Some classic Infogrames that helped shape the defining years of the Amiga and MS-DOS gaming scene are now currently available for purchase on Steam. Some of the games aren’t that good by a long shot, but if you were interested in a bit of historical gaming relevance, you can check them out right now.
Nine titles from Infogrames’ past have been added to Steam, including:
- Hostage: Rescue Mission
- Time Gate: Knight’s Chase
- Bubble Ghost
- Chamber of the Sci-Mutant Priestess
- Chaos Control
- Marco Polo
The cover art for Chamber of the Sci-Mutant Priestess is on point. It reminds me of a bygone era where women were allowed to be sexy, it wasn’t a crime for men to desire women, and female models weren’t being fired for their jobs due to feminism.
Anyway, the games themselves aren’t all that great compared to today’s standards. This is not to take away anything of what they accomplished when they originally released nearly 30 years ago.
It’s amazing how far and how fast the industry has come in that time (and how quickly it’s been regressing over the last six years). Nevertheless, titles like Hostage: Rescue Mission groundbreaking when they first release way back in the day. The Amiga was really rocking some awesome titles that pushed the boundaries. For instance, in Hostage you had multiple game types rolled into one, where you had to do some stealth to get into the building, some first person sniping segments, and then some action-shooting sequences to take out the terrorists and rescue the hostages.
The third-person segment was put on display for public viewing via YouTuber RaccoonSkiCap.
It’s kind of sad because Rainbow Six games in the 1990s were like a direct gameplay descendant of Hostage: Rescue Mission, but the newer Rainbow Six: Siege is a huge step backward compared to what these earlier games allowed you to do and how they were executed.
As for titles like Chamber of the Sci-Mutant Priestess or Drakken, they’re standard point-and-click computer games. Marco Polo is an edutainment title, and Bubble Ghost is a side-scrolling game.
Some games actually worth checking out are Time Gate: Knight’s Chase and the highly weird but underrated Eternam. I have no idea what they were thinking when they made that game, but for as much as I played Eternam all those years ago I never really understood it as a concept. It was like some sort of bizarre vector exploration game fused with CDI animated sequences and traditional point-and-click puzzles. It was so weird. Also I could never get the synthesized music to work right and get the sound effects on at the same time. It was always such a hassle back then.
You can check out some gameplay from Gabriel Cuesta to get an idea of what the gameplay was like in Eternam.
You can check out the full list of Infogrames titles that have recently been added to Steam via the Steam developer page. Each game is available for $4.99, but the games are discounted by 15% off during the first week of being made available on Steam.