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Best Free Game

Post by paranoid marvin » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:16 pm

What was the best game you got free with a computer mag?
(and I don't mean ex-retail games)

There was a great free game given away with Amiga Power
It was like a cross between Sensi and Cannon Fodder.All the players
wore army uniforms,and the 'ball' was a live grenade! It would turn red and 'take out' any players in the vicinity when it exploded
I think you only had to score once to win the game,but I used to pass
the grenade between my players,right up until the moment it was about to explode ,then pass it to an opposition player and blow him up!You could take out all the opposition doing this.Great fun!


Any other reccomendations?
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Post by helloall » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:24 pm

Christmas Nights - So well made for a freebie

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Re: Best Free Game

Post by Leezer » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:43 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:
There was a great free game given away with Amiga Power
It was like a cross between Sensi and Cannon Fodder.All the players
wore army uniforms,and the 'ball' was a live grenade! It would turn red and 'take out' any players in the vicinity when it exploded
I think you only had to score once to win the game,but I used to pass
the grenade between my players,right up until the moment it was about to explode ,then pass it to an opposition player and blow him up!You could take out all the opposition doing this.Great fun!

yep i remember that 1 too although for me the best ever free game was the amiga power coverdisk that featured a very arcade accurate asteroids (think it was by some german guy), although i found it a bit hard at first so i hacked into it to give me 5 starting ships instead of 3 and saved it so it was a 5 life asteroids game always!!.
although the best coverdisk giveaway was the amiga power coverdisk that featured 4 of the "greatest arcade games ever" asteroids,defender and i cant remember the other 2 games....this was a different coverdisk then the one which originally had asteroids on it.
Is it me or is mappy the greatest videogame of all time ???

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Knights on the Amiga 500 ROCKED!!!!!

Post by ZOoOpS » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:54 pm

Well on the Amiga 500 there was a two-player game, it was played split screen vertically, you had to use a cardboard divider to split the screen. It was a Dungeon hack and slash maze game, with all kinds of objectives to win. My friend and me must have played it for hours, it rocked back in the day around 1993 and was 100% free, I still got if from Aminet, o the good old Amiga 500 days.

With today crop of free games on the PC there is just so much a lot of it if you like old school gaming is real good, things like Alex 4, Clouds Kingdom III, Gene Rally, Glest, Mechanized Warfare or loads more just go look.

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Post by Sureshot » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:58 pm

Batty on the Spectrum, which came free with Your Sinclair. A great Breakout/Arkanoid clone in itself, but where it really came into its own was with the inclusion of a simultaneous 2-player mode. Awesome stuff.

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Post by Ash » Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:32 pm

Sureshot wrote:Batty on the Spectrum, which came free with Your Sinclair. A great Breakout/Arkanoid clone in itself, but where it really came into its own was with the inclusion of a simultaneous 2-player mode. Awesome stuff.
My God! I used to have Batty on the C64 and played it religously with my brother. I loved it so much that I made up a song about the game...and no, I won't transcribe it here. :P

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Post by paranoid marvin » Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:41 pm

I forgot about Batty!What an awesome game!
Does anyone remember Lawnmower Simulator with YS?
Originally an April Fool,someone actually later made a game of it!

Twintris was another brilliant AP coverdisk.I think it was PD.Ridiculously addictive Tetris clone

Another game I remember was given away free (I think with Zero)
It was the firt issue and had one game for St (which was rubbish)
and one for the Amiga which was brilliant.It was along the lines of Splat!
for spectrum,the screen moved,and you had to control a little guy,dodging
the on-screen obstacles.If anyone can remember the name,let me know
please!
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Post by M.A.G » Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:54 pm

A magazine carnt remember its name was giving Gameboy games away on its cover.

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Post by samuelpepys » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:16 pm

Merry Christmas from Melbourne House - for the C64 from C&VG.

Great graphics...but very brief!

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Post by merman » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:24 pm

C&VG gave away a tape with the C64, Spectrum and Amstrad versions of Brainstorm, a great little puzzle game originally released by Firebird.

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Post by AC » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:41 pm

I posted about Net Yaroze a couple of months ago, my vote doubtlessly goes there.

There were some cracking games, normally better than the released trash on the disc!

The creator of Adventure Game deserves a pint. (Cue multiple posters claiming to be the creator of Adventure Game :wink: )

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Post by Mort » Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:31 pm

Another game I remember was given away free (I think with Zero)
It was the firt issue and had one game for St (which was rubbish)
and one for the Amiga which was brilliant.It was along the lines of Splat!
for spectrum,the screen moved,and you had to control a little guy,dodging
the on-screen obstacles.If anyone can remember the name,let me know
please!
Hi Marvin,
The game you mentioned was Merv the Merciless, I also though it was one of the best freebies ever,especially the Neighbours sample in the game! :wink:
Blast another coupon missing, what`s on ebay!

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Post by Swainy » Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:56 am

Moley Christmas.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:02 am

Mort wrote:
Another game I remember was given away free (I think with Zero)
It was the firt issue and had one game for St (which was rubbish)
and one for the Amiga which was brilliant.It was along the lines of Splat!
for spectrum,the screen moved,and you had to control a little guy,dodging
the on-screen obstacles.If anyone can remember the name,let me know
please!
Hi Marvin,
The game you mentioned was Merv the Merciless, I also though it was one of the best freebies ever,especially the Neighbours sample in the game! :wink:
Thanks Mort!That's the one!
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Post by Hungry Horace » Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:20 am

One Amiga magazine gave away an incredible Tetris game (Tetris Pro, I believe; I forget the name despite playing it on WINUAE only a month ago) with superb mellow music. I'd have paid a tenner for it, but for free it was superb.

Also, Zombie Apocalypse, another Amiga cover freebie. Imagine Operation Wolf with zombies and you have the idea.

Despite the controversy at the time, I rather liked Play for Your Life that came free on a copy of Your Sinclair. Most people detested it as a lacklustre and shoddy game.

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