it came from the desert

I have many, many fond memories of It Came from the Desert.

These days, Cinemaware are making their money by remastering and remaking their classic titles, and now those classic titles are available in one big bundle – including a few never before seen on PC.

Admittedly, they’re technically still unseen on PC because they’re Amiga emulations, but shush.

£6.79 (15% off the RRP of £7.99) will get you both Amiga and MS-DOS versions (for the games which had both, anyway) of 13 Cinemaware titles, some of which are definitely Tim-approved. You get:

  • Defender of the Crown
  • SDI
  • The King of Chicago
  • Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon
  • Lords of the Rising Sun
  • Rocket Ranger
  • It Came from the Desert
  • It Came from the Desert 2: Antheads
  • Wings!
  • TV Sports: Football
  • TV Sports: Basketball
  • TV Sports: Baseball
  • TV Sports: Boxing

If you recognise the names Wings! or Rocket Ranger, that’s probably because the former got a Kickstarted remastering and a remake of the latter is currently being Kickstarted. Other than that I’m pretty sure everyone knows Defender of the Crown, but this’ll be the first time those of us without Amigas will have had a chance to play things like It Came from the Desert 2. Barring naughty emulation, anyway. Most of the titles are hard to describe, generally combining strategy, action, and RPG in interesting ways.

If you fancy picking this Cinemaware anthology up, you can do so over on Steam.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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