1990

First Person Shooters:

| Infestation

Third Person Shooters:

| Hoverforce / Resolution 101 | Stellar 7 | Thunderstrike

Simulations:

| Airstrike USA / ATF II | Blue Max: Aces of the Great War | Conqueror | DragonStrike | Eco Phantoms | F-14 Tomcat | F29 Retaliator | Fighter Bomber: Advanced Mission Disc | Flight Of The Intruder | Galactic Empire | Gunboat | JetFighter II: Advanced Tactical Fighter | Knights of the Sky | LHX: Attack Chopper | Lightspeed | LineWars | Red Baron | Snow Strike | Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter | Team Yankee | Wing Commander | Wing Commander: The Secret Missions | Xiphos

ShootEm Up 2D/3D:

| Blood Money | Buggy Ranger | Dawn Raider | Fire & Forget II | Galactic Battle | Ikari III: The Rescue | Mystical | Netherworld | P47 Thunderbolt | Rotor | RS-2 | Space Miner | Super C | Voyager | Xenon 2: Megablast


FPS Year Summary 1990

Red Baron (d/l)
Wing Commander (d/l)
DragonStrike (d/l)

Red Baron This is an early Dynamix/Sierra World War I air combat simulator. There are several types of missions in the game: dogfight; scramble; patrol; balloon busting/protection; reconnaissance escort; and bomber escort/interception; and Zeppelin hunt. There were also recreations of historical missions.
Wing Commander This is the first in a series of space combat simulators interspersed with shipboard dialogs and 3D space combat. You sit in the cockpit and control the craft like roll, turn, up/down, afterburner, as well as fire guns and launch missiles. There are four different crafts on the Confed side, each with different flight characteristics and armament. You can also order around a wingman on each mission. It popularized the use of cutscenes in action games and its popularity even led to a movie being made based on it. Two mission packs were also released: The Secret Missions (d/l), The Secret Missions 2 Crusade (d/l). Floppy Images ISO Demo & The Secret Missions & The Secret Missions 2 Crusade - 3MB/3MB/3MB (d/l)(thanks to Maraakate).
DragonStrike was an unique Dungeons & Dragon derived rpg mixed with a flight sim that has you riding a dragon over a primitive fractal 3D landscape. You have a lance and the player's dragon can use its recharging magical breath to attack and can also attack with its claws if the dragon passes closely above enemies. The 20 missions include intercepting enemy dragons, destroying enemy ships and protecting the forces of good.

Conqueror (d/l)
Flight Of The Intruder(d/l)
Stormovik: SU-25(d/l)
Thunderstrike (d/l)

Conqueror is an early 3D tank action sim with a polygonal landscape. There's strategy involved in being able to switch between any tank in your troop. The terrain is uneven and capable of showing hills but only one section is shown at a time.
Flight Of The Intruder was a sim ahead of its time that features things that we now just take for granted like multiplayer, mission planner, multi-flight missions (with ability to switch plane during mission) etc. Command the US Naval Aviators over Vietnam. Take on MiGs, AAA, and SAM, and the unforgiving nature of carrier aviation. Configure each plane's loadout for your mission, plan your mission package, then fly your missions. Command multiple sections of planes and switch among them at will. When you're done, you can even try your hand at LANDING on an aircraft carrier.Floppy Images ISO Demo (d/l) (thanks to Scaryfun).
Stormovik SU-25: Soviet Attack Fighter simulator uses a true 3D engine, but the flight model is not 6DOF. Missions range from attacking tanks and troops to attacking bridges and other buildings. Includes three sets of missions (each set takes place in a year, from 1991 to 1993). A wide range of bombs and munitions are included (from cluster bombs to rockets to guns).Floppy Images ISO Demo (d/l) (thanks to Scaryfun).
Thunderstrike uses a non-textured polygon graphics engine for a futuristic low-flying contest in arenas against other ships on other planets. There's powerups and a quick transport system and you have to protect your own pyramids from drone attacks.



First Person Shooters

Infestation Psygnosis Limited [top]

The Alpha 2 research colony on Xelos has been invaded by aliens, wiping out the crew and laying 167 of their eggs, all waiting to hatch into a lethal alien infestation. Superhero Kal Solar is the only one who can prevent a catastrophe, and that's where you come in. The game is viewed in 3D from Solar's perspective, with a full HUD built into his helmet showing direction, health and supplies. Other HUDs also allow you to check whether the current air is breathable (you have limited oxygen), as well as one built into your Jetpack. There are two movement modes, one of which allows you to pan the view and the other allows you to shoot. Objects have to be picked up and used, computers operated, and an infra-red kit located and used. To win the game you will have to destroy all the eggs, and then shut the compound down and escape in time. The threat of hatching, however, pales in comparison to the other hazards, with insectoid enemies, sentry droids, radiation leaks and pitch-black corridors to negotiate. It could well be considered an early example of survival horror, not least because it enforced careful use of limited resources. The game’s cloying, claustrophobic atmosphere was heightened by the restricted field of view from inside protagonist Kal Solar’s helmet; his steady, scratchy breathing would be the only sound effect you heard for long spells, and would grow progressively shallow when low on health. Players were made to feel more vulnerable still, occasionally forced to remove their helmet to preserve oxygen, or even turn off their suit’s power completely. It's an innovative 3D exploration / action game that was truly ahead of its time. It boasts excellent level design, neat 3D weapons and objects to find and use, and some creative aliens.
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Full Demo 249kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Third Person Shooters

Hoverforce / Resolution 101 Astral Software / Accolade, Inc. [top]

Hoverforce takes place in the year 2050 where enemies known as 'alterants' have taken control of the city by distributing mind controlling drugs. You play with a 3-D view from a hovercraft in an attempt to destroy all alterants and stop the drug runs they make. The story is slightly different in Resolution 101. This game is set in the USA in the city of Las Envegas. Crime is rife and law enforcement just cannot cope so in 2038 a new law, Resolution 101, was passed which allows convicted felons to be released from jail in return for tracking down and eliminating gangland bosses. The player takes the role of one of these 'Search and Destroy' criminals. They are given a Theta 4000 ground skimmer armed with a light machine gun and they play their way through a series of increasingly difficult levels. Each level starts with a meeting with the sheriff who names the new target. After that the player is in their skimmer patrolling the streets shooting things, not mind controlled alterants but the drug runner's henchmen and gangland minions (same sprites different names). The city of Las Envegas, is divided into four areas each of which is controlled by a separate drug runner. The during the course of the game's twelve levels the player must defeat each runner three times in order to finally kill them. The runners have minions who will attack the player as they pursue their quest for justice / freedom. As these are destroyed they leave behind cash and drugs that can be collected, the drugs must be collected as evidence. As a further complication the drug runner only makes a few runs through the city in each level so the player must collect the evidence and shoot them down before the last run is complete, otherwise the sheriff will be displeased and the player will lose a life. Around the city are three shops where the player can upgrade weapons, and repair shields or their skimmer.
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Full Demo 365kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
Videos
Floppy Image ISO Demo 370kb (uploaded by scaryfun)


Stellar 7 Dynamix Inc. [top]

This first game in the series was originally on the Apple II in 1983. This remake has a full-3D, flat-shaded polygon system and added flying enemies, a cloaking device, mines, jumping ability and end-of-level bosses. It combines furious action with resource management similar to the classic Spectre. Drive futuristic hovercrafts in missions against the evil warlord Drax and prevent him from-- what else?-- controlling the universe. It's fast and fun, although enemy ships could use a bit more brain. A later CD version featured digitized voices on all of the cut scenes instead of the opening scene only. The background music during the game could be played from any of the supported sound cards or from CD audio. The video modes supported were the same in both versions, however the disk version supported MCGA in 256 colors and the CD version supported MCGA in 4 colors. (The 4 color MCGA looked the same as the CGA version except a custom palette was used.)
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Full Demo 1MB (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
Infos
Floppy Images ISO Demo & Scans 65MB (uploaded by Egon68)
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CD ISO Demo (VGA ) 178MB (uploaded by Egon68)


Thunderstrike Millennium Interactive Ltd. [top]

This is a 3d spaceship shooter set in the year 2238, using a non-textured polygon graphics engine. It has futuristic low-flying contests in arenas against other ships on other planets. There's powerups and a quick transport system and you have to protect your own pyramids from drone attacks. As a pilot in the "Ground Defense Games", you must make your way through several arenas built on different planets. You can choose from four different ships, each with different properties (better/worse acceleration, top speed, or turning speed). When you enter the arena, you are given several pyramids that you must defend from robotic drones sent out to collapse them. In addition to defending your pyramids, you must destroy the spawning centers that spawn not only drones, but an array of robotic fighters to hunt you down. When you destroy a fighter, sometimes it will leave behind an upgrade pod (shield, turbo, power, or twin-fire). There are also tracks that you can latch your ship onto to travel the perimeter of the arena quickly. At the end of each round, your performance is reviewed, and if you did good, your ship is upgraded and you move on to the next round.
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Full Demo 246kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Simulations

Airstrike USA / ATF II Digital Integration Ltd. / Spotlight Software [top]

This is an arcade action flight game, where you fly the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) on various missions around the world. Missions include destroying enemy submarines, radars, aircraft, bases etc. In the game you watch your ATF from behind with an very simplified instrument panel at the bottom of the screen. It's DI's most arcade-ish sim ever, and still features DI's hallmarks of excellent flight models and details, despite the dumbed-down version of instrument panels and trigger-happy gameplay. Great graphics and missions make up for the lack of "sim" in this sim.
Videos
Full Demo 289kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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EGA Version - Floppy Image ISO 4.10MB (uploaded by scaryfun)


Blue Max: Aces of the Great War Artech Digital Entertainment, Ltd. / Three-Sixty Pacific, Inc. [top]

This is a World War I fighter plane simulator, where the player may fly fighter planes such as Fokker, Sopwith, Spad, and many other ones. The game allows split screen gaming for two players, cooperatively or competitively, with multiple 3D camera angle features. Missions involve shooting down enemy planes, while others focus on specific targets. The game includes a very unique feature for those who choose to use it: the ability to convert the dogfights to turn-based battles fought on a hexagonal map but still maintaining the 3D view in a frozen window.
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Full Demo 772kb (uploaded by Abandonia)
Videos
Full Demo 772kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)


Conqueror PMC / Rainbow Arts Software GmbH [top]

Conqueror is a polygonal isometric-view tank action/strategy game with an elaborate control system (emulating "real" tank controls on normal joysticks) and two-player possibilities by switching the controls to use one joystick each for gunner and driver. The goal of the game is generally to destroy all enemy tanks on the map using a preset squad of tanks of your own. The tanks on the player's side that aren't controlled by the player act on AI, but the player-controlled tank can be switched at will via an in-game map. Alternately, the player can use that map to direct tanks to other places - but even when planning troop movements on the map, the game goes on. To top things off, there is also a limited amount of resources allocated to the player and can be gained by destroying enemies; these resources can then be used to buy new tanks before the start of the next mission. The terrain is uneven and capable of showing hills but only one section is shown at a time.
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Full Demo 136kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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DragonStrike Westwood Associates / Strategic Simulations, Inc. [top]

A dragon flight simulator set in Krynn, the AD&D world of Dragonlance. Fly dragons through the War of the Lance. When you successfully complete a mission, you can advance in rank, gain magical items and hit points or get a better dragon. The 20 missions include intercepting enemy dragons, destroying enemy ships and protecting the forces of good. DragonStrike combines elements of role-playing video games and flight simulators. The player character is a knight who flies on the back of a metallic dragon equipped with a lance and various magic items (among other things a magic orb that acts as a radar in the game). The player's dragon can use its recharging magical breath to attack and can also attack with its claws if the dragon passes closely above enemies. Opponents in the game include evil dragons with and without riders and other flying monsters such as manticores and beholders. Flying too close to the ground is another hazard for the player as enemy archers are present in some areas. Completing successful missions provides the character with more hit points and the opportunity to obtain a more powerful dragon. Depending on what dragon the player choses (between a bronze, a silver and a gold dragon) the ending and missions become slightly different.
Videos
Full Demo 987kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Browser-Playable Java DOS Version (uploaded by XTDOS)
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Eco Phantoms Splinter Vision LTD / European Electronic Zoo Ltd. [top]

After six years away from Earth, your delivery contract is finally over, you've been paid a fat cheque and you can't wait to get home. As your ship gets closer and closer to the old beloved blue planet, the anticipation mounts. But wait! What's this? The earth is an unfamiliar, grey husk! A vast alien mothership hangs above it, mercilessly sucking out all of its natural resources. While you were away, the Eco Phantoms arrived, and did this! Now, you've managed to steal an Eco zeppelin craft and have gone down to Earth, to try to reverse the planet-draining process before it's too late. The Eco Phantoms have built several domes on the planet's surface, which house their buildings and equipment. You'll have to navigate through three of these domes, learning how to operate and maintain your alien craft, gathering resources, collecting data spheres, rescuing prisoners and engaging in confrontations with the Eco forces. Eventually, if you survive long enough, you'll be able to enter the alien mothership, where you will have to reprogram the main computer, to reverse the process and restore Earth to life. This is a hybrid game that contains exploration with an aircraft in pseudo-3D dungeon-like environments, action-based combat, arcade sequences, and puzzle-solving elements.
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Full Demo 668kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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F-14 Tomcat Activision, Inc. [top]

F-14 Tomcat is a flight simulator / action game. You get to fly an F-14 in a variety of combat situations, either in a single battle at a time or create a career. Graphical enhancements that were new for the time period include full 256-color support and gradiated ground/sky/horizon.
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Full Demo (@ XTC Abandonware)
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Full Demo (@ My Abandonware)


F29 Retaliator Digital Image Design Ltd. / Ocean Software Ltd. [top]

This is a combat flight simulator based mostly on speculations on then-future aircraft that were expected to be in use by the year 2002, in particular based on the design of the Lockheed Martin F-22 and the Grumman X-29A. The graphics were detailed by the standards of the period, featuring cities, bridges, roads, islands, mountains and moving vehicles. The plane's cockpit had three multi-function displays available to set up in a number of configurations. The fantastic "future" weapons to choose from include a fighter-carried Tomahawk cruise missile, rearward-firing AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and a gigantic cluster bomb. The PC version allowed head-to head dogfighting using a null modem cable. This game is regarded as being severely bugged (for example, since the game allows the airplane to be controlled even after the pilot ejects, it is possible for players to hit themselves with their own plane). The game includes four war scenarios (Arizona desert test and training sites, Pacific conflict, Middle East conflict and the World War III in Europe) each with several missions, with the total number of those adding up to 99. The last mission of the game can be any of three, and completion of each one leads to different game endings. A "Special Mission" add-on was released with ZERO magazine in 1990, featuring a battle against the alien spacecraft from the then-upcoming space combat game EPIC.
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ISO Demo 953kb (uploaded by scaryfun)
DOSBox Launcher
Full Demo 360kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
Videos
Full Demo 420kb (uploaded by Abandonia)
included in The Software Toolworks Challenge Pack - Clone ISO Demo 21MB (uploaded by Egon68)


Fighter Bomber: Advanced Mission Disc Vektor Grafix Ltd / Activision (UK) Limited [top]

This is an add-on for Fighter Bomber, featuring 16 challenging missions (attack a submarine, protect an airfield etc.), new ground objects/targets and other enhancements. Includes a mission editor.
Full Demo 259kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
Floppy Image ISO Demo + Scans 3MB (uploaded by scaryfun)


Flight Of The Intruder Rowan Software Ltd. / Mirrorsoft Ltd. [top]

Join "Tiger" Cole and "Cool Hands" Grafton as you command the US Naval Aviators over Vietnam. Take on MiGs, AAA, and SAM, and the unforgiving nature of carrier aviation. Configure each plane's loadout for your mission, plan your mission package, then fly your missions. Command multiple sections of planes and switch among them at will. When you're done, you can even try your hand at LANDING on an aircraft carrier. It supports multiplayer via serial ports, so you can actually dogfight the Phantoms and Intruders in a MiG-21 should you choose to do so. However, there was no separate cockpit art for the MiG... You'll see the F-4 cockpit instead. The game was in production before the book was published. When the book was a big seller, Stephen Coonts was contacted regarding permission to use his book title on a game. He agreed readily, and even wrote the preface to the manual. The novel was included in the game.
Reviews
Full Demo 772kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Floppy Image ISO Demo 1.7MB (uploaded by scaryfun)
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Galactic Empire Coktel Vision / MDO / Tomahawk [top]

In this game you have to roam the space with your spaceship to conquer the universe. Progressing from one star system to another you'll discover new planets (friendly or hostile), engaging in space combat or conversation with other characters to further the plot. You are free to travel to wherever you please, but here the plot is much more linear, and you can't do much without running into the next event that triggers a plot advance.
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Full Demo (@ XTC Abandonware)
Full Demo (@ My Abandonware)


Gunboat Accolade, Inc. [top]

Gunboat is a combat simulator of Patrol Boat, River (PBR). The game starts out in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. When the player earns a second lieutenant's bar, the game moves on to battle the drug kingpins of Colombia. After making the grade of lieutenant commander, the player may begin patrolling the Panama Canal Zone. You control a crew of four men: first-class petty officer who serves as boat captain and pilot, gunner's mate who controls the forward guns, engine man who takes care of the engines and serves as midship gunner, seaman who controls the aft guns. All four men are cross-trained in each other's tasks - redundancy becomes crucial if one or two crew members are wounded or dead.
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Full Demo 484kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Floppy Image ISO + Scans 3MB (uploaded by Egon68)


JetFighter II: Advanced Tactical Fighter RD Technologies / Velocity Inc. [top]

War erupts once again along the west coast of America, although this time it is with a drug baron. The military is put to action, and the most advanced jets in the U.S. inventory are put to the test: the F-14, F/A-18, and the YF-23 (Northrop's black-skinned fighter that eventually lost the ATF contract to Lockheed/Martin's YF-22). Game options include an "adventure" (i.e. campaign) mode, where mission successes and failures dynamically affect the overall war, free flight, and various other single mission scenarios. The YF-23 has the naval package, which allows it to participate in carrier-borne operations alongside the F-14 and F/A-18. Graphically, the engine has been updated to take advantage of the latest in VGA technologies, and included the popular "gradient" horizon. And like its predecessor Jetfighter, San Francisco is featured with its notable landmarks.

See also: #Operation Lightning Storm

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Full Demo 804kb (uploaded by GamesWin)
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Full Demo 978kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
CD & Floppy Images ISO Demo plus scans 98MB (uploaded by scaryfun)
included in Action Pac - Clone 6CD ISO Demo 691MB (uploaded by Egon68)


Knights of the Sky MicroProse Software, Inc. [top]

This is a World War I flight combat sim where you pilot one of 20 different aircraft (each handles differently) as you engage in simple missions or join a full campaign where you will progress through World War I, going on a variety of missions, patrols, and even encounter enemy aces. You can engage balloons and blimps, enemy fighters and bombers, even strafe group targets such as supply trains. If you do really good in the game, one of the enemy aces may drop a note to challenge you to an aerial duel. A unique feature of the game is the capability of modem link so you can challenge fellow modem owners to dogfights, something that none of its contemporaries had.
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Full Demo 864kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Manual (uploaded by Scribd)
Full Demo v2.0 2.8MB (uploaded by DJ Old Games)


LHX: Attack Chopper Electronic Arts, Inc. [top]

This is a helicopter simulation with a strong arcade focus. You can freely choose which missions to fly first, and which helicopter to fly in a given mission. There are a total of four helicopters: Apache, Blackhawk, Osprey and LHX. With this fine selection of death machines you will engage countless enemy targets in Libya, East Germany and Vietnam throughout the game.
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Full Demo 470kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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HitSquad rerelease CD ISO Demo 4MB (uploaded by scaryfun)
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Lightspeed MPS Labs / MicroProse Software, Inc. [top]

In the future, the Earth is a wasteland, unable to sustain human life any longer. Mankind's only hope is to find a new world to colonize. Giant transport ships are launched, each carrying 10 million people. Sent ahead of each of these ships is a Trailblazer-class scout. Controlling one of these Trailblazers, it's the players mission to find a suitable planet for a new colony, to scout for natural resources and to deal with various alien species, who might be both friend or foe. From a robot-controlled home base, the Trailblazer starts exploring the nearby star systems (two different star clusters are selectable, representing different difficulty levels). Planets in uninhabited systems can be claimed for their natural resources. If aliens already inhabit a system, diplomatic negotiations can be opened. Since the resources of the uninhabited systems won't be enough for sustaining a colony, trade agreements with the aliens are necessary. Each alien species has its own attitude and quirks. Not all of them are friendly, and some might demand that the player attacks their enemies before they agree to trading or a peace treaty. If hostilities with aliens begin, there are a variety of combat options. The Trailblazer itself is rather slow and sluggish, but is equipped with a powerful main gun and a gun turret. It can also launch remote-controlled combat chassis in various configurations: as a guided missile, a kamikaze ship, or a fighter, the latter two being controllable by the player. The systems of the Trailblazer (the weapons, shields, sub- and faster-than-light engines) are powered by various parts. On the engine room screen, these parts can be individually mounted or removed. Combat may damage the parts. The same parts are used by different systems of the ship, so they can be moved around to improve one system at the expense of another. New and replacement parts can be collected from the wreckage of destroyed alien ships and space stations, or be acquired through trading.
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Full Demo 1MB (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Floppy Images ISO Demo + Password Disabler 1.1MB/56kb (uploaded by basetta)


LineWars Patrick Aalto [top]

Cobra Mark IV multi-purpose General Contact Vehicle is an astonishing stellar vehicle. It's got beam lasers mounted up front and at the rear and is loaded with missile launchers. It's highly maneuverable and quick to react you your every move. Naturally a fighter like this will give you a great advantage. Unfortunately your opponent is flying the exact same thing. Quick reactions will determine the outcome of this duel in outer-space involving up to four opponents. Be careful of other ships flying about and mind those asteroids. LineWars is an space-fighter sim that takes place in the far reaches of another galaxy. You control your ship via mouse or keyboard from a first person perspective. By using the number keys you can look around the different viewpoints of your ship and of course will have to do so to mount those rear beams. Your weapons are the aforementioned laser beams and missiles. The missiles only fire when locked on a target but the lasers can be used to blast meteors, passing law-abiding space ships and just to waste your energy. Your energy (shields) and lasers have a limited gauge. Once the gauge lowers to zero for your lasers you will have to wait a few seconds for them to refill. This naturally doesn't apply to your energy. Once those babies come down it's just a few inches of hull between you and oblivion. Missiles are limited to four shots but there is the off chance that your missile launcher will jam at which point you must engage in battle without them. The game receives it's name not from the linear polygonal graphics but from fighting "on-line". That is, phone line. Multi-player battles can be fought via modem between four players but there's always the computer if friends are lacking. Settings of the game are adjustable in that you can select friction and speed at which you react and the number of opponents fighting.
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Full Demo (@ My Abandonware)
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Red Baron Dynamix, Inc. / Sierra On-Line, Inc. [top]

Red Baron puts you in the pilot's seat of actual World War I fighter aircraft. This game features 28 different aircraft from both the Allied and the German sides presented in actual 3D graphics. Start a career as a pilot and rise through the ranks to become the most feared ace in the skies, or participate in a variety of single missions including simple fighter sweeps, balloon-busting, zeppelin hunting, or take on an actual WWI ace in one-on-one combat. If you're good enough, you may even be able to take on the infamous Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron himself. In 1997, Sierra officially released the 16-color version of Red Baron as a free download on their website as a promotion. Also, a cd version Red Baron with Mission Builder was released.

See also: #Red Baron Mission Builder

Infos
Floppy Images ISO Demo 1.71MB (uploaded by scaryfun)
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1997 16-color Freeware Release 953kb (uploaded by Wings Of Honour)
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Full Demo 1.58MB (uploaded by Juego Viejo)
Reviews
ISO Demo 15.44MB (uploaded by Old-Games.ru)
included in Aces: Collection Series (1997) 2CD ISO Demo 757MB (uploaded by Egon68)
Red Baron with Mission Builder - 1997 ISO Demo 43MB (uploaded by scaryfun)
Full Demo 1.9MB (uploaded by mklgw1985)
included in Aces: The Complete Collector's Edition (1995) - UK Clone ISO Demo v1.2 526MB (uploaded by Egon68)


Snow Strike Incredible Technologies, Inc. / Epyx, Inc. / U.S. Gold Ltd. [top]

You must fly an F14-LBC "Rapier" on a series of missions all along Colombia. You've land missions like free flight, destroy drug labs, bomb drug refineries, destroy drug stores and destroy drug convoy. You've aircraft carrier missions like free flight, destroy enemy aircraft carriers, destroy drug ships and destroy enemy oil supplies. In the air you can fight the MiG-27, Su-27, MiG-29 and MiG-31 armed with heat or radar guided missiles! You can choose to be an existing pilot or to create a new one. You can choose between 2 levels of difficulty: beginner (less enemy attacks) or expert (the most dangerous). The weather will affect the mission. The good weather will be great for training, and the stormy will be dangerous but great for attacks, as you can hide into the clouds and approach the enemy unnoticed. You'll have a copilot that will help you telling what's going on every moment. You can avoid missiles using your skills, using chaff or... if you can't, you can use your parachute!
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Full Demo (@ My Abandonware)
Videos


Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter Electronic Arts, Inc. [top]

Flight simulator for the Soviet SU-25 attack jet which was challenge at the developer to make a fun game in 14 weeks (in order to show it at CES). A wide range of bombs and munitions are included (from cluster bombs to rockets to guns). Includes three sets of missions (each set takes place in a year, from 1991 to 1993). Missions range from attacking tanks and troops to attacking bridges and other buildings. Although the missions can be played separately, played in order they form a storyline about the crumbling Soviet regime. This simulator uses a true 3D engine, but the flight model is not 6DOF.
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Full Demo 800kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Floppy Images ISO Demo 838kb (uploaded by scaryfun)
Videos


Team Yankee Oxford Digital Enterprises Ltd. / Empire Software [top]

In this tank simulation game based on Harold Coyle's book of the same name, Team Yankee is a squad of crack tank drivers and gunners. They are in the latest tanks, such as the well known Abrams M1, Bradley M2, T-72 and T-62, armed with lasers, machine guns and SABOTs. As Commander Sean Bannon, you must use these resources correctly in five missions ranging from defending a hill to attacking a centre through a forest. The control interface of the game is somewhat unique as it features a four-way split screen with different control options in order to grant direct orders to four individual platoons of tanks. The game simulates instruments of war including thermal imaging in a detailed manner, as well as giving access to scrolling maps of the battlefield as combat unfolds. It was followed by Pacific Islands and War In The Gulf in the game series.
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Full Demo 405kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Reviews


Wing Commander ORIGIN Systems, Inc. [top]

This is a flight combat game interwoven with a cinematic storyline set in the 27th century. Rather than modeling real-world physics with a completely accurate simulation of space flight, the game is designed to provide a fun, intense, first-person space dogfighting experience. Several things distinguish this title from other games upon its initial release: the graphics, music and sound are state of the art, surpassing most (if not all) other competing products in the industry at the time. The storyline, of which a short segment unravels after each mission, has many plot devices rarely used before in a computer game of its type: character development, interpersonal conflict, ethics and more. In the first scenario, the player takes the role of a young Lieutenant who has just been assigned to the carrier ship Tiger's Claw, the pride of the Confederate Navy. As the primary goal of the game unfolds, you learn of the Confederation's campaign to take Vega Sector from the Kilrathi, an alien race bent on ruling the galaxy. Unique for its time, it used a hybrid 3D system that took place in true 3D space, but used bitmaps drawn from different angles for sprites. The end result was a 3D system that was fast without the speed penalty of rendering polygons in realtime (bitmap scaling and rotation was employed instead). A similar method was used in Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, but not until several years later. A successful synergism between space action simulations and an adventure, it was one of the first games to play like a movie, with it's cinematic cutscenes. It's impact remains apparent through the countless sequels and other games which utilize it's concepts. It made use of a fully-orchestrated (if MIDI) Variable Mix, helping to make Sound Blaster a household name in computers. It spun off 8 novels and a feature film. In 1996, Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga was released which contained remastered versions of games 1-3, with a high-quality soundtrack and perfect execution under Windows without speed or stability problems. It added drop-away cockpit support for 1 & 2 and rudder/pedal support for 3.

See also: #Wing Commander: The Secret Missions, #Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade

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Full Demo 3MB (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Remastered Version included in Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga (1996) 17MB (uploaded by GamesWin)
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Remastered version included in Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga (1996) 5CD ISO Demo 2.52GB (uploaded by Molitor)
Wing Commander & The Secret Missions & The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade - Floppy Images ISO 3.2MB+789kb+825kb (uploaded by Maraakate)
Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga - Superpatch for modern o/s 3kb (uploaded by WC News)
Kilrathi Saga WC1 Compatability Patch 254kb (uploaded by WC News)
2000 PC Gamer Coverdisk Release (same as The Kilrathi Saga/Windows version) - Full Demo 121.6MB (uploaded by WC News)


Wing Commander: The Secret Missions ORIGIN Systems, Inc. [top]

In the first Secret Missions add-on to Wing Commander, the TCS Tiger's Claw responds to a distress call from the Terran colony in the Goddard System. Once they arrive, they find that the colony has been completely destroyed by a new Kilrathi secret weapon, with no survivors. The Tiger's Claw is then ordered to pursue the Kilrathi fleet into their own space and destroy this new weapon - without reinforcements or the ability to resupply. This addon campaign adds 16 new missions to fly. Unlike the main game, there is no branching mission tree - progress is linear. There are also several new ships: a Confederation corvette, Kilrathi and Confederation freighters and of course the Kilrathi dreadnought with the secret weapon itself. Characters from the main game can be transferred into the add-on, which also includes a "Mission Selector" to fly any of the missions from the original game. In 1996, after Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga was released which contained remastered versions of games 1-3 and ran under Windows, Secret Missions 1 and 2 were made available for download from the Origin web/FTP site.
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Full Demo 726kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Free Addon for Wing Commander: Kilrathi Saga 1.67MB (uploaded by WCnews)
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Wing Commander & The Secret Missions & The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade - Floppy Images ISO Demo 3.2MB+789kb+825kb (uploaded by Maraakate)


Xiphos Voodoo / Electronic Zoo [top]

As usual, a computer has been put in control of vast stretches of an intergalactic empire. As usual, it has failed and locked the entire area into limbo. As usual, you're the one who has to sort this mess out, by reaching the computer and destroying it. Unfortunately, the area en route to it is vast and treacherous, with lots of obstacles to shoot out, and you will need to trade your items in order to get enough fuel to get there. The gameplay resembles Elite, involving first-person space shooting and trading.
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Full Demo (@ XTC Abandonware)
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Full Demo (@ My Abandonware)


ShootEm Up 2D/3D

Blood Money DMA Design Limited / Psygnosis Limited [top]

The game is a shoot 'em up which scrolls both horizontally and vertically, while being viewed from an R-Type style sideways perspective. Navigating the levels sometimes requires the player to duck through gaps in scenery. The player has 4 missions to take on, in each case trying to kill baddies for the money they have, which can be spent in the shop rooms to upgrade their craft. Energy is depleted by contact with enemies and the walls, although there are some baddies who simply hover on your ship and steal, rather than physically doing damage. Players move through four stages on the planet, taking control of a different vehicle in each level: a helicopter in the metal world, a submarine in a water world, a spacesuit in an ice world, and a fighter jet in a fire world. Each vehicle features unique weaponry, which players use to attack all advancing enemies. Players can upgrade their vehicle with power-ups, which grant them additional weapons and upgrades, such as support missiles and neutron bombs. The vehicles' energy acts as players' health, and is depleted when the vehicle makes contact with enemies and walls. When all energy is lost, players lose a life; three lives are provided at the beginning of the game, and additional lives can be collected as players progress through the levels.
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Full Demo 473kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Floppy Images ISO Demo & scans 12.6MB (uploaded by scaryfun)


Buggy Ranger Iron Byte / Dinamic Software [top]

Year 2019, in a post-apocalyptic world, we must fight versus the evil machines that destroy our planet... This is the plot of this side-scrolling shoot'em up, very similar to the "jeep stage" of one of the most famous titles of Dinamic, Army Moves. The main difference, is that in this case, the turret of our vehicle, can fly and shoot in the air at the enemies.
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Spanish Floppy Image ISO Demo 57kb (uploaded by basetta)
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Dawn Raider Softstar Entertainment Inc. [top]

In this top-down vertical scrolling arcade shooter player controls an assault plane on its way through mechanized army forces over the Chinese territory. The plane is armed with missiles, machine gun or laser. Machine gun is transformed into powerful laser, while holding 'machine gun' key down. Progressing from stage to stage, player should keep plane's pilot alive eliminating the enemies. Each hit will decrease plane's oil reserve, and plane will crash after it is completely exhausted. Some foes drop out missiles, oil cans, and laser power cells, and player may collect or shoot them to switch between the resources to collect. The game is available for 1 or 2 players trying to complete their mission on the same screen in cooperative mode.
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Full Demo 391kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Full Demo 368kb (uploaded by myloch)


Fire & Forget II Titus France SA [top]

Part two in the Fire and Forget series, best described as Crazy Cars (also by Titus) with weapons in a futuristic setting. This game combines the genres action and driving. In each of the five levels you need to blow your way to the front of the death convoy and shot down the leader of a group of terrorists, who plans to blow up a city. Your machine of destruction is a car with the ability to fly.
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Full Demo 262kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Galactic Battle Softdisk Publishing [top]

This Space Invaders-style shooter pits the player against eleven different waves of alien opponents which recur over the course of an infinite number of levels. The player can move horizontally and (to a limited degree) vertically, and the traditional gun is accompanied by a shield that can be activated at the press of a button. Everything costs energy, however, so there is a time constraint to play. Medals are earned during play which can be redeemed for ship enhancements (reduced energy use, increased fire power or increased shot damage) if the player is able to successfully dock with a starbase. Docking also refills the player's energy after each wave. In 2002, it was later made freeware.
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Freeware Game 47kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Ikari III: The Rescue SNK Corporation [top]

The presidential candidate's daughter has been kidnapped! It is your job to get past enemy lines and rescue her. This is the third game in the Ikari Warriors series, and features similar arcade/action gameplay but also introduces hand-to-hand combat. The screen is a top down view which scrolls vertically, with numerous bad guys to defeat. You start the game with just your fists, and as the levels progress you can find weapons and other objects to help you out.
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Full Demo 334kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Mystical Infogrames Europe SA [top]

Acquiring the title of Supreme Magician, you should travel from the Marsh of Eternal Stench to the Garden of Eden, facing danger and humour, and trying to survive the deluge of monsters, thoroughly determined to stop you! In this vertical scrolling action you should avoid the contact with enemies and their attacks, or eliminate them. You may move on the screen in four directions, collect the items, drink potions and read the scrolls to acquire the certain magical powers. The powers such as firebolts or genie assistant varies as well as your enemies such as monks, doctors, and walking trees, and everything was made with a certain sense of humor. The best scores will be written in High Scores table.
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Full Demo 538kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Netherworld Hewson Consultants Ltd. [top]

In this game you are trapped in Netherworld. With your space ship you have to make your way through different levels with a hostile environment. Under a time limit you have to collect diamonds to get to the next level. The game is filled with dragons, moving mines, acid spitting creatures and lots more. Your space ship is able to shoot, furthermore you can collect several power ups, such as sand glasses to ease the time limit, shield restore or items that give you invulnerability.
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Floppy Image ISO Demo + Scans 2.4MB (uploaded by Egon68)
included in Hits for Six: Volume Eight - Clone ISO Demo 21MB (uploaded by Egon68)
Full Demo 406kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)


P47 Thunderbolt NMK Co. Ltd. / Firebird Software Ltd. [top]

The P-47 was one of the toughest planes in use in World War 2, and this side-scrolling shoot 'em up puts you in control of one as you take on hordes of Nazis. 16-bit versions have a simultaneous 2-player mode, as well as the ability to wrap-around the game with increased difficulty up to 4 times. You are initially armed with a machine gun, but can also pick up bombs, spray missiles and multi-missiles by picking up the appropriate letter. Each weapon can be upgraded by picking up further tokens of the same type. Tokens offering extra lives and speed-ups are also on offer.
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Full Demo 155kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Rotor Systematics / Arcana Software Limited [top]

You control a battle tank (the Rotor) which hovers in a 2D-labyrinth. Gravity pulls heavily on the Rotor, making it fall towards the ground. As any contact with walls or enemies is deadly, your main task is to avoid that. You may rotate your tank freely and accelerate via an afterburner, thus manoeuvring through the corridors -- imagine a mix of Asteroids and Lunar Lander to get an idea of the physics. Scattered throughout the 18 different fortresses are boxes. Shoot these open to find either a) Fuel: this will replenish your supply, which is drained by shooting and accelerating. b) Sun crystals: Collect all to finish the mission. c) Bombs. They will explode in 30 to 60 seconds, destroying your ship. You can avoid that by leaving the screen quickly, or by picking the bomb up; this earns you major credits, but your ship drops much faster due to increased weight. d) Pearls. Collecting these advance the upgrade counter by one to three steps; you may activate the current upgrade at any time, which will improve your rotation speed, engine strength, weapon, shield etc. Boxes are emptied by carefully flying very, very close to them and activating a tractor field. As if gravity and accurate flying wasn't challenging enough, the game also confronts you with various enemies. All of these are immobile and fire in a straight line; the sheer mass of them makes avoiding the bullets a difficult task nevertheless. Apart from turrets, there are attractors and repulsors who'll smash you into walls, and force fields that need to be deactivated by finding and shooting a switch. The tricky labyrinths together with the short supply of fuel, weight constraints and clever upgrade system make Rotor more a game of tactics and accuracy than arcade action. Wild shooting and careless flying will deplete your fuel in no time; you'll have to progress carefully to discern traps in time.
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Full Demo 142kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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RS-2 Softstar Entertainment Inc. [top]

This is a side scrolling shooter, single player, with power-ups and large end-level bosses. Each level (or "act" as the game calls them) starts with a picture foreshadowing the end-boss ship. Power-ups come in the form of yellow balls with a letter in them, which appear when the player shoots jukebox-shaped enemies. The letter K is halve moons, B is target-seeking fireballs, S is scatter shot and L is laser beams (plaid laser beams). At the start of the game, the first two power-ups will equip the player's ship with two pods, after that the player can get the different weapons. Picking up a power-up changes weapons of the dual pods. Unlike other shooter games, picking up more of the same power-up type does not make the player's weapon stronger. There are no extra lives or continues, the player only has one health bar making it a difficult game to beat. Flying through enemies or geting hit by bullets decreases health, and when all health is gone the player's ship crashes and it's game over. The game is mainly a matter of remembering enemy patterns and memorizing when and where the enemies will appear. The movement patterns of the end bosses seem to be deliberately designed to deceive the player the first time he encounters them. For example, at one point the first boss will move up in a way that the player thinks he has to fly underneath it, at which point the boss will suddenly stomp down.
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Full Demo 600kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Space Miner Sights UnScene [top]

This is a single-player shareware top-down scrolling space shooter. The story behind this game is that the mega corporations of the future have declared regions of space containing mega-ore as being off-limits to private firms. The player takes the role of a third generation independent miner who chooses to mine the ore in restricted space. This sets the scene for a Galaxian-style game in which most, but not all of the nasties come down the screen intent on destroying the player's craft. While shooting the baddies the player must also collect the pieces of ore which flow down the screen.
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Shareware Level Demo 94kb (uploaded by Internet Archive Software Collection)
included in 5 Plus One: Pack 6 - ISO Demo (plus Super Tetris, Aldo Again, Draw Poker, Green, Phylox) 11MB (uploaded by Internet Archive Software Collection)


Super C Konami Industry Co. Ltd. / Konami, Inc. [top]

The alien Red Falcon is back, and planning on taking over the planet Earth. Now it's up to Scorpion and Mad Dog to battle through five levels and save the planet. Super Contra is the sequel to Contra. Gameplay is a combination of side scrolling/platform and top down view. This was the last in Konami's widely acclaimed Contra series that were translated to the PC, There's plenty of weapons that can be collected, with the same aiming and jumping controls. There are a wide variety of enemies to defeat, starting with earthly locations, and progressing to more alien. To help out, weapon upgrades can be found as the game progresses. Two players can play simultaneously, or one player can attempt to take on Red Falcon himself. As the game progresses, its obvious how the motifs of each level changes... at first human and militaristic, later hideous and very alien. There are two overhead levels, much like Commando. The flamethrower has been made more powerful (it shoots flame balls that burst on contact with a surface). The best improvement is that the game as a whole seems much less frustrating. It's still difficult, but many of the unfair deaths in Contra aren't here any more. This is no cakewalk, though: the bosses are still tough, and very huge.

See also: Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra

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Full Demo 596kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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Floppy Images ISO Demo 612kb (uploaded by scaryfun)
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Voyager Ediciones Manali [top]

This is a Spanish vertically scrolling shoot'em up with some resemblance to two Spanish games of the time, such as Rath-tha and Jackson City (actually both share perspective and graphical palette of beige tones), but more grim realization in all and each of the aspects. If something is striking in Voyager it's the nonexistence of phases. The whole game is made ​​as a single level in which, as we move forward, our adversaries vary so much as the scenery. And speaking of enemies, we face these by the hordes. We never attack two different types of enemies at once. Also, mention that all our adversaries lack firepower, though, to compensate for this, they lurk in large numbers. There are no bosses, or collecting items that will improve the ability of our ship or bonus stages, or virtually anything that we would expect in a moderately competent shoot'em up.
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Full Demo 21kb (uploaded by Old-Games.ru)


Xenon 2: Megablast The Assembly Line, The Bitmap Brothers / Image Works [top]

This is a vertically scrolling space shooter, in which you have to pass several levels, filled with waves of enemies, that all end with a level boss creature. Each group of enemies you destroy grants you a cash reward and every once in a while you enter Colin's Bargain Basement, where you can use this cash to purchase upgrades for your ship like better weapons, speed & health upgrades etc. Some upgrades can also be picked up during the levels. The first part of the game has an organic feel to it, while the second part of the game features mechanical enemies. As there are some maze-like sections with dead-ends in the game, your spaceship scrolls backwards when you keep pressing the down key.
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Full Demo 204kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
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