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Retrospective: Blade Runner

It’s been a quiet week, with no new tat entering my life, so here instead is a retrospective look at one of the classic PC games of yore. Incidentally, it horrified me to realise that this game is now over eleven years old. Gosh.

Westwood Studios are almost synonymous with the real-time strategy genre – pretty much inventing it in 1992 with Dune II, then ensuring their dominance of the early genre through the wildly popular Command & Conquer series from 1995 onwards. But before the release of Command & Conquer, Westwood were as known for being fine crafters of adventures as they were as peddlers of cursor-controlled warfare: 1992 also saw them releasing first title in their of point & clickers, The Legend of Kyrandia, while 1993 saw the arrival of their flagship role-playing series Lands of Lore. While neither had the lasting success belonging to their tank-rush-em-ups, they were well-received, and are fondly remembered by many.

It was upon these foundations that Westwood set their intention to make a point and click adventure based on the cult movie classic Blade Runner, itself based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. And hell if it wasn’t something special.
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