Jazz Jackrabbit is a 1995 side scrolling action platformer for the PC. A Mac version was also released and a re-boot was made for the Gameboy Advance in 2002. It was designed and published by Epic MegaGames who, apart from having the most awesomest name in the gaming world, also produced such classics as Jill of Jungle, One Must Fall 2097 and Unreal. In 1999 they dropped the ‘Mega’ from their name and made Gears of War. So yeah, these guys know how to make games. Jazz Jackrabbit provided PC gamers at the time with something they had been longing for; Sonic the Hedgehog.… Read the rest

Hexen, often considered the spiritual successor of Heretic, was developed by Raven Software and first released in 1994 for the PC. It was later ported to the Playstation, Saturn and N64. I had fond memories of playing Hexen, both the old DOS version as well as the Playstation port. After discovering Zdoom, a fantastic source-port of the original doom engine, I set out on an adventure into nostalgia. I instantly remembered what I loved about this game as soon as I loaded it up. The atmosphere really gets under your skin. It’s a Sword and Sorcery themed game and is filled with misty moors, dark forests, scorched wastelands and murky swamps.… Read the rest

Heretic was released in 1994 and put together by Raven Software, who would go on to rule the roost in the “dark-fantasy-first-person-shooter” niche. It was made using a modified version of the doom engine. Heretic feels a lot like Doom, and many of the weapons seem like medieval counterparts of Doom’s arsenal. But there is also enough here to really make it a game of its own. Jumping and crouching are two things that Heretic does but Doom doesn’t, and they add another aspect to game play. Probably the biggest change is the inventory system, which was ground breaking in its time.… Read the rest