Tandy TRS-80 – Leftovers from 1980

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What? Already?

Sadly, yes. I wasn’t able to find every game from 1980, like the Dunjonquest-series or Nellan Is Thirsty. Don’t worry though, those games were ported to many other systems, so I get to them eventually. There were also games I couldn’t finish, either because they stopped working midway through or they were too much of a pain in the a*ss.
Let’s talk about them anyway.

Strategy games by Avalon Hill

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The cover art is amazing. Just look at it. But the actual games are only interesting if you get excited by Excel-charts. You have to constantly look at the manual to know what you’re supposed to do next and in the end it’s just typing in a command and waiting for stuff to happen.
B-1 Nuclear Bomber is the worst offender.
Oh, you want to fly to moscow? Well, that’s gonna take two hours.”
I literally fell asleep and it seems I didn’t miss much. Reviewers at the time weren’t very fond of those games either. Skip it!

Ghost Town

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It’s a text adventure by Scott Adams and it’s the same game I played ten times already. Move around a haunted town, solve easy puzzles and collect thirteen items. Scott is milking his cashcow hard and I can’t take it anymore. Maybe in the future.

Time Traveller

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Another text adventure. Travel through time and collect fourteen items. Nice idea, but the game it too bare-bones. Descriptions are only a sentence long and interaction with with other people consist of persuade and combat. At the start of each timeline you have to pick a side (like king or resistance) and then build a little army to fight against the enemy. The outcome is random and if you lose, you get thrown in prison and can say goodbye to your items. Great. I made it halfway through, but wasn’t invested enough to push any further.

Flight Simulator

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Yes, this game was impressive at the time and it deserves attention but there isn’t much to do here. You can fly a plane and you can use your imagination to transform the black and white grid into lush, green mountains and after a while you can crash to see a nice game over screen and that’s it.
It’s an achievement in the simulator genre and you should definitely give it a try for historic reasons. But it’s pretty much impossible to give it a fair review today.


There is one more game I want to talk about that I’m gonna save for tommorow. You can probably guess why.

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