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10 great classic video games

Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most classic video games of all time
Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most important classic video games of all time

Video games today boast fantastically realistic graphics and intense story lines.

Over the years, the plots have become more intricate and the gameplay way more advanced than we could ever have thought possible.

However, sometimes it’s just as fun to step back in time and remember what we used to play — and get that  warm, nostalgic feeling inside.

So, for a day of binging on all our old favorites, here are ten classic video games guaranteed to bring back memories.

1 The Sims and The Sims 2

The Sims
The Sims sees you create and control a family and decide their destiny

This PC franchise is still going strong with the 2014 release of The Sims 4. Yet the gameplay concept has remained the same over the years — you get to create and run a family, controlling how their lives play out.

Through the years, new features have been added and the simple game has evolved to have many different options on how to run your sims’ lives.

After playing the newer versions though, it can be a great feeling going back to the simpler versions and re-experience what it once was.

2 The original Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat, from back in the days when fighting games were simple…but great

For this list, the focus is on the first Mortal Kombat game released by Midway Games in 1992.

The original Mortal Kombat game had a simple format and pixelated graphics that gave it a classic look, plenty of choices in characters, and endless hours of fun challenging our friends.

The basic concept of the game made it easy to get lost in, and playing it now you do get the refreshing feeling that you’re going back in time to when things were simpler.

3 Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot follows Crash’s adventures on the fictitious Wumpa Islands

The first PlayStation system offers us a great serving of nostalgia in the form of an orange, genetically enhanced bandicoot named Crash.

The platform game, like most of the adventure series, follows Crash’s fight against the evil doctor Neo Cortex.

For an extra dose of nostalgia there’s also Crash Bash, a party game released in 2000 that gave us a chance to play with our friends in mini-games — to test whether good or evil is a stronger virtue.

4 Spyro: Year of the Dragon

Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Spyro: Year of the Dragon sees you travel through the Forgotten Worlds

Who can forget everyone’s favorite purple dragon? Spyro: Year of the Dragon is another platformer, this time following Spyro and his friends as he travels through the Forgotten Worlds, re-collecting dragon eggs stolen by the evil Sorceress.

Admittedly the game is a little difficult at times, but there is a simplicity present. There’s also something about the vibrant colors and familiar characters like Spyro and Sparx that takes you back.

And that’s not to mention the feel of playing on a Playstation 1.

5 GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye 007
GoldenEye 007 on the N64 was a favorite pastime of anyone at school in the late 90s

GoldenEye 007 solidified (and sometimes tested) millions of childhood friendships around the world.

Anyone who grew up with the Nintendo 64 will have spent countless hours playing this classic, and will probably still remember the layout of the various levels — which had a knack of embedding themselves deep into the mind.

Golden Gun, anyone?

6 Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog:  A hedgehog and golden rings. What more could you want?

Sonic is a timeless, classic platform game. Even just a glimpse of the Sega born blue hedgehog gives us a warm feeling inside.

The concept is simple — run through the platform levels and collect as many gold rings as you can.

Sonic has been added to and refined over the years, but going back to the original is thoroughly enjoyable.

The straightforward concept of the game and its premise are a joy to play.

7 Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong 64 sees our gorilla trying to save the island from K. Rool’s clutches

Nostalgia comes in many forms when talking about the Donkey Kong franchise.

The original arcade game will definitely do it, with its simple platform concept and the early presence of another nostalgic character — Mario.

Donkey Kong 64, however, offers us a whole story where this time Donkey Kong is the good guy, saving everyone from the evil king K. Rool.

Re-experience the adventure either on your own or with a friend in multiplayer mode.

8 Pokémon for Game Boy

Pokemon for Gameboy
The opening screen for Pokemon on Game Boy. The franchise has come a long way since then

With the Pokémon games it is hard to narrow it down to one game in the franchise that brings back the most true feeling of childhood.

However, the Game Boy games were definitely up there. The pixelated graphics now look totally retro, and the gameplay brings back fond memories.

Whether it’s the creepy, sinister feeling that Lavender town still gives us, or not being able to walk through the grass without hitting a Pokémon battle, these games still give us a desire to catch ‘em all.

9 Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64, which was released in 1996, and is full of fun and excitement

All it takes is the introductory sweep of Princess Peach’s castle or the smiling face of Toad to bring to mind all those days sitting in front of the TV with a Nintendo 64 controller in hand, ready to save the princess.

The cartoonish graphics give it a degree of charm and the challenge of fighting Bowser still keeps us on the edge of our seats.

This game offers us a timeless plot that fills us with familiar, child-like excitement and plenty of fun as we search once more for stars.

10 The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda
The original Legend of Zelda, which began one of the best gaming franchises in history

Whether it’s the first couple of notes for Zelda’s lullaby, or the tone when you open a treasure chest, this game is sure to bring back more than a few memories.

Whether you played Zelda 1 or 2 as a kid or you played Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, we all have at least one The Legend of Zelda game that was released when we were kids and gives us a distinct nostalgic feeling.

These games bring to mind how excited we all were at the concepts of adventure and challenges.

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