Classic games at a classic price
IntroductionThe Big 6ix volumes One and Two are bundles of classic Mac games. Volume One contains: Duke Nukem 3D; Duke it out in DC; Shadow Warrior; Prime Target; Damage Incorporated; and Postal. Volume Two comprises: Civilization II; Real Pool; Star Control 3; Dark Colony; Master of Orion II; and Top Gun. At only £34 each, they are great value – even if both are mixed goody bags. Volume One concentrates on adventure shoot ’em ups. Duke Nukem 3D is the stand-out game from this bunch, with its great visual and sound effects – such as animated signs and roaring beasts. And its weapons are suitably devastating, delivering a high body count and blood-splattered streets. There are nice touches to this game. You can use mirrors to see if any bad guys are laying-in-wait and, more importantly, Duke can use them to preen himself. Hard target
The Die Hardesque Prime Target is another good game. A US senator has been killed and it’s up to you to find the assassins. The weapons in this game aren’t as powerful as in Duke Nukem, but there are plenty of bad guys to kill, and lots of blood to spill. For an old game, the graphics are smooth, and you can interact with the scenery – but only to a limited extent. Psycho warrior
Our favourite, though, is Shadow Warrior. Again, it’s a first-person shoot ’em up, but this time you’re a master of martial arts – armed with everything from from Uzis to rocket launchers. Call us a blood-thirsty savages if you will, but the most satisfying kills are with the humble sword – your hands and the blade get covered in blood. Volume Two is a far more relaxed, but more challenging, affair. Civilization II is a gaming classic. Its complexity will please even the most seasoned strategy gamer, as will its ability to allow you to build up an empire over millennia. You begin the game with nothing more than a plot of fertile land, from which can spring cities and all-conquering armies that may have the Romans, Sioux Indians and Egyptians on the back foot. The game can be slow-paced, but even this works to its advantage, as you need plenty of time to contemplate your next move. If you prefer your gaming fixes in undemanding bite-size chunks, Real Pool may be for you. It has six game options, five of which range from tedious to plain daft. In "Straight" you have to pot 150 consecutive balls to win; tedious, while "Bumper" is an unholy mix of pinball and bar billiards – plain daft. Good old eight-ball, though, is all you’ll need. True to its pre-PC roots, skill levels range from woeful (a curvy blonde dolly bird) to brilliant (a big, fat bearded bloke). Apart from some dodgy graphics that let you cue right through balls, the touch and feel of the game is commendably real. You can also choose two-player or network options. The best thing about Real Pool, though, is there’s no danger of being threatened by a cue-toting, lager-swilling psychopath. Top Gun, the old man’s Falcon 4.0, is truly dated – not so much the game play but the music and the tone. This Cold War flight-sim comes complete with an eighties soundtrack from the film – so, unless you’re still wearing pink shirts and playing Bonnie Tyler albums, you might want to scratch the sounds. The controls take a bit of getting used to and, like the film, being a myopic American would probably make it more enjoyable. It’s still worth a few hours of your time though.