Favorite Apogee Game (Besides Keen)?

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Post by DHeadshot » Tue May 11, 2010 21:23

Duke Nukem 1 is not only my favourite Apogee game, it is my favourite game of all time!

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Post by K1n9_Duk3 » Wed May 12, 2010 9:24

I played Duke Nukem II a lot when I was younger. (Who would've guessed!?)

Stumbled upon Hocus Pocus some time ago and played through all episodes within a week or so. Probably the easiest Apogee game ever. And still fun to play.
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Post by _mr_m_ » Wed May 12, 2010 16:39

Since someone brought up the topic of Apogee games...

I just happen to have pretty much *every* episode of *every* Apogee game ever made...I put it up as a torrent somewhere, I don't remember where. It took FOREVER to collect everything.

I thought I'd bring up another game that I liked playing when I needed time to kill:

Stargunner
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Post by IMA3HDDMNKY » Wed May 12, 2010 21:32

wiivn wrote:I like them all, but it's more easy for me to point only the exceptions: Stargunner, Monster Bash (just played a bit), Word/Math Rescue (not my kind of games), Realm of Chaos (didn't played this, but looks like crap) and Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport (looks like crap too).
I hadn't tried Stargunner before it was released as freeware. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it very much. You might want to give it another try. Realms of Chaos is also pretty fun, IMO.

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Post by DaVince » Thu May 13, 2010 0:10

I never expected someone to mention Stargunner! I used to play that a lot when I was a kid (though I sucked at it :P).
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Post by Roobar » Thu May 13, 2010 8:45

IMA3HDDMNKY wrote:
wiivn wrote:I like them all, but it's more easy for me to point only the exceptions: Stargunner, Monster Bash (just played a bit), Word/Math Rescue (not my kind of games), Realm of Chaos (didn't played this, but looks like crap) and Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport (looks like crap too).
I hadn't tried Stargunner before it was released as freeware. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it very much. You might want to give it another try. Realms of Chaos is also pretty fun, IMO.
I dunno. How did you manage to run it smoothly? Even in dosbox it's too fast.

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Post by IMA3HDDMNKY » Fri May 14, 2010 3:29

Which game are you talking about, RoC or Stargunner? I've got both running pretty smoothly in DOSBox (although I still often use my old 486 and Pentium systems to play DOS games). Have you tried lowering the CPU cycles?

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Post by Roobar » Fri May 14, 2010 17:46

Yes, I tried that. And it's crazy in the menus. It's blinking and it's super fast no matter how I reduce cpu cycles. Stargunner of course.

Edit: right. I should stick with specific cycles instead of the default auto cycles.

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Post by lemm » Sun May 16, 2010 12:14

Now that I think about it, I think I do like Major Stryker better than Raptor.
Not only does it have awesome guitar riffs, but also Yoshira's hilariously awful euphemisms before each new planet (that I didn't get when I was 6).

My favourite:

"Well done, Major. That space station was a key link in the Kretin's communications and security network. Now you can slip down to the planet and seek out their home base."




<Press Enter>





"That's not the only home base I hope you seek."

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Post by Roobar » Sun May 16, 2010 17:57

Yeah, I like Major Stryker too. Raptor - it's an ok game. Maybe a little more variety and a bit higher gameplay speed would make it much better. The ideal game for me is Tyrian.

For me, Major Stryker was the perfect shmup with arcade retro Apogee feel that you just can't stop playing until you finish it. I think there are some unique elements in it and love the graphics and the music. Also, it was one of the best of its kind for the PC back then (I didn't have SNES/GEN). I don't know why it didn't get appreciation from the fans and it's not popular.

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Post by KosmynC64 » Sun May 30, 2010 12:46

Biomenace the first game that scared me as a child (olso the wormouth from Keen) after this there was Major Stryker, great game great levels great boss-es. And Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure wich was incredibily hard for me as a child and it still is these days.
OhoH!!! and not forget Crystal Caves which gave me lots of headaches, geez that was a pain as a kid, nowadays its really easy and lots of fun.
I did had a Keenie child hood.

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Post by thehackercat » Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:43

My granddad (who I know as "Pop") showed me Keen as a small child. He only had Keen 4 and Keen 1, and had no Adlib-compatible card. :(

Anyway, he also showed me Secret Agent mission 1, Pharaoh's Tomb, Arctic Adventure, The Monuments of Mars, Ants, Kid's World Almanac (weird game), and many others. Oh yeah, and Hexagon.

EDIT: Oh, and until about 2004, we had no IBM-compatible computers at my house, so Keen was even more of a treat. :dopekeen
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Post by Grimson » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:04

Oh, your grandfather? Hmm, I find it interesting that such person would be your first contact to Keen :P Heh, I found about Keen 4 via my sister (who's 8 years older than me), who got it along with K1-3 and 5 from her friend.

I also think that we had no speakers with our first PC that I played the Keens on, and instead I used to listen to the "PC speaker sounds". Just a few days ago, I re-discovered that sacred option in the configuration menu, and boy, did I get a nostalgic feeling :)
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Post by Spikenexus » Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:50

Just recently I made recordings of a few of the PC speaker sounds to use as ringtones for my phone, so now every time I get a message, it sounds like I've just scored an extra life from Keen 4! It's surprising how many people hear the ringtone and recognize that it's from Commander Keen.


As for my favourite Apogee game, I think I'd choose Cosmo 1. Nostalgia plays a factor in this for sure, though I was always it was a pretty fun game, and the ability to climb walls was pretty cool and I'd imagine fairly unique at the time, as was the use of bombs instead of a gun.

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Post by Grimson » Tue Jun 01, 2010 17:11

Spikenexus wrote:Just recently I made recordings of a few of the PC speaker sounds to use as ringtones for my phone, so now every time I get a message, it sounds like I've just scored an extra life from Keen 4! It's surprising how many people hear the ringtone and recognize that it's from Commander Keen.
Haha, that's a neat idea! I wonder if I could do something similar...
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