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August: Decades

Big thanks to godprobe for suggesting this month’s theme: “Games released exactly zero or more decades ago.”

To easily find games that qualify for this theme:
1) Go to this website and insert your Steam name.
2) Wait patiently while your library loads.
3) In the Settings tab choose to show only games released in 1990/2000/2010/2020.


You can use the following (or similar) format to make it easier for me to keep track of everyone’s progress, but feel free to add any extra thoughts about the game(s) to your post!

Name | Achievements obtained | Playtime | Status
:-: | :-: | :-: | :-: | :-: 
name of game 1 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished
name of game 2 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished
name of game 3 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished
TOTAL: | achievements obtained | playtime this month | Number of games finished  

Have fun!


Theme song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-SZraSMiEc


Challenge me

The newest edition of the monthly Challenge Me is available here: click.


FAQ

Do I have to participate in this month’s theme?
No, as with every theme, these are merely suggestions for anyone who is unsure about what to play next. If you already have a battle plan for your backlog and/or don’t like this month’s theme, you’re free to ignore it.

What happens if I don’t participate in the monthly theme?
Nothing.

What happens if I play all of my unfinished games this month?
Your backlog will be a much smaller place.

I don’t have any unfinished games!
Really? well that makes one of us… I salute you.

I already finished my entry can I play another?
Go ahead - the goal is to reduce your unfinished games list. The more you can play the better.

Moony1986

Nice idea! :) I found some games I’m really looking forward to play (again)

Name Release date Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge 7th July 2010 0/12 0h unfinished
Nimbus 25th October 2010 0/18 0h unfinished
Commander Keen 14th December 1990 - 0h unfinished
TOTAL:   0 0.0h 0
Trent

I really appreciate you guys getting the monthly theme announced so early. I get to choose my games for next month before the month has even started! =)

samwise84
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release date
Back to the Future: Ep 2 - Get Tannen! no achievements playtime this month unfinished 2010
Back to the Future: Ep 3 - Citizen Brown no achievements playtime this month unfinished 2010
Back to the Future: Ep 4 - Double Visions no achievements playtime this month unfinished 2010
Back to the Future: Ep 5 - OUTATIME no achievements playtime this month unfinished 2010
Bato: Treasures of Tibet no achievements playtime this month unfinished 2020
NEOVERSE 3/36 before the month 3/36 playtime this month unfinished 2020
Detroit: Become Human 0/48 playtime this month unfinished 2020
name of game 3 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished 2000/2010/2020
name of game 3 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished 2000/2010/2020
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished :-:
86maylin
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Flaky Bakery 0/68 0 hours Not Started
Super Meat Boy 0/48 0 hours(previously 3 hour) Not Started
Total: 0 0 hours 0
JaffaCaffa

2020:
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE
The Escaper
Samsara Room
Dear Devere

stef
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release Date
Death Stranding 10 achievements 5 hrs unfinished July 14, 2020 (but 2019 on console so not sure if it counts)
Higurashi When they Cry CH 8 0 playtime this month unfinished may 14, 2020
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished  
Cece09
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Detroit: Become Human achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
godprobe

Hey, it’s my thing! My thing is a thing! Yay! :D

Oh man… I should probably actually participate this time then, shouldn’t I?

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release Year
Zork I zero / zero 0 hrs** unfinished 1980
Sid Meier’s Covert Action (Classic) zero / zero 1.4 hrs Case #1; made one arrest 1990
The Longest Journey zero / zero 5.4+ hrs* finished!* 2000
Blue Toad Murder Files™: The Mysteries of Little Riddle zero / zero 0 hrs unfinished 2010
Friendly Fire zero / zero 26 mns finished! 2020
TOTAL: what achievements? :D 7.2 hrs two / five!*

*The Longest Journey – been playing it off and on this year already, 23.6 hrs on record; also, already finished it once many years ago pre-Steam.
**Zork: The Great Underground Empire - Part I – started it multiple times over the last few years, never finished it; 0.3 hrs on record on Steam.

So many good titles in every decade… I’d never remembered hearing of Covert Action until it arrived on Steam though, unlike most of the 1990 games that I did play at least demo versions of in the 90s. AlternativA, Singularity, and Puzzle Dimension are definitely 2010 runner-up selections for me, and the first Hacker game for 2000, but I don’t figure on having all that much time to play. For 2020, MIND CONTROL DELETE, Them’s Fightin’ Herds, and XCOM: Chimera Squad were also definitely contenders – a couple free indie prologue titles stood out too since I don’t have many games from this year yet: Half-Life: Restored, Welcome to Elk: The First Stories, and Whateverland: Prologue.

In any case, looking forward to running through the past (and present) with you all!

godprobe

Sid Meier’s Covert Action (Classic) (1990)

Played through one case so far, and managed to arrest one of the five criminals involved. The game is randomized, so this shouldn’t be a spoiler, apart from maybe spoiling gameplay concepts. The gang managed to steal plans from the US Embassy in Mexico while I bumbled my way through learning the controls. I’d already read a review that mentioned using the keypad for combat control, so I knew to do that much (although the home row number keys also work the same way as the numpad number keys). What I learned “on the job” was the F-function keys. F2 - take a photo, F1 or Enter - do a thing, F3 - plant a bug, etc. Also, spacebar shoots. Thankfully, the interface for the cryptography section was pretty simple – press a letter to replace, press the letter to replace it with – and also very satisfying to decode. Wiretaps were confusing at first, but I think I have the hang of the basics for that now – just not great strategy yet. Driving was a little awkward, but mostly intuitive – managed to follow… someone… to another building in DC, and get some intel from there after breaking in. Really, this was a very fun game, especially for its age, and I would have played it a ton in the 90s if I’d known about it and owned it. Now… I’ll still probably play it a bunch in 2020! Hopefully I can catch a Mastermind. I only caught the Organizer, and neither the electronics expert, the thief, or the other person (I don’t remember their role in the heist).
Nice animation and overall presentation on this game, too.

godprobe

The Longest Journey (2000)

Made it to chapter nine last night (of thirteen chapters and a prologue). There’s a lot that I do remember from playing it through years ago, but a lot that I’ve forgotten as well. It’s been good to play it again, already aware of the length and long dialogs and slow walking speed, and getting more engrossed in the story development and the build-up of the main character. Still a little awkward, but still a very good game to play. (Using the high-res mod.)

Update 8/2: Ah, finally finished this game for a second time – I’d been wanting to re-play it ever since finally owning a copy of Dreamfall, which I’d also been wanting to play ever since it released, although I was also disappointed that it had mediocre reviews at the time. Still, looking forward to finally getting to the sequel, and then the more recent Kickstarter’d follow-up!

Again… definitely a very long journey, and has its clunkiness, age notwithstanding, but also has plenty of charm. If you fear dialog, this game may not be for you, but for those who want a truly epic adventure, it’s quite good. I did end up going to UHS hints again for two or three of the puzzles, but for the most part got through it without. HD mod recommended too, as it will fix some bugs. Onward to Dreamfall…

godprobe

Friendly Fire (2020)

It’s free, it’s short, and it’s worth your time. Great dialog, nice art, easy gameplay, fun little dumb story.

Jaded

This is such an interesting theme!
I’m pretty terrible at sticking to these monthly themes, but checked some games I have anyway.. :P

2010:
Numen: Contest of Heroes
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition
Darksiders
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition
Mass Effect 2

2020:
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE
Rinlo
Republique VR
Summer in Mara
DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT
Samsara Room

Kaleith
Name Released in Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure 2020 - 0 h unplayed
The Suicide of Rachel Foster 2020 0/11 0 h unplayed
Fae Tactics 2020 0/10 0 h unplayed
TOTAL: 6060, duh 0/0 0 h 0 games beaten
EvilBlackSheep
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Year Released Status
The Suicide of Rachel Foster 0/11 0h 2020 unfinished
Marco & The Galaxy Dragon 2/15 0h 2020 unfinished
Outer Wilds 0/17 0h 2020 unfinished
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month - Number of games finished
Kyrrelin

One game for the start, will see about adding some more.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Released Status
Alter Ego none 0.0 2010 unfinished
name of game 2 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished  
name of game 3 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished  
TOTAL: 0 0.0   0
Skatrzoo

Actually not that many things I can choose from outside of a couple untouched 2020 games, but let’s see.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime this month Status
YOU and ME and HER: A Love Story N/A 0h Not started
Probably one more? N/A N/A N/A
TOTAL: 0 0h Beaten games: 0
Aiori

I don’t really know what to play this month. I have some pending Challenge me games, but I will join the monthly theme with a game, maybe some more in the near future

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release date
images 10/39 4 h Unfinished 2020
revilheart

I’ll give this one a try.

Name Decade Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition 2000 N/A 0 unfinished
TOTAL: 0 0 0 0
ninglor03
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Back to the Future: Ep 2 - Get Tannen! N/A playtime this month unfinished/finished
name of game 2 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
name of game 3 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished
Scarwiz
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Decade
VVVVVV 0/19 0 hours Not started 2010
Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition / 0 hours Not started 2020
TOTAL: / 0 hours 0  
adil

I just finished Alpha Protocol (released in 2010), does it count? :D

Anyway, I’ll take my chances with this one and put some games down.

Name Achievements Playtime Status Year of release on steam
Back to the Future: The Game no achievement 0h unfinished 2010
Persona 4 Golden 12/50 0h unfinished 2020
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE 0/14 0h unfinished 2020
TOTAL: achievements obtained 0h 0 game beaten  

Hopefully, I’ll beat one or two at least.

Lengray

I’m only going to pick two for now and will add more if need be.

Name Release date Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Alpha Protocol 1 Jun, 2010 no achievements 0 hours unfinished
Darksiders 23 Sep, 2010 0/43 0 hours unfinished
TOTAL: - none yet 0 hours none yet
Daerphen

Let’s see what interesting games the library has for the decades.

Name Release Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Commander Keen 1990 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
Escape from Monkey Island™ 2000 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
The Longest Journey 2000 achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished  
godprobe

Hi Daerphen! When you start The Longest Journey, I recommend using the HD mod – it fixes a number of bugs, and makes the cutscene videos much nicer. While I typically play games “vanilla”, I opted for this mod as it fixed some annoyances with white textures showing as transparent, including the cursor at times. I think that savegames are incompatible between the normal and HD version, but if you aren’t too far along yet (and if you only started it this month – you definitely are not far along yet), then it’s honestly not too much trouble to re-play the beginning parts.

HD mod info: https://steamcommunity.com/app/6310/discussions/0/2268068817156430758/
…or… https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1746858370

Daerphen

cool, thanks for the suggestion

hellfire_sushi
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Year of Release Thoughts
Loom no achievements 2h completed 1990 This one is my childhood favourite!
Fairy Tale About Father Frost, Ivan and Nastya no achievements 1h unfinished 2000 Last time I tried it, it crashed - I’ll try again.
Puzzle Agent no achievements 3h completed 2010 It’s a fun mix of puzzle and point & click.
My Koi no achievements 0,15h unfinished 2020 Soooooo calming! Reminds me of Viridi but with fish instead of plants.
TOTAL: 0/0 6,15h Number of games finished: 2 - -
Shurpurd
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release
Back to the Future: The Game 0/0 2h unfinished Dec 23, 2010
Puzzle Agent 0/0 2h completed July 2010
XCOM: Chimera Squad 14/40 3h unfinished April 23, 2020
TOTAL: 14/40 Number of games finished 1  

Finally joining after lurking for a while, hope this helps me finish some games haha

Garcias
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days 15 of 58 4,0 hours beaten 17 Aug 2010
TOTAL: 15 4,0 hours 1 beaten -

Just like last month, I have a few games that I can play for this monthly theme. We’ll see how it goes.

Bangledeschler

Well, it seems I haven’t participated in a Monthly Theme for a while. Figure since I was playing a couple games that fit this theme that I’d throw in a few more and see where we go from there.

Name Achievements obtained Achievements This Month Playtime (Before Month - End of Month) Status Year of Release
Atlantis_2_Beyond_Atlantis 0/0 0 (0h - 0h) Unfinished 2000
Thief_II_The_Metal_Age 0/0 0 (0h - 0h) Unfinished 2000
Fight_Crab 0/7 0 (0h - 0h) Unfinished 2020