Name: Przeklęta Ziemia (or, Przekleta Ziemia if your browser doesn't display Polish fonts), which can be translated as Cursed Earth. Release date: June 15, 1998 Developer / Publisher: LK Avalon (worldwide known mainly for their PC adventure games Schizm and Reah) System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, SVGA, Win 95/98 or DOS Game summary: It's an action game with RTS elements. You choose a team of three mercenaries out of ten and then you're dropped onto battlefield, where you kill enemies and destroy their buildings, bases, power plants, etc. Inbetween missions, you buy better weapons for your characters. You control your team with a mouse so the gameplay is something between an RTS and an RPG like Baldur's Gate, etc. The game was released on one CD and it has some redbook audio tracks. I remember the music was quite good, the back of the cover says it's "industrial metal".
This is a really nice site with tons of cool PC98 utilities. It has plenty of games up for download, can tell you how to install/make .hdi files, and is a great place to start if you're interested in playing some old and forgotten stuff. Some of the stuff in the "curiosities" section are particularly interesting. (EDIT! You can find hard to find doujin games from the Vector section. Since the Vector site is down, I think this is the only way to play the original PC98 version of Storm Caliber.)
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Thanks for mentioning Retroprograms. I also have slt.retroprograms.com/ where I am putting up software and scans of stuff I have bought on auction, some of which may be of interest. Please just do not hammer the site though - bandwidth limitations sadly.
For years I've been trying to track down a PC platform/adventure game called The Fortune Cookie. It was developed by a company called Noch Software around 1997. It also may have been released under the name Midas Software. I remember playing a demo on a shareware compilation CD several years ago. It is characterized by bright, colorful pixel art, an excellent jazzy soundtrack, and a pretty high curve of difficulty. There was also a sort of non linearity to the way you could explore the levels. According to Abandonia, this was somewhat of an update to an earlier Noch Software game, Lost City of Atlantis, seen here: www.abandonia.com/en/games/1066/Lost+City+of+Atlantis%2C+The.html
I do still have the demo of Fortune Cookie on one of my drives. If anyone is interested I can upload it somewhere.
This game is truly obscure! I can't seem to find any information about it. I would like to note that the soundtrack is really well arranged. Lots of funk, jazz, and hip-hop beats. I'll add some more information about the game when I have time to play through it.
Wow, thanks a lot That's a pretty interesting release (and plot ) Now I wish the E3 demo for Bonk got leaked at least somehow ... but that's likely to remain a wet dream, much like the hope of seeing the localizations for Macross PSX, Coyboy Beepob 2 and Bouken Jidai Goemon surfacing one day.