The Secret of Monkey Island. LucasArts (1990) PC

I’ll cover the Special Edition of Secret of Monkey Island, AND the Original in this review as they are the same game; except the remake has better graphics, better music, better sound FX, and better voice acting. On top of this, you can switch between old and new version on the fly on the Special Edition.

I like the dabble in Point and Clicks, and some of them are our favourite games of all time, but Monkey Island is one I’ve had to keep coming back to several times in the last 20 odd years because I never actually managed to get off the first chapter.

So with a stubborn insistence I decided to finally cross Monkey Island off my “to do” list. Continue reading

UFO: Afterlife. Altar Games (2007) PC

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Phew that was exhausting! About 100 hours has been poured into UFO: Aftermath, Aftershock and Afterlife.

The series is a little mixed, and with a 3rd game trying the UFO: Apocalypse route going into the game I am skeptical.

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UFO: Aftershock. Altar Games (2005) PC

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UFO: Aftershock is the sequel to UFO: Aftermath, and is not officially related to UFO: Enemy Unknown (X-Com: UFO Defense). Interestingly, the 3rd game in the series, Afterlight, is not a sequel to Aftershock in terms of the story.

Of all the games in this genre I have probably played this one the most, even more than Jagged Alliance 2.

So how does it hold up?
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UFO: Aftermath. Altar Games (2003) PC

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UFO: Aftermath started off  “The Dreamland Chronicles: Freedom Ridge” by Mythos Games, but was eventually abandoned. It is an homage to X-Com, and is partly based on the abandoned X-Com: Genesis. It is *NOT* officially related to UFO: Enemy Unknown (X-Com: UFO Defense).
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Tyrian 2000. Eclipse Software (1999) PC

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Originally release in 1995 as Tyrian, Tyrian 2000 is a slightly updated version (with the an extra act) and some bug fixes. It is also freeware, meaning you have no excuses not to play it. I personally went for the GOG.com version, because I love GOG and it’s out of the box DOSBox working goodness.

Anyway, I wasn’t planning on reviewing this; but after playing it on my lunch break, I slowly got into it and found there to be a very fun game at its core. Continue reading