Space game from the 80's?

I'm looking for a game from the 80's, maybe early 90's. The idea is you crash land on a planet and have to try to survive (quite difficult at the beginning, as I recall). The gameplay is similar to simcity/civilization. Primarily you're building your city and trying to survive (another thought is that it's a rather hostile environment--unbreathable air, etc). Until I started googling, I thought for sure the name of it was Planetfall. But either that's not the name of it, or it is but was never published as such. Any ideas or suggestions of where to look? I've been looking through abandonware sites' simulation sections... but no luck yet.
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  1. emyros said:
    I'm looking for a game from the 80's, maybe early 90's. The idea is you crash land on a planet and have to try to survive (quite difficult at the beginning, as I recall). The gameplay is similar to simcity/civilization. Primarily you're building your city and trying to survive (another thought is that it's a rather hostile environment--unbreathable air, etc). Until I started googling, I thought for sure the name of it was Planetfall. But either that's not the name of it, or it is but was never published as such. Any ideas or suggestions of where to look? I've been looking through abandonware sites' simulation sections... but no luck yet.


    Alpha Centauri
  2. Nope, Alpha Centauri is much more advanced (graphically, and I think the "technology tree" is probably not even half of a "civilization" type game). In the game I'm thinking of, you have to produce your own "survive another turn"-type resources (I believe one of them is oxygen). Although I've never played "moonbase/lunarbase", it seems like those games are somewhat close in concept to "planetfall". Another thing I keep thinking about it is that maybe it was made for a less-known OS like OS/2 (had that for about a year around the time I recall playing this game). Thanks for the guess, DigDog.
  3. Think "earlier version of Outpost". Top-down, though, not iso.
  4. aaawww. im looking for this too.. but no luck finding it :(( you still haven't found the game yet? if you have please tell me :)
  5. Nope, no luck. Have tried reviewing the list of games on the old "WayCool" CD I had back then... no luck.
  6. mazekaiser said:
    aaawww. im looking for this too.. but no luck finding it :(( you still haven't found the game yet? if you have please tell me :)


    How accurate is my description compared to what you remember? Any new (or even contradictory) details would be appreciated.
  7. Sorry to keep dragging this up from the past, but I have an awesome update! :D I actually *have* the game! I just found it in an old zip file on an old CD backup of an old backup folder from an old machine. XD Anyway... just found it and had to come post immediately! Haven't been able to get it to run yet, complaining about dx6amap.dll. (DirectX 6? Apparently *not* a game from the 80's. oops!) Need to go dig around some more...

    I went looking for some plain text in the files and found a lot of really non-specific stuff ("Colony was not sustainable", etc). Sure enough though, there are multiple references to "Planetfall", but also "Ares" and just "Planet". Googling doesn't help on those terms. Oh! Just found a URL. "kimbrosoft.com". Nuts, doesn't exist anymore. Googling... http://www.softandco.com/a/2421/planet-the-new-frontier.html This certainly sounds like the game. Download doesn't work (links back to non-existent kimbrosoft.com).

    That reminds me of the waybackmachine. http://web.archive.org/web/20010721002911/http://kimbrosoft.com/ BINGO!

    This is definitely the game... though I either meshed some other game into it in my recollections, or I had an older version. (Graphics are a bit nicer than my mental image, and I have a note written in a separate txt about a bug that doesn't seem to jive with what I'm seeing here.) SO freakin' excited. ^^ Okay, I've gotta go see if I can get this thing to run! (Now that I finally identified it, anyone else remember this game??)
  8. Do you have the full version of the game? I've been looking for this game for years! I loved it more than the modern games like Sol 0.
  9. carlwryker said:
    Do you have the full version of the game? I've been looking for this game for years! I loved it more than the modern games like Sol 0.


    I do not. I had originally purchased the game, but the email account i had used back then had *long* since deleted my emails from my account. (I did manage to restore the email account, but it didn't come with emails). >.>

    The game is technically "full version" when you download it from the web archive. It's just *locked*. But is so old-school... I imagine if you get a hacking enthusiast on the case, that you'll probably be unlocked in an hour.
  10. That's too bad.
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