- Lure of the Temptress
- Beneath a Steel Sky
- In Cold Blood
- Broken Sword 1 – Shadow of the Templars
- Broken Sword 1: Director's Cut
- Broken Sword 2 – the Smoking Mirror
- Broken Sword 2: Remastered
- Broken Sword 3 – the Sleeping Dragon
- Broken Sword 4 – the Angel of Death
- Broken Sword 5 – the Serpent’s Curse
Revolution Software celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an exclusive collection of all its cult classics from 1992 to date. This how you do an awesome collectors edition package. Experience lush, detail-filled hand-drawn backgrounds, historical intrigue, thrilling spy espionage, and a cyber punk dystopia. Revolution is renowned for its world class adventure games. The three giants in adventure gaming in the 90´s were Sierra Online, Lucasarts and Revolution.
For a retro gaming enthusiant this collectors edition is a dream come true. Here you have the complete library from a single developer, with behind the scenes videos, artwork, music and ofcourse all the games. You also get posters, 4 posters printed on both sides so you can choose which you want to hang on the wall.
You also get an awesome USB stick with all the soundtracks from all the games. It is shaped like a sword and when you open it up it becomes a broken sword :)
Revolutions library comes on 4 disc´s with the newest release of Broken Sword 5 taking one of them. The rest comes with an easy installer and hazzle free playing on modern computers.
Another awesome thing included with the collection are these two comic books that serve as a prelude to the games. On the picture above you can see Broken Sword 5 story in a comic book format and in the upper left corner you can see the one that covers Beneath the steel sky.
So the games that are included are following :
Survival is an obscure post-apocalyptic strategy game from InterActive Vision that I would consider an hidden gem among PC games. It is set in a bleak post-nuclear war world and your job is to take a band of survivors out from the bunkers and forge a living from the desolate landscape, while dealing with other survivors and dangerous mutants. Sound like Fallout ? Well it came out one year before fallout came out and shares pretty much the same settings and story but the similarities end there. This game focuses on survival with interesting twist on the Civilization-style conquer-the-world formula.
You begin the game with a group of between one and two hundred people. While your daily objective is simply to survive, the ultimate objective is to guarantee the survival of your people. To do this, you must have completely explored the landscape, destroyed all your enemies, and built a stable civilization. You play the game by making choices from action screens and maps; the maps are used to control armies, building, exploration, and to see the overall picture, while the action screens are used to make decisions regarding production, R&D, and education of your populace. You will need to decide on your strategies from the beginning of the game. For example, do you want to educate most of your citizens quickly - which will give you a boost in production and building - or keep your citizens in a "breeding" environment to increase population? Will you use scarce resources to expand your modern empire, fund hi-tech development, or equip you armies?
Survival starts out slowly, but gets much more interesting as you gain access to more features and technologies with the passing of time. This gentle learning curve makes Survival a good introductory-level game. With plenty of gameplay options, decent graphics, and an interesting premise, Survival is well worth a look for all fans of "realistic" strategy games, or post-apocalyptic games in general.
Today we are addin this gem to our collection. The IBM Personal Computer XT, often shortened to the IBM XT, PC XT, or simply XT, is a version of the IBM PC with a built-in hard drive and floppy drive. It was released as IBM Machine Type number 5160 on March 8, 1983. Apart from the hard drive, it was essentially the same as the original PC, with only minor improvements. The XT was mainly intended as an enhanced IBM PC for business users. XT stands for eXtended Technology.
This IBM Personal Computer XT came with 512 KB of RAM, a 360 KB double-sided 5¼ inch floppy disk drive, a 10 MB Seagate ST-412 hard drive with Xebec 1210 Modified Frequency Modulation (MFM) controller, an Asynchronous Adapter (serial card with 8250 UART), and a 130-watt power supply. The motherboard had an Intel 8088 microprocessor running at 4.77 MHz, with a socket for an optional 8087 math coprocessor which I have yet to find if is installed here.
Above is the floppy drive that looks like it was molded in lava, it got slick black textures and reeks og quality build. And it also is, nearly 38 years later this drive performs like it was made yesterday. But that was the quality IBM introduced in the 80´s home and business market. These computer were not cheap either, this computer setup would have cost around $7000 at that time.
The IBM we got here did have a special keylock system that was locked over the power button. So there is no other way to power up the computer without a key. It´s like powering up a car and it feels awesome. The keylock option also locked the system unit cover, but I will be showing this in more detail in an upcoming video soon.
One of the most awesome thing about this computer we got is that included an IBM Color Monitor 5153 and inside the computer is also IBM's first graphics card and first color display card. The Color Graphics Adapter (CGA), originally also called the Color/Graphics Adapter or IBM Color/Graphics Monitor Adapter introduced in 1981, which became that computer's first color computer display standard.
The standard IBM CGA graphics card was equipped with 16 kilobytes of video memory and could be connected either to a dedicated direct-drive CRT monitor using a 4-bit digital (TTL) "RGBI" interface, such as the IBM 5153 color display, or to an NTSC-compatible television or composite video monitor via an RCA connector. The RCA connector provided only baseband video, so to connect the CGA card to a standard television set required a separate RF modulator unless the TV had an RCA jack though with the former combined with an amplifier sometimes was more practical since one could then hook up an antenna to the amplifier and get wireless video.
We also got some floppy disks which included some games and programs. In there I saw Flight Simulator 1.0 and I can confirm that it worked !
The operating system usually sold with the XT was PC DOS 2.0 or, by the time the XT was discontinued in early 1987, DOS 3.2. Like the original PC, the XT came with IBM BASIC in its ROM. Despite the lack of a cassette port on XTs, IBM's licensing agreement with Microsoft forced them to include BASIC on all their PCs, and the BASIC program that was included with DOS depended on the BASIC ROM. The XT BIOS also displayed a memory count during the POST, unlike the PC. Here are both DOS 2.0 and DOS 3.10.
And also we got empty unused floppy´s, so we could make copy´s of DOS and other important software and keep the Masters stored elsewhere.
IBM Proprinter with software and manual. The Proprinter is a dot matrix printer designed and manufactured by IBM in the 1980's. The Proprinter was designed to be a low cost printer for use with the IBM personal computer (IBM PC). It embodies a new design trend in industry - developing products without screws, springs, pulleys, or belts; and with as few parts as possible. These steps make manufacture on an automated assembly line possible.
The new design has translated into lower manufacturing costs, higher reliability, and increased capabilities over existing printers in the market. Not only did the Proprinter win numerous awards; but also, became the best selling printer in the personal computer printer market. We have yet to test this one !
Above is the original boxes the machine and monitor came in ! We will release a video with a little more in depth on this computer and we are also going to look inside the monster and poke it :) You can look at our youtube page and check if it is out yet. : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrY-jHwWg7iCPZ8scdlXXgw
Dungeon Keeper 2 is a strategy game developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts in 1999 for Microsoft Windows. The sequel to Dungeon Keeper, the player takes the role of a 'dungeon keeper', building and defending an underground dungeon from the would-be heroes that invade it, as well as from other keepers. In the campaign mode, the player is charged with recovering the portal gems from each area in order to open a portal to the surface. The player can also construct a dungeon without strict objectives, and multiplayer is supported over a network.
The game carries over many ideas from the original and adds new elements including units, rooms, and objectives. Development was carried out by a team of around fifty people, who focused on the graphics on multiplayer. A PlayStation version, and a sequel, Dungeon Keeper 3, were in development but canceled. Dungeon Keeper 2 received positive reviews: reviewers lauded the graphics and artificial intelligence, although some reviewers criticized its similarity to the original.
The sequel to Dungeon Keeper, Dungeon Keeper 2 carries over many gameplay aspects, and adds new ones. Like the original, Dungeon Keeper 2 places the player in the role of a malignant overlord bent on world domination.The player controls the world with a hand, performing actions such as moving creatures around the map, casting spells, and interacting with specific items.
All the underground lands in the kingdom must be conquered to recover the portal gems. The kingdom itself takes the form of a large table containing a 3D map where the player selects where to attack from the highlighted regions. There are twenty main levels in the campaign. Some levels have multiple versions with differing methods of attack, allowing the player to choose the method and sub-region.
Dungeon Keeper 2 received critical acclaim. The improved graphics in particular were noted.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Released in 1999 for the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems, it was the second game in the Age of Empires series
The Age of Kings is set in the Middle Ages and contains thirteen playable civilizations. Players aim to gather resources, which they use to build towns, create armies, and defeat their enemies. There are five historically based campaigns, which constrict the player to specialized and story-backed conditions. There are three additional single-player game modes, and multiplayer is supported. Despite using the same game engine and similar code to its predecessor, development of The Age of Kings took a year longer than expected, forcing Ensemble Studios to release Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome in 1998 instead. The design team focused on resolving significant issues in Age of Empires, but noted on release that some problems remained.
In April 2013, Age of Empires II: HD Edition was released on the Steam digital distribution platform for Windows operating systems. The HD Edition includes both the original game and the expansion The Conquerors, as well as updated graphics for high-resolution displays. It also supports user-generated content through the Steam Workshop and multiplayer games provided through the Steam servers. Three expansions have been released for the HD Edition: The Forgotten in 2013, The African Kingdoms in 2015, and Rise of the Rajas in 2016.
Yngvi Th. Johannsson
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