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  • Blog Post: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, on Windows Virtual PC

    “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” is one of the great classic educational games.  It has been re-released and re-mastered many times – but it was originally released in 1985. In this game – you take on the role of a detective who is hunting down the notorious thief “Carmen Sandiego” and the...
  • Blog Post: Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe under Windows Virtual PC

    Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (SWOTL) is a DOS game released by LucasFilm Games.  It was released in 1991 and allows you to take the role of a pilot in World War II. Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe lets you play for either the United States Air Force or for the German Luftwaffe.  You can...
  • Blog Post: Master of Orion II under Windows Virtual PC–part 2

    A long time ago I blogged about playing Master of Orion II under Virtual PC .  In this post I talked about using the DOS version of Master of Orion II. Recently I was asked if it was possible to run the Windows version of Master of Orion II under Windows Virtual PC.  I am not entirely sure...
  • Blog Post: Gaming on Windows Virtual PC

    Long time readers have – rightly – complained that I have not been talking about gaming in virtual machines very much recently. The main reason for this is that I have been wanting to write this post before starting to post about gaming generally on Windows Virtual PC, and frankly I have...
  • Blog Post: Plants vs. Zombies vs. Hyper-V

    A number of readers have (rightly) complained that I have not been talking about gaming inside virtual machines lately.  So with that in mind – here is Plants vs. Zombies running on Windows XP on Hyper-V: The game is completely playable – though there is no sound, and it does get a little jerky...
  • Blog Post: Quake II under Windows Virtual PC

    It has been too long since I posted about gaming on Virtual PC.  And there is a lot to talk about!  Windows Virtual PC makes some things better for gaming, some things worse, and opens up new possibilities.  But for now, I want to start with something light and fun. Four years (and 23...
  • Blog Post: The Secret of Monkey Island under Virtual PC

    Getting back to playing all of my LucasArts games under Virtual PC, the next stop is The Secret of Monkey Island.  In many ways this was a land mark game for the adventure game format, and many people have fond memories of it. You play “Guybrush Threepwood” who is a young man who is aspiring to...
  • Blog Post: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders under Virtual PC

    Continuing on through the LucasArts adventure game history (last week I was playing Maniac Mansion ) I arrive at Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders.  This is third LucasArts adventure game chronologically – but it was the first one I ever played.  Though, to be honest, I played it on a...
  • Blog Post: Maniac Mansion under Virtual PC

    After posting about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , I thought I would take a walk down the list of LucasArts adventure games that I have played. Maniac Mansion is the first game that comes to mind for many people when they think of LucasArts adventure games - though it was actually the second adventure...
  • Blog Post: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure under Virtual PC

    I am a long time "LucasArts Adventure Game" junky - and own *almost* all of their adventure games.  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure (hereafter referred to as "the Last Crusade") is one of the earlier games in this category (I believe it was the 4th adventure...
  • Blog Post: Quest for Glory III: Wages of War under Virtual PC

    Yikes! It has been a while since I played these games. I have already covered the first and second installments of the Quest for Glory series - so now - onto number 3! Quest for Glory III continues on with the story from before. You have saved Shapier and have been dubbed the "Prince of Shapier",...
  • Blog Post: Trials of Battle under Virtual PC

    It has been too long since I posted about gaming under Virtual PC - so today I would like to talk about " Trials of Battle ". This game was made by Stardock in 1996 - and is one of the few "first person shooting" games that exists for OS/2.  Personally I have always liked this...
  • Blog Post: SimAnt under Virtual PC

    This is one of my favorite not-so-well-known computer games.  Released in 1991, designed by Will Wright (the maker of SimCity) it is a quite whacky game.  You lead an Ant colony and attempt to: Build your nest Secure a food supply Defeat - Spiders Caterpillars An opposing group of ants With...
  • Blog Post: Battle Chess II under Virtual PC

    Battle Chess II was released in 1990, two years after the original Battle Chess .  Battle Chess II sports higher quality graphics and support for Sound Blaster sound effects (though it actually uses the Sound Blasters musical "FM" capabilities for these sound effects - which is kind of...
  • Blog Post: Risk under Virtual PC 2007

    Released in 1989, this was the first "official" computer version of Risk.  As such it goes a long way to try and replicate the board game in as much detail as possible.  It even goes as far as allowing you to pick whether you are playing with the US rules or the UK rules.  Having...
  • Blog Post: Trilby: The Art of Theft under Virtual PC

    A little while ago I stumbled upon the game Trilby: The Art of Theft.  This is a fun little game that I have enjoyed spending a couple of days playing (I have now completed it).  The basic concept of the game is to guide Trilby through a series of heists where you have to stealthily avoid guards...
  • Blog Post: Warheads on Virtual PC 2007

    Wow, it has been far too long since I posted about gaming and virtualization...  So today I would like to talk about Warheads.  This is a wacky little game released by Ionos Interactive and Total Play in 1997.  It is basically a version of scorched earth based in outer space - but there...
  • Blog Post: Kosmonaut under Virtual PC 2007

    A while ago I reviewed SkyRoads under Virtual PC - however I missed the predecessor to SkyRoads: Kosmonaut.  This game was released in 1990 and plays very similarly to its successor.  The graphics are slightly less polished but interestingly the levels are a lot harder. Indeed - after spending...
  • Blog Post: Shinobi under Virtual PC

    Shinobi was a SEGA arcade classic - that was then ported to every system on the face of the earth - and the PC was one of them. I never was able to find a story that explained the premise of this game - but it is fairly obvious. You are the ninja, throwing throwing stars at anything that moves, killing...
  • Blog Post: Flying Tigers under Virtual PC

    This is an old vertical scrolling flying shooting them up style game, similar to Raptor in many cases, but not as polished. The story behind this game is fairly flimsy and tells of bad guys who got control of time machines-which sets the stage for you to fly in your high tech UFO style spaceship while...
  • Blog Post: Captain COMIC under Virtual PC

    You are Captain Comic, galactic hero. Your mission is to recover three treasures from the planet Omsoc, which have been stolen away and hidden on the remote planet of Tambi. Your task will not be easy, you will need to gather tools to increase your fighting and defensive capability, navigate dangerous...
  • Blog Post: Command & Conquer available for free download

    Okay, so not really Virtual PC or Virtual Server related (except that I have posted about Command & Conquer under Virtual PC before - here and here ). But EA have made the original Windows 95 version of Command & Conquer available for free download. Grab it from here: http://www.commandandconquer...
  • Blog Post: Jazz Jackrabbit 2 under Virtual PC

    Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is one of the last of the great platform games. It was also one of the only ones to be released as a Windows 95/98 only game. You play the role of a gun wielding green rabbit out to stop the space turtles from taking over the universe. Okay - that story does not make much sense - but...
  • Blog Post: X-Wing under Virtual PC

    Now this is a classic, the original DOS version of X-Wing. The game where you got to play as part of the rebellion and try to overthrow the evil empire - you even get to participate in the final run on the Death Star. This game had many things that made it great. It had an amazing 3D engine (for the...
  • Blog Post: Martian Memorandum under Virtual PC

    Continuing on with the Tex Murphy games we arrive at Martian Memorandum. This would have to be my favorite Tex Murphy game - with a gripping story and a simple click and point interface. That is not to say that it is without its problems. The biggest problem (in my opinion) is that it is relatively easy...
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