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August 5, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Mindscape's computer game D/generation is making a comeback via West Coast Software

Mindscape logo Remember the adventure game D/generation on computers in the early 90's? Mindscape released it in 1991 for PC, Amiga, and Atari ST. The story involved a courier sent to Genoq Corp discovered the security at the bioweapon manufacturing facility has gone offline and deadly Neogens (bioweapons) were spreading rapidly. You had to get the courier to the chief scientist who desperately needed the package you were delivering.

It was an interesting game requiring you navigate the maze-like rooms of this building while engaging Neogens in action sequences as well as solving puzzles along the way. You got to battle, but you had to think too. A bit of brawn with some problem solving.

D/generation game screen The original Mindscape game was well received and a team at West Coast Software is recreating the game for our modern world on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. It may also trickle down to other consoles like the Wii U and Vita.

I love finding games like this in which someone's passion for the original takes the form of upgrading it. They say the play-mechanics are the same, but the visual and aural experience has been modernized.

Of particular interest is they have the support of the original developer Robert Cook, but it gets better! John Jones-Steele, one of the game's original programmers, is on board as well as original musician, Mark Knight. It's really cool that original team members have reunited to make this happen.

D/generation game comparison Think of how awesome reboots would be if original developers were actually working on the projects. As much as I love reboots, very often they are "interpretations" by the current team. So with Robert Cook's approval they have a Kickstarter campaign where you can become part of D/generation's newfound history!

Check out the D/generation website where you can download a demo of D/generation and find links to their social media. You can also check out the original D/generation game on iOS.

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