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Friday Fun: 4 Bizarre Old School PC Games on Internet Archive

Some games are instant classics. Others leave you scratching your head.

Andre recently wrote up a post on old school Apple and Windows operating system emulators on the Internet Archive. While exploring the vast treasure trove of ancient applications and games, I stumbled across a number of nostalgia-worthy games, like The Oregon Trail, Sim Ant, Castle of Dr. Brain, Bubble Bobble, and Conquests of the Long Bow: The Legend of Robin Hood. These games defined a major part of my childhood—it almost makes me want to break my leg or something so I can sit around all summer replaying them.

But amongst all those gems were some real headscratchers. And I’m not even talking about the super weird “adult” games. I’m talking about these ones from the “how did this get made?” reel. I think the titles speak for themselves:

Election ’92

Captain Bible in the Dome of Darkness

Preppie! II

Revenge of the Mutant Camels

Did I just unwittingly disparage one of your childhood favorites? If so, I deeply apologize, and please feel free to defend its honor in the comments.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Never heard of any of them … and I think that’s a good thing! :D

  2. Jack Schofield  

    Attack of the Mutant Camels is a very good (very old game) written by the much-loved Jeff Minter, and it was a hit on the Commodore 64. You’re probably confused about the camels but the name was chosen because of their resemblance to AT-AT walkers in Star Wars. No real camels feature in the game.

    According to Wikipedia, “In 2011, Attack of the Mutant Camels was chosen to be featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s “The Art of Video Games” exhibit.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_of_the_Mutant_Camels

    In sum, it was a bad idea to judge this game based on your (understandable) failure to make sense of the title ;-)

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