My good friend
created a new meme: A top 10 of favourite videogames I played in my childhood.
I like the idea and so this meme gets filled out.
What are my own rules here?
- Every game I knew and played before I turned 14 counts.
- Only video games, no board or card games (of course).
- Every platform that was there counts and because I was a PC/MS-DOS child you will see mostly MS-DOS games here. Only one exception: LCD games from Tiger Electronics don't count.
- The order is random because I can't put them in an exact order.
Here we go (clockwise, beginning in the upper left corner):
- Simon the Sorcerer (PC, 1993) (and the sequel)
This was a special adventure game. Why? First, it was not from Lucasfilm/LucasArts and second, it was one of those adventure I solved together with my sister (because we didn't have internet back then or a walthrough book, you know). It was a lot of fun and the game (as well as its sequel) also works perfectly fine today. It's one of the best adventure games I've experienced with beautiful graphics, a fantastic soundtrack, good jokes and challenging but fun puzzles to solve. Oh and I think this was the first adventure game in my life with speech!
- Tomb Raider (MS-DOS, 1996)
True story: When this game came out I browsed in an electronics store with my dad. I saw the game and said out loud that I would love to play this (I knew that I had parents who wouldn't buy me everything no matter how hard I wished for that right now). And he just took a box and bought it. Can you imagine how happy I was?
And can you imagine how fascinated I was by the graphics and gameplay? I no longer had to run from left to right but right through caves and environments, up and down, exploring places and shooting creatures, it was so awesome!
To this day - even though it can't say I've played all Tomb Raider games - this first one is still my favourite Tomb Raider.
- Dungeons & Dragons: Stronghold (MS-DOS, 1993)
This is my favourite simulation game that I still enjoy to play.
What is it about? You build a kingdom including maximum five castles and races (you can choose between magicians, elves, fighters, dwarves, clerics etc.), take care of your people and buildings, raise money and fight your enemies (which are all random monsters of different kinds).
The game is addicting and even when I had times in my life when it got boring, some times later I would wanna play it again so much
This qualifies "Stronghold" for the Top 10.
- Day of the Tentacle (PC, 1993)
I guess this is the LucasArts adventure that had the most impact on me in my childhood (next to the older "Last Crusade"). I loved the concept of time travelling and controlling three different characters in their time periods, I loved everything in this game (the graphics, the soundtrack, the puzzles, the characters...) and I still do today.
- Disney's The Lion King (MS-DOS, 1994)
I adored platformers and I adored "The Lion King". So it was clear that I had to play the official game. Oh boy, did I suffer because the game was (is) so hard later on! But anyway, it's a good game and challenging, a game that drew me to it over and over again and I guess that the level design is the most appealing thing to me. It's kind of addicting. Oh and btw I managed to beat the game back then but only with the life-restoring cheat code during the last few levels. I know: Pathetic...
- Crystal Caves (MS-DOS, 1991)
One very old classic of my childhood.
It's a platformer where you go through levels on an alien planet. The levels include different monsters and other dangerous objects (like air containers that cause your death if you accidentally shoot them), jewels and keys you have to collect to continue. It's very basic and even a quite silent game (only a few sound effects) but I liked it very much and it's addicting.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (MS-DOS, 1989)
This is the very first adventure game I've ever experienced in my life (if I'm not wrong). And I even played it before I ever watched the movie.
The story is the same and I enjoyed the graphics and puzzle-solving so much. I was amazed by all that and by the character sprites. As a kid I never completed the game, nevertheless it burned into my brain.
- Super Mario World (SNES, 1990/1992)
You might be wondering why there are hardly any console games like this in my top 10? That's because I never had any consoles. Whenever I had the chances I played consoles at friends houses or in stores but this wasn't enough time to fully experience most of the games. One that impressed me much and that I still played often was "Super Mario World" on SNES. As I told: I adore platformers and "Super Mario World" was one of the most entertaining and beautiful ones I've played.
I thought about putting "Super Mario Land" (Gameboy) here but this SNES game feels like a full package.
- Commander Keen in Invasion of the Vorticons (MS-DOS, 1990)
The first "Commander Keen" ever and one I experienced very early. The graphics, gameplay and levels appealed to me. I even found something scaring me in that game and that's the weird blue wolf (werwolf?) jumping around. It would only be the first of many great CK games but yes, this one came first.
- Jill of the Jungle (MS-DOS, 1992)
And another great platformer (even with a female protagonist).
You controll Jill through several levels killing animals with your flying dagger and collecting keys and apples (for health).
Simple and so good. What I liked (and like) the most were the level designs and the soundtrack. This and more made this game memorable.
Other games that didn't quite make the list but are notable, good childhood games:
- Sam & Max Hit the Road (PC, 1993)
- Mario All-Stars (SNES, 1993)
- Hocus Pocus (MS-DOS, 1994)
- Hugo (MS-DOS, 1996)
- Commander Keen in Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! (MS-DOS, 1991)
- Pandemonium (PC, 1997)
- Lemmings (MS-DOS, 1991)
- Tetris (1989, Nintendo Gameboy)
- Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (Nintendo Gameboy, 1991/1992)
- Super Mario Land (Nintendo Gameboy, 1989/1990)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 1 (Sega Genesis, 1991)
- Aladdin (MS-DOS and SNES, 1993)
- Xargon (MS-DOS, 1993)
- Monster Bash (MS-DOS, 1993)
- World Class Leader Board (MS-DOS, 1988)
- Stunts (MS-DOS, 1990)
- Leisure Suit Larry 1 + 5 (MS-DOS and PC, 1987 and 1991)
- King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride (PC, 1994)
- Battle Chess (MS-DOS, 1988/1991)
- Halloween Harry (a.k.a. Alien Carnage) (MS-DOS, 1993)
- Bio Menace (MS-DOS, 1993)
- Whacky Wheels (MS-DOS, 1994)
- Secret Agent (MS-DOS, 1992)
- Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure (MS-DOS, 1992)
- Jazz Jackrabbit (MS-DOS, 1994)
- Mickey's Dangerous Chase (Nintendo Gameboy, 1991)
- Skunny: Back to the Forest + Save our Pizzas! (MS-DOS, 1993)
- Disney's Animated Storybook: The Lion King (PC, 1994)
- Mario is Missing (PC, 1992 and yes, I enjoyed the PC game at least a bit)
- Fiendish Freddys Big Top O Fun (Commodore Amiga, 1990)
And a lot of other games (mostly MS-DOS games again, but also SNES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy and Amiga titles) I either can't recall their titles, didn't play that often or are fun but not worth mentioning that much.
I also noticed that a lot of platformers I loved to play (and that are still fun today) came from "Apogee Games".