I've found a rather amusing past time lately... Rummaging through old game magazines and looking up old games that aren't the usual classics or underrated gems from bygone eras. There are so many titles that never have the privilege of being brought up in retrospectives. Probably because most of them were either bad or just mediocre games. And a couple of interesting ones that never even got released. Still, I think there is some value in bringing them to light again. Some of them are so obscure you can't even find any decent Youtube footage of them... Nor can you find them for sale on gog.com
One great resource is http://www.cgwmuseum.org/ which has a scanned archive of Computer Gaming World issues.
First up is Mageslayer from Raven Software. Most people remember Raven doing the Doom offshoots Heretic and Hexen, but not Mageslayer. Looks like a top down Gauntlet style fantasy game. They also made another top down action game called Take No Prisoners around the same time, and I did play that one back in the day.
Next up is Descent to Undermountain. This is in fact an AD&D (Forgotten Realms) 3D dungeon crawler made with... the Descent engine. You know, the claustrophobic (pre-Freespace) spaceship shooter. Looks mildly interesting but I can't find it for sale on GOG, which is odd given that D&D games overall are pretty popular.
Last Rites. A team-based FPS where you fight hordes of zombies... from 1997.
Dreams to Reality. I remember playing a demo of this. Made by Cryo who were mostly profilic for games like Dune and Megarace in the early 90's. This one feels sort of inspired by Nights on Sega Saturn. And it has that European quirkiness to it.
Then there's all the stuff that didn't get released. Agents of Justice seemed like it was going to be a superhero strategy game in the vein of X-Com. I also saw an ad in a CGW issue for a game from Maxis called Crucible. Obviously, this game never got released and there is extremly little information (and no media) availbale. Apparently it was a dungeon crawler in the style of Diablo.