The 5 best 3DO games – someone still loves you

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The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer console

If you are not familiar with this console, then you can find it online as the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer console, but it is normally called the 3DO for short. To be honest, I have never owned one of these systems, but I did get a chance to play on one. One of my closest friends happens to own one of these and loves it. He insisted I come round just so I could play on the 3DO for the first time, because he loves it so much, despite all the criticism over the console.

Personally, I was not extremely impressed with it, but there were some lovely hidden little gems on this system that do deserve attention and to be played. My friend insisted on giving me a helping hand with this list, so let’s take a look at them!

Below are the 5 best 3DO games:

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5. Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger (developed and published by Origin Systems in 1995)

Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger on the 3DO

An incredible introduction (featuring real actors) and a very atmospheric space combat simulation

The Wing Commander series is one that players have loved for years but has fallen out of sight over recent years. Thankfully, the 3DO also has Wing Commander 3 and this is a nice one. The game follows on from the second installment, where the war is going badly for the Confederation, so the player has to take control of Colonel Christopher Blair, as he tried to end the war by taking on the home planet of the Kilrah.

There is a lot of action in this game, and it uses live action full motion video, which was really fun to watch. It is almost like an interactive movie at times, while you also complete missions and destroy enemy spacecraft. It is definitely a fun title, and it is memorable.

4. Lucienne’s quest (developed by Microcabin, published by MicroCabin for Japan in 1995 and Panasonic for NA in 1996)

Lucienne's Quest on the 3DO

It is not Final Fantasy of course, not even remotely close, but still enjoyable and fun to play

This was not really a well-loved game back then, people found it lacking compared to other RPGs at the time and that it just looked like a series of side-quests. However, Lucienne’s Quest is now thought to be one of the best 3DO games in existence, and the North American release is now considered a rare collector’s item.

It is a short game due to players not needing to spend lots of time on grinding, and the dialogue issues come from the poor localization of this JRPG. The original Japanese version has a much more interesting Lucienne, unlike the English-speaking one, who is rather annoying.

That being said, this is a good game still and matches the PC Japanese RPGs of the past. Again, It is a good title with a few problems that let it down a bit, so I do not expect lots of people to agree with me listing it here.

3. The Incredible Machine (developed by Jeff Tunnell Productions, published by Dynamix in 1994)

The Incredible Machine on the 3DO

There are many games on modern devices, that are based on TIM’s concept.

Educational games can be great and The Incredible Machine did not let the genre down, back when it was released for the 3DO. Though they do not tend to get that much attention, sadly! However, TIM has been ported to mobile devices, so everyone still gets to try it out, even if you do not have a 3DO or compatible PC.

It is a bit of a physics puzzle game, where you need to rotate, place and even program a few things to solve the level. There are all kinds of things too, like getting a basketball through a hoop or turning on a can opener. It was a nice surprise, and I am glad I had the chance to play it.

2. Star Control II (developed by Toys for Bob, published by Crystal Dynamic in 1994)

Star Control 2 on the 3DO

Seeing how good the 3DO version is, this is probably one of the best ports I have ever got to play

Star Control II is one of the greatest PC games to ever be released, so it is no surprise it is also amazing on console. It was brought to the 3DO in 1994, and this was the code that was ported to the PC version, so this is the exact same game. SCII adds new species and ship types to the universe, and it replaced the strategy missions with story-driven content to turn it into an exploration adventure title.

So it is a little different, but it just adds so much to the series. There is diplomacy with other species, resource gathering, combat and more. I really like this title, the gameplay is great and the ending is just fabulous. There is a lot to like here, and you should definitely try this out on a 3DO or PC.
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Honorable Mention:

Immercenary on the 3DO

I will always commend and support the developers who are not afraid to explore other avenues. Immercenary is by no means perfect, but it is definitely one of a kind

Immercenary (developed by 5 Miles Out, published by Electronic Arts in 1995; released in Japan as Perfect World)

Do not get too confused with this game, it was released in 1995 and the game is set during 2004. In this timeline, a doctor was experimenting with astral projection in the 90s and met a woman in the future, who could sense his astral form. In her future, all humans are placed into a virtual network called Perfect, and cannot leave it or they wither and die.

So the doctor focuses on helping her, by trying to send someone into Perfect. There is a pretty long and interesting story in this game and a lot to the gameplay as well. Definitely something that gamers these days would love however, Immercenary did not really take off. Many people thought the game was “weird” and struggled to see past the lack of difficulty and shorter length. Personally, I like it a lot, and I believe It is one of those games that was simply ahead of its time.

Alright, time to see who earned the top spot, today: and the winner is…

Return Fire (developed by Silent Software, published by the 3DO Company for JP and by Prolific Publishing for NA and Europe in 1995)

Return Fire on the 3DO

Another title for my future list of the most underrated video games of all time…

This game is not quite a standard shooter and for that reason, I love it! It is a vehicular shooter played from a bird’s eye view, where you need to drive around to capture the enemy flag and return it to base. So, capture the flag with cars and guns. Definitely something that was unusual at the time, though vehicle-based action games are popular again, thanks to Rocket League.

Each of the four vehicles types in Return Fire was uniquely specialized, and they also need to refuel and get more ammo periodically. There is a single player mode, but the multiplayer is where this game really shines.

It also had a unique way of making sure you stayed within the map lines, a submarine would emerge from the water and fire a heat-seeking missile at you. It was a lot of fun, and I am kind of sad it did not get too much attention on PlayStation or PC, when it was ported to them.



So retro folks, did any of you get to play on a 3DO Interactive Multiplayer console? I am curious to know what your favorite games are, so I can go check them out if I have not played them already. There are a few very nice titles on this system, and I would hate to miss some real gems, just because this console was not as popular as some other ones. Plus, there are some games that people were not fans of at the time, but are now considered to be classics, have you got any more of those kinds of game suggestions on the 3DO?

Be sure to tell me what you think of my list and if I missed any of your favorite 3DO titles!

Till next retro list!

About Andrew A.

Andrew is the founder and owner of RetroGamingLoft. He considers himself a natural-born gamer and is on a mission to keep our younger gaming years alive through the medium of Retro Stories. His event recount includes hopes, dreams, broken joysticks, magic, nostalgia and another final boss defeated.

8 thoughts on “The 5 best 3DO games – someone still loves you

  1. Carol5162

    I am not familiar with this type of the console but I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. I have a little bit of memory on Lucienne’s Quest hence the desire to try this console. I wouldn’t say I did not love the game back in the day, maybe it was because we did not have much to compare with. You have put together a very interesting list of games. I have not played many of your listed games. Hope to come across this console soon and see what I can get out of this. Great article!

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Carol and welcome back to my retro blog, I am glad I made you want to give a try to the 3DO.
      By no means is this the best console ever, not even in my wildest dreams lol, but still there are some titles that are worthy of being played. If you end up buying a 3DO, please let me know how it goes.
      Thanks again for your comment, until next retro post!

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  2. John

    The incredible machine and wing commander looks like games that i really need to try out on this console. Like you, I have never played on them. Frankly, it’s the first time I’m hearing about it and I felt a bit better when you asserted that this console is not all that popular. I’m glad you could do a review on it though. I will check it out online.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello John, thanks for leaving another nice comment.
      Correct, the 3DO has never been that popular, but I knew several titles, as I had played them on other systems.
      I have to credit my friend anyway, I could not have made this list without him. He knows EVERYTHING about the 3DO, a real fanboy, lol. He owns more than 70 games (“I tried them all and I kept all the fun games”, in his words) and he showed me them all.
      Retro James was with me of course, and the three of us had a blast. Again, nowhere near as good as the best 90s consoles, but what can I do? I love nostalgic rides back to the past, plus I got to unearth some hidden gems.
      Thanks again for stopping by, stay tuned for more retro lists!

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  3. Tracy

    The thing about this 3DO console is the fact that I never truly like the games I was opportuned to play on it. It just didn’t meet up to the standard of the games I wanted to play. However, this feels nice to see. I did play only imercenary from the list given up here. That is the only game I tried out on it. Though I was not the owner but I got to play it with a friend at their home. That was the only one I played from it. I might not be too thrilled to buy it

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Tracy and thanks for your comment.
      I cannot blame you. Like I said, I unearthed some gems, but the console is far from being great. In a previous mentioned I meant that my friend showed me all of his 3DO games (more than seventy), but at the end of the day the ones I really liked were no more than fifteen.
      That said, I think it was unfair for the games on this list to be overshadowed by the overall quality, hence this post. 🙂
      Thanks again for dropping by, hope you stay tuned for more!

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  4. Henderson

    Hello Andrew, nice list you have here and it’s very good that you can share your opinion on this not so popular console. The 3do looks pretty smaller than the regulars that I usually see with old games. But it really is pretty cool I must say and some of this games are very good too. Maybe I should try it out as well.

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  5. Andrew A. Post author

    Hello Henderson, always a pleasure to read your comments.
    I am glad to hear you are fancying a 3DO now, if you end up getting one, please let me know how it goes.
    As for its dimensions, there are a few models actually, but the one we played with (same model you see in this post featured image) is a definitely smaller than a Nintendo 64, so to make a retro comparison. Not really that bulky.
    Thanks again for dropping by, till next retro list!

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