Maybe you’re tired of playing whatever you have in your living room, or you just want to reconnect with a more simple time. Thanks to the power of the Interwebs, retro games are available free of charge forevermore – or until we just download them straight into our heads.
The classic – Pong. Is it the best? No. Was it at the time? Still, probably no. But playing the iconic game will remind you to be appreciative of what you have in life now. (Beer pong).
Back in the ’70’s, did Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ever imagine you’d one day be playing Breakout on your iPhone? Probably, yeah.
The maximum possible score/world record for Pac-Man is 3,333,360 points in 3 hours, 28 minutes, 49 seconds. You have exactly 255 levels to hoard as many lives as possible in anticipation of level 256, also known as the split-screen or kill screen. Good luck…doing anything else with your day today.
King’s Quest (1983)
Witches, wizards and magic kingdoms proved to be so timeless, the latest release in the King’s Quest graphic adventure game series was in April, 2016 – almost 40 years after the original PC game was released.
“Tetris came along early and had a very important role in breaking down ordinary people’s inhibitions in front of computers, which were scary objects to non-professionals used to pen and paper. But the fact that something so simple and beautiful could appear on screen destroyed that barrier,” said game designer Alexey Pajitnov.
Play here. Or play the version that made Gameboy a thing, here.
The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Technically, although difficult, you can find your way through the entire Legend of Zelda game without a sword, though you’ll need one for the final boss at the end. Just in case you needed a challenge in your life.
Bubble Bobble (1986)
Beating Bubble Bobble as a solo player is actually impossible – to get to the true ending, two players need to work collaboratively – and beat 100 levels twice. Better phone a friend in for this one.
Leisure Suit Larry: Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987)
Now that you don’t have to guess the answers that verify your age at the beginning of Leisure Suit Larry, revisit it to see if it’s as bad as you thought your parents would think it was if they caught you playing it.
Bill and Lance are two commandos with the Contra unit, who, due to graphical limitations, were both shirtless in the NES version of the popular arcade game. Contra is a pretty tough game to beat – which is maybe why it introduced cheat codes to the world of video games. Spoiler alert: The Konami Code.
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Since Donkey Kong, Mario has been in more than 200 games. We’re listing this one simply so we can remind you that it was featured – along with the Power Glove – in the 1989 film The Wizard, starring Fred Savage. Does life get more ’80’s than that?
If we don’t learn from our past, we won’t remember to never, ever make one of the worst games on the face of the planet again.
Maniac Mansion 2: Day of the Tentacle (1993)
The original Maniac Mansion (which is out there, too) is definitely worth a revisit, but because inspirations for Day of the Tentacle include Chuck Jones cartoons and the history of the United States, it gets the nod here.
Doom is largely recognized as being the first first-person shooter game in a world now saturated with the genre. It faced great controversy for graphic violence, satanic imagery and violent nature, and was one of the first games to be labeled with an M for Mature rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board. So…perfect for a mental break at work?
Earthworm Jim (1994)
With villain names like Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, Professor Monkey-For-A-Head and Doc Duodenum, how could you not spend some time revisiting Earthworm Jim?
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