Name That Game: Nostalgia Strikes Back

We did this last week and it was so much fun, I decided to do this again. This time the list of pictured games was provided by my brother Ark. We grew up playing the same Amiga games and this is pretty much a list of our favorites (sans the stuff I posted last week). I actually think this is harder than last week, because a few of these games might have been Amiga exclusives and thus might be unknown to the PC crowd. Anyway, let’s see if you can get all of them.

Name that Game: Nostalgia Edition 2

As usual, post your guesses in comments. For full effect, don’t read any comments first and try to guess on your own. Then read the comments and see if you failed to recognize some games that you played but did not recognize from the screen shot.


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21 Responses to Name That Game: Nostalgia Strikes Back

  1. IceBrain PORTUGAL Mozilla Firefox Debian GNU/Linux Terminalist says:

    Well, I’ve never even played any Amiga games, so I can only identify two cross-platform games, which were available on the Mega Drive:
    6 – Golden Axe
    9 – Lemmings

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  2. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux Terminalist says:

    @ IceBrain:

    I’m pretty sure most of these were cross platform. In fact I know for a fact that 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 21, 24 and 26 definitely had PC versions. Few like 14, 20, 23 and 24 might be Amiga exclusives but I’m not sure.

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  3. The only one I recognize is Lemmings, which was already pointed out. A few of them look like they could be a lot of fun, just from their screenshot. Maybe I’ll check them out once the names are revealed.

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  4. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux Terminalist says:

    Hmm… This appears to be the hardest one of these games that I have made so far. Also, maybe the screenshots are to small.

    2 should be instantly recognizable though – I’m surprised no one guessed it yet. It is a classic, and it had many, many sequels and immitators.

    3 was also extremely popular back in the day.

    The hardest one might be #20 which is a rather obscure Amiga exclusive.So are 16, 22 and 23 for that matter.

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  5. Macuyiko BELGIUM Google Chrome Windows says:

    Wow, they’re pretty hard this time.

    1. Gobliiins
    2. Civilization
    3. The Settlers 2
    6. Golden Axe
    9. Lemmings
    10. Sword of the Samurai (maybe?)
    11. Simcity 2000
    15. I remember the screenshot, The Blue and The Gray perhaps?
    28. Red Baron

    I remember seeing and playing 8, 12, 13 and 17 before but cannot remember their names for the life of me.

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  6. Macuyiko BELGIUM Google Chrome Windows says:

    Ah, I remembered, 12 is one of the Strike games, I suppose it’s Desert Strike (there’s desert in the screenie), but it could be Jungle or Urban Strike as well.

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  7. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux Terminalist says:

    @ Macuyiko:

    1. yes
    2. yes
    3. yes… Actually I think it’s the original
    6. yep
    9. yes
    10. nope – the game has knights in it, not samurai
    11. I know, it looks like it but it is not – think more obscure… also trains
    15. Uh… Very close… Though this might have been an alternate title. I remember it having been named after directions
    28. nope

    Oh and 21 is indeed Desert Strike. Good job!

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  8. Aleriel CANADA Google Chrome Windows says:

    1 – Goblins
    2 – Civilization
    3 – The Settlers (first one)
    7 – Cohort? I know I played this game, but the name is escaping me.
    11 – Railroad Tycoon?

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  9. Aleriel CANADA Google Chrome Windows says:

    Wait, no. 7 – Centurion. I think.

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  10. Remi FRANCE Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    4: Heimdall ?
    8: Railroad Tycoon
    15 : North & South
    27: Speedball

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  11. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux Terminalist says:

    @ Aleriel:

    1 – yes
    2 – yes
    3 – correct
    7 – yes on the second try – Centurion
    11 – yes sir

    @ Remi:

    4: yep… the sequel to be accurate
    8: yes
    15 : yep
    27: yeah

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  12. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux Terminalist says:

    Current status:

    1. Goblins 2
    2. Civilization
    3. The Settlers
    4. Heimdal 2
    6. Golden Axe
    7. Centurion
    8. Railroad Tycoon
    9. Lemmings
    12. Desert Strike
    15. North & South
    27. Speedball

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  13. Macuyiko BELGIUM Google Chrome Windows says:

    10. Seven Kingdoms – somehow I was thinking of samurai because my mind thought of “seven samurai” first :)
    11. A-Train – not Simcity indeed, tricky
    13. I’m pretty sure this is an Alien Breed game, but I wouldn’t know which one
    17. Wings of Fury – I remembered this one when I found out that 28 was:
    28. Wings – not Red Baron, they sure look alike though

    And now I’m still wondering what 19 was :)…

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  14. 1) Gobliiins (or Gobliins 2?)
    2) Civilization
    3) Settlers
    4) Heimdal
    7) Centurion:Defender of Rome
    8) Railroad Tychoon
    9) Lemmings
    10) Oh, Oh… I know this…
    11) ATrain
    12) Know this one too
    13) Alien Breed
    15) North and South
    20) Hired Guns?
    21) Ishar
    26) Space Hulk

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  15. 10) Moonstone
    12) Desert Strike – played this on the PC, I’m pretty sure.

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  16. hynek GERMANY Google Chrome Windows says:

    14) Walker
    16) Arabian Nights
    19) Played it for hours but can’t recall it’s name. The knife ruled. ;)
    28) Wings

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  17. hynek GERMANY Google Chrome Windows says:


    19) Fire Force

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  18. M Morris UNITED KINGDOM Internet Explorer Windows says:


    I noticed you wrote an interesting blueprint for a space sim/FPS/TPS with RPG elements type game which i just came across.

    I had a similar idea (totally independently i promise :-) and posted it on the Frontier Developments site. The way i see such a game is Frontier/FFE type space simulator, but your ship is like a cruiser carrying aroiund your galactic commando unit ( a la XCOM Ufo Enemy Unknown) played out on planet surfaces and space stations or bases, like a third person (over the shoulder shooter).


    “”Imagine Elite/ME/XCOM combo type game – that would be special”

    “I’m sure this is way too ambitious but my dream game would be one where you have a squad based tactical shooter like ME, but it expands the squad based RPG system along the lines of detail one finds in the first XCOM games. So each of their stats (health, strength, reactions, accuracy etc) improve as they practice those stats during missions. And they should be allowed to die if they are too weak. You will care vastly more about the quality of your team if they can actually die, loosing them for the rest of the game. So you can have the same emphasis on building a strong team, relationships etc and care infinitely more about them.

    The combat for such a system could be handled in real-time with a pause (squad order function) as in ME1/2 or say like in Fallout 3 with a VATs type system. XCOM was turn based but could today be implemnted with the more modern combat systems using pause to queue up orders/targets.

    So where does Elite/Frontier/FFE come into the equation? If you look at the ME1/2 galaxy map its similar to the galaxy maps in Braben’s space sims. Basically you have a load of star systems/clusters along the galactic plane. However Frontier/FFE had literally thousands of planets you could land on. Problem is you could not get out explore the terrain, as this is early 90s and graphics were crap compared to today.

    So in a nutshell, the game handles surface based cities, bases, missions as in ME1 or 2. But then handles any space travel as a space-sim. You as the Commander buy your ships, outfit them, perhaps choose how much of an escort fighter wing is needed, drones etc…

    I would suggest one has a cruiser with fighters on board which can be launched for space based battles/protect the cruiser or mothership. Either the computer handles the drones, fighters, or the player can take over as wing leader. So there would be a similar stat based RPG system to the pilots you hire to fly the fighters off your cruiser (which has quarters for crew/squad etc…just like in ME1/2.

    There could be a main plot/quest which revolves armound various star systems, and then side missions available from space stations BBS type forums, perhaps they only open up as your XP and levels increase. And you can have different factions throughout the galaxy which you can do jobs for. Think Morrowind guilds/factions etc in space.

    Okay so this is super ambitious but a way to make it possible to add mass content to the game is to create a DLC editor that handles all objects including planets, surface envronments, NPCs, ships, weapons, armour etc…

    So modders could say stake out planet x in the y system and add content such as a base, or a city, NPCs, missions etc…

    However it absolutely has to be an open universe. None of this maps closing behind you and not being able to return to systems and planets.

    Also space travel should be realistic if the player wants it, with a time dilation feature for those that just want to always travel instantaneously from say system relay entry to habitated destination.

    Perhaps space combat is not handled in newtonian fashion because i dont see how most gamers could get into the science necessary to understand acceleration/de-acceleration physics, but the standard travelling could be newtonian based to some extent.

    Am i being overtly optimistic? Probably.”

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  19. copperfish Mozilla Firefox Linux Terminalist says:

    Nasty one this time Luke…

    Here’s my take on the unanswered ones that I’m willing to take a stab at.

    5. Jagged Alliance
    11. Transport Tycoon
    13. Alien Breed
    14. Amiga Game – I just can’t remember it’s name ;)
    18. Aliens
    26. Space Hulk

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  20. vacri AUSTRALIA Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    5. Escape from Colditz (there’s a free remake around)

    Nothing else to add, though Moonstone was a lot of fun.

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