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For the first time in over 20 years, we are heralding the return of a much loved piece of gaming history with the classic RPG, Wasteland! Mutants. Again. Even more than there were last time: they seem to materialize out of the very grains of the radioactive desert sand. Venomous yellow eyes.
Release Date: Jan 1, 1988
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Patch 3 Released

April 23rd, 2014

We just released a new patch which adds Edwin Montgomery's soundtrack and fixes an issue with the Linux build.

- Added soundtrack by Edwin Montgomery
- Fixed Linux version issue where the game would crash when switching fullscreen/windowed while paragraph text is visible

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About the Game

For the first time in over 20 years, we are heralding the return of a much loved piece of gaming history with the classic RPG, Wasteland!

Mutants. Again. Even more than there were last time: they seem to materialize out of the very grains of the radioactive desert sand. Venomous yellow eyes. The black gunmetal glint of Uzis as they close in for the kill. There's nowhere to run, and nothing to rely on but your MAC 17 machine gun. What a way to save the human race.

The year is 2087, eighty-nine years after an all out nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union turned vast swaths of the Earth into a hellish wasteland where survival is a daily struggle against thirst, hunger, radiation sickness, ravaging raiders, and mutants - always mutants. You are a Desert Ranger, one of a band of stalwart lawmen born from the remnants of a U.S. Army detachment who survived the nuclear holocaust by holing up in a maximum security prison. You may wear ragtag uniforms and carry make-shift weapons, but the Desert Rangers are the only law left in what was once the American southwest.

Now something more secretive and sinister than the usual roving bands of mutants and raiders is menacing humanity, and it's your job to investigate. Recruit the help you need, follow any leads you find, but beware. The wasteland is lawless desert and a lonely place, and the choices you make will shape the world around you. Better choose wisely. Your life depends on it.

Key Features

  • The godfather of the modern post-apocalyptic cRPG
  • One of the first reactive and immersive worlds that delivered persistent consequences to player choices
  • Featuring toggle-able modern updates such as new paragraph voice over, new music tracks and updated portraits. Play in classic mode to get the original experience
  • Awarded "Adventure Game of the Year" in 1988 by Computer Gaming World
  • Contains backstory and tie-ins to its long-awaited direct sequel, Wasteland 2, coming soon for digital download through Steam!

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum monitor output or 720p.

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OSX 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: On board Intel GFX
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum monitor output or 720p.

Linux System Requirements

    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum monitor output or 720p.
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
477 products in account
29 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
So here I am - heading back home on a bus from school, early 1989. The only real thing on my mind? Firing up the Commodore 64 and rejoining the bunch of Desert Rangers that have just escaped from their first encounter with the Scorpitron. Clips of various calibres were burnt through, LAW rockets fired, two mortally injured - but the team survived. Just.

How had this game got to captivate me so much? To this day, Wasteland ranks as my No.1 game of all time. Not a maybe, not a floating possibility amongst five other great games - but the clear front runner and sole contender. One that I doubt will ever be usurped in the immediate and all-consuming effect that wandering into the radioactive barrens of the American mid-West had on me.

Wasteland is a top-down RPG that follows the 'good guys' of Desert Rangers - attempting to put right the wrongs and work out what strange events are happening in post-nuclear desert around Las Vegas. Fully customisable characters are still fun today, but in late 1988, this was unheard of. Brawlers, pistoleros, ranged specialists to hi-tech geeks were all here - including murderous cyborgs, dodgy gamblers, bar owners and lethal, radioactive vermin. Wasteland introduced the options of restraint, or over-kill - depending on your mood and temperament. Do you carefully take a single shot at your target? Or burst fire of a trio of bullets? Or to hell with accuracy and lead count and simply rip through a magazine? Your ammo, your choice.

A newcomer to Wasteland in 2014 will be woefully unimpressed. What's all the fuss about? It looks archaic has virtually no sound and the main storyline can be completed in a very short time span. But a quarter of a century ago, this game shattered the adventure genre apart and set a whole new level of benchmark. The highly influenced offspring of the Fallout games show plenty of direct lineage back to the original game. But none enthrall in quite the same way that Wasteland did.

Even Steam refers to Wasteland 1 as 'The Original Classic'. For those lucky enough to have been around on its first release - that phrase sums it up perfectly.

10 out of 10.
Posted: May 9th, 2014
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
9.7 hrs on record
I think i its one of the best games of all time. It aged really well. Its only 6 bucks too so thats another plus. It can be a bit hard at times with the way to do things and the game can be rough on begginers. There is plenty of guides on the internet however so this should not be too big of a problem. Its 26 years old and in my opinion is better than 98% of those mindless games that come out today.
Posted: February 4th, 2014
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
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48 reviews
49.5 hrs on record
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Even by today’s standards Wasteland remains a very good turn-based RPG with a balanced mix of combat and quest related problem-solving. It has a non-linear design, customizable character statistics and skills and multiple puzzle solutions. Especially the last point gives you the chance to advance with a variety of tactics. For example you can open a closed door with the lockpicking ability, or you use the climb skill, or force it open with a crowbar or blow it up with a rocket launcher.

Your group starts with four people and can be extended to seven members by recruiting certain civilians and creatures. And you should do it as fast as possible, because this game has a high and sometimes unforgiving difficulty level.

Most people will be discouraged by the outdated graphics and initially rough gameplay. But if you are willing to give this game a chance, you will experience a classic role-playing game with all its charms and challenges.

Fun fact: Wasteland’s general concept and setting became the basis for Interplay’s RPG series Fallout.

My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Combat & Controls
- Tactical gameplay
- Characters
- Details
- Story

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).

Atmosphere: A-Rank

Combat & Controls: B-Rank

Tactical gameplay: S-Rank

(Dummy! You should be smart enough not to touch cactus. – Hell Razor gets hurt for 6 points of damage and knocks him unconscious.)

Characters: A-Rank

Details: A-Rank

Story: B-Rank

There are no achievements to conquer.

Achievement difficulty: none

Wasteland 2 (PC) – Turn-based role-playing game
(Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction) – 2014
Wasteland (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction) – 1988
Posted: February 10th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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5 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
Well... Wasteland 1. For a game that came out in 1988, this sure has some things going for it. For one, it's the godfather of the Fallout games... but don't let that fool you. First of all, this came out 9 years before Fallout 1, and it shows. Graphics quality is low, of course, and combat is the type of turn based Pokemon had in the first generation, but instead of showing you and your enemy, it just shows a profile of what you enemy supposedly looks like, just to show you something other than text. Second of all, the differences in Fallout and Wasteland are very obvious, story-wise. I'm not going to go into details here, but the apocalypse in Wasteland happened in the late 90's. The 1990's that is. So yeah, that's just some perspective.

Overall... most parts of this game have not aged... well. They haven't aged badly, per se, but they have aged. Graphics quality is low, as you should expect from a game in the late 80's. The combat is, as I said above... iffy. The story, however, is great. The writing is also great. But then, comedy and satire always age relatively well.

For me, having not played this when I was younger like most people who will buy this game (people born in the 80's, or earlier I mean), and only having messed around with it in DOSbox (not a very... shall we say, fun situation), I think it's done well enough over the years for me to say that this is still a good game. The addition of the paragraphs and voice over also make this game so much easier to experience than in DOSbox, seeing how most people don't actually have copies of the original Paragraph booklet anymore.

But yeah. I'm going to say this game is still fun, almost 30 years later, and reccomend it to everyone who wants a taste of what Fallout was before it was Fallout and/or want to experience an old game with some new updates.
Posted: June 25th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
9.2 hrs on record
The additions really spoil the fun. You can't run the game in original 320x200 mode because of the new overlays. Oh, and the overlays look awful. The idea behind the ingame narration is really cool, but implementation is horrendous. The fonts are completely out of place - it looks like a ♥♥♥♥ty windows '95 hack on top of an old dos game.

The game runs with a "smoothing" filter by default, but if you disable filtering (the filter looks like total crap btw) you still get the crappy filtered mouse cursor when overlays come in play.

It's not a complete waste of money - you still get a pretty awesome soundtrack and neat extras in form of original pdfs, but the game itself is spoiled by horrific updates which should either not be there or need to be reimplemented. I also see little to no point in the ugly inxile logo and a splashsreen which can't be skipped when you start the game.
Posted: May 24th, 2014
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