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This sounds like Jill of the Jungle: It is a platform game where the player takes the role of the titular character: an amazon woman who takes the untypical role of monster-slaying, leather-wearing feminist warrior. Jill's most distinguishing ability is morphing into various creatures, such as a bird, a fish, and others, which allow her to explore ...


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This sounds like F29 Retaliator: it has low hardware requirements, supports head-to-head play, and has blackout/redout. Only its name doesn’t fit: it follows the US nomenclature for fighter planes, but the F-29 never existed (except as the X-29 experimental plane). The Falcon series nearly matches, but not quite: the original Falcon, and its immediate ...


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The Bilestoad. Axes, flying discs, and blood - kind of narrows it down. ; - ) But here's a screenshot with axes, a flying disc, and blood. Here's a clean crack (playable in-browser), a video of the game and an interview with the author. This was a controversial game at the time, and possibly influential. John Romero is apparently a fan.


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That looks like Golden Axe; it's a Sega arcade game ported to home computers including the Amiga by Probe. Details: http://www.lemonamiga.com/?game_id=463


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Sounds quite like Tass Times in Tonetown. Although, IIRC it was about saving Grampa and the antagonist was a kind of a croc with several other besats mixed in 'man', but otherwise it fits. And yes, it was 'punky' :) It also had a remarkable user interface (that's why I remember it at all) combining the text based nature of classic adventures with a ...


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I'm guessing you're talking about Gazillionaire Deluxe. It's a space trading game that came out in 1996, supported multiple players, and set in a universe with 7 planets. Notably on this screenshot taken from Old-Games.com, one of the spaceships looks like a brain:


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And it's definitely Star Spores. I found an interview with the author, who it turns out lives fairly close to me, and he mentioned the line-drawing routine which I'm sure is referring to the lightning bolt effect. It seems this game has been lost to history. The interviewer mentions trying to find a copy to upload, but look as I might I cannot see it ...


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Yes they existed, and they were produced by Sega, with the interactive movie Time Traveler being the most common though Holosseum, an upgrade kit for Time Traveler, is probably the fighting game you are thinking of. It wasn't a real hologram, obviously, but just a 2d image projected via a concave dome-shaped mirror to give the appearance of floating in ...


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It's called Star Lanes: The first part of the listing shows details: 10 REM THE GAME OF STARLANES - AN INTERSTELLAR COMMERCE GAME 20 REM FOR 2 TO 4 PLAYERS - COPYRIGHT 1977 BY STEVEN FARBER 30 REM WRITTEN IN ALTAIR BASIC 12/17/76 31 REM MODIFIED FOR APPLESOFT II BY RICHARD NAPOLI - 6/24/79 32 REM LISTED IN INTERFACE AGE JUNE 1977 [...] 70 M$(5)...


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Per Magnum Mania that episode first aired on the third of January 1985, meaning it was filmed in 1984, predating all of the computers that you would expect both to be able to display graphics like that and to be a target for video games. I'm therefore inclined to agree with most of that site's analysis: The game seen in the episode is not a real game at ...


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I cant believe I found it, I'm so happy right now, years and years trying... The name of the game is Quest for Glory V. Here is some gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtx_fpdi06w And down here the image that finally helped me to find the game:


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Well, the folks from stardot came through! It seems it's called Asterisk Tracker, and was published in the December 1984 issue of Beebug magazine. The author was N. Silver: 1L=0:REP.L=L+3:MO.4:DR.1279,0:DR.1279,452:MOVE1279,572:DR.1279,1023:DR.0,1023:F.I=1TOL:V.31,RND(32)+5,RND(31),42,30:N.:P.(L-3)/3:X=0:Y=512:REP.PL.69,X,Y:X=X+4:Y=Y-(INKEY-74+.5)*8:U.PO.X,...


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Impressive that you were able to find the image without knowing the name of the game. If you paste the image URL of your post above into Google's image search, Google's guess will be "Golden Axe II".


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I'm going to venture a guess with Alien Carnage: It was a shareware title released initially as Halloween Harry but later retitled, and the plot revolves around aliens that turn people into zombies. Another notable gameplay element is the character's sometimes jetpack. It has a wikipedia page, which reports that at the time of the name change they also ...


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This was indeed Jim Summers who wrote Star Spores. He also wrote Slime and Astro-Rescue. You can find them on my site, with his permission. Star Spores


8

You may be referring to Barbarian and Barbarian II from game developer Psygnosis.


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No sign of the actual game but found a mention of it in the "besm6" mailing list: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/besm6/qCfnrd8i0jQ/Ac1j6ik60akJ It was based on a BASIC game, publishes in the '70s in a magazine such as BYTE (or Datamation). I my time I've read such magazines in ГПНТБ(Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology), and ...


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I know this answer isn't what you are waiting for, but I'm hoping it will help in some way. Text adventures, as beautiful and complex as they are, were not difficult to code. There were many non-commercial games that did the rounds, even prior to the internet. I was passed several un-released text adventures on cassette for early micros I owned. Several of ...


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It sounds like you're describing the game Atoms for the Amiga. It was common on magazine coverdisks and public domain collections in the 90s. In this image, the explosion represents a fully occupied cell. The four atoms that were present in it will be added to the adjacent cells, turning them green. If any of those cells (such as the ones North and West) ...


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There's Tonka Construction 2 (1999) and similar games in the series, including one called Tonka Space Station, but that one looks like a racing game, not a mineral hunting game.


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Chicago 90 by Microids? It has a 'gangsters mode' and a 'police mode', and the object is to escape the city, or to capture criminals before they escape. French developer, too.


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A post to /r/tipofmyjoystick has brought the answer virtually instantaneously: the original game is Inspector Clew-So; other locations, some including the plaintext source can be found by searching for CLEWSO.BAS, for example, https://archive.org/details/riag_006_Volume_244_-_Games The game I remember was slightly modified compared to the original: apart ...


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So trough @Tommy's answer i was able to find the game i was looking for. Turns out it was a title called Zombie Wars, also known as Halloween Harry 2. Essentially it was a sequal to Alien Carnage released in 1996.


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It could be Hi-Octane. It was released in 1995 on PC, Playstation and Saturn. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi-Octane Probably quite a similar style to Wipeout, though not as popular. It was a racing game with hovering vehicles. You could shoot at your opponents. You had to pick up fuel, ammo and shields around the course to keep going. There was a few ...


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Guessing the most popular Apple II title that fits: Robot Odyssey. The title page is at Wikipedia, so here is the inside of a robot.


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It seems to be "Dubbelmoral" (Swedish wikipedia).


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Just when I thought I wouldn't find it on my own and posting this question, I found it: It's Oil's Well


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As Tommy already suggests it's a fake setup. The keyboard shown is of a Kaypro 10 with the Kaypro Logo (and parts of the white frame) painted over. As an 1800 USD portable not exactly the 'core' of a '100,000 USD' system. Graphics them self are clearly made up from a computer generated background and avartar, though the avatars scaling turning and movement ...


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Two games come to mind, both by The Learning Company: Midnight Rescue! which is a sidescroller with robots released in 1989 for DOS. Gizmos & Gadgets! which is an education game with a focus on mechanics, basic electronics, and energy forms. While it matches your criteria, it was made in 1993 for DOS 3.3.


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I believe you are referring to ChipWits, by Epyx software. It was quite popular at the time.


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