- Original release year: 1991
- Consoles: Dos, Amiga, Amiga 32CD, Atari ST (HD remake on Steam)
Along with Paperboy 2 and a few other games, D/Generation was the first video game I ever got. Back in the early 90s, my family bought their first computer, a a PC that ran on MS Dos and Windows 3.0, which came with a disc with a bunch of games on it.
Out of all the games, D/Generation was one that really stood out to me. It is an isometric, run and gun, puzzle game. So yes, whilst you will find yourself running and you will find yourself shooting, this isn’t a brainless shoot-em-up. In fact, most of the time, you will find yourself carefully planning your moves and studying each environment you find yourself in. You will need to learn the skill of bouncing your laser shots off the walls, in order to hit enemies and switches. And it is the laser bouncing that is the best example of how the developers have used the isometric view to their advantage.
So what is D/Gen all about? Well, it can basically summarised as a puzzle adventure/action game. The game takes place in a futuristic setting, in the year 2021. A French company called Genoq has developed a series of new genetically engineered bioweapons, which have run out of control and taken over Genoq’s Singapore lab. You play as a courier who must make an emergency delivery to one of Genoq’s top researchers, Jean-Paul Derrida, with the character being completely unaware of the danger ahead of him. Once you start the game, you must explore the maze-like building, rescuing people and travelling through numerous rooms and floors, all of them crawling with bioweapons.
It’s sad that such a well designed and unique game never really had much success upon its release and it has largely been forgotten about since. That said, whilst researching the game (and also replaying it, thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet), I found out a HD remake was released on Steam. It seems to have had slightly mixed reviews and is a little pricey, but it might be worth checking out.