Showing posts with label 3d. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 3d. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Kayleigh's Retro Isolation 2 - Day 36

Castle Master for the Commodore Amiga


"I really enjoyed playing this game.  I like the adventure and solving the puzzles 8½ / 10"

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Kayleigh's Retro Isolation - Day 48

Kayleigh's Retro Isolation - Day 48
Sunday 10th May 2020

3D Ghost Chase on the Commodore Plus 4


"It was OK! I couldn't get off level 2, and the monster made me jump when he appeared on the screen. 5/10" - Kayleigh

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Retro Gaming Trekkie Dad (Episode 1) - Castle Master for the Commodore Amiga

The first of (hopefully) many new videos from me, reviewing/playing old and new computer games, with the occasional smidgen of Star Trek thrown in here and there. 

This episode is devoted to the classic 3D adventure game Castle Master by Incentive Software.  Released back in 1990 by Domark Software, it was the fourth game to utilize the revolutionary Freescape solid 3D system and is an excellent example of early virtual reality on home computers.  So be prepared to spend the next 1 hour 30 minutes watching me wandering aimlessly around Castle Eternity, getting lost, destroying spirits, and getting even more lost before finally defeating the evil Magister once and for all.

 

Monday, April 01, 2019

Game Covers - Mercenary & Mercenary The Second City (Commodore 64 & Commodore Plus 4)

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Game Covers - Castle Master & Castle Master II The Crypt (Commodore 64)

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Game Covers - Total Eclipse & Total Eclipse II The Sphinx Jinx (Commodore 64)


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Game Covers - Dark Side (Commodore 64)

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Game Covers - Driller (Commodore 64)

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Games that remind me of my childhood Number 31 : Total Eclipse (Commodore 64)

As most regular visitors to my blog knows, I have a massive soft spot for the Freescape 'solid 3D' adventure games from Incentive Software.  Released for most 8-bit (and some 16-bit) computers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. the series of games included Driller, Dark Side, Total Eclipse and Castle Master (as well as Total Eclipse II Sphinx Jinx and Castle Master II The Crypt available through the Home Computer Club), not to mention the many Freescape games people made with the awesome 3D Construction Kit, including myself!

Total Eclipse got a massive 94% in Zzap 64 magazine exactly 30 years ago this month, and it's still a great game to play today, providing you don't mind the slow screen redraw.  Moving away from the sci-fi setting of both Driller and Dark Side, Total Eclipse is set on the 26th October 1930, and you must (well, according to the game instructions) reach and destroy the shrine of the Sun God Re at the very top of the Pyramid (should that be Ra?) within 2 hours before the moon eclipses the sun, showering the Earth with massive meteorites and bringing an apocalyptic end to civilisation as we know it.

Virtual Reality - The nearest to actually being there.  It's probably the closest I'll ever come to visiting Egypt!

Inside the pyramid.  Watch out for traps!

Now, for anyone feeling a little pedantic, I've done a little bit of research, and it appears Egypt had no solar eclipse on that date.  There was a solar eclipse on October 21st 1930, but totality was only visible in Niuafo'ou, Chile, and a small part of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. 

ANYWAY, I digress.  Total Eclipse was/is a classic game and a fantastic example of early virtual reality at its finest.

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Instructions.  I wonder who won the competition to see the eclipse in Hawaii back in July 1991
 
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The Commodore 64 cassette.  Total Eclipse was on side 1
 
Side 2 of the cassette featured Total Eclipse II The Sphinx Jinx
 
Zzap 64 review from 30 years ago!  Issue 46 February 1989
 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gaming Memories - "Dark Side" for the Commodore 64

I've been having a look through a 30 year old Zzap 64 magazine from August 1988 and saw this review for the fantastic Dark Side on the Commodore 64. 
 
This game was my first introduction to the amazing Freescape 3D system by Incentive Software, and along with Mercenary by Novagen, was probably what got me so interested in modern day 3D/VR FPS games and defined what I would play some 10 years later. 
 
Of course Dark Side was a sequel to Driller, and preceded Total Eclipse, Total Eclipse II Sphinx Jinx, Castle Master, Castle Master II The Crypt and the amazing 3D Construction Kit - all of which I spent many hours of my childhood and young adult years playing.