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Packrat    Steve Blanding,  1992
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A rather basic jumping game. Here you play the role of a rat who must run and jump through various scenes collecting items. The graphics are not bad (nice, but not flashy), but there's no sound (besides the annoying PC speaker which can be turned off) and the gameplay isn't extremely exciting. (But hey, it's only 50k!) It also includes a simple level editor.
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Peach's Dream    -MWD- Software,  1993
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This is a good-looking VGA sidescrolling game with some adventure elements, as well. You're play the hero on her quest to save her one true love. The gameplay works quite well, and the graphics and SB sound effects and music are all quite good. It was made by the creator of the way cool "Quest" games, although it bears no resemblance to those games.
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Pharaoh's Tomb    Apogee Software,  1990
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Full version!  [ Screenshot ]
It's a classic! Apogee Software (who went on to publish Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, and many other famous games) created Pharaoh's Tomb first. It's a platform/puzzle game that's low on action and high on tricky jumps and movements. Poor CGA graphics and annoying PC speaker sound effects ... but it's still cool as a classic platform jumping game. Apogee Software (now 3D Realms) recently released the full version of this series as freeware! (Note: You will probably need DOSBox or MoSlo from the Essential Utilities page to play this game at a reasonable speed.)
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Pickle Wars    MVP Software,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Pickle Wars is a sidescrolling shooting, jumping and item collection game. The gameplay itself is fairly basic, the animation is a bit clunky but overall the game still plays fairly well. The graphics and sound effects are pretty average, but both are unique, as is the storyline. I didn't personally enjoy it as much as Apogee or Epic's sidescrollers, but you'll have to try it out for yourself ... its a relatively famous game.
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Prince of Persia 2    Brøderbund,  1993
Rating: 4 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
This is the demo (ie. limited trial) version of the sequel to the classic "Prince of Persia" game. The full title of this game is "Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame", and it involves more of the same running, jumping, swordfighting action that you enjoyed in the original game. Despite the nice smooth graphics, music, sound fx, and cult-like status, this game an be very annoying at times. At least for me it is. Just be warned. ;)
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Realms of Chaos    Apogee,  1995
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Realms of Chaos is a mostly unknown sidescrolling game by Apogee which is similar to their other sidescrolling games like Duke Nukem or Halloween Harry/Alien Carnage. This one has a fantasy/RPG type feel to it, although there are few RPG elements in the game other than the fact that you can switch on-the-fly between two characters, a warrior-barbarian guy and a sorceress-type girl. Overall it is another fun, solidly built Apogee sidescrolling game.
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Roboman    Brian Goble,  1989
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Roboman's job is to jump around various one-screen levels and pop balloons for points until he uncovers the hidden key to exit the level. The game's levels feature EGA graphics and PC speaker sound effects. The difficultly level slowly ramps up from quite simple to fairly challenging, and although the controls take some getting used to and the game is not very flashy it does have a certain ineffable charm about it.
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Robomaze II: The Lobby    MVP Software,  1992
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Robomaze 2 is an EGA sidescrolling game made by MVP Software. The game involves lots of jumping and item collection, as well as some light shooting action. The story involves a robot climbing a tower to stop some sort of tyrannical dictator. The game seems decent, and it seems as though a lot of effort went into it but the gameplay is not very exciting. (Note: I was unable to get this game working properly in WinXP.)
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Santaman    Dem Innovations,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Santaman is a jumping/shooting game that is somewhat reminiscent of Jumpman or Lode Runner. The object is to collect the various objects and kill the various enemies on each non-scrolling level. The game is a tribute to "early 80's coin-ops", and has average graphics. It plays pretty well so if you are a fan of Jumpman, give it a try. Note that to start the game press Left Ctrl key to "insert coins", then press F1 to begin!! (It also has a somewhat unique story, check the included readme file!)
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Save Our Pizzas    CopySoft,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Save Our Pizzas is another Copysoft game featuring their Skunny character, a squirrel of some sort. The object here is to retrieve "the recipe of the Pizza that has been stolen by the "Evil Chef Of Cadiz". Skunny must travel back in time to ancient Rome to retrieve the recipe." Sure, whatever ... the game features decent graphics as well as decent run and jump action, although there is not a lot that differentiates it from other, similar sidescrolling games.
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Secret Agent    Apogee,  1992
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A fun platform game from Apogee which includes a lot of gameplay value. This game uses the same engine (and some of the same gameplay devices) as Crystal Caves, also from Apogee, however this game was a bit dated (technology-wise) upon its release and was largely overlooked. Definitely recommended if you enjoy Apogee's other famous games.
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Skull Quest 1: The Cyan Sarcophagus    NecroBones (Ed T Toton),  1993
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Skull Quest 1: The Cyan Sarcophagus is a somewhat strange (and difficult, and unforgiving) sidescrolling adventure game. You play as a skeleton who wakes up not knowing what's going on. Your quest is basically to NOT DIE because this place is filled with things that will kill you quickly. The worst part is that when you die you start over from the beginning and many traps are difficult to see. It's an interesting concept but it's quite tough so be ready to be frustrated!
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Sint Nicolaas    Mike Wiering,  1998
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Another great platform game from the author of Charlie the Duck and other "jumping" games, Sint Nicolaas involves racing against the clock to collect gingerbread cookies and presents and deliver them to the proper houses before time runs out. Many different levels and a very clean design make this game fun to play, even if it's not the Christmas season!
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Space Chase    Safari Software Productions,  2002
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
"Jason Storm in Space Chase" (the full title of this game) is very similar to Apogee classic sidescrolling games, especially Commander Keen. The look and feel are very similar to Commander Keen. It features clean looking EGA graphics and some interesting, maze-like levels to explore. Generally fun to play but a small step down from the best Apogee games. (Note: This game freezes for me in XP.)
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Stixworld    Greg Alt & Sean Igo,  1998
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
If you're looking for an original game ... I think you've found it. Check out the screenshot to see for yourself (it looks stretched for some reason, but it looks normal when you play the game) ... it's a weird game, but in a good way! Despite the graphic style, the game has great animation and sound effects, and is quite fun to play. Download it when you've become bored with the ordinary. ;)
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Super Angelo    Wiering Software,  1999
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This game is as close as you could possibly get to copying Super Mario Brothers without getting slammed for copyright infringement! This is a very slickly produced running and jumping game featuring "Super Angelo" who looks suspicially like the popular Nintendo character. :) Fun game nevertheless!
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Superfrog    Team 17,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Superfrog is a Sonic-inspired running & jumping game from Team 17, who are probably most famous for creating the Worms series of games. Superfrog sticks pretty closely to the Sonic formula, but it does feature nice looking crisp graphics and decent sound effects. Unfortunately the game does have some minor control issues, and thus it can be quite difficult. But probably still worth trying if you're a fan of this sort of game.
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Technoventure    Ben Marty,  1997
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Technoventure is a strange side-scrolling action/adventure game. The plot, and entire game really, is a bit strange, but still oddly compelling. It does include many different gameplay elements like bombs, coins, swords, keys, and many people to talk to and signs to read. The graphics are nothing special but it's certainly a unique game. (Note: Press and hold the right arrow key to speed up the text messages which scroll often during the game.)
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Tom & Jerry    Albino Frog Software,  1993
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Based on the popular cat and mouse cartoon characters, Tom and Jerry is a fun sidescrolling game. It is similar to what you might find on the Nintendo NES or Super Nintendo systems. The object is to hop through the levels, throwing balls at enemies to eliminate them and get to the exits. Well made EGA graphics and decent sound effects as well as pretty tight controls will make this a fun yet challenging game for fans of sidescrolling, jumping platform action.
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Top Hat Willy PC    OverFlow Productions,  2005
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Based on a game called "Jet Set Willy" which originally appeared for the somewhat obscure (in North America, anyways) ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC computer platforms back in the 80's, Top Hat Willy is a decent sidescrolling games. It's definitely no match for much more polished efforts from, say, Apogee or Epic Megagames, but if you remember folding playing Jet Set Willy back in the day, give this one a go, since as far as I can tell it is a decent remake (and also includes improvements over the original.)
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Troy    James Saito,  1996
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Troy is a simple sidescrolling/jumping game that seems more suited to kids or younger game players. It features pretty good VGA graphics and solid gameplay, but it frankly isn't very exciting. If you have young children in your home, this may be a good game for them to play, since it also features a cure dinosaur-like lead character ("Troy").
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Vinyl Goddess from Mars    Union Logic Software,  1995
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
The scantily clad and mildly provocative Vinyl Goddess from Mars will, for many gamers, bring to mind one of the early Epic Megagames heroines, Jill of the Jungle. The comparison is apt, because the rumor is that this game was originally intended to be a sequel to the Jill of the Jungle games but was cancelled by Epic and released by another company under another name. Overall it plays mostly like the Jill games but not as well. Despite its decent graphics and sound effects, it doesn't feel as polished as the original games.
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Willy the Worm    Alan Farmer,  1985
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Back in 1985, when this game was released, it was probably quite decent. Today it seems very, very dated. The "graphics" (actually edited ASCII characters) are very bland and so is its gameplay. However this game will probably bring back memories for a lot of people, and is important historically as a very early game distributed on the shareware (or "donation") concept. Interesting historically but not really as a game.
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Xargon    Epic Megagames,  1994
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A side-scrolling adventure game from Epic, it looks like it uses a modified version of the same engine as Jill of the Jungle. Nice VGA graphics, mostly solid control (it can feel a bit "heavy" at times) and SoundBlaster sound effects. There's even something of a plotline to the game. If you liked Jill, download this one.
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Zipman 3    Zipteam,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Zipman 3 (no idea if episodes 1-2 ever were released) has the germ of a good game (decent sprite-based graphics and presentation) but some technical problems hamper it a bit. Your tiny character controls a bit erratically, as does the camera which does not scroll smoothly as you move forward. Those problems, combined with the "one hit game over" problem (as in start the whole GAME over, not just the level) cause this one to be an intriguing but unfulfilling game.
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Zorro    Capstone Entertainment,  1995
Rating: 2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Zorro is based on the masked outlaw character. Basically, the game is a blatant rip-off of Prince of Persia. It's almost like Capstone got hold of the code for PoP, changed the graphics/sounds, and generally made the game worse with poor level design. I'm not sure who designed these levels or who thought this would be an adequate representation of the character but although it superficially seems like PoP it doesn't seem to do justice to Zorro or this style of game. (Note: Press F1 when the game starts for a list of keyboard keys.)
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