Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Lost Vikings | Screenshots

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Simulation genre iconAdventure genre iconFantasy style iconyear 1993 icon
The Lost Vikings is one fun and exiting adventure puzzle game. This is one of the first games of Blizzard Entertainment, when their name was Silicon & Synapse. There are 3 main heroes in the game, the three vikings. They are quite fun characters, fighting and arguing all the adventure. One night, while the viking village was in a sleep, a space ship came to abduct them. But the brave vikings will not give up, they will escape the alien ship and stumble upon strange and wonderful worlds, in the struggle to get home. Every viking have some specific ability. Erik can run fast and jump. He also can hit things with his head. Olaf have a shield. The shield reflect ranged attacks and can be used by Olaf as parachute. Here is a glimpse from this awesome game, reviewed in the following screenshots:

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Game Data:
Type: Puzzle,  SimAdventure
Genre: FantasyFuturistic (Vikings) 
Year of Release: 1993 - more info
Platform: PC/DOS/Windows with DOS-Box

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The Viking Village | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

The Viking Village | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The vikings lives happily in their humble village. While one night, an alien space ship lift over and abduct the three most brave of them.

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Level 1 The Space Ship | The Lost Vikings Screenshot


Level 1 The Space Ship | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
After the vikings appear in the space ship, the first is to learn how they act.

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The Ship's Computer | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

The Ship's Computer | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
At the start of level 2, there is a fun alien, who tells how to use items. Here is the Ship's computer, where the item should be placed.

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Level 3 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 3 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 3 in The Lost Vikings game is TLTP.

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Bash Ability | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

 Bash Ability | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
Here is Erik bashing walls. While running, pres "D" and he will try to remove obstacles with his head. Works on creatures too.

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Level 4 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 4 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 4 in The Lost Vikings game is GRND.

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Level 5 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 5 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 5 in The Lost Vikings game is LLM0.

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Hidden Places | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Hidden Places | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The vikings are finally out of the ship. But this is not their home lands. This world is full of hidden places and. The wall near Olaf can be collapsed by Eric too.

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Level 6 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 6 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 6 in The Lost Vikings game is QCKS.

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Level 7 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 7 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 7 in The Lost Vikings game is TRSS.

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Level 8 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 8 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 8 in The Lost Vikings game is PRHS.

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Lava Obstacle | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Lava Obstacle | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
To get past the Lava hole obstacle in level 8, we need a bridge. The combat hero need to get on the stairs nearby and shoot the stone stalactites to the right of the terrace. The stones will fall and make a full bridge to pas.

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Level 9 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 9 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 9 in The Lost Vikings game is CVRN.

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Level 10 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 10 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 10 in The Lost Vikings game is BBLS.

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Level 11 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Level 11 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 11 in The Lost Vikings game is VLCN.

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Locked Cage Obstacle | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Locked Cage Obstacle | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
In level 11, there is a locked amazonian like girl in a cage. To advance, we need to shoot the cage lock a few times and free the girl. Then she will disable the fireballs downstairs, and reveal a destructible walls. Beware, behind every wall there is a rival creature.

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Level 12 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot


Level 12 Password | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
The password for level 12 in The Lost Vikings game is QCKS.

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Floating Sands Obstacle | The Lost Vikings Screenshot

Floating Sands Obstacle | The Lost Vikings Screenshot
To get past the Floating Sands Obstacle in level 12, the combat hero need to get on the tree from the left side and shoot the nuts on the tree across. The nuts will fall and make a half bridge which is enough for him and Olaf to pass.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Civilization: Beyond Earth | Screenshots

Civilization: Beyond Earth
TBS genre iconFuturistic style iconSpace style iconyear 2014 icon
Civilization: Beyond Earth game is what some call the next Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. It is a turn based strategy game, with civilization 5 engine, cool graphic and a lot of system requirements. I had to put another windows 7 OS just to try this game. Like all Sid Meier's creations, its cool. There is just two things, which should have made the game more exciting. First, a staged world exploration - now, the whole world may be explored in the early stage, leaving no place for slow development.  Second, unit usage - now the most usable units are the jet crafts and fast trucks, which are available almost from the beginning.  The game offers some nice concepts, reviewed in the following screenshots:

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Game Data:
Type: Turn Based Strategy (TBS)
Genre: Futuristic (Alien Worlds) 
Year of Release: 2014 - more info
Platform: PC/Windows 7

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  1. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. (2014)  
  2. Pandora: First Contact. (2014) 
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  4. Civilization 4: Planetfall Mod (2006) 
  5. Civilization 4: Dune Wars. (2009)  
  6. Warlock: Master of the Arcane. (2012) 
  7. Master of Magic. (2014) 
  8. Civilization 2: Test of Time. (1999)  
  9. Elemental: War of Magic. (2010)
  10. Master of Orion 2. (1996)
  11. Galactic Civilizations 2. (2006)

Civilization: Beyond Earth | Xeno Titan Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Xeno Titan Screenshot
The Xeno Titan is one of the latest hybrid units.They are truly strong, and scary.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | SABR Prerequirements Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | SABR Prerequirements Screenshot
The SABR is the ground combat unit with the longest fire range. When researched, the SABR will require 9 levels in Supremacy. To upgrade it in True SABR, it needs 14 Supremacy. The True SABR have 4 hex range, can fire over obstacles, and do not need deployment turn. Yet the jet crafts remain the best ranged units.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Diplomacy Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Diplomacy Screenshot
Diplomacy offers some benefits to the overall empire, as agreements. Also we need at least one ally, to trade strategic resources. If we send a trade route to ally city, the bonus of strategic resources will be tripled.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Alien Nests Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Alien Nests Screenshot
The alien nests will appear from time to time only on two type of resources - the Floating Stones (purple), or Firaxite (yellow). The alien nests can be removed for food and artifacts. Also they can trigger a quest.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Unit Upgrades Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Unit Upgrades Screenshot
Here is the unit upgrade panel in Civilization: Beyond Earth game. New upgrades are available with new affinity levels. Affinity levels comes from research and quest decisions.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | F10 Trade Routes Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | F10 Trade Routes Screenshot
In Rising Tides expansion, the trade routes begin automated. To stop a trade route, press F10 key and uncheck the automation.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Economic Overview Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Economic Overview Screenshot
From the Economic Overview - F2 key, we can see the general information for all our colonies, and make orders from there.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Kraken Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Kraken Screenshot
The Krakens are colossal naval melee aliens. To capture a kraken, we need either to research one of the latest technologies, or to make the alien quest in the one of 5 types of worlds.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Town Siege Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Town Siege Screenshot
This is a siege in the relatively early stage. This city have a defensive satellite over it, making it quite strong. But on this planet, the alien quest give the ability ta capture huge aliens by any military unit, and there is a siege worm on our side. The siege worms thought, must be kept away from improvements as they destroy everything where they move.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Contact Victory Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Contact Victory Screenshot
To achieve a Contact victory, we need to build the Beacon. When the Beacon is selected, a button will appear in the bottom left. Clicking it will begin a counter to victory, but will consume all energy income. So from there on, no unit and building purchases are available. Here on the screen, there is one turn to victory. Cheers to the winner! :)

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Emancipation Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Emancipation Screenshot
To achieve Emancipation victory, we need to build the Warp Gate. Then a number of units must be sent trough the gate.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Promised Land Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Promised Land Screenshot
To achieve a Promised Land victory, we need to build the Exodus Gate. Then every 2 turns a special settler can be summoned. Finding a place for 20 settlers win the game.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Covert Ops Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Covert Ops Screenshot
Agents can be assigned in foreign cities to make infiltration or stay at the headquarters and give some empire bonus.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Water City Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Water City Screenshot
Available in Rising Tides expansion, now water towns can be built in Civilization: Beyond Earth. This makes the rush for space insignificant, as there is a lot of water around. Also the AIs in civ BE, do not expand as aggressively, as those in previous civs. The water towns are quite exciting, they have specific buildings and act differently.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | The Aliens Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | The Aliens Screenshot
There are the alien live forms in Civilization: Beyond Earth. The green icons represent an alien unit. They are in small, medium and very big sizes. They have melee, ranged and flying units, as well as 3 naval units. In general they will not attack, unless we attack them first. It is challenging to keep the aliens around as they are getting on the way of army and constructors. But they can be a good shield in early wars. In time they can even become friendly, and their color will change to blue. Also later they can be captured. The aliens roam around their nests (l) .

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Artifacts Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Artifacts Screenshot
There are those awesome artifacts in civ 5 BE. They can be obtained from crashed sites, resource pods, quest completion, research focus, or alien nests removal. When combined in set of 3, they will give some extraordinary reward, like some bonus building with no maintenance, like the Drone Command. Or some full empire benefit, like stronger units, cover ops, or city benefits. The patience is the key, gather as many artifacts and make different combinations to see the rewards.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Quests Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Quests Screenshot
The quests are kind of new concept in civ games. It is like they are something mandatory for modern games. From time to time, some easy missions will be available, like to construct a building or improvement, explore sites or destroy units. They of course give nice rewards, some of them really extraordinary. Also, every planet type, offer a different reward for alien orientated quests.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Research Tree Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Research Tree Screenshot
Here is the research tree in Civilization: Beyond Earth. The screenshot is taken before the Rising Tides expansion, where affinities are also shown on the tree.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Cruiser Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Cruiser Screenshot
The cruiser is the first naval ranged unit. It is very very useful. Later it can be upgraded and become more powerful. Make 6 cruisers and become invincible.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | City Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | City Screenshot
Here is the inner look of a young city. It have some nice resources around. It is at population 3, so it has 3 workers, one in the center and two movable. The city output is on the top left. It can have a focus, but can not be stopped from growing, like the old civs. Renaming the city from edit button over the name. To the right is the city construction and purchases. And down left (not seen on the screen) are the constructed buildings.

Civilization: Beyond Earth | Excavating Screenshot

Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Excavating Screenshot
  Here is some hints for excavation plan. Firsts, some crash sites are located over Miasma. Miasma is like fungus in AC, it will take damage to the unit over it every turn. So those sites may be left for later, the AI will not dig them. Second, the water crash sites also seem a little interest to AIs. They should be watched when a city is build close to them. Always first check the map for resource pods, especially the north and south poles, and then go for the crash sites, beginning with the closest ones so the explorer is close to a city to refill the module for the next site.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth | Resources Screenshot


Civilization: Beyond Earth  | Resources Screenshot
There are plenty and strange resources in civ 5 BE. Some of them are strategic resources, which allow construction of specific buildings and units. Other are bonus resources , which give additional food, production or energy to the city near it. Getting crowded.

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