When I was 15, the greatest video game I had ever played on my Apple IIe was Wasteland. There were mutants and clone-vats and 'borgs and Las Vegas and AWESOME.
It was also the worst, because I got all the way to the verrrrry end...and found out that, weeks prior, I'd discarded The McGuffin Key to make room for a medkit or a shotgun shell or something trivial. I was utterly, completely boned, because I couldn't enter the final map.
I had never, ever been burned by a game like that before...so to show it who was boss, I started over, and played straight through over the course of a day-night-day or two.
So much caffeine. So much parental griping.
Anyhow, there's a new browser-based game that seems right our collective alleys, called Mutant Badlands. It's in Open Beta now, and looks kinda dandy. I've played all of five minutes, and in that brief time, I butchered some cannibal-mutants, rescued a trussed-up damsel, and found a wrench in some rubble.
If that isn't The Platonic Ideal of a post-apocalyptic game, I dunno what is.
Here's a video!
And here's some promo art. Snazzy!
So go kill some irradiated freaks, and tell them Ol' Justin sent ya!