What are your memories of early Mac/PC games?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by vampyr, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. vampyr macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2008
    Some games that always come to mind are...

    LucasArts Full Throttle game (I love the theme song)
    LucasArts Day of the Tentacle
    X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter
    Starflight and Starflight II
    The first Might and Magic games!
    The Wing Commander series!
    Bungie Software games
    Almost all of the Sierra games!
    The Eleventh Hour and The Seventh Guest!
    Falcon AT (was the very first game I bought for my 286 PC)

    I also remember a Civilization game set in early America.. I think it was called Colonization? I stayed up all night and only went to bed when i realized the sun was coming up.

    I also was a HUGE fan of all the Microprose games... Silent Hunter, M1 Abrams Tank, F-15 Strike Eagle, F-19 Stealth Fighter. I couldn't get enough of those games!!!

    They just don't make games like they did back then!
  2. Rank Xerox macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2002
    Strategic Conquest was the best in 1991. :)

    I played all nights on my Macintosh Plus. No harddrive, everything on a diskett. :cool:
  3. TheAdVenture macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    age of empires :]
    The Neverhood..

    and regrettably..carnivores
  4. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Some of my favorites when I was growing up:

    * All 'Quest' games from Sierra. The first computer game I ever played was Kings Quest 1 on a CGA monitor. I pretty much like them all, however, I'm partial to the text type games. I hated it when they moved to the point-and-click interfaces. The games became way too easy.
    * Lucas Arts Monkey Island series, X-Wing, Tie-Fighter.
    * Origin Ultima Series. I think I played them all.
    * Wing Commander
    * 7th Guest (I'd love to play that one again)
    * A couple D&D computer games from the mid 80s.
    * Gunship 2000
    * F-15 Strike Eagle
    * Wolfenstein 3D & Doom
    * Zork I. No graphics at all. Pure text. It was great.

    I actually still play a lot of those early Sierra, LucasArts and Ultima games to this day. I even bought a Roland MT-32 a couple of years ago so I could finally play some of those Sierra/LucasArts games with the 'good' sound. It's currently hooked up to my iMac and still used. I went so far as to setup an 'old games' computer at one point although dosbox is usually good enough for me.

    The other memory I have is all the trouble one had to go through in order to run the stupid PC games. Dealing with bootdisks and making sure you had enough conventional memory and whatnot.

    All the silly ways you could die in the Sierra games. Getting all the way to the end in some of those only to realize you didn't pick up some stupid widget at the very beginning that you now need to beat the game.

    Playing the first Doom with my friend over a 2400 baud modem.

    I think I'll go home and fire up some of the old games! They sure don't make them like they used to.
  5. jakeguy99 macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2007
    Anyone remember the old school dark castle...amazing. The floppy disc Astroid prime game...even better. Also one of my all time favorites was tom clancys rogue spear. Surprised that whole series made it to the mac.
  6. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    I used to play a lot of Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, Quake on my old PC. But in late 1996 (when I was 10 or so) I got into programming and game dev so I flat out stopped playing and started making.

    But them 3 gave me fond memories. And not so much the games themselves but the events happening whilst playing them.
  7. rest44 macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2006
    Blues Brothers
    Sensible Soccer

    --- then...

    Duke Nukem 3d
    Championship Manager
    Warcraft/Starcraft/Comand and Conquer
    Theme Park / Theme Hospital
  8. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    1993- I remember the euphoria playing my first multiplayer Marathon map. It was an incredibly exciting techno experience.
  9. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    I just got Basilisk II set up yesterday, installed Dark Forces from my CD - it is much better than the DOSBox version from my PC disks ...

    Any good place to grab old Mac abandonware? I have some old CD's of stuff like Shadow Warrior, etc ... but am looking to augment - but *not* pirate.
  10. zao8350 macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2009
    i remember playing snood and one of those games where you change your power and angle to shoot each other on my dad's quadra 900. not to mention countless hours used to play space invaders and swoop. i used to be darn good at swoop
  11. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2008
    Ranchi, India
    I have clear and fond memories of the first time I played a RTS. I was 16 and it was 1994. I bought the demo of Warcraft I and 3 buddies and I huddled around our beige 14" CRT strategizing and obsessing about what the orcs were doing behind the unexplored reaches of black cloud on the map. I think we spent around 3.5 hours to finally prepare our big assault on the Orc camp at the end of level 3 - only to find we had 10x the army they had and plowed through 'em without a single loss.. and the game was finished!!! The humans definitely won that encounter, not the orcs, not the computer :)

    So we stealthy went back to the big box bookstore and one of us returned the Demo (around $10) in order for another to scratch together the $25 or whatever the full version cost. I was absolutely shocked how rapidly 5 hours disappeared that afternoon/evening, and dreamed in 16 bit that night.
  12. charlesbronsen macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    Toronto, Ont
    i remember playing winter Olympics on my friends commedore64. That was great fun especially the hot dog jump.

    i forgot all about that game... and that era of my life for that matter. now i want to play it!
  13. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    A few of my favorites were:

    Star Roids
    Shuffle Puck
    Beam Wars.
    EV Nova
    Star Wars: Rebel Assault
  14. peterbuku21 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2009
    Come on, where are the loyal followers of:

    Simcity 1000 and 2000
    Wing Fighter (?) - all I remember was that you flew WWI era planes in combat scenarios
  15. filmweaver macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2008
    Apple IIe

    Wow, showing my age, LOL

    Poop don't stink unless you poke it!
  16. Veldek macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    Do you mean Wings? That was a great game.

    My first favorite computer game was Maniac Mansion, later Doom.
  17. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2009
    Wot ? no Dark Castle, Shadowgate, Deja Vu or Uninvited ?

    or NFL Challenge, Core Wars, Apache Strike, Shufflepuck Cafe or Scarab of Ra ?

    And how many spacebars were broken with MacLanding ?

    If you're looking for Mac abandonware, try using google ....
  18. rrl macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2009
    I can't remember the exact name, but it was something like

    "Escape from Rungistan"

    I played that on my IIe for a little bit, but I was too stupid to figure out how to open the safe. I never escaped. And now here I am. :(
  19. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    Most of you guys are just "baby newbies". I remember playing games on my Commodore VIC20 and before that an old Pong-style plug-in-your-TV console. I also remember sometimes typing in programming code published in magazines for freeware games. :)
  20. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    THATS what I remember. I even have a picture of me playing Pong. We also had an Atari 5200, Colecovision, and Intellivision. Vic20, that was one of my first programming experiences, Vic20, TRS80, Adam, Sinclair. Most of which the games were on tape drive or cartridge.

    Heck I used to play text based games like Mission Impossible, not to mention old Apple ][ at school (sneaking floppies in).

    The age of PC video games was around the time I was in the Air Force, but my first love was Warcraft on Windows 3.1 (yes 3.1 not 3.11 which was actually update like XP SP1) and using Kali to play multiplayer. Also some D&D games over BBS before that.
  21. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005

    Don't forget the Cllssic Spacecward Ho. At college we sat in the computer lab and played each other over the local network, way back when network games were really new, 90-91.

    The cool part is that Ho is still around in version 5.0 (2.0 back then) I still play it now over the internet with my friend across the Atlantic every now and then!
  22. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    LOL - very true. I loved the early days of Mac games. One of my favorites was Chipwits, which originally didn't even run on *new* Macs like the 512Ke and Plus! :)
  23. sthursby macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Full Throttle was absolutely epic, as well as Civilization II, Warcraft II, Starcraft, etc. Didn't really catch on to gaming a whole lot until the mid-1990s, but once I did...:p
  24. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
  25. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002

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