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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:35 pm

Added Star Lords as an alternative to Master of Orion, and onEscapee as a counterpart to Another World and Flashback.

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Post by MrFlibble » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:52 pm

Added a working download link for Giana Worlds.

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Post by MrFlibble » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:39 am

Nazghul is a very nice-looking RPG modelled after Ultima V.

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Post by MrFlibble » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:37 pm

I've just realized that Alien Carnage bears a lot of similarities to the Amiga/Genesis version of Alien 3: the levels are timed missions during which you need to rescue captives and reach the exit, and one of the weapons is a flamethrower; not to mention several direct references to the Alien franchise.

Also, added Amulets & Armor to the list.

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:04 pm

Following some constructive criticism in another forum, I've decided to drop the liberated games part from the list altogether. I've come to realize that thinking of liberated games as some kind of Ersatz for other titles is counter-productive, and this topic should be addressed elsewhere.

Further on, I've separated the list into three sub-lists:

1. More or less straightforward remakes or clones of well-known games. In many cases the authors will openly point to the game that they are trying to remake, and if not, the similarity is often quite obvious anyway.

2. Shareware clones of popular titles, mostly from the DOS era. These are generally of historical interest.

3. Games that are definitely inspired by famous titles, but the authors have added enough ideas of their own to make these games something more than direct recreations. As usual, this is the grey area as YMMV what makes for a simple clone and what constitutes an "inspired by" game.

Also, the following titles were added:

Crayon Physics Dungeon Keeper Elite Lemmings Natural Selection RPGMaker SimCity X-COM: Enemy Unknown Bos Wars, Command & Conquer: Red Alert Diablo Empire Deluxe Frontier: Elite II Puzzle Bobble Ultima series Wizardry VII

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:29 pm

Added some more titles:

A-Train Carrier Command Duke Nukem Escape Velocity Half-Life: Counterstrike Quake III: Arena, Unreal Tournament Star Wars: TIE Fighter, Descent: Freespace Super Monkey Ball Also added another section to the list, with the liberated games that have both the source code and all assets released for free, thus making it possible to create new builds of the entire game.



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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:42 pm

Atlantis Puzzle Bobble BurgerTime Dogfight OutRun Oxyd Paratrooper Planet Defender R-Type Rampart Sentinel SimCity Solar Fox Space Spartans Star Strike Starion Telengard Lode Runner Wing Commander

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Re: Free alternatives to classic/well-known games

Post by MrFlibble » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:20 pm

I've reworked the list yet again. The shareware clones and the open source liberated game build sections were dropped, and now board game implementations are a separate category.

Also, added the following titles:

Castle of the Winds, Ancient Domains of Mystery Diplomacy Panzer General II RPG Maker Sid Meier's Civilization Titan Wizardry VII

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