There sure has been some serious love thrown towards Apogee classics these past few weeks – months even. It all began when Duke Nukem 3D was re-released with higher-resolution graphics and other perks in the form of the Megaton Edition (reviewed here), and continued last week with the release of Duke Nukem 1 and 2, along with Manhattan Project on Steam. Continuing the fun, Shadow Warrior has also just seen a release, in the form of Classic Redux. Similar to Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, this game features HD resolution support and both of the official expansion packs, Wanton Destruction and Twin Dragon. Who wants some Wang?
As if that wasn’t enough, Apogee has decided that the time was right to release the full source code of the original Blake Stone: Planet Strike to the public. Originally released in 1993, we’re apparently very lucky that the original source code still existed at all. As is quoted on the official blog: “Nice to know that those old 3.5″ floppies retain data for so long! It’s uncertain if 100% of the original code is there, but Apogee wanted to release what it could, to give fans a chance to check it out.
Blake Stone: Planet Strike
With this recent support for Apogee’s classics, I can’t help but hope that some of the 2D shooters might soon see some love as well. Bio Menace, Crystal Caves, and the Kroz series would be cool to see in HD graphics. Apogee also published a bunch of games that are worth revisiting as well, such as Paganitzu, Alien Carnage (probably my favorite Apogee release outside of the Duke Nukem series), Hocus Pocus, Mystic Towers and of course, Raptor: Call of the Shadows.
It’s not that hard to get excited about the classics, is it?