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Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a 1992 RTS.
January 8, 2013 6:45 AM   Subscribe

Play Dune II in your browser.
posted by zamboni (24 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, man, I am not getting any work done today this week month year lifetime, am I?
posted by gauche at 6:52 AM on January 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


oh my god
posted by Think_Long at 6:56 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Making of... Dune II
posted by Artw at 6:57 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


There goes another one of my childhood memories. Oh, I was so easily entertained back then.
posted by chundo at 7:00 AM on January 8, 2013


Wow, this almost loaded on my iPhone 4, which is really impressive. It is unfortunate that I am about as bad at RTSes as I can be at a video game.
posted by griphus at 7:03 AM on January 8, 2013


1992? YOU ARE KIDDING ME!
posted by Mezentian at 7:07 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


here comes trouble.
posted by Theta States at 7:10 AM on January 8, 2013


This.
posted by wobh at 7:14 AM on January 8, 2013


Is there anything similar to the original Dune game? I know Dune II is this milestone in RTS, but I really liked the adventure-strategy game that preceded it. And it had a killer soundtrack.
posted by themadthinker at 7:15 AM on January 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Thanks for reminding me why I loathe RTS games.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:17 AM on January 8, 2013


My friend had a copy of this sophomore year in college and played endlessly. I always got too stressed by it and played Civ instead.

Thanks for the memory.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:21 AM on January 8, 2013


Is there anything similar to the original Dune game? I know Dune II is this milestone in RTS, but I really liked the adventure-strategy game that preceded it.

You're giving me your orni? Thank you, Muad'Dib!
posted by adamdschneider at 7:26 AM on January 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


I played this game quite a lot on my Amiga back when I had time to do things like play games quite a lot. I loved it, but couldn't get past level 6 and never played an RTS again.
posted by juiceCake at 7:36 AM on January 8, 2013


I loved Dune II back in the day. I was fond of House Ordos, but found that I had a hell of a time in the later levels unless I was playing as Harkonnen. I think the only House with which I managed to beat the game was Harkonnen.

C:\Dune\Dune2
posted by asnider at 7:41 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


The first and still the best damn RTS I've ever played.
posted by naju at 8:12 AM on January 8, 2013


(Hmm, was the game always this sluggish? Doesn't seem super playable in the browser for me.)
posted by naju at 8:26 AM on January 8, 2013


The midi music is pretty fantastic
posted by KokuRyu at 8:33 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Everything was going well until a worm ate my quadcycle. Then the whole map flipped out and nothing worked anymore. Does that authentically invoke the original play experience?
posted by BrashTech at 9:28 AM on January 8, 2013


Thank you for this. I needed it today.
posted by 517 at 9:44 AM on January 8, 2013


Never have I been so happy to see my iPhone *almost* crash... Tomorrow has dune written all over it (not so much iPhone or safari!)
posted by channey at 11:36 AM on January 8, 2013


Is there anything similar to the original Dune game?

Well, from my admittedly vague memories of playing the Sega CD version, I think King of Dragon Pass might scratch the same itch.

Available in (actively maintained) iOS and (as it was when it was released 13 years ago) PC flavors.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:57 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Right, I played five levels then I accidentally did that touchpad swipe for Back. FML
posted by yoHighness at 11:28 PM on January 8, 2013


Damn. I spent almost the whole December making a post based on this and the history of RTS in the 90s before my text file was corrupted and abandoning it. Major GRAR.

In short, Command & Conquer, Red Alert and Tiberian Sun are free, there is an insider account of the making of Dune II (the link downloads an htm file; there's a google cache floating around the web too), there are a few mods and remakes (google), there is a remake of Herzog Zwei, Dark Reign was released on XBLA last year but the developer page is down and there are quite a few retrospectives and Top 100 spots for Dune II and a couple for Herzog Zwei. There are previous links on MeFi for Total Annihilation remakes, its soundtrack is still the best, Homeworld was the first really 3D RTS but although the source code was released a remake has stalled and Starcraft still rocks. Microsoft/Ensemble has scraped any and all signs of Age of Empires (II), unfortunately. I hadn't saved any links, but that was the gist of it.

Carry on. /posterity
posted by ersatz at 4:15 PM on January 9, 2013


I've beaten that game as Atreides and Harkonnan. Finally I can bring House Ordos to rule Arrakis!

He who controls the spice...
posted by Sunburnt at 7:37 PM on January 9, 2013


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