Once again, this one is pretty easy and I chose it specifically for its interesting history. It was a collaboration between two famous companies, one of which is pretty surprising.
Name and developers, please!
I still have that game in the box. It’s Battletech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception. Published by Infocom and developed by Westwood Studios.
It was interesting because almost every title that Infocom had were text adventures.
That was a pretty decent game for the time. I think I was 12 when I got it. The banking system on it was pretty neat and you could salvage enemy mechs. I recall making new mechs out of salvaged parts.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. 🙂
Yep, have the box, loved the game.
One funny bit of trivia is that if you pirated the game, it punished you at the very very end of the game: one of the endgame bits required the starmap from the box =)
The sequel went real-time; didn’t like it at all.
Andrew77: You are correct, sir!
Sol: Aw, I was gonna mention that! It actually took me and a friend a while to finish the game even though we had a legal copy because we didn’t notice that some of the stars on the starmap were highlighted.
My first introduction to Battletech was the CGI cartoon, which I hear is actually not that great, but I loved it. Then I read a few Battletech books a friend lent to me, and they dealt with some adult issues I wasn’t expecting.
But I’ve never played anything outside of Mechwarrior for the SNES and Mechwarrior 4 for the PC when a coworker got it new.
I only played Crescent Hawk’s Revenge, the sequel to this game, but I loved it. It was my introduction to the Batteltech universe, and I played MW, MW2 and then Mech Commander. Sadly, there hasn’t been a good Battletech title after FASA got bought by Microsoft. Mech Assault on the XBOX was an absolute low 🙁
I hear Jordan Weisman has acquired a license for the FASA games, and is working on something secret. I keep my fingers crossed.
I just remembered that I got a chance to play the in the Battletech pods at Dave and Buster’s a few years back. I believe they are gone now. Before Dave and Buster’s, they used to be at North Pier in Chicago. You used to have to get a player card, and it was much more strategic. As a friend once commented, “Once it got to D&B’s, it became a glorified arcade game.”
There are quite big MMO campaigns simulating the classic BattleTech still running. Just google a little if your interested, I played there a while and really liked it.
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