Games have gotten ridiculously advanced to the point where the graphics are almost photo-realistic, the cinematic scope is almost Hollywood-level and the controllers are now being phased out by more advanced motion capture. However exciting this all is however, sometimes we crave a simpler time when you could only walk left or right or where you didn’t have to sit through hours of cut scenes. If you count yourself among those who miss the days of the the Super Nintendo, the ZXSpectrum or the Sega Saturn… then feast your eyes on the following list of the top 10 retro games of all time and enjoy a trip down memory lane.
10. Space Invaders
Space Invaders here represents any number of the ‘properly old’ generation of games. There are many others that could make the top 10 retro games list, and those might have included Pong, Arkanoid (one for ZXSpectrum lovers) or any other iteration of Breakout. However Space Invaders has to be the most iconic of those and possibly the most ‘videogamey’ game in the world making it a requirement for any list of the top 10 retro games.
9. Streets of Rage
When you mention Streets of Rage to anyone they will be flooded instantly with happy
memories of one of the best ‘co-op’ games ever invented. Walk along with your partner side by side punching things in true ‘side scroller’ fashion and occasionally pick up a baseball bat or a knife to club or stab someone with. Inevitably it would end in a brawl when you and your mate turned on each other because one of you took the last apple (as we all know in the video game world apples are the ultimate medicine) – hence the fantastic ability to choose to side with the enemy and kill your team mate at the end of number 2. The best co-op game on any top ten retro games list.
Pokemon might not seem that old but it’s certainly getting on a bit, enough to warrant it inclusion in this list of top ten retro games. It’s certainly one that brings back a lot of happy memories for many people and at the time it was truly a phenomenon resulting in Pikachu bed covers, lunch boxes and trading cards and even huge meetings where secret new Pokemon were revealed.
7. Micro Machines
Rarely does a licensed franchise make a great game, so who’d have thought a game based on collectible cards would make a list of the top 10 retro games? This one more than earns its place and there is nothing more exhilarating than high octane races across the kitchen table with the odd top-down control that only Micro Machines can offer.
6. Pac Man
Pac Man is another one of the older games on this top 10 retro games list but is one that is still being played today – a testament to both the great game play and the oddly likeable yellow circle that became the lead character.
For those who owned an N64 this was really as good as it got. Goldeneye was one of the greatest first person shooters of all time and had a brilliant one player and death match mode. Pull the cartridge out the loft for a great trip down memory lane and some gameplay that more than stands the test of time.
Wipeout is one of the top 10 retro games of all time not only for being such a classic game itself, but also for encapsulating the nineties with it’s neon colours, retro-vision of the future and its brilliant raver sound track.
Everybody has played Doom and alongside ‘Wolfenstein’ it is one of the seminal first person shooters that started the whole genre. We wouldn’t have Halo if it wasn’t for Doom and for that alone it has to go on the list of top 10 retro games.
Mario is one of – if not the – most iconic characters in gaming history and could be considered the ‘Mickey Mouse’ of the video games industry. By including Mario as number two of of all the top ten retro games we cover a huge range of memorable gaming moments from the hilarious-yet-competitive Mario Kart death-matches to the early wonder of the Super Mario Brothers Series and the amazing step into 3D that was Mario 64.
1. Sonic the Hedgehog
However while Mario might have been the first gaming mascot, it was Sonic the Hedgehog that stole many of our hearts and his first outing for many people is the most retro-tastic game in history. As soon as you load up the first level and hear the great Green Hill Zone music, you’ll know why this is number one in the top 10 retro games of all time, and will be flooded with memories of all the Sonic merchandise you either owned or lusted after as a kid.