So I'm quite the connoisseur of old PC games, other systems too but a lot are on a wide variety of platforms and for the most part PC was a real special moment back in the 90's. Everyone I think has one of these and I think it'd be cool if you shared the experience and why you thought you found the game so special. The software industry has changed so much and it truly is an industry now instead of people working out of the basement, literally. It's kind of disappointing because a lot of old games laid a special groundwork that we just don't see in these modern games--much like the movies, the big gaming companies want to cash a check and pushing a boundary or pioneering new ground only happens if it will cash in. So I find a lot of these old gems so special as the marketing budget would nearly be 0 compared to the quality game that was put out. Maybe there was a small flaw, usually a less than capable AI, that also dissuaded the public but I used to love walking into a computer school and seeing aisles and aisles of software where no two boxes were the same sitting side-by-side. I thought that was pretty cool.
I have so many favorites and I really could just add so much to this post but I'm try and favor one here, if only to eventually stop writingI stopped here for about 10 minutes thinking about this haha!)
Pro Pinball Timeshock! is probably one of my most favorite games in a genre that has some good simulated pinball games but the pro pinball series is literally the best when it comes to emulating the pinball experience on the PC. The thing that made my inner geek giggle was the fact it did a complete job. They went so far as to adjust the operator settings (such as reset high scores or # of balls to play or even do a burn-in like a real machine tester could do) you had to interact with the dot matrix display and work through menus exactly like a real pin. The ball mechanics are also great and having played so many of this genre where you couldn't have a multiball or the balls in a multiball had no physics and just ghosted through each other...a lot of them quickly make the experience a joke. Timeshock cashes in on everything you'd ever want and the game is themed just like a real pin would be and I can literally play for hours on end as it to me is as close to the arcade as you can get. (and i still go to the arcade too!) So anywho that's my spiel and if I come up with more or some other remarks about the Golden Age of Gaming prior to what I call the '3rd crash of video games' that is the growing wings that the gaming industry did in the last 10 years or so I will share them. I always thought these old games were cool and I recently replied to a post about art and I have to say that the interpretations of what people thought of genres and how they molded them into what they are today all comes out of this era. So call me horribly nostalgic but why not? These guys are mostly better than what's out there now!