10 Retro Games You Need To Be Playing
This is a guest post by Kessie, who you can catch on Twitch or over on her Twitter account. These retro games help to shape us as gamers and as people – and we’re happy to share some of the most memorable games from her childhood.
I can remember the very first retro game I ever played as a child. Namely, “Alex the Kidd” for the Sega Megadrive. It was a very simple game. But I think it was also the very first time I have ever rage quit because I couldn’t understand rock, paper, scissors at the time. I like to think that these games that I grew up with help me become the person that I am today. And I would like to share with you a list of retro games I think you should try for yourself.
Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Megadrive
Everybody knows this little blue guy. his first adventure was on the Sega Megadrive back in 1991. A side-scrolling game that requires Sonic’s animal friends from the evil Dr Robotnik. Each level in this game is filled with dangerous obstacles and Robotnik’s minions.
To help Sonic reach the end of each level you can collect rings, that keep Sonic safe from danger, until you take damage. If you can collect 100 rings without losing a single one you gain an extra life! And don’t forget the secret levels you can unlock if you can keep ahold of 50 rings at the end of each stage. This game, for me, brings back a ton of memories of turn-taking with my sister.
You can play this Sonic game along with other retro games on Sega Mega Drive Classic Collection!
Castlevania Symphony of the Night for the PlayStation 1
This game for me was an eye-opener and introduced me to the world of Castlevania and the long battle between the Belmont family and Dracula. One of the very first PlayStation games I ever got my hands on, was Castlevania Symphony of the Night. This is a sequel to another Castlevania game, Rondo of Blood. I remember my mum telling me off because I would play this game into the early hours of the night – it was that good, for me.
In this game, players work as Alucard – the son of Dracula. And must explore a mysterious castle and taking on different creatures of the night that get in your way. This is a great side-scrolling game, with a lot of replay value
You can download these retro games on the PlayStation store, right now. Along with Rondo of Blood!
Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo
Released in 1991, this is one of my favourite Zelda games. Not even Breath of the Wild beats it. Now, growing up I didn’t have access to a super Nintendo system – but one of my mum’s friends let me borrow theirs. Hearing that iconic music of the series for the first time will always be in my head.
You play as the famous green tunic wearing hero Link (or whatever you wanted to name him) and you are task rescuing the Seven Sages and Princess Zelda from the evil wizard Agahnim and save all Hyrule. For anybody coming into the legend of Zelda franchise, I would recommend playing this game if you really wanna feel for the old school stuff
You can play The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past right now on the Nintendo Switch through the Super Nintendo Catalogue.
The Lion King for the Sega Mega Drive
Everyone remembers the classic Disney film The Lion King that was released back in 1994. Particularly, many of us remember that, in that very same year, a video game was made alongside it. I remember buying this game along with a few other Disney titles and falling in absolute love with it.
You get to play as Simba as a cub and then later into the game as an adult (There are also bonus level is where you can play as Timon and Pumba, where you have to collect bugs for extra lives for Simba.). Fun fact: the company was told to make the game difficult at the very early stages of development. All so that people would have to rent the game out longer if they wanted to beat it.
You can play along with another Disney classic, Aladdin, and enjoy these retro games on all consoles
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl for Nintendo DS
Believe it or not, this was the very first Pokémon game that I ever got my hands on. I saved up all my money from College and Nintendo DS and Pokémon Pearl. Jumping back into the world Pokemon for me was quite an experience because I didn’t recognise most of the new ones at the time of me playing this.
After picking your character you get to choose one of three starter Pokémon Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup. Once you’ve picked your partner Pokemon you begin your long adventure to defeat the gym leaders in the Sinnoh area to become The Sinnoh Champion!
You can relive this amazing adventure on the Nintendo Switch, when they re-release these retro games on November 19th 2021.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon for the PlayStation 1
This little purple dragon is still one of my favourite characters. Released back in 2000, I jumped onto the Spyro train very late but I remember my mum finding me, falling asleep, playing this game. Mostly because I would spend all day trying to save the baby dragons.
In Year of the Dragon, you are tasked with rescuing all 12 dragon eggs while freeing all of the forgotten realms that have been under the rule of the evil sorceress and her henchman the rhynocs. Helping Spyro along on his adventure is his faithful companion Sparx. Who also acts as the player’s indicator for Spyro’s health. Not to mention Hunter the cheater who helps the player with the tutorial.
You can enjoy this game along with Spyro’s other PS1 adventures in Spyro Reignited Trilogy for all consoles
Resident Evil for the PlayStation 1
I remember being absolutely terrified by the zombies that I was facing in this game. Back in 1996, this survival horror game landed on the PlayStation. And helped to repopularise zombies, while creating one of the best zombie series ever (in my opinion).
As members of S.T.A.R.S, you have given the task to investigate the mysterious mansion outside of Racoon City. You play as Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, in this bone-chilling horror game. Ammo is scarce and save points are scattered around the place. As such, this game tests your abilities while taking on zombies and other mutated beasts.
This game along with many others in the series have been re-released throughout the years. Recently it was re-made for Xbox and Playstation.
You can play this, alongside other retro games, such as Resident Evil Zero HD in the Resident Evil Origin Collection. Which is available on the PS4 and Xbox One
Final Fantasy 8 for the PlayStation 1
Final Fantasy has been one of the longest role-playing series I have ever played. Like every other Final Fantasy, each game is its own contained story. And this one is one of my favourites. Released back in 1999 you play as Squall Leonhart. A young fighter who wields one of the best weapons you will ever see – the gunblade!
Alongside a cast of characters, you will travel the vast world to fight against the evil Sorceress Edea. You will have to grind a lot to level up and take on many enemies in this game. One of my favourite game mechanics is introduced in this game, you use an ability called “draw” you can absorb magic from enemies while in battle and can use those spells against them.
Final Fantasy 8 was recently remastered, and the retro games from the OG FF series are available on all platforms
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES
I remember being given one of my cousins very old Nintendo systems and there was a ton of different games to play along with it but the one that sticks out the most is the arcade version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Based on the animated series of the same name, you take on the role of one of four ninja turtles. Namely, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael who work to try and rescue April O’Neill from the evil Shredder. Personally, I remember how colourful each level was. Essentially giving hints as to which boss you would face at the end of the stage.
There have been many different retro games since 1989. But this year they are releasing a spiritual successor to the game. Called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, which will be released on the Nintendo Switch.
Earthworm Jim for the Sega Megadrive
One of the strangest games I remember playing growing up was Earthworm Jim. The cover of the box was very dark and green with this very buff looking worm faced character. In this game you play earthworm Jim, a regular old worm was given by chance a super suit.
You will have to travel through many colourful levels and face different enemies like Evil the Cat in his hell dimension, Major Mucus in a bungee jumping battle, Bob the killer goldfish in one of the most difficult levels I have ever played in my life and the main villain of the game Queen Slug-for-a-butt in an attempt to save Princess What’s-her-name (I am not joking with these names).