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Archer Maclean’s Pool, Atari ST

Following on from Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker, Archer Maclean’s Pool was published in 1992 by Virgin Games. It was of course designed and programmed by Archer MacLean.

And, because pool is much more simple to play than snooker, and because this game uses the same engine as the previous game, Pool is arguably more immediately playable and more fun overall than its predecessor.

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Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker, Amiga

Programmed and designed by Archer MacLean and published by Virgin Games in 1991, Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker was one of the first ever billiards simulations to use 3D graphics to represent the table, and it worked very well.

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The Terminator, Megadrive/Genesis

This 1992 release from Virgin Games is one of a number of video game adaptations of James Cameron‘s famous 1984 sci-fi film, The Terminator.

This particular adaptation was developed by British company Probe Software and is a fairly standard – though fun and playable – run and gun game, flicking through all the major settings of the movie with cut scenes in-between.

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Dan Dare III: The Escape, ZX Spectrum

One of Dave Perry‘s early commercial games, the third Dan Dan Spectrum game was developed by Probe Software, instead of Gang of Five (who did the first two Dan Dare games), and published by Virgin Games in 1990.

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Dan Dare II: Mekon’s Revenge, ZX Spectrum

This 1988 sequel to Dan Dan: Pilot of the Future was again developed by Gang of Five and published by Virgin Games.

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Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future, ZX Spectrum

Developed by Gang of Five in 1986, Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future is a simple run-and-gun platform shooter based on the famous character from Britain’s famous science fiction comic, Eagle.

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Prince of Persia, NES

Developed by Motivetime for Virgin Games and released in 1992, the NES version of Prince of Persia is unfortunately another flawed conversion.

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Prince of Persia, Game Boy

The Game Boy conversion of Prince of Persia was released in 1992 by Virgin Games, and it is not too shabby at all.

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Dune II: The Battle For Arrakis, Amiga

The Amiga version of Westwood Studios‘ classic real-time strategy game, Dune II, came out in 1993 – not long after the original MS-DOS version.

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Another World, Megadrive/Genesis

There are countless versions of Another WorldDelphine Software‘s 1991, sci-fi masterpiece.

This cinematic platform shooter started life on the Amiga and Atari ST. It was later ported to the 3DO, the Apple IIGS, the Atari Jaguar, PC DOS, Sega CD, Super Nintendo and Sega Megadrive/Genesis. Out of all of those versions I would have to put the 1992 Megadrive version at the top of the pile. For me it is the most playable, and also the fastest when it comes to loading.

As a game, Another World is an unforgiving survival platform adventure. You die constantly, and have to learn by your mistakes. Button press timings can be a real beast in this. But there is something about Another World that makes it compelling – even decades after its initial release.

Another World was groundbreaking for the time, and is still a great example of futuristic fantasy world-building and story-telling done right.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_World_(video_game)