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Public Domain Games: It Came From the Desert (Dosbox, Amiga)

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If you haven't guessed by now, Cinemaware's: It Came From the Desert is a blatant parody of the classic horror film Them! It was released initially in 1989 for the amiga, dos, sega genesis, and the turbografx. Like many Cinemaware games, this one is a non-linear adventure title requiring you to communicate with various characters and partake in thrilling cinematic encounters! You play as Greg Bradley, a geologist who's researching a strange phenomena (spoiler: giant ANTS) caused by a meteor shower on the outskirts of the small town of Lizard's Breath. Mysteriously, Bradley can also operate a plane and several kinds of fire arms, but judging this as a B movie parody, I think I know why…

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It Came From the Desert features knife fights, plot twists, strange occults, one sexy nurse (sorry just one), and driving segments! Yes I'm not joking this game features driving segments with probably the worst straight highway drivers known to humankind. And don't get me started on those silly greasers! It would be safe to say that everyone in Lizard's Breath is wasted behind the wheel 24/7. I blame the giant ants.

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If you are “killed”, most likely in a car accident, the game does not immediately end but instead brings you back to the hospital for treatment, but there is a limit on days to defeat the giant ants. If you take too many trips to the hospital, your amount of days to prevent the invasion will shorten inevitably turning the town of Lizard's Breath into Oliver Reed's picnic basket. And we don't want that.

Versions of It Came From the Desert are greatly different from each other aside from the dos and amiga ports. Coincidentally these are the only two that are available for download from Cinemaware's website (after a free registration). If you have dosbox, it works perfectly fine on the newest build and if you can get an amiga emulation working, then that's even better.

Click here for the download page

*Game downloads will be indicated by the small floppy disk under “Platforms”*


  • pioshfd 5 years, 8 months ago

    I saw a playthrough of the Turbografx version. Looks and sounds a lot different from this one...

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  • Absolutely Daft 5 years, 8 months ago

    Only hearing the music brings a different vibe I haven't seen. I might give this one a try, I don't know. Revrevs should offically be called the Blog Post Champion!

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  • Revrevs 5 years, 8 months ago

    Maybe I'll add the title to my name! :P If you're going to play the game I had no problem getting it started on my winxp machine with dosbox 0.74 but when installing it on the win7 machine I had to use a big troubleshoot. This guide in the second post helped me:

    And if that doesn't work for you then we can only hope for a more up to date GoG release.

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