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Syd Bolton's Favorite Videogames


Dragon's Lair
Dragon's Lair - you control the actions of Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. Lead on adventurer-your quest awaits! This was and is the best laser disc game ever created. The Don Bluth animation is incredible, the story and sound amazing. Although a lot of people don't like the simple, pre-determined gameplay mechanism, I found it captivating. Of course, these days that type of gameplay isn't so great. But the game itself was amazing. You always wanted to see more and get further. I spent so many quarters on this thing that I should own one. If anyone knows of one in existence that works, I'll buy it. The computer translations from ranged from poor to excellent. The first real computer translation was done by Randy Linden and team on the Amiga. This, IMO remains the best computer translation. The animation was smooth and the sound clear. The future translations that have been done by Readysoft never quite made it up to spec with the original. Even Mr. Linden's second version, Escape from Singe's Castle wasn't quite as good (although the burning ropes were awesome). A picture of the original Amiga box is available.


The Faery Tale Adventure
David Joiner's classic Amiga game is the best adventure game ever created. I was never a big fan of the Ultima games or others that had a similar look and feel. But this game was so big, so beautiful and so full of unique and exciting puzzles that you couldn't help but fall in love with it. The game did have its weaknesses, but overall was just the best. It featured daytime and nighttime play (the screen actually got darker at night, and your character got tired) and great original music. A sequel is in the works... I can't wait. A picture of the original Amiga box is available.


Pitfall!
The best action adventure game ever! David Crane couldn't have realized what a classic he was creating on the Atari 2600. The version for the Commodore 64 was even better. When I play it now I still can't determine why I like this game so much (it can actually get a little boring) but I continue to play! The sound effects and music were excellent (especially for the time) and now it's available on various formats and even in new reincarnations (although I must admit, I still don't like these as much as the original). A picture of the original Intellivision box is available.

Crash Bandicoot Series
Crash Bandicoot

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