3. Mechwarrior - it was actually kind of hard to win this game in the alloted time. Aside from at home, played it on the high school's 486 machines in the 90s, it had no built-in CPU cycle timer (not sure if that's the right term) so it ran stupidly fast
Favorite Mech was the Phoenix Hawk.
I played it on a 286 (with 287 co-processor!) in EGA, perfect speed for the game. When I got my 486DX/33 it ran too fast as you saw. I didn't really recall a timelimit? 5 years in-game maybe?
Wow, brings back memories: http://www.sarna.net/wiki/MechWarrior_(1989_Video_Game
I think I outfitted my crew with Battlemasters and I'd tend to use a Rifleman. Why? Because of a quirk wherein you could inch up to enemies and shoot the AC/5 out of their range and kill 'em. They'd just stand there. I might have used a Shadow Hawk as the AC/2 has a longer range though does less damage, been a while. I'm sure I dabbled with the Marauder too because, well, the Phoenix Hawk was for punks! Though at that time many of the mechs were ripoffs of Robotech, the Phoenix Hawk being a Robotech Super Veritech and the Marauder being a Robotech/Macross Tactical Pod Glaug. I ain't hatin'. The best part was that I could buy the more-popular Robotech models and they matched up fine in the Battletech universe!
Oi, yeah, like the model list here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotech_Defenders
4. Battletech: Crescent Hawk's Inception - put all your money in Hesperus Industry; leave computer running overnight w/ characters in a safe town; ???; profit! SRM-2 for personal weapons and max Mech upgrades for everyone!
I think, and my memory might be wrong, that it didn't cycle the game time unless you were moving or some such. I recall propping up something on the keyboard and running into a wall overnight. My favorite was keeping the Chameleon from the training grounds and getting an UrbanMech from the arena. I could never EVER figure out the ending until one day I was flipping through the manual and DUH the map there. WEAK.
5. F-19 Stealth Fighter - one of a few Microprose military sims I played a whole lot. Also Gunship and M1 Tank Platoon (original versions)
My friend had that but I didn't. We played it a bunch when at his place.