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Requests to identify a game played on a retro platform, based on appearance in media or a recollection. See tag wiki for guidance on identification questions.

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Looking for a PC 2D platformer game from the mid-2000s or earlier

I'm trying to find the name of a PC game I used to play as a kid in the early/mid-2000s. All I remember from it is that it was a 2D platformer and that one of the levels looked like the following ...
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Where and what was Haunt.bat? A game pre-loaded on a c1992 PC

This doesn't belong on the gaming SE, so I'm trying my luck here. I'm looking for any info I can get on an old game that I simply known as "Haunt.bat". Here is the back-story: In the mid 90's a ...
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Looking for a 90's sorcery game on Atari ST

I am looking for a game from the end of 80's/early 90's game on Atari ST. Where two wizards, one purple, one red have to turn the color of a checkerboard tiles to its own color using spells. The main ...
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What is this game featured in the film ‘The Year of the Jellyfish’?

In the 1984 movie The Year of the Jellyfish, featuring Valerie Kaprisky, at 00:13:42 we see her play a video game on a console like an old Atari, Philips, etc) Does someone know which console or ...
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What is the arcade game played in the "The Boys Next Door" movie?

This is from the movie The Boys Next Door (1985). The character is playing an arcade game. There is the name, but is impossible to read. I read "mrrruders" but searching on the net nothing ...
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Looking for a platformer game

All I can remember of the game is that: It was a platformer game The game might have been made in the 90's I think it was a DOS game It was a very colored game The main character was human (I think ...
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Arcade game: pseudo-3D flying down a Death-Star-like trench

I cannot find any references to this game so maybe someone here will recall it: It was a full-sized arcade cabinet with an aircraft-yoke type controller with fire buttons on the tip of the yoke. I ...
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Name this PC DOS Combat Flight Simulator

I'm trying to remember the name of a PC DOS Combat Flight Simulator that I played around 1991/92. I can give the following details: It was named after a US fighter plane that would have been in ...
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PET space arcade game with surprisingly good graphics

We had PET computers in my high school, 4032's IIRC, and a few classic games to go with them - the excellent Space Invaders port, Star Trek of course, and a few others. These all used PETASCII for ...
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Looking for an "Inspector" or "Detective" game (BASIC?)

I'm working on an emulator for the Soviet mainframe BESM-6. Among a few games written for it there was a game called "Inspector" (or "Detective"). Its code didn't survive; the only mention of it I can ...
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Origin/source of "One Line" one-key game

Circa 1985 in our school BBC Micro lab, we wasted much time playing a tiny type-in game that looked a bit like this: The playfield was filled with a random arrangement of asterisks, and the player ...
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The video game in the movie The Dirt Bike Kid

At minute 25 of the movie The Dirt Bike Kid (1985) there is a scene: a man playing a video game. The video game is similar to Space Invaders but is not Space Invaders. Anyone recognize the game?
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Identify MS-DOS 2D space adventure game c. 1992

Please can you help me identify a game I bought and played on my first PC around 1992? It was a 2D, top down game with a small spaceship that you controlled and remained centre-screen. It was a story-...
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1980s game with a guy with an axe on a flying disc

I'm trying to identify a game I remember from the 1980s. The game was shown from a bird's-eye viewpoint (or maybe isometric?), on Apple IIe, IIRC. You controlled a guy with an axe, who was ...
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What is this early 3D platformer?

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_-fcFivTS8&t=599s Image: I'm having a hard time tracking down a game I played when I was a kid. It was on DOS in the early 90s. It had flat-shaded polygon ...
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What was this game with a "Conan" style character on Atari ST?

This is about a 2D (third person) game I remember seeing being played on an Atari ST computer. In the game the player controls a "Conan" style character (holding a sword, if I remember correctly). In ...
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Turn-based trading game set in space, from the 1990s

This is certainly a long shot... this game has evaded my searching for years and I would love to have this mysterious game named once and for all. It came out prior to 1997 (possibly earlier this is ...
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In search of.... SeaWar -- NOT Battleship!

Hopefully, sufficient background Many years ago (40-45), I used to play "Sea War" on a good sized time-share system. It was a text/adventure war game between a couple remote players, played over a ...
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Identify a vertical arcade shooter from the very early 1980s

I'm trying to identify an arcade game that I remember playing. At the bottom was the player's rocket that you could move in left-right direction and possibly also a small amount up and down (not sure ...
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Help identifying an arcade game from the late 1980s

I'm looking for an arcade coin-op game from the late 80's that I remember seeing as a child. Game in question is a puzzle-action featuring a penguin pushing blocks of ice over smooth ice. After a few ...
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What is this old PC truck game?

I've begun to recall a game I played as a child with my brother, and I can't remember what it was called for the life of me. The reason I'm asking for identification is because I remember how much he ...
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Help identify old Apple game from 80s (Apple II, Apple IIGS)

I am trying to remember the name of a game I played on Apple II or Apple IIGS. From what I can remember, the beginning of the game you are looking for your lost uncle or something. You to another ...
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What is the origin of this version of the "Moon Landing" game?

Among the BESM-6 games there was a "Moon Landing" game; the only one available in both English and Russian versions. The binary survived but it is not runnable (yet). The description said ...
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1990s BBS game featuring mining elements from a planet

Sometime in the 90s (sorry, can't be more specific) I used to dial in to a BBS and play a multi-player game that involved manually mining elements from a planet. It was very detailed, you got employed ...
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Side-scrolling shooter game for the Macintosh from the 1990s

I'm trying to find an early to mid 90s Macintosh game. It was a side scrolling shooter in the style of R Type. You flew a spaceship that looked vaguely like the USS Enterprise from Star Trek, albeit ...
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Help identifying a platform game for UNIX from 1990s

Platform(s): Sun SPARC/Sparcstation/Ultrasparc Genre: Platform/Arcade Estimated year of release: 1994-1997 Graphics/art style: Window application started from within the Sun SPARC UNIX window manager ...
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Please identify this game from movie Dawn of the dead aka "Zombie"

I have identified 5 of the 6 games on the movie "Zombie" of George Romero (the scene of video-game playing at minute 01:18:00). The titles are: Qwak Atari 1974 Gangbusters, Midway 1974 Night ...
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2000's RPG PC game [closed]

I've been looking for a certain game, I think it's from the 2000's. I can only remember a few characteristics: It was an RPG game. There was a cave, with what I think was a sleeping dragon and there ...
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A mixed first-person 3D/top-down 2D game for DOS, probably from the 1990s, about a boy protagonist escaping from being abducted by aliens

The way I remember it, I first played this game on a CD (sadly, I do not recall the name) that contained dozens of DOS games. I think that this was in 1995, but I am not sure. The following is an ...
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Old grid-based puzzle game with snakes that wake up when on the same row/column as you

I'm trying to find an old game: Played on an old computer, not sure which kind. (early/late 1990s?) Graphics were grid-based and "8-bit-seeming". Locations included plains and caves. Movement was ...
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What was that old FPS game where you shot rats in a sewer?

In the 1990s, I played an obscure shareware (I believe) FPS game for the PC (MS-DOS) which was closer in technology to Wolfenstein 3D than DOOM. It was rather dark, so I assume it had some sort of ...
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Trying to identify an Apple II space trading game

I'm trying to identify a game I remember from my first exposure to computers (the Apple II at secondary school back in the late '70s). I remember two games I really enjoyed, the first a Star-Trek-...
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1980s arcade game with overhead perspective and line-art cut scenes

This is a long shot. I saw this game around 1990 at an arcade in eastern Europe. The place had all western machines (e.g. Rampage, Gauntlet, Tron, Donkey Kong Jr, etc) so I believe it was also a ...
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Video game from the film “Murder Story” (1989)

From movie "Murder story" is from a console with small joystick anyone know the title?
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A game where you program a robot to fulfill missions

I'm looking for a game. Unfortunately there're only few things I remember: You had a robot. There was no way to steer it manually, so to solve a room, every step to do had to be programmed in advance ...
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"Holographic"/3D arcade games

This is vague, but I remember seeing several different arcade machines, probably in the early 90s, with various sorts of "holographic" 3D displays. By that I mean that they produced depth perception ...
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Windows War Strategy Game

I remember when I was younger playing a WWII (possibly WWI) strategy game, that I'm pretty sure was for Windows 3.1 but it may have been an early Win'95 game, and a big chunk of the main screen was a ...
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Looking for a 90's shooter-platformer game

Back in the 90's I remember playing a 2d shooter-platformer game on my family's home computer. I sucked at the game, and as far as I remember I never managed to beat the first level. The details I can ...
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1980s Commodore 64 game about flying toward tower

Wondering if anyone can help me shed some light on this vague memory I have as a kid. I'm trying to recall a particular Commodore 64/128 game - here's what I can remember: You flew some sort of ...
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Polygonal 3D game for the Atari ST featuring spaceships

I've been trying to track down a 3D game from the late '80s/early '90s. It was on the Atari ST and featured simple polygonal (space)ships1 floating over flattish polygonal ground with the occasional ...
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Top-down cops-and-robbers car game for MS-DOS

Here are few things I remember, but it was not sufficient for me to find the game on a search engine: The game is top-down game - with no camera angle. It is a car game, with cops and robbers. You ...
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Identify this Amiga game: It's just like Rocket League

I remember playing an Amiga game which was very similar to Rocket League, subject to the technology of the time. It was a two player game with a top-down 2D playing area. There was a large puck ...
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Submarine diver game where you had to collect fish and other things for your aquarium

I've been searching for a game that I used to play a ton when I was a kid on the Windows 95/98, but I can't find it for the life of me! From what I remember, you were a deep-sea diver that collected ...
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PET game, enemies attempt to break through several concentric sets of walls

I'm looking for another PET game, which I cannot find on various sites. It was one of the earlier ones - it was available when I first got access to the PETs circa 1981/82. The user starts in the ...
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Identify C64 Game About Firemen

I'm searching for an old game for the C64, it was about a group of firemen. I last played it in the 1989, 32 years ago, so I do not remember it very well. I remember only that the firemen don't want ...
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90s game about a man with a revolver fighting demons

The game I'm trying to identify is a side-scrolling platformer where the protagonist is a man wielding a six-shooter revolver. I think I played a demo or shareware version as it only contained one ...
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Looking for late 90s shareware open world racing game

I'm trying to track down a shareware racing game released somewhere between 1999 and 2004 - or at least, my parents found it bundled in a computer magazine during that time. Here's what I remember ...
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What is this side-scrolling fighting game for the Amiga?

I remember playing this game on an Amiga. I have no idea what it was called.
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Which was this game with collectibles, that came with a washing machine detergent?

Availability I most likely played it in the late 90s (1997+). It might have been the early 2000s as well, but it's less likely. My computer at the time was running Windows 95 or 98. The game came on a ...
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Did this game and computer system from Magnum PI exist?

Here's some screenshots from the youtube clip [1986?]: Magnum P.I (Thomas crashes Higgin's security computer system): Then Higgins says OMG Magnum you've crashed the "dracos three". I think he said ...
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