Lost in Nostalgia

Where have I been recently? Lost in Nostalgia, that’s where. A month or so ago I was so bored and wondered to myself “where are all the cool world/city builder games like the ones I used to play, they were so awesome!” and it seemed like they just didn’t exist anymore. I decided to search for a few games I used to play to see what similar games I could find when suddenly I stumbled upon gog.com which is a site full of teenaged dreams and nostalgia. Nearly any game I can think of that I used to love, they have and their goal is to make all the “good ol’ games” playable on current operating systems. I cautiously typed in one of the games I used to love and there it was! For sale and for the same price as most iPad apps you can buy these days. There was Caesar III.

A bustling city in Caesar III
A bustling city in Caesar III

Caesar III is a Roman city Builder game where you get assignments from Caesar to build up desolute or poor villages into something better – working towards world domination, of course – and then you move onto your next mission and start over again. What I love most about the game is that you start with villagers in tents and slowly they get wealthier and start building better places and everything gets a little fancy. The only problem I found with the gog version of this is it doesn’t like window view, it freaks out a bit so it’s best to leave it as full screen, the issue with this is you lose hours while you build up your city and empire and don’t even realise until your eyes are dropping out of your face.

I put so many games on my wishlist like RollerCoaster Tycoon, Patrician III, Theme Hospital, Abes Odyssey/Exodus and I have been able to find games I’ve never heard of before, like Deponia, which looks so beautiful that I couldn’t resist. I really love the animation style and the storyline is so silly and snarky that I knew it’d be just for me. That being said, it’s been a while since I’ve played an adventure point and click game and I’m pretty terrible at it. A few walk thrus have saved me on multiple occasions as they clues can be very obscure and complex but I’m getting better.. sort of.

5 responses to “Lost in Nostalgia”

  1. I FRIGGIN LOVE EMPIRE BUILDING GAMES!!! One of my favorites was Zeus, so it was very similar to Caesar. You should (if you have an iPad or iPhone or any smart phone) download Hobbit or Throne Wars. 🙂 They’re reallly fun!!! & they’re empire building games & what not. I’m convinced Throne Wars is for 12 year olds, but it’s still fun to play.

    Ugh I hate when you can’t window view some games. I want to know at all times what the damn time is when I’m playing these games because, like you said, you really just lose track of the time when you’re playing because you get so immersed into it. I never got to play Roller Coaster Tycoon, but I’ve always wanted to. I think it’ll be fun to relive that once you get the game again!

  2. Wow I loved Roller Coaster Tycoon! I used to spend hours and hours and hours building roller coasters on my computer. I checked out gogcom and there is some great games there. I think I still have some of those games at my parents place. They never throw anything out!

  3. I always admired people who played these games because mine never looked nearly as cool and awesome as this. Seriously. Then I’d turn into a bum and quit because my cities and parks and farms were never as awesome as (insert whoever here). I might check out this website though! I love old nostalgic games

  4. Wow, that is so weird. I have been wanting to play those styles games lately. There were just so much fun. I can remember when I got Age of Empires 1 as a freebie from a cereal packet and I played that game so much it was crazy.

    That sire looks really cool. Now I am going to have to investigate. 😀

  5. That’s exciting! Roller Coaster Tycoon was one of my favorites. xD They need a site like GOG for those old computer games like Rodent’s Revenge and Chip’s Challenge. My life would then officially be complete in the games department. :p

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