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uncle_leon 06-01-2013 03:02 PM

[Eagle of Fire] Netstorm: Islands at War
Hi all,

There is this game that I played a demo of, and I loved it, but never managed to play the actual game. It's been bugging me for the last 15 years or so, and I all but lost the hope of finding it - but hey, miracles happen, maybe one of you guys will recognise it.

Here is what I can remember:

- It was definitely in the 90's, most likely mid-nineties.
- The game was a tower strategy of sorts. I do not remember the exact gameplay, but it certainly involved building various types of towers on islands floating in the sky. Most(?) towers could shoot at enemy towers, but each type had different limitations. Any tower that got destroyed would crumble and fall from the sky.
- It definitely had some sort of real-time element, but I am not certain whether it was real-time altogether, or whether you could (for example) place your initial towers and then "play the time".
- The game had a sort of fantasy setting - I don't remember any distinct feature, but it certainly wasn't a "high-tech" sci-fi game.
- I recall being impressed with the graphics at the time, so it must have been better than 320x200 (or really, really well drawn); Most likely, it ran in 640x480, and had 256 or more colours.
- The graphics were 2D, but had a pseudo 3D (isometric or similar) view.
- It can't have been a massive game, or I would have heard of it. In fact, it is entirely possible the the game was rubbish, only I happened to like it at the time.
- I saw and played a demo. It may have been that, for some reason, the game never actually got released.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Eagle of Fire 06-01-2013 04:53 PM

I am quite confident that you are looking for Netstorm: Islands at War.

RRS 06-01-2013 04:54 PM


Dave 07-01-2013 12:37 AM

Yup, NetStorm for sure!

Eagle of Fire 07-01-2013 02:20 AM

I am curious... Is there an advantage to linking to MobyGames even though we do have the game on site?

RRS 07-01-2013 07:45 AM

More & bigger screenshots? More reviews? Credits?

I started to write my post before yours went online.

uncle_leon 07-01-2013 09:57 PM


Originally Posted by Eagle of Fire (Post 448498)
I am quite confident that you are looking for Netstorm: Islands at War.

Amazing... that is indeed the game! Many thanks! :)

When I saw your link was leading to Abandonia, I was convinced that this couldn't be it because I've gone through all the titles already and none seemed to match. Well, I guess that says a lot about how descriptive game logo pictures are - or how good I am at browsing lol!

On a side note, it seems that Netstorm gathered quite a cult following, despite the poor sales record. It is going to be an interesting evening! :) Thanks again!

Eagle of Fire 07-01-2013 11:12 PM

You are quite right. I don't know if the community is still active but when I played it (a long time ago) it was blooming.

Too many cheaters and hackers at the time though.

PrincessCasey 20-01-2013 12:48 AM

Yep it's still going, it's run by the community now and is a lot of fun!

Eagle of Fire 20-01-2013 08:40 PM

I tried to get back into that game but there really is no point. Everybody play with level 43 islands...

What really made the game was being able to get up in ranks. It took ages but when you got to another range and got a +10% bonus in health and power for your towers it really made a difference...

Also... How come that after so long the game is still plagued with the infamous firewalled players unable to host a game? Last time I had this problem I was working with a 56k modem FFS... :(

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