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…
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.
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!
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 😉
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.
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.