Dune II

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Developed by Westwood Studios and released in 1992, Dune II was the precursor to the Command & Conquer series, and laid the foundations of the RTS genre.

Experience Dune II for yourself, right here.

My cousin and I used to play this for hours on his Amiga, along with Settlers and Monkey Island. I was probably only 7 or 8.

I don’t think we ever completed it, but some bright spark has given us a second chance by creating dune2js.com, this web-based emulation of the game. It’s absolutely insane that I’m now able to play the entire game in my phone browser. Controls are a little clunky (you miss all the refinements that came with later RTS games, especially unit controls), but it actually doesn’t hold up too badly!

I love the idea of all these classic games becoming as playable and as embeddable as a YouTube video. Can we get Lemmings next? Update: yes.