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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 12/12 2.8h finished
Nimbus 25th October 2010 3/18 6.7h finished
Commander Keen 14th December 1990 - 16.8h finished
TOTAL:   15 26.3h 3
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! =)

Wish me luck. And best of luck to all of you!

Name Decade Achievements obtained Playtime this month Status
Al Emmo’s Postcards from Anozira 2010 No achievements 4h15m this month completed
Escape The Lost Kingdom: The Forgotten Pharaoh 2010 No achievements 2h09m this month completed
Back to the Future: Ep 1 - It’s About Time 2010 No achievements 2h05m this month completed
Back to the Future: Ep 2 - Get Tannen! 2010 No achievements 2h49m this month completed
Back to the Future: Ep 3 - Citizen Brown 2010 No achievements 3h10m this month completed
Back to the Future: Ep 4 - Double Visions 2010 No achievements 3h36m this month completed
Back to the Future: Ep 5 - OUTATIME 2010 No achievements 3h4m this month completed
Jolly Rover 2010 16/16 (previously 13/16) 2h32m this month completed
Poker Night at the Inventory 2010 20/20 (previously 18/20) 154h+ hours of AutoHotkey completed
TOTAL:   5/5 23h40m 9 completed
samwise84
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release date
Back to the Future: Ep 2 - Get Tannen! no achievements 2 completed 2010
Back to the Future: Ep 3 - Citizen Brown no achievements 2 completed 2010
Back to the Future: Ep 4 - Double Visions no achievements 2 completed 2010
Back to the Future: Ep 5 - OUTATIME no achievements 4 completed 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 28/48 16.9 beaten 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: [28/48] 26.9 5 :-:
86maylin
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Flaky Bakery 26/68 1 hours Unfinished
Super Meat Boy 3/48 6.4 hours(previously 3 hour) Unfinished
Total: 29 7.4 hours 0
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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 31/48 17.3 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 2.3 hrs Episode 2 of 6 finished! 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.

godprobe

Blue Toad Murder Files™: The Mysteries of Little Riddle (2010)

Played through the first episode with my girlfriend! Wallace and Gromit style presentation and light-heartedness (and British-ness). Mostly kid-friendly casual puzzles, but they aren’t necessarily easy either. Good length for the first episode, with six more to go!

Two episodes down, four to go!

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

aonrao

Did you play any of these games? :D

Jaded

bahahaha don’t call me out :P
(That’s a no…)
I played a bit of Destroy All Humans which counts though.

aonrao

I was checking if I’d made a comment on this when I saw your comment, it was too irresistible lol

Jaded

haha yeeeees I failed all challenges this month - the 6 Monthly games, PAGYWOS and this. D:

aonrao

6 monthly games one became obsolete once you got Horizon from GMG tho :D

Jaded

haha true! I did give up on the 6 monthly one

Kaleith
Name Released in Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure 2020 - 1.2 h completed
Swords and Soldiers HD 2010 3/25 3.2 h beaten
The Suicide of Rachel Foster 2020 0/11 0.2 h unplayable for me, full combo of low FoV, chromatic aberration, depth of field blur and head bobbing
Fae Tactics 2020 0/10 5.4 h on hold, possibly abandoned
TOTAL: 8070, duh 3/25 10.0 h 2 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 10.5 2010 Completed
TOTAL: 0 10.5   1
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 5h Finished*
Batman: Arkham Asylum 32/47 12h Finished
First Snow 10/10 3h Completed
TOTAL: 42 20h Beaten games: 3
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 26/39 14 h (10 h this month) Beaten 2020
images 0/47 0 h Never played 2010

UPDATE 16/08/20: 1971 Project Helios is beaten. Also, I’ve added a new game to the monthly theme thanks to the Challenge me, time to play as The Dark Knight xD

rafaelgomesxyz

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 Decade Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Back to the Future: Ep 2 - Get Tannen! 2010 N/A 1h finished
name of game 2 year achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
name of game 3 year achievements obtained playtime this month unfinished/finished
TOTAL: 0 achievements obtained 1h 1
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.

Game 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 8/14 3.3h dropped 2020
TOTAL: achievements obtained 0h 0 game beaten  

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

SUPERHOT : Not recommended
It’s more of the same, so if you really liked the original game it’s not a bad add on. But for more casual players like myself, it’s way too punishing and soon turned into a chore to play.

Lengray

I’m only going to pick two for now and will add more if need be.
Edit: I’m done for this month’s theme. 3 games beaten and 53 hours put in is enough :)

Name Year Status Playtime Achievements obtained Rating
Alpha Protocol 2010 completed 17 hours no achievements ★★★★★
Darksiders 2010 beaten 30 hours 31/43 ★★★★
Alien Breed 3: Descent 2010 beaten 6 hours 3/13 ★★★★★
TOTAL: - 3 games done 53 hours 34 -
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 3h unfinished 2020 Soooooo calming! Reminds me of Viridi but with fish instead of plants.
TOTAL: 0/0 9h Number of games finished: 2 - -
Shurpurd
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release
Back to the Future: The Game 0/0 9.5h completed Dec 23, 2010
Puzzle Agent 0/0 2h completed July 2010
XCOM: Chimera Squad 14/40 4.5h unfinished April 23, 2020
TOTAL: 14/40 Number of games finished 2  

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
Shank 8 of 12 3,3 hours beaten 26 Oct 2010
TOTAL: 23 7,3 hours 2 beaten -

Just like last month, I have a few games that I can play for this monthly theme. We’ll see how it goes.
Update (05 August): Shank beaten.

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
madth3

I had the chance to get at least one game.

Puzzle Station 15th Anniversary Retro Release is really a re-release of an older game but it happened in 2000 so I’m taking it.
There’s an Arcade mode that is not that fun and a Puzzle mode which is what I finished.

And another one!

Puzzle Dimension started somewhat disappointing in not having good camera controls but its warped world in a 3d space ended up being fun.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release
Puzzle Station 15th Anniversary Retro Release 0 1.6 h beaten 2000
Puzzle Dimension 23 19 h completed 2010
TOTAL: 23 20 h 1 beaten, 1 completed  
Trent

I played Puzzle Dimension years ago, abandoned it, then revisited it in June/July, and got as far as you did (23/25 achievements, which I call beaten). I liberally used video guides toward the end, though, and won’t go back to finish those last two achievements and complete the game.

madth3

I did not think that there were external guides so I only checked the Steam forum but having to attend Zoom meetings during quarantine gave me enough time to try and try again.
:D

Myron Arth
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Release
Swords and Soldiers HD 4/25 2.1h unfinished 2010
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition 3/47 0h unfinished 2010
Blade Kitten 0/20 0h unfinished 2010
Metro 2033 0/48 0h unfinished 2010
Metal Unit 6/6 2.7h completed 2020
TOTAL: 13 4.8h 1 x

I just started Sword and Soldiers last week

edit: I ended up winning some giveaways and playing the new wins so i didn’t have time to play much of these games from august theme ):

Wildstorm
Name Release date Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Just Cause 2 23 March 2010 50/50 65,5h completed
Devolverland Expo 11 Juli 2020 22/22 1,2h completed
TOTAL:   72 66,7h 2
escollo
Name Achievements Playtime Status Release HLTB for PoP
Estranged: Act II 14/14 5.3h completed 22/05/2020 30 Mins
Just Cause 2 50/50 43.1h completed 23/03/2010