One of the cool things about playing old with emulators is finding cool games you never knew existed. There are literally tens of thousands of games. It’s like digging through a big toybox.
There are some great original games that we never saw in the US. For example, the unassumingly named Arctic Shipwreck for the C64, released overseas back in 1983. You’re a friendly mammoth (or maybe mastodon, hard to say) who has to save stranded sailors by balancing a constantly shifting ice floe and by chasing off hungry pterodactlys who want a yummy sailorsicle. When the ice starts to tilt, the sailors sliiide right off into the briny deep. You have to run around on the ice floe to shift it back and make horizontal surface, but if you get too close to the edge you’ll fall off yourself and lose a life. It’s a lot of fun, and the motion of the ice floe is pretty convincing for an 8-bit system.
But that’s not all. With the power of the Internet (and Google), we can discover even more. Like the web site of Viktor Toth, one of the programmers, where he talks about the 3D algorthms they created for this and for their other games. Neato torpedo. Gotta try some of those other games next.