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2013-02-24 12:51:49 PM  
I still play RBI Baseball on my phone.  Great game for the throne.
 
2013-02-24 01:00:52 PM  

Alphax: GypsyJoker: Vodka Zombie: Alphax: Montezuma's Revenge.. I had the Apple IIe version, and lots of friends and family played the crap out of it.

HHGG text adventure.  Played it, but never finished.  Fairly creative, but it got especially complicated after you get to trigger the Infinite Improbability drive.

I don't know anyone who's finished HHGG, but almost everyone has played it.

Yeah.  The Infocom games always had at least one action that you'd probably never figure out on your own.   HHGG had the sequence where you had to throw the mail into the air (assuming you brought the mail with you) to distract the flying robot, then do a couple of other things in succession, in order to... hell, I don't even remember why you did this one.

Great fun, otherwise.

That was the VERY challenging part to get your hands on a Babelfish.  Trial and error.


The Babelfish was comparatively easy. The nastiest puzzle was feeding the dog at the beginning of the game. If you don't do that, there's a scene near the end where you automatically lose, and have to play the entire game over again.
 
2013-02-24 01:05:54 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: The Babelfish was comparatively easy. The nastiest puzzle was feeding the dog at the beginning of the game. If you don't do that, there's a scene near the end where you automatically lose, and have to play the entire game over again.


Feed it the stale grilled cheese sandwich.  Else, it'll swallow that alien invasion fleet.. and you'll be onboard at the time.
 
2013-02-24 01:09:35 PM  

JakeStone: Karateka


Came here to see if this was mentioned - wasn't sure how popular it was, but I sure loved that damn game.
 
2013-02-24 01:10:05 PM  
I never realized RBI Baseball wasn't well known.  We played the crap out of it back when I was in high school at my friends house.  That and Strat-o-matic baseball.

/Also played HHGGTTG, never beat it.
 
2013-02-24 01:11:39 PM  
Maniac Mansion.  Of course, that one is pretty well known, so that's probably why it's not on the list.
 
2013-02-24 01:17:52 PM  

Gunderson: Elevator Action


LabGrrl: Phantasy Star


THIS2
 
2013-02-24 01:26:59 PM  
Anyone remember Utopia for Intellevision? My friend and I played the hell of that one. It's the urtext of the "god-game" and real-time strategy. It's been called "Civilization .5" for a reason. For 1981 it was an incredible feat of engineering.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-24 01:30:33 PM  
Came for E.T. Leaving disappointed.

Slightly more seriously, RBI Baseball was all over when the NES first came out, both at home and on the arcade PlayChoice 10. Not exactly underappreciated.
 
2013-02-24 01:32:29 PM  
Lunar Outpost
Terramex (I knew it as Cosmic Relief)
Crossroads
World Games
Abyss

Yeah, the C64 was awesome.
 
2013-02-24 01:34:31 PM  

Solty Dog: I say Shadowgate, The Uninvited and Deja Vu. I know those weren't popular with my friends.


I still don't know anyone else other than me that beat shadowgate.  I freaking loved all three of those games... and got grounded for covertly calling the nintendo power hotline to find out how to get past a part in shadowgate.
 
2013-02-24 01:37:24 PM  
H.E.R.O is the shiat!!
 
2013-02-24 01:40:53 PM  
It is nice that someone mentioned 7 cities of gold. That game rocked just for the random map generator and open world style. There were things in that game that people say later games invented.

Another awesome game was M.U.L.E.  My whole family would play it on the C64 together. EA actually published this. They used to be cool.

The baseball game FTFA was fun. Nolan Ryan's curve was so wicked, if you pitched a slower pitch, you could actually touch both edges of the screen with a curve ball and still get it back over the plate.

While the Crescent Hawk's Inception was fun, and I have the LAM, the sequal game was way better and immersive,

Karateka, Castle Wolfenstein, Load Runner were pretty well known.  Not sure how popular, Impossible Mission was, but it was wicked fun. "Stay a while, Stay Forever!"

/the invisible ink book was the only way I could could get through most of the HHGG. Freaking holding tea and no-tea at the same time!
 
2013-02-24 01:45:49 PM  

Vodka Zombie: Alphax: Montezuma's Revenge.. I had the Apple IIe version, and lots of friends and family played the crap out of it.

HHGG text adventure.  Played it, but never finished.  Fairly creative, but it got especially complicated after you get to trigger the Infinite Improbability drive.

I don't know anyone who's finished HHGG, but almost everyone has played it.


I finished it but only after reading the book.  That game didn't make a lick of sense without that.  :)

Now I want to play it again.  Good thing I have an IF interpreter on my tablet and [nearly] all of the Infocom z-machine files.  I'll probably play it on a computer, tho, so I can type easier.  I wonder if I can find a CLI that mimics a green CRT.  I used to have one for the Mac that was amazing...
 
2013-02-24 02:01:23 PM  
mulereturns.com
 
2013-02-24 02:06:43 PM  
Bandit Kings of Ancient China

My dads beaten it at almost every difficulty, hundreds of times, and he STILL plays it on his laptop.
 
2013-02-24 02:08:56 PM  
What a Possibly NSFW under appreciated 80's video game might look like
 
2013-02-24 02:10:54 PM  
Not trying to threadjack, but does anyone ave any thoughts on the broadband connection requirement for playing the new Sim City?
 
2013-02-24 02:11:41 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org


Not under appreciated per se but still worth a mention.
 
rpm
2013-02-24 02:13:05 PM  

HighlanderRPI: What a Possibly NSFW under appreciated 80's video game might look like


You can actually still get that. It's bundled with the earlier Larry's.
 
2013-02-24 02:16:01 PM  

phedex: Solty Dog: I say Shadowgate, The Uninvited and Deja Vu. I know those weren't popular with my friends.

I still don't know anyone else other than me that beat shadowgate.  I freaking loved all three of those games... and got grounded for covertly calling the nintendo power hotline to find out how to get past a part in shadowgate.


I loved both of those games but pretty damn near impossible back then without outside help. The torch mechanic in Shadowgate pretty much ensured you would eventually run out of torches the first go round. Deja vu was much more forgiving but I remember getting about 80% through the game and then brick wall. Just no idea where or what to do next.

Still haven't beat either still to this day.

The Uninvited combined the worst of both games. a entire crap load of items you would never use AND a time mechanic. Never could get in to it like I could the other 2
 
2013-02-24 02:35:28 PM  

Alphax: Feed it the stale grilled cheese sandwich.  Else, it'll swallow that alien invasion fleet.. and you'll be onboard at the time.


The problem is that the game doesn't indicate you have any money in your inventory to buy the uninviting cheese sandwich; you just have to know that you can.  And realizing you have to enjoy the Vogon poetry to get to the second verse isn't very intuitive either.  Most of the puzzles are easy to sort out by examining objects, but there's a few that require some mind-reading by the player.
 
2013-02-24 02:45:04 PM  
lastninja.lemon64.com
 
2013-02-24 02:49:37 PM  

rpm: You can actually still get that. It's bundled with the earlier Larry's.


You can play it right here:

Softcore Porn
 
2013-02-24 02:50:54 PM  

rpm: You can actually still get that. It's bundled with the earlier Larry's.


Wrong link.

You can play it HERE
 
rpm
2013-02-24 02:54:10 PM  

buntz: rpm: You can actually still get that. It's bundled with the earlier Larry's.

You can play it right here:

Softcore Porn


Thanks, I didn't know it was available online.
 
2013-02-24 02:57:11 PM  
Underappreciated = Paperboy. Trout Fishing.
 
2013-02-24 02:58:48 PM  

Invisible Pedestrian: First game reminds me of a better under appreciated one: Fordibben Forest


I still get freaked out when I hear the music.
 
2013-02-24 03:03:18 PM  

Gunderson: Elevator Action, H.E.R.O. and 7 Cities of Gold are the first 3 underrated games that come to mind from the 80s


I played the crap out of 7CoG when I was a kid. No wonder I latched on to Civ and Colonization as I grew older. One of these days I really gotta try Civ 5, but for now I need to make time to try March of the Eagles.

More names for the nostalgia file: Murder on the Zinderneuf, Choplifter, G.I. Joe, Miner 49er, Red Storm Rising, John Madden & John Elway Football, Super Sunday, Hardball...
 
2013-02-24 03:11:15 PM  

Politank-Z: Kennedy Approach, particularly for the Atari 800 line. Star Fleet. M.U.L.E. Space Taxi for the C64.


As a kiddo, I played M.U.L.E. on a friend's 800.  Awesome game.
 
2013-02-24 03:13:34 PM  

I Like Bread: Lunar Outpost
Terramex (I knew it as Cosmic Relief)
Crossroads
World Games
Abyss

Yeah, the C64 was awesome.


Cliff Hanger for C64 I loved so much as a kid.
 
2013-02-24 03:23:03 PM  
Apparently it actually got recognition, but Utopia for Intellivision was the best.
 
2013-02-24 03:34:09 PM  
Other somewhat obscure titles from the C64:

Airborne Ranger (probably one of the earliest stealth games I could remember)
Silent Service (OK, maybe not as obscure, but I played the FARK out of it)
Red Storm Rising
Legacy of the Ancients
Heart of Africa (made by Seven Cities folks)
The Movie Monster Game
 
2013-02-24 03:42:51 PM  

spaten: [lastninja.lemon64.com image 559x506]


THIS.
 
2013-02-24 03:45:53 PM  

23FPB23: Politank-Z: Kennedy Approach, particularly for the Atari 800 line. Star Fleet. M.U.L.E. Space Taxi for the C64.

As a kiddo, I played M.U.L.E. on a friend's 800.  Awesome game.


I used to sit up all night and play that with friends.
Saw a site that that will let you play on-line. Too bad you can't set it up to play over the net.
 
2013-02-24 03:47:08 PM  

MFAWG: Arcade Tempest or GTFO


Arcade Joust

Also, Wizardry.
 
2013-02-24 03:48:41 PM  
Any love for this?

upload.wikimedia.org

Played the hell out of it, back during the Reagan administration.
 
2013-02-24 03:49:29 PM  
http://www.atarimule.com/index.htm

Here is M.U.L.E. on-line
 
2013-02-24 03:57:43 PM  
I loved the heck out of this game.

www.lemon64.com

/hot link
 
2013-02-24 03:59:32 PM  
McGrits:
Another awesome game was M.U.L.E.  My whole family would play it on the C64 together. EA actually published this. They used to be cool.

...

 Not sure how popular, Impossible Mission was, but it was wicked fun. "Stay a while, Stay Forever!"


A big FARK YEAH to both of these.  God, did I waste a lot of time with those two (as well as Hitchhiker's and the Zorks).
 
2013-02-24 04:06:15 PM  

WippitGuud:


Real settlers do it with a M.U.L.E.
 
2013-02-24 04:09:49 PM  
Under appreciated because they were early PC titles....

Commander Keen 1-6
t2.gstatic.com

Captain Comic:
t3.gstatic.com

Halloween Harry a.k.a Alien Carnage
www.abandonia.com

Battle Of Britain:1943
www.oldgames.sk
 
2013-02-24 04:14:42 PM  
Beach Head
Pogo Joe
Mr. Robot
Archon

The games I couldn't stop playing on C64
 
rpm
2013-02-24 04:15:54 PM  

dogboy360: 23FPB23: Politank-Z: Kennedy Approach, particularly for the Atari 800 line. Star Fleet. M.U.L.E. Space Taxi for the C64.

As a kiddo, I played M.U.L.E. on a friend's 800.  Awesome game.

I used to sit up all night and play that with friends.
Saw a site that that will let you play on-line. Too bad you can't set it up to play over the net.


I believe there's an upcoming mobile port.

RIP Dan(i) Bunten.
 
2013-02-24 04:18:15 PM  

envirovore: I loved The Goonies 2 game.


The My Little Pony Killer: The Goonies II was amazing.


I'm so glad that there are actually other people that understand how awesome The Goonies II is.
It's fun to play The Goonies II.
 
2013-02-24 04:29:08 PM  
I ask this almost every game thread with games like these. Does anyone remember a learning game (I remember playing it in the 5th grade so around 1989), where you were put into different scenarios and had to combine chemicals from beakers to create something to get out of the scenario?

For example, you were trapped in a valley between two mountains. You would have to combine some helium with something else and it would create a hot air balloon and you could escape. If you screwed up the mixture you might make an apple or a wrench or something and it would be a waste of your chemical.

That is the best and only example I can give. I can't even remember more of the game than that one part so I don't even know how to google it. I remember enjoying that game back then but didn't play it much at school because we were only allowed to play if recess was inside which is wasn't often.
 
2013-02-24 04:29:15 PM  

Mole Man: I loved the heck out of this game.

[www.lemon64.com image 320x200]

/hot link


Hell yeah.  Played the hell out of that plus Silent Service on my friend's C64.  My Trash-80 Model 3 didn't have color graphics or sound worth a crap for games.
 
2013-02-24 04:38:58 PM  

nbrfwhoooo: I ask this almost every game thread with games like these. Does anyone remember a learning game (I remember playing it in the 5th grade so around 1989), where you were put into different scenarios and had to combine chemicals from beakers to create something to get out of the scenario?

For example, you were trapped in a valley between two mountains. You would have to combine some helium with something else and it would create a hot air balloon and you could escape. If you screwed up the mixture you might make an apple or a wrench or something and it would be a waste of your chemical.

That is the best and only example I can give. I can't even remember more of the game than that one part so I don't even know how to google it. I remember enjoying that game back then but didn't play it much at school because we were only allowed to play if recess was inside which is wasn't often.


Might have been the Dr. Brain series, like Island of Dr. Brain

www.magnetmarks.com
 
2013-02-24 04:42:40 PM  

phimuskapsi: nbrfwhoooo: I ask this almost every game thread with games like these. Does anyone remember a learning game (I remember playing it in the 5th grade so around 1989), where you were put into different scenarios and had to combine chemicals from beakers to create something to get out of the scenario?

For example, you were trapped in a valley between two mountains. You would have to combine some helium with something else and it would create a hot air balloon and you could escape. If you screwed up the mixture you might make an apple or a wrench or something and it would be a waste of your chemical.

That is the best and only example I can give. I can't even remember more of the game than that one part so I don't even know how to google it. I remember enjoying that game back then but didn't play it much at school because we were only allowed to play if recess was inside which is wasn't often.

Might have been the Dr. Brain series, like Island of Dr. Brain

[www.magnetmarks.com image 680x226]


Nope. Neither of those. I seem to think your character was an astronaut. The game was in color - I remember that. I am not even sure what sort of computer it was played on unfortunately to help narrow it down.
 
2013-02-24 04:43:20 PM  
media.giantbomb.com

The world's first RTS game. Played the hell out of it when I was a kid.
 
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