Most of the people in the Zoomin.TV Games crew are from the Netherlands so it's about time we made a list about our own country! Here are five games in which The Netherlands or Dutch history take the centre stage! Hup Holland, hup!
1. De Blob
In 2007 game development students from Utrecht made the very first version of De Blob, a game about painting a city with bright colors. The game was made for the local government to introduce people to the new area around the central train station. THQ bought the right and turned it into a game for the Nintendo Wii. They kept the original name as a tribute to its Dutch origins.
2. A2 Racer
Back in the nineties there was a Dutch publisher called Davilex. Nowadays they only make software for financial reports, but twenty years ago they had a racing game franchise called A2 Racer. The series spawned multiple games in which you could race through many Dutch cities, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Amsterdoom is another game made by Davilex. In this old school shooter you have to save Amsterdam from an alien invasion. You get to visit some Amsterdam inspired locations like the Rijksmuseum, the red light district and the Central Station. The game pretty mediocre though, so don't get too excited.
4. Brother in Arms: Hell's Highway
Holland was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. In September 1944 the Allied forces made a daring attempt to shorten the war with Operation Market Garden. It's this operation that took centre stage in Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. The game is full of typical Dutch villages that have been faithfully recreated to match the time period.
5. Cross of the Dutchman
In the sixteenth century a farmer from the Friesland province of The Netherlands wanted revenge after his family was murdered by Saxons. This became the legendary hero Grutte Pier, or big Pier. There are many local tales about this massive man, like him striking down five men with one blow, being able to lift a horse on his shoulders and holding a great sword with just one hand. And you get to play this folk hero in Cross of the Dutchman.
Do you guys like to see more Dutch locations or culture in video games? Let us know in the comments 'en tot de volgende keer!'.
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