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1993 – Space Machine. Go Back in Time. Really.

1993 – Space Machine. Go Back in Time. Really.

Not a new game designed to look old….not an old game with updated graphics…made in 1993, and looks like games did in…1993


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Here we have a tale of four teens from Sweden who, in 1993, decided to make a straightforward, side-scrolling shooter for the Commodore Amiga called Shenandoah. It was turning out well; while still in development, the game was previewed in a couple of magazines and a distributor was even interested.

But alas, the team became entangled in “teenage drama” and broke up before the game was completed. And, in the summer of 1993, the project died. Everything was boxed up, stored and forgotten. Life went on.

Fast forward to 2013. Former team member Krister Karlsson, going through some boxes in his basement, chanced upon the 3.5″ floppy on which the game had been saved. He decided to see if it would still work. Miraculously, it did.

All graphics, layout, animation, sound, story and music were there. It seemed a real shame to Krister not to finish the game. “The only thing added to the game is an engine that works on today’s systems and a title that we felt made better sense.”

So behold the rebirth of 1993’s Shenandoah as 2014’s 1993 – Space Machine. Or, if that’s confusing, a game “made in 1993, released in 2014.” Genuine nostalgia guaranteed.

An Indiegogo campaign has been launched and will run until January 31, 2014.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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