- Sunday, February 1: Leo's Pick: The Pyramat PM300
- Monday, February 2: Leo's Pick: There
- Tuesday, February 3: The All Seeing Eye
- Wednesday, February 4: Trick Out Game Boy and Game Boy Advance
- Thursday, February 5: Play Video Formats on Your Mac
- Friday, February 6: Which Console Should You Get?
- Saturday, February 7: Twisted List: Video Games
- Sunday, February 8: Goodies That Won't Break the Budget
- Monday, February 9: How to Cheat at Solitaire
- Tuesday, February 10: Classic Arcade Gaming
- Wednesday, February 11: Games for the Graphically Challenged
- Thursday, February 12: Twisted List: Alien Games
- Friday, February 13: Ultimate Gaming Machine 6.0
- Saturday, February 14: UGM 6.0: Benchmarks
- Sunday, February 15: Twisted List: Top Five Free Arcade Games
- Monday, February 16: Sub-$500 Gaming PC
- Tuesday, February 17: Small-Time Gaming with Linux
- Wednesday, February 18: Help Yourself: Game Peripherals
- Thursday, February 19: NVidia GeForce Chips Explained
- Friday, February 20: Wil Wheaton's Favorite Games
- Saturday, February 21: Are Emulators Legal?
- Sunday, February 22: Warcraft III Strategies and Tips
- Monday, February 23: Twisted List: Dinosaur Games
- Tuesday, February 24: My Cheating Heart
- Wednesday, February 25: The Commodore 64 Is Alive
- Thursday, February 26: The Commodore 64 Is Alive (continued)
- Friday, February 27: Hot Wheels
- Saturday, February 28: Patrick's Favorite Free Games
- Sunday, February 29: Xbox Mod Chips
Thursday, February 12: Twisted List: Alien Games
I know they're out there. In psychotherapy this morning, I uncovered several repressed memories involving a cornfield, a UFO, and several little green men wearing big white coats.
I will never wear a kilt on the farm again.
Anyway, to help me work through the trauma, my therapist suggested I create a list about alien games.
Whack an Alien (http://download.com). This is a new take on the classic Whack a Mole, ingeniously renamed Whack an Alien. I feel kind of guilty because the aliens never even attack. They just wave their heads back and forth and writhe like hippies at a Dead show.
PetWings (http://download.com). How many times can we remake the arcade classic Galaga? Wasn't Galaxian enough? You can remake it at least one too many times, if PetWings is any indication. Again, you feel bad blasting the space crittersthey're cute. That is, until you realize that their leaders are giant space bees that shoot fireball stingers at your head. Exterminate!
A-Blast 3D (http://www.shockwave.com). I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid, but then I found out they wouldn't take me because I have 20/400 vision, and if you lose a contact in zero gravity, you're hosed. Not to mention the mess the saline solution would make. A-Blast 3D lets you fly through space and shoot alien vessels. But, it's just not the same as the real thing. I've seen Battlestar Galactica, so I know.
Spacebar (http://download.com). Here's a funny premise for a game. You walk into a brew pub in another galaxy, and aliens offer you cocktails and frosty, delicious, refreshing mugs of beer. Your job? Destroy the drinks with a shotgun. The future has never looked so bleak. Rumor has it that the game was created by a Czechoslovakian company on a government mission to curb teenage drinking and, apparently, to encourage teenage shootings of bars with shotguns.
UFO III (http://download.com). We're so used to defending the Earth from aliens; wouldn't you like to experience the other side? In UFO III, you're the creature in the spaceship attacking Earth using advanced technology. Like most aliens, you mainly want to kill us for no good reason. All of your victims are driving Porsches, however, so you could be alleviating the unequal distribution of wealth in this countryunless you're a believer in Reaganomics and that whole supply-side thing, in which case you're really screwing up our economy.
Download of the Day: Alley Cat
Ah, the good old days, when the best sounds you could muster from your PC were blips and bleeps from your internal speaker and 256 colors seemed a dreamlike impossibility.
Now you can relive those simpler, halcyon days with Alley Cat (http://www.dosgamesarchive.com), a classic (and free!) DOS game written by Bill Williams in 1984.
The object of the game is to leap around the alley of an apartment building, collecting mice and other kitty delicacies while avoiding dogs and other perils of feline street life. Note: This game is definitely abandonware; our research indicates it's freeware, but download at your own risk.