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The Greatest Retro Video Games of All Time

But which one made it to the top of the list?


You just can’t beat retro video games. With today’s modern technology, sometimes I find myself pining for the pixelated faces of Sonic, Mario or Donkey Kong. If you fancy a trip down memory lane, we’ve compiled a list of the greatest retro video games known to man. But which one tops the list?

25. Super Metroid

Super Metroid first became available on the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System), which was the ultimate video game console of the retro era. As the third installment within the ‘Metroid’ brand, Super Metroid is deemed Metroid perfection.

24. Dig Dug

Dig Dug was developed by the Japanese company, Namco. Due to its popularity, the licensing was then bought by Atari. Oooh, competition. The aim of the game is to defeat your enemies, either by dropping rocks on them, or inflating them with air to the point that they explode…

23. Contra

Have you ever fancied being a part of a group of Nicaraguan rebels… yeah, me too. Contra focuses on the lives of the Contras, where you can run through jungles, jump, shoot and play with lasers. Perfect retro gaming entertainment.

22. Doom

Doom is by far one of the best sci-fi shooter games. I mean, look at the ‘Doomguy!’ Basically, this guy is saving the world from the demons of hell, which are intent on invading the Earth. It was thought that Doom was played by over 15 million people in the first year of its release. And people still play it now!

21. Outrun

Released by Sega in 1986, Outrun has become one of the best-selling games of its kind. Outrun is a third-person, 3-D racing game inspired by the roads of European hotspots. You get to drive in a (pixelated) Ferrari Testarossa Spider, what could be better?

20. Sensible Soccer

Even though it’s called Sensible Soccer, the game was actually created by a British Company. (But let’s face it, ‘Sensible Football’ just sounds too…sensible.) Sensible Soccer boasts thousands of match combinations and typical British humor.

19. Chuckie Egg

Chuckie Egg was a video game created for the ZX Spectrum. The aim of the game is to collect the twelve eggs in each level before the timer runs out. An egg-timer, if you will… I’m here all week 😉

18. Gauntlet

The ultimate hack-and-slash video game. Released in 1985, Gauntlet is a four-player game that allows you to play as The Wizard, The Warrior, The Elf or the Valkyrie. The aim? Get to the exit before your enemies. Dibs on the Wizard.

17. Manic Miner

Manic Miner was famous for its colorful animated loading screen, as well as its sound effects and in-game music. The game consists of twenty caverns, which your character ‘Willy,’ must escape before his oxygen runs out.

16. Paperboy

Yep, there was a game where you had to deliver papers. Somehow, it was actually really great. There’s not much to say in regards to gameplay…you have to deliver papers and not crash your bike.

15. Ms. Pac-Man

Ms. Pac-Man was the original Pac Man’s upgrade. She was designed to be less flickery than Pac-Man and reported to be a smoother gaming process. Whose side are you on?

14. Zork

Zork is famous for its first line… ‘You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.’ This text-based game has no graphics, just descriptive instructions. It’s different. I like different.

13. Earthworm Jim

It’s an earthworm called Jim in a robotic suit – need I say more? The player must make sure that Jim makes it to the end of each level, killing his enemies without dying himself. The game was released in 1994 and has been so successful that it has been remodeled and is still available today.

12. Mortal Kombat

We all know Mortal Kombat as it has now become a household name in the gaming and movie industry. The first installment of the Mortal Kombat series was released in 1992 and featured the typical one-on-one fighting battles.

11. Galaga

Galaga is the sequel to the 1979 video game, Galaxian. Produced two years later, Galaga puts you in charge of your own spaceship, with the aim to kill as many oncoming aliens as you can to progress to the next level.

10. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is an early (and perfect) example of a platform game. Your character must save the Damsel in Distress from Donkey Kong while jumping and dodging obstacles. With constant playability and many references in movies and TV, it’s no wonder it’s been named one of the most popular video games.

9. Pong

It’s so simple…yet so brilliant. Literally just a game of Ping-Pong, Pong was created by Atari in 1972, and quickly became a huge success…probably because it’s just so darn addictive.

8. Street Fighter

Street Fighter was produced by the Japanese company, Capcom in 1987 and was the first of its kind for the company. The fighter battles one-on-one in three rounds with their opponent, and it can be played either one player or two-player.

7. Space Invaders

The pixelated aliens of Space Invaders have become a popular icon, in both gaming and pop culture (cough our logo). There’s no denying this game was the coolest. The aim is to defeat the enemy aliens with your laser cannon – while only moving horizontally across the screen.

6. Super Mario Kart

Super Mario Kart was created in 1992 and is still a popular game today. In this game, you get to choose on of the Mario Bros. characters to take on a little joyride around the courses, throwing weapons at your opponent as you go. You do need to try and win, though.

5. The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda brand has achieved some serious mega-fans over the years. The video game was first created in 1986 and is set in the land of Hyrule. The aim is to collect eight pieces of ‘The Triforce of Wisdom,’ which will enable you to free the princess, Zelda.

4. Tetris

Tetris is another game that is so simple…yet so incredibly entertaining. Tetris is described as a tile-matching video game and was first produced in Russia. It should be described as the most incredibly-annoying-but-addictive video game of all time.

3. Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic is by far one of the best retro games out there. The game has proved so popular that there are now over 50 different versions of the Sonic franchise. Who knew a blue hedgehog collecting rings could be so entertaining…

2. Mario Bros

Mario Bros. is second on the list because, for most people, it is the epitome of retro video games. Mario Bros. was first introduced to the waiting population in 1983, and the magic has continued from there…

1. Pac-Man

Pac-Man IS retro video gaming. Since its release in 1983, Pac-Man has gone from strength to strength, and the world now loves to collect the little Pac-Dots and avoid the deadly ghosts. What we wouldn’t give to visit an arcade in the ’80s and play this game how it should be played…