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Serpentine Cougar
10-21-2007, 03:27 AM
So what game have you played that hardly anyone else probably has? What under-the-radar game are you almost embarrassed to mention? You don't have to own it, just if you've played it.

For me, it would be American Girls Premiere 2. It let you make plays and add dialogue, sound effects, music, etc. But it was a pretty trashy game and had bugs. That's the most obscure game I've ever played, though I've also played some other lesser-known games. So what are yours?

Corinthian
10-21-2007, 05:58 AM
Probably Mount & Blade. It's a nifty little game. The title pretty much explains the game. www.taleworlds.com (Mount & Blade) you have to pay to play the game past Level 6, but it's still worth playing, I'd say.

Jae Onasi
10-21-2007, 11:44 AM
Circus Atari. There's just something sickly hilarious about the sound that the clowns make when they go 'splat' on the ground, with their little stick-legs wiggling in the air.

RedHawke
10-21-2007, 12:43 PM
Twisted Screensavers (Yes it is back from Win3.1 and not a full on game but they had games in them too! :xp: )

Commander Obi-Wan
10-21-2007, 01:05 PM
The Playboy Mansion. :indif:

just kiddin', I've never played it.

Regarding the topic, I dunno. Nothing comes to mind... maybe The Bigs?

Dagobahn Eagle
10-21-2007, 11:36 PM
The Dominions series of 4X strategy games comes to mind, as do Out of Order. Both are obscure niche titles, and both are awesome.

SilentScope001
10-21-2007, 11:42 PM
Xenocracy. You happen to be in the futuristic verison of the United Nations' Army, and your goal is to keep the peace and the balance of power between the four intergalactic superpowers...

by beating the snot out of all of them.

Det. Bart Lasiter
10-21-2007, 11:43 PM
Love Death 2.

http://kotaku.com/gaming/shameful-clip/a-truly-horrible-concoction-of-fps-and-erotic-game-295878.php

Serpentine Cougar
10-22-2007, 12:56 AM
Circus Atari. There's just something sickly hilarious about the sound that the clowns make when they go 'splat' on the ground, with their little stick-legs wiggling in the air.

0.o Most demented and obscure game ever... :p

Arátoeldar
10-26-2007, 08:33 PM
A DOS adventure game called Dragon Lore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Lore)

Fish.Stapler
10-26-2007, 11:30 PM
The Mechwarrior and Descent series' own all and not many people know about them so I'm going to go with those.

Boba Rhett
10-26-2007, 11:42 PM
Not many people know about Mechwarrior and Descent? http://olivetinstitute.org/stuff/emot-aaa.gif



Hmmm, how about Zombies Ate My Neighbors? It's an early LucasArts title not many people seem to have played before. Fantastic game.

http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/games/coverg/97/613497.jpg

tk102
10-26-2007, 11:52 PM
^^ cool Rhett, bonus points for naming a Lucasarts game in this thread.

I guess I'll say Conan and Halls of Volta (http://faqs.ign.com/articles/643/643714p1.html). It was a lot of fun as an 11 year old.

HerbieZ
10-27-2007, 08:03 AM
There was a game called Knights on my old Amiga that i used to love. But recently ive been going back to play Star Trek 25th anniversary which is reletively obscure...

Point Man
10-27-2007, 06:00 PM
I played a game called Shootout at the arcade back in 1977. It featured little cowboys shooting at each other across the screen. The bullets were one pixel, which was about 5mm square. You could only move your guy up and down, and you had to watch out that you did not shoot up the cactus, which was your defense.

Jvstice
10-27-2007, 06:54 PM
The original Raiders of the Lost Ark on the old atari 2600. At least I've never met anyone else who owned it.

Uilleand
10-29-2007, 11:57 AM
Anyone play Divine Divinity? I'm an old fart, who'd never played any kind of video game before, but I picked it up at the drugstore for $4.99 last year, and was hooked! 2-D RPG, but many, many hours of enjoyable orc killing...
Of course, my life has taken a sudden sharp downward spiral since then - NWN, Oblivion, KotOR 1&2, Fable, Jade Empire ... to the point that I'm actually purchasing a 360 for Mass Effect. *sob*

Jae Onasi
10-29-2007, 08:52 PM
The original Raiders of the Lost Ark on the old atari 2600. At least I've never met anyone else who owned it.
*Jae jumps up and down and waves her hand*
Ooh, we did! We did! :D

tk102
10-29-2007, 09:35 PM
Right here too. :) Didn't own it, but I stayed up all night at a birthday party sleep over beating the game. So it was in effect, owned. Oh yeah.

@Jimbo, didn't actually play the arcade, but the 2600 port of that was called Gunslinger and featured the cactus and moving stagecoach. Owned.

ChAiNz.2da
10-30-2007, 12:16 PM
The original Raiders of the Lost Ark on the old atari 2600. At least I've never met anyone else who owned it.
"owned" it? I still have it on my working Atari 2600 :D Was the first time I ever saw the word 'tsetse' (flies) .. you can only imagine how I pronounced it when I was but a mere tot.. sorta.. :xp:

I'm so l337 (http://www.jumpstationz.com/gallery/emotes/nerd.jpg) admit it :xp:

Gargoyle King
10-30-2007, 12:37 PM
Well i have a game that i have had for a good 9 years or somethin' now called Dominant Species (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominant_Species). It's a nice little RTS where you play as Alien Covenants battling rival Covenants and Human invaders in distant worlds, i'd recommend it. On an embarassing note i've played the god-aweful game.......ahem*Spiceworld (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spice_World_(video_game))*ahem................

Serpentine Cougar
10-31-2007, 06:41 AM
Anyone ever played Nox (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nox_(computer_game))? It one of the first (if not the first) RPGs I ever played. I still love the game, even though it's story wasn't anything special. The music and atmosphere of the game . . . . Maybe it's just nostalgia, but anyway: Anyone else ever even heard of it?

Gargoyle King
10-31-2007, 08:23 AM
Anyone ever played Nox (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nox_(computer_game))? It one of the first (if not the first) RPGs I ever played. I still love the game, even though it's story wasn't anything special. The music and atmosphere of the game . . . . Maybe it's just nostalgia, but anyway: Anyone else ever even heard of it?I've heard of it, seen it around some shops aswell. Since i don't know much about this game however would you recommend Nox as a good game to buy? I read the article on Wikipedia, is it anything like the Elder Scrolls games? Or is it more on par with the likes of Diablo? Ever way then i think i shall buy it! :)

Another game i have played which is quite obscure is the PSX title, X - Unmei no Tatakai (http://www.c-games.info/games,002,2894.html). It's a Japanese beat-em-up built in a similar vein to Psychic Force (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_Force). If anyone has a Japanese PSX i'd recommend you buy it as it's pretty fun, or better still, buy the game and download ePSXe and play the game on your PC; it works fine with the emu as i've tried the game on my PSX & PC.

Serpentine Cougar
11-02-2007, 01:16 AM
I've heard of it, seen it around some shops aswell. Since i don't know much about this game however would you recommend Nox as a good game to buy? I read the article on Wikipedia, is it anything like the Elder Scrolls games? Or is it more on par with the likes of Diablo? Ever way then i think i shall buy it! :)

I've never played Diablo, but from what I can gather, yes, it's more along the lines of Diablo (isometric top-down type view, 2D sprites, etc.). If you're looking for an awesome story, look somewhere else. But it's still an entertaining play, has good music, and the world has nice atmosphere and personality. But again, my opinion of it is tainted with nostalgia. As far as I remember though, there were zero bugs in the entire game...

Sabretooth
11-02-2007, 04:07 AM
I used to have a magazine subscription way long ago, back when it was possible to fit 10-15 game demos on one CD. :p Played hundreds of obscure games back then, so I'll have to dig them up.

Right now, I remember Moonbase Commander - a game that was sheer genius. It's difficult to explain, but you have to construct a space base and fight the enemy in a turn-based strategy system. Catch is, you "build" bases by shooting pods here and there, so you have to guess aiming and trajectory right. It gets boring about halfway through, but had that idea been explored further, it could have created a brilliantly unique game.

Meowster
11-02-2007, 07:40 AM
What is the most obscuregame I've played? Easy. Bluebird's Illusion.

[[Unless your a die-hard Fullmetal Alchemist fan, you won't know what it is ]]

Totenkopf
11-02-2007, 08:21 AM
*Spiceworld*

well, if there's a God and you go to purgatory.....that should save some time off your sentence. Either that or damn you in perpetuity. :xp:

Never really messed with console games, so have largely been restricted to PCs (and Macs at that till about 3 years ago). Played some kind of "primitive" LOTR game (very minimal graphics and a LOT of typing) on my first Mac. More recently (last 2+ years) something called Iron Storm. Was a difficult game b/c you could be killed so easily by snipers if you played anything above easy leavel.

stingerhs
11-02-2007, 08:36 AM
how about some more recent games:

GTR2 - a racing simulator on the PC. ultra-realistic and a lot of fun. doesn't play well with Vista, though

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis - the idea is simple: build Jurassic Park. you get to manage the dinosaurs and things like that. it has a fair amount of depth, and its quite fun. the best part, though, is setting the big carnivores against each other and watching them duke it out. if you're really demented, you can fence the people in and set some Raptors loose. :dev7:

Galactic Civilizations 2: The Dread Lords - this is by far one of the best turn-based strategy games ever made, and i would dare say that this is the best sci-fi strategy game ever. this game is actually so good that it easily rivals the Civilization series in terms of how good it is. its so incredibly addictive, and there's a ton of depth if you really want to get into it. the campaign is pretty good, but the best part is setting up a massive galaxy with all 8 races in it vying for their share of power. if that still wasn't enough for you, this is one of the few games in which the AI feels like you're up against an actual person. its a great game, and the expansions just keep making it better and better.

Dark Star One - think of this game as "X3: The Reunion" Lite. it's a space sim that lets you play the part of a merchant, mercenary, pirate, or a heavily wanted outlaw. the storyline is pretty good, and the flight mechanics are simple but refined enough to make it fun. when it comes to dogfights in space, there are few games that do it better. my only complaint is that every system in this game feels very generic. still, for an unknown game coming over from an unknown publisher/developer, its a good game with a nice amount of depth to it.

Rogue Nine
11-02-2007, 08:52 AM
Boogerman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogerman:_A_Pick_and_Flick_Adventure). :D

tk102
11-02-2007, 10:19 AM
Too highbrow for me.

RedHawke
11-02-2007, 05:54 PM
Boogerman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogerman:_A_Pick_and_Flick_Adventure). :D
Eww! Gross! :xp:

Jae Onasi
11-02-2007, 11:42 PM
I wonder if I can still get this somewhere? My son would _love_ that game, being a big fan of Captain Underpants and all other things involving blechy bodily functions. :lol:

Corinthian
11-03-2007, 12:00 AM
Planescape was also pretty obscure, but I'm sure most of the people around here have heard of that.

Arátoeldar
11-03-2007, 12:24 PM
Never really messed with console games, so have largely been restricted to PCs (and Macs at that till about 3 years ago). Played some kind of "primitive" LOTR game (very minimal graphics and a LOT of typing) on my first Mac. More recently (last 2+ years) something called Iron Storm. Was a difficult game b/c you could be killed so easily by snipers if you played anything above easy level.

I assume you are talking about Interplay's J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I

I also have the follow up J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers

I wonder if I can still get this somewhere? My son would _love_ that game, being a big fan of Captain Underpants and all other things involving blechy bodily functions. :lol:

If you have good google skills you can find the game and an emulator to play it with.

Jvstice
11-03-2007, 12:50 PM
*Jae jumps up and down and waves her hand*
Ooh, we did! We did! :D
That's really cool. My brother and I never beat it growing up, but we spent many hours trying.

Quanon
11-03-2007, 01:06 PM
Top Gun for the NES , 8 bit or 16 bit Nintendo , don't remember . :p

We also had Mario , ow yeah !

But Topgun was a pain , awfull 8 bit music :lol: and difficult for a 6 year old .
Never got passed that dreaded refuel your fighter in sky stage :lol: or that weird landing on the ship .

I always crashed into the ship or dropped of at the end because I didn't had the right speed and angle :p

Ow well , fun gamez and somewhere on or first PC (Windows 95 ) we had this silly Ski game , when you where to far down hill somesort Yeti would eat you , pretty hilarious .

Ofcourse we moved on to 3D moviemaker from Microsoft , that was a nice game , wasted hours on that one .

igyman
11-03-2007, 04:24 PM
@Rogue Nine: Oh, yeah. Best platform ever. Of course, Earthworm Jim 1 & 2 are great too.

One other fun game I played was Crimsonland.

Rabish Bini
11-04-2007, 03:46 AM
Glace. So unheard of it doesn't even appear on wikipedia. Pretty fun though.

Serpentine Cougar
11-05-2007, 04:36 AM
What is the most obscuregame I've played? Easy. Bluebird's Illusion.

[[Unless your a die-hard Fullmetal Alchemist fan, you won't know what it is ]]

Ooh, ooh, I know what it is, my sister told me about it! Did you like it?

Boogerman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogerman:_A_Pick_and_Flick_Adventure). :D

"A Pick and Flick Adventure" - Hilarious!

Glace. So unheard of it doesn't even appear on wikipedia. Pretty fun though.

Looks kind of like Nifflas' Games (http://nifflas.ni2.se/) - you should check them out. They're also obscure... :p

The_Catto
11-05-2007, 06:01 AM
Custer's Revenge.

... 'Nuff said. X[

Obscure, disturbed, and incredibly stupid all at the same time.
For people who have not heard of it or have not played it, yet .. (It's been out for AGES .. I can't exactly what year, but it was long ago) .. anyway .. my advice to you is this .... STAY AWAY FROM IT! Tis the Evilness!!!

Bob Lion54
11-05-2007, 09:05 AM
Dark Star One - think of this game as "X3: The Reunion" Lite. it's a space sim that lets you play the part of a merchant, mercenary, pirate, or a heavily wanted outlaw. the storyline is pretty good, and the flight mechanics are simple but refined enough to make it fun. when it comes to dogfights in space, there are few games that do it better. my only complaint is that every system in this game feels very generic. still, for an unknown game coming over from an unknown publisher/developer, its a good game with a nice amount of depth to it.
I could never get X3 to run on my CPU that well, but as for everything else you said, I agree. I really enjoyed Dark Star One. It had a unique upgrade system that I really liked. It's a shame there are not that many Space Flight Sims any more... Dark Star One was the first chance I had since Tachyon: The Fringe to pull out my joystick. As a flight sim, it was pretty generic, but with no competition, it was just great to have a new flight sim to play!

As for other obscure games I've played, the only one that comes to mind is Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines.

What? Obscure? Surely, you're joking, Bob!

Well, sort of, but sort of not. I played Redemption shortly before Bloodlines came out. I enjoyed Redemption, so I picked up Bloodlines on its release day. Apparently, I was one of the few people that did and the game sold so poorly initially, Troika closed down...

The game's popularity spread through word of mouth, and somewhat slowly at that. A lot of people here have played it due to stoffe talking about the game, but that was fairly recently. So, while it's fairly well known now, it's still not as well known as a lot of other games. Still, when I played it, I think it did fall under the category of "obscure games." heh

tk102
11-05-2007, 10:16 AM
It's a shame there are not that many Space Flight Sims any more... Agreed! :( I've always had a soft-spot for these games ever since playing the vector-graphic Star Wars in the arcades. I think I mentioned them before Bob, but Freespace: Descent and Freespace 2 are excellent representatives of this genre.

Miles Edgeworth
11-10-2007, 12:23 PM
Golf, for the N.E.S.

Samuel Dravis
11-19-2007, 10:36 PM
I have a couple that might qualify:

Qix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qix), Game Boy (1990). Game was next to impossible at later stages, but fun.
Loom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loom_%28computer_game%29), PC (1990). Very fun adventure game by Lucasarts. Interesting magic system based on musical notes.
Destruction Derby (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_Derby), PC (1995). Who cares about racing when you can win by smashing everyone else to pieces?
The Dig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dig), PC (1995). Another adventure game by Lucasarts, this one was fascinating to play through. I liked the end a lot, and exploring the, uh, "dig" was very fun. Orchestral score.
Odell Down Under (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odell_Down_Under), PC (1995). Cuttlefish were the best.
Outlaws (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlaws_(computer_game)), PC (1997). Awesome soundtrack, and the cutscenes were fun. Like Dark Forces, except it's a Western.
Space Interceptor: Project Freedom (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/g/pc_games/project_freedom/overview.php), PC (2004). A flight sim that's actually very fun! The controls are a bit iffy, however - you can't actually flip over on the y axis, and targeting is a bit confusing - but great value if you want to play a nice looking space game. Definitely made me want a new Freespace game when I was playing it. Includes ground-attack missions, something I really wanted to do in Freespace.

Serpentine Cougar
11-20-2007, 01:12 AM
Space Interceptor: Project Freedom (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/g/pc_games/project_freedom/overview.php), PC (2004). A flight sim that's actually very fun! The controls are a bit iffy, however - you can't actually flip over on the y axis, and targeting is a bit confusing - but great value if you want to play a nice looking space game. Definitely made me want a new Freespace game when I was playing it. Includes ground-attack missions, something I really wanted to do in Freespace.
My next space-flight sim fix is going to be the Freespace 2 Battlestar Galactiga mod (http://www.game-warden.com/bsg/). It looks like it'll be really cool.

Dragoon ZER0
11-22-2007, 12:24 AM
Record of Lodoss War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_of_Lodoss_War:_Advent_of_Cardice) for the Sega Dreamcast. Not a bad Diablo-esque game, but probably not worth your time if you're not a fan of Lodoss.

I remember playing Raiders of The Lost Ark at a friend's house way back when. I was only 5 or 6 at the time though and I don't think I got very far :)

MJ-W4
11-24-2007, 02:57 PM
I have a couple that might qualify:

Qix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qix), Game Boy (1990). Game was next to impossible at later stages, but fun.
Loom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loom_%28computer_game%29), PC (1990). Very fun adventure game by Lucasarts. Interesting magic system based on musical notes.
The Dig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dig), PC (1995). Another adventure game by Lucasarts, this one was fascinating to play through. I liked the end a lot, and exploring the, uh, "dig" was very fun. Orchestral score.
Outlaws (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlaws_(computer_game)), PC (1997). Awesome soundtrack, and the cutscenes were fun. Like Dark Forces, except it's a Western.
Played them! :)
and a few more:
Jinxter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinxter): Still one othe funniest ever.
Legend of Faerghail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Amiga_games:_I-O): This was my first rpg on a computer.

Gargoyle King
11-24-2007, 06:45 PM
Record of Lodoss War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_of_Lodoss_War:_Advent_of_Cardice) for the Sega Dreamcast. Not a bad Diablo-esque game, but probably not worth your time if you're not a fan of Lodoss.Never knew there was a game for that on the DC! :D
Well, i now have an excuse to play on my beloved Dreamcast again! :)

I have had Burning Rubber (http://www.lemonamiga.com/?mainurl=http%3A//www.lemonamiga.com/games/details.php%3Fid%3D2325) on the AMIGA OCS, pretty fun IMO.
Oh and on the PSX, Dracula II: The Last Sanctuary (http://www.mobygames.com/game/playstation/dracula-the-last-sanctuary) is quit a fun and addictive adventure game, i'd recommend it.

Another great game i remember from my youth is Zoombinis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoombinis), very fun and very addictive.

Serpentine Cougar
11-25-2007, 02:40 AM
Another great game i remember from my youth is Zoombinis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoombinis), very fun and very addictive.

Yeah, I played a LOT of Learning Company titles when I was younger, such as "Reading Blaster 2000."