As much as I appreciate the phenomenal graphics that are around today, my heart yearns to go back to the days of 2D games and sub par graphics. I just don’t know if life-like graphics impress me in all honesty. Perhaps its the same way I feel about Disney animation, much favoring the 2D world I grew up in versus the overpopulated Pixar times we live in.
Remember when it took 10 minutes for your PC to load up or when you had to blow into the cartridge to make sure it worked properly? It was a much simpler time. Now all you have to do is go to the App store or download a game from a non-existent cloud. I do wonder how much of my life is being tracked from somewhere unknown. But enough of that conspiracy talk, I’m here to talk about the games I miss from yester – year.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 & 2
Am I the only person who prefers building theme parks than actually going? Rollercoaster Tycoon was my JAM back in the day and I’m SO happy they released the iPad version so now I can build them to my heart’s content! My favourite level had to be Arid Heights, unlimited money lets you do anything and there is something satisfying about watching my guests have the time of their lives whilst I have mine.
You can probably guess I like managing and building stuff right? Kinda like being at work except its fun and I don’t get paid Zoo Tycoon was another game from my past I yearn to play these days. It’s having pets without the mess, the cost or the responsiblity.
The Sims 1, 2 & 3
My favourite game of all time… Who knew you could have more fun managing someone else’s life rather than your own? The Sims 1 build-mode soundtrack takes me back to a simpler whereas the expansion packs for The Sims 2 were perfect. The Sims 3 was amazing in its own right but towards the end my laptop just gave up. I now have a new one and I can’t wait to download The Sims 4 come payday. Goodbye real life, hello simulated one.
Age of Empires
I’m not sure my young brain ever really knew how to play this but it was fun whilst I thought I knew how…
Another game I’m still able to play today thanks to Origin. It’s all fun and games until you get an epidemic of Bloaty Head syndrome and your staff all demand raises…
If you remember the old school aerial view version, me and you can be friends.
I still hum the theme tune when I’m bored. How could I compile a list without this iconic game?
My most memorable version is the one on the Nintendo 64 and I remember spending hours playing as a child. If only I had the time now…
Mahjong Titans on Windows
I still don’t understand the concept of Mahjong Titans today. Is it pairs, is it dominoes, I don’t know. But what I do know is that my futile attempts playing got me nowhere.
Who remembers the days of Windows XP when all you had to entertain you was that annoying Microsoft Word paperclip, drawing things in Paint, Solitaire and Pinball?
Minesweeper and Checkers on MSN Messenger
Ah good old MSN Messenger. TBH this is probably the reason I can touch type today so I am thankful for it in some respects. What I do miss is playing Minesweeper and Checkers with my friends until 1 or 2 in the morning knowing I had to get up for school. Those were the days and these days the only thing I that will come close to it is people playing mind games and keeping me up late a night. I think that will be in another blog post though…
This is a pretty vague memory but I used to play this at my friend’s house and there was a part where you could make your own cake. I pretty much cried when I had to go home; perhaps deep down I wanted to be a baker?
I looked after virtual cats as a child. There is something about that sentence that doesn’t sit right with me. Thankfully, I have been blessed with a real one this year (well it’s my brothers, but close enough).
What are some computer games from your childhood you remember playing?
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