By – Thomas Faust

3D Realms Returns

Guess who’s back?  3D Realms, that’s who.  Five years after being disbanded, the company is suddenly alive and kicking again, with some of its original team members and a couple of new additions.  Chances are that if you started playing PC games in the nineties, this announcement will flood you with joy and nostalgia.  The Apogee/3D Realms shareware titles were an enjoyable and affordable constant in my early gaming years, and 3D Realms celebrate their comeback by putting a bundle with (almost) all of their early titles on sale.

That’s right, the commercial full versions of 32 games are bundled with a snazzy launcher and sold for the reduced price of $19.99 during the next two days.  After that, the price will go back up to $39.99.  However, considering that purchasing single games from the bundle will cost you $4.99, that’s still quite the steal, even if some of those titles have understandably aged terribly.  The 3D Realms Anthology contains the following games:

  • Arctic Adventure
  • Bio Menace
  • Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold / Planet Strike
  • Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy / Invasion of the Vorticons
  • Math Rescue / Word Rescue
  • Monster Bash
  • Mystic Towers
  • Paganitzu
  • Monuments of Mars
  • Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure
  • Crystal Caves
  • Death Rally
  • Alien Carnage
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Major Stryker
  • Realms of Chaos
  • Pharaoh’s Tomb
  • Secret Agent
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows
  • Terminal Velocity
  • Wacky Wheels
  • Stargunner
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Rise of the Triad: Dark War
  • Duke Nukem 1 & 2
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

3D Realms Returns

All of these games seem are bundled with DOSBox.  Thus, there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues.  3D Realms promises limited controller support, and all of the games I’ve tried so far had no issues with my Xbox 360 pad.  They also seem to be optimized for screen ratios other than 4:3, which is most welcome.

The 3D Realms Anthology is only available from their website for now.  Further information concerning the company’s future will apparently be revealed in the coming months. Let’s just hope they’re not working on another Duke Nukem title, because we all know how well that went last time.

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  • David Queener

    “Let’s just hope they’re not working on another Duke Nukem title, because we all know how well that went last time.” I do think another good one could be done, but it needs a VERY tight focus, and an emphasis on Duke as an abnormality in his world. I wrote a lot about this once, but I don’t want to go promoting my own little blog on this.

    I will say however that aside from the obvious bigguns (Duke3d, Shadow Warrior) this has some great titles. Terminal Velocity, Hocus Pocus, Raptor, Realms of Chaos, Wacky Wheels (never cared about Mario Kart due to Wacky Wheels). And of course, Blake Stone which was like a better Half-Life in the Wolf3d engine.

    • Thomas Faust

      Yeah, I played most of them way back when they were released. Literally dreamt of buying the full versions, but that was simply inconceivable with my pocket money.
      Heh, I remember spending some of that on the Duke Nukem shareware disk (“Duke Nukum”, it said) on some cold, dark winter afternoon. Good times.

  • Thomas Faust

    Apparently you get a couple of games for free when you sign up for an account. The games in question are Alien Carnage, Arctic Adventures, Bio Menace, Mayor Stryker, Monuments of Mars, Pharao’s Tomb, and Stargunner. Not the best of the bunch, but still a nice taste of the full bundle. (Thanks to @trockenasche for pointing that out.)

  • RudyBob Brach

    I have no issues with them selling all their old junk for seed money but I ain’t buying