New age games may come and go, but our classic video game memories always stay with us. Be it the first games of Mario or that silly Pacman, we always cherish those memories as we dearly miss these games that pretty much made up our entire childhood. So in a tribute to all those wonderful games, here we compile a list of the top ten classic video games that we dearly miss.
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
This arcade game released in the year 1992 was first out in Europe that was produced by Konami. It was a beat ‘em up type game that was released as a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game has up to four players who go by the names of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, with each one of them having specific strengths and weaknesses. The game primarily involved the turtles jumping into downtown in the city, to rescue the Statue of Liberty, as Shredder, the evil character, sends them into a time warp. As a result of this time warp, they face a battle in the past and the future.
9. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
This 1991 console game pretty much redefined games of that era. Nintendo released this action-adventure, single player game as a third installment of the Legend of Zelda series. The main character, Link is seen travelling through to the castle dungeon of Hyrule Castle, to save princess Zelda. To save Hyrule, Link is required to rescue the seven descendants of the Seven Sages from dungeons scattered across the Dark World. The game used various new concepts that never used since, such as the concepts of parallel worlds namely the Light World and the Sacred Realm, the Master Sword, magic meter and Pegasus Boots.
8. Dragon’s Lair
The new-age laserdisc technology was employed in the making of this game that was produced by Cinematronics in the year 1983. The plot goes as follows, the principal character, Dirk the Daring is to rescue princess Daphne from the castle of Modroc, who is held captive by the evil dragon Singe. The cutting-edge graphics, the screenplay at hand lured the young players like never before. The joy of the game lied the control of the joystick and finding your way into the labyrinthine of a castle. It is currently one of only three video games (along with Pong and Pac-Man) in storage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Tron, which was based on the Walt Disney movie by the same name was released in the year 1982 by Bally Midway. The game consists of four minigames inspired by the events of the science fiction film. These subgames coukd be played in any order, and upon completion of these games the players found themselves on the next level which consisted of twelve games. The game was designed as a three-cabinet platform, which featured an 8-way joystick for moving, with one button for firing or speed control, and a rotary dial for controlling the direction of the fire.
6. Star Wars: Jedi Knight
The Jedi Knight series is composed primarily of first/third-person shooter gameplay elements, with a number of variation on the norms of the genre within each game. These games were such sensation that the entire series needs a special mention. The light saber-wielding Jedi became a huge hit with almost everyone and anyone who has watched the Star Wars Movies. The urge to slash away with that uber cool light saber was fulifilled and thanks to the series. The Jedi Knight video games are set in the Star Wars universe. For the majority of the series, the player controls Kyle Katarn, who begins as a mercenary, eventually learning the ways of Force, becoming a Jedi Master and teaching at the Jedi Academy.
5. Civilization II
This strategy based game was designed by Brian Reynolds and produced by MicroPose in the year 1996. This is one game that led to the birth of many strategy-based games in the years to come such as Age of Empires and Rise of Nations , each with its own set of modifications. The game is centered on building a civilization on a macro-scale from prehistory up to the near future. Each turn allows the player to move his or her units on the map, build or improve new cities and units, and initiate negotiations with the computer-controlled players.
4. Donkey Kong
This arcade game which featured the adventures of a gorilla named Donkey Kong was released in the year 1981 by Shigeru Miyamoto. Although Donkey Kong appeared as an antagonist earlier in the game, he appeared as a protagonist later on. The success of the game led to the creation of sequels, Donkey Kong Jr, Donkey Kong 2 and III. Donkey Kong was an early example of the iconic platforming genre and one of the most popular arcade games of all time.
3. Ms. Pac-Man
This arcade game which was released in the year 1992 and this game is probably the only one fondly remembered from the so called golden age of the arcade games. The player earns points by eating pellets and avoiding ghosts and eating an energizer causes the ghosts to turn blue, allowing them to be eaten for extra points. Also the game introduced one of the first female protagonists ever seen in a video game.
2. Grand Theft Auto IV
This game pretty much made up our childhood memories. Coursing through the streets of Vice City and experiencing that protagonist’s freedom was dearly relished. The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on-foot or by vehicle. Throughout the single player mode, players control Niko Bellic, a veteran of an unnamed war in Eastern Europe who comes to the United States in search of someone important, but quickly becomes entangled in a world of gangs, crime, and corruption.
1. Mario Bros
There was probably never a game that was truly as magnificent and as entertaining as this one. This arcade game was published and developed by Nintendo in the year 1983 and it was created by Shigeru Miyamoto. In the game, Mario is portrayed as an Italian-American plumber who, along with his younger brother Luigi, has to defeat creatures that have been coming from the sewers below New York City.