Games have come a long way in the last 30 years. From first person shooter games to MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), there is an entire world of video games tailored to every need. But what about the old games we grew up with? The ones we know and love? They aren’t obsolete. They’re just facing fierce competition. These simple oldies but goodies are just as fun as you remember.
If you find yourself in need of some arcade or old-school console game time, here are a few that might fulfill your retro gaming needs.
1. Tetris (1984)
Challenging and fun to play at any age, Tetris is IT. The music alone is an element in pop culture all over the world. It was originally played in arcades and handheld devices in many countries, but the game itself originated in Russia. Updated versions are available, and you can even find them for your Android device. Check out a free online version here.
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
This third Zelda game was released on Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and re-released on Game Boy Advance in 2002. The RPG-like game has a complicated and interesting storyline. Like a good book, you keep playing along just to see where the story takes you. Wizards, a quest, and a damsel in distress: all the essential ingredients for an awesome story.
3. Doom (1993)
This is where first-person shooter games got their start. Doom is a sci-fi/horror game featuring a space marine who has to fight his way through hell spawn and demons to complete the game. Doom isn’t for kids though, the scary satanic imagery and gore is meant for mature players. Here’s what it looked like back in the day:
4. Day of the Tentacle (1993)
This cult classic from LucasArts is the follow-up to Maniac Mansion. This point-and-click game is also known as a graphic adventure game. It features a wacky cast of characters and puzzles that lead you through space and time. The game was originally released for PC on floppy disk and CD-ROM. Day of the Tentacle continues to delight players even 20 years later.
5. Super Mario 64 (1996)
Super Mario 64 was the game that was released with the console along with Pilotwings 64. This open-world, 3D platform was one of the first of its kind. Gamers everywhere were impressed with the freedom it gave them. There is no one linear way to complete levels, and game play is far more dynamic. There are puzzles, bad guys to beat, and courses to complete. Super Mario 64 is fun for all ages.
This is by no means an extensive list, but it’s a great jumping off point for folks who want reminisce.