it. You just do the same things over and over again, but because I was a kid flying a helicopter around a big city, it took a loooooooong time for me to get tired of it.

6

The Game: One Must Fall 2097
Developer: Epic Megagames
When It Came Out: 1994
Where Can I Get It: This one is now free/abandonware.

I don’t have a clue when or how I got a hold of this shareware 2D fighting game, but it was just there one day, so I played it. And even though I never bought the full version, I just kept playing. The premise here is that rich people bought big ole fighting robots and pitted them against each other in awesome cages matches, and the cage walls were booby trapped with torches or by being electrified and stuff. So the appeal of the game to me was throwing my opponent against the wall and watching magic happen.

5

The Game: The Amazon Trail
Developer: MECC
When It Came Out: 1994
Where Can I Get It: Abandonware.

It’s like the Oregon Trail, except less fun and with a story.You travel back in time at the urging of a panther (like, the animal), and then you travel the titular trail to deliver something or other to some people. And you had to talk to people all the time to learn stuff. And travel through time some more. Basically, this game was likely the result of people at MECC thinking that kids were having too much fun with the Oregon Trail, and so they made this game. I only played it because I became a hipster douche when I was 6, and so I didn’t want to keep playing Oregon Trail like all the other losers I knew. I was cool, man.

4

The Game: Descent
Developer: Parallax
When It Came Out: 1995
Where Can I Get It: Get it and Descent 2 from Good Old Games.

Not much to this game; it’s a flight sim in which you fly around tunnels and blow stuff up. Descent is notable, to me, as the first game I played at a LAN party (OK, so maybe I wasn’t so cool), and thus it was the first PC game I played a lot against other people. It was fun because I was playing with friends, and to this day I enjoy playing online against strangers considerably less than playing against folks I know.

3

The Game: X-Com: Interceptor
Developer: Microprose
When It Came Out: 1998
Where Can I Get It: Get it from Steam.

This one is known sort of as the red-headed stepdouche of the X-Come franchise, and yet this was the one I played the most. The idea here is that you are in charge of X-Com’s push through the galaxy, and you have to administer X-Com bases and stuff and fly a starfighter and fight aliens and human pirates and research new technology and prevent the aliens from blowing up Earth with their Death Star. Now, the shooting isn’t particularly fun, but the administration part, which was pretty simple and undemanding, was very pleasant to me, and space exploration is one of those things that will always suck me in. Also, the game does that thing where it names your pilots, which meant I became emotionally invested. Aaaaaaaaaand now I wanna play the game again.

2

The Game: The Incredible Machine
Developer: A couple bros called Kevin Ryan and Jeff Tunnell
When It Came Out: 1993
Where Can I Get It: Get it and its sequels from Good Old Games.

How does one describe The Incredible Machine? It’s an engineering puzzle game. Um, it can get reeeeeeeeeally complex. Really, it’s such a crazy game that if you don’t know what it is, you probably won’t be able to figure it out from my descriptions. So here’s, instead, a video of a dude playing it.

I hope that clears things up.

1

The Game: Raptor: Call of the Shadows
Developer: Apogee
When It Came Out: 1994
Where Can I Get It: Get it here.

Raptor is not a unique game at all. It’s a top-down, Galaga-style (but scrolling) shooter, and you upgrade your ship. Simple. There are a few games like this, and I just ended up with this one via shareware because, well, I don’t really know. But it was there, and I played it. All the time. For years. And then, one day, I stopped, and I don’t know why. Long live Raptor!

*I have absolutely never done meth ever in my life. Ever.

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8 Comments on 10 PC Games I Forgot Existed (LIST)

UtopiaV1

On August 21, 2010 at 6:28 am

Aww man, i miss those games. Good ol’ Decent and Incredible Machine. And lemmings, of course, but there’ve been enough remakes it’s hard to miss :P

Stonecutter

On August 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

wow i completely forgot about descent, i remember i got the demo of it or something 1 day when I was trying to dl a demo of some sonic game but i got that instead by mistake from http://www.hotgames.com lol i had fun with that

Brent

On August 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Abandonware doesn’t mean it’s legal to download it. Someone still owns the rights, even if they aren’t actively selling it anymore.

Shawn

On August 22, 2010 at 5:33 am

Here is a better link to buy Raptor – that othe site looked a bit shadey, I wouldn;t give them my credit card ifno if I was you… http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/raptor_call_of_the_shadows_2010_edition

wada

On August 22, 2010 at 8:07 am

i have rebel assault and rogue squadron. rebel assault is like 700 something kbs :P and doesnt work on any computer D:
and rogue squadron works but my gpu over accellerates it and it look weird like its high. D:

Zedo Mann

On August 23, 2010 at 7:06 am

I actually have a later version of Lemmings (Revolution) and The Incredible Machine (Even more Contraptions (It’s really the same game)). I own SimCopter and X-Com Interceptor, and I used to play a demo of Raptor all the time.

PitchblackItai

On September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

I used to Love all those games. Decent 1 and Two were absolutely amazing, and who could ever forget wing commander. I personally preferred it though when we began to develop more Online games, the social aspect adds quite a bit. Being able to compete with real players was more enjoyable.

I started to play this Game back in 1997 called ARC(Attack Retrieve Capture), based off of Sierra / WON / HOOPY and fell in love with it’s simple style of gameplay and battle. It was addictive, and while easy to start it took some serious work to really push your skills if you wanted to join the Top Clans and win the many leagues that were going.

Check it out and see what I’m talking about if you like team based 2d shooter style games.

There’ve been many improvements and it’s now called SPARK, but the same Game-play.

http://spark-hq.net

BobsRoad

On February 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Raptor is out on Iphone now, just got it myself

yippe the good ol days. i wish decent would be on iphone
and ultima underworld.