|July 31st, 2017 10:40 AM|
by Ken Gagne
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At KansasFest 2016, I presented parallels between classic gaming and modern Steam games. The session was called "Steamed Apples" and was largely based on indie games I'd encountered while researching and hosting the IndieSider podcast.
That podcast ended earlier this month, but not before I discovered several more games reminiscent of Apple II software mechanics and aesthetics. That combined with unused notes from last year's presentation led to its follow-up at KansasFest 2017: "More Steamed Apples".
Unlike last year, I no longer constrained myself to games available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, as some of the below games are Windows-only (such as Lode Runner Legacy) but were too good a fit to pass up. Also, as I did last year with Plangman, I accidentally slipped one non-Steam game in when I included Leadlight Gamma, which is available from itch.io only.
I've recategorized the genres since the presentation to make them a better fit, and to be more consistent with last year's categories.
|Genre||Classic game||Steam game||IndieSider?|
|Action||Dino Eggs||Dino Eggs Rebirth||No|
|Adventure||Out of This World||Outland||No|
|Action||Lode Runner||Lode Runner Legacy||No|
|Puzzle||Pipe Dream||World of Goo||No|
|Survival||Oregon Trail||The Flame in the Flood||Yes|
|Text Adventure||Zork||Leadlight Gamma||Yes|
|Choose Your Own Adventure||Scholastic Microzine Twistaplot||Open Sorcery||Yes|
|Choose Your Own Adventure||Scholastic Microzine Twistaplot||Emily Is Away||Yes|
|Choose Your Own Adventure||Scholastic Microzine Twistaplot||The Warlock of Firetop Mountain||Yes|
|Choose Your Own Adventure||Scholastic Microzine Twistaplot||Firewatch||No|
As IndieSider has now concluded its run, I don't expect there will be a third session in this series. But the games included in these tables should be enough for any Apple II user to get their entertainment fix in a modern computing environment.