Francisco Gonzalez, the creator of A Golden Wake and a one man team behind Grundislav Games joins yours truly in a discussion of the short-lived Sierra Discovery Series. Join us as we (re)discover these edutainment titles. Expect a bit of Sierra game bashing.
Oh boy, more Russian DOS games!
Today it’s seven titles developed by Alexey Silaev and published by DOKA Company between 1992 and 1995. These games are Rally, The Mystery of the Surface, The Interceptor, Mick, BabyType, LinguaMatch and Black Zone.
Natalie “Resulka” Juhasz joins yours truly to discuss various adult games for DOS. Warning: Leisure Suit Larry is NOT the kind of game we’re talking about. This podcast is not safe for work, families or just about anyone. Enjoy.
Carlos Teixeira, a retro hardware & software enthusiast from Portugal joins yours truly in discussing history of IBM PC hardware. Loved and cherished devices are mentioned, as well as some lost and forgotten ones. Also an in-depth advice on building your own awesome DOS machine is given. Relax & listen.
Tempest 2000 is known for its techno soundtrack by Imagitec Design, Inc. in redbook audio format across a variety of platforms. However, the MS-DOS version has optional AdLib/Sound Blaster music that can be enabled in the configuration program. I’ve decided to make it available here. (I also would like to note that the DOS version also has MT-32 music, and that maybe someone with a real card could also make it available some day.)
Russian retro guru Dmitry Bachilo joins yours truly to discuss our (limited) experience with DOS multiplayer technologies & games. The kind of stories you’ll only hear from Russians. So grab yourself some vodka, caviar & a bear, relax & enjoy.
MadSpace is a Russian first person shooter developed by Maddox Games and published by Auric Vision in 1997.
The game has quite a few unique features including non-Euclidean geometry, 3D glasses support, speech recognition & multiplayer up to 16 players. Although the game was published in Russia as well as some other territories (in English), it was a commercial flop & physical copies are extremely rare.
This is a video of a four pre-recorded demos that are included with the demo version. The game has a high resolution support (640×400 only,) but even back in the day it would make it rather sluggish even on a nice Pentium. I couldn’t capture it in that mode without sacrificing the frame rate, so I settled on a standard VGA mode instead.
A pilot by day and a DOS enthusiast by night (and sometimes the other way around) Chris Olson joins yours truly to discuss a rather popular (back in the DOS days) genre of flight simulator games. Unbuckle your seat belt, sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.
A cool animated logo of a Russian company Nikita only featured in one game (as far as I know) – White House Siege (aka Super Toppler), a sequel to their first international hit Perestroika. Sound from PC Speaker.
The music is a classic tune by Mikhail Glika which was modern Russia’s first anthem (no lyrics) before the USSR anthem with new lyrics replaced it.
A cool logo taken from Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire by ORIGIN Systems, 1990. Also seen in Wing Commander 1 & 2, and with the planet replaced with Mars in Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 – Martian Dreams