Iconic Games From the 90s and Where to Find Them Now
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Iconic games from the 90’s and where to find them now
It’s a widely accepted fact among millennials that the 1990s and early 2000s were the best years to grow up. Sure, we struggled with clunky dial-up internet, huge computers, and floppy disks. But we also witnessed the beginning of the technological age up close!
Children, teens and video game fanatics of the 1990s were able to enjoy the huge boom in classic video games and game consoles. Names like PlayStation and Game Boy dominated the market and the games developed for their devices were nothing short of spectacular.
Today we explore the most iconic video games from the 1990s that you can still play today.
Who could forget the original Tomb Raider game series? this The classic 90’s series includes several games, the first of which debuted in 1996. Lara Croft and her antics have stood the test of time. The franchise is still going strong and has spawned several sequels and reboots along the way.
However, fans of the original series can still find it online by downloading one of the many Tomb Raider game packs available on Steam and GoG.
Sim City 2000
Released in 1995, SimCity 2000 was one of the first video games where players could truly let their imaginations run wild. The game allowed players to customize terrains, build skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, and zoos, and even build power plants, highways, and airports.
SimCity 2000 and the game’s popular sequels are all still available on Origin and GoG and are compatible with Windows 7 and later and Mac OS X (10.6.8) and later.
The Curse of Monkey Island
The Curse of Monkey Island was the third installment in his series and was published in 1997. Players loved the spirited comic graphics and the simple point-and-click format that allowed them to choose decisions and dialogue options with ease. Its highly engaging adventure storyline based on ocean exploration also made it an instant hit.
Fans can experience the Monkey Island game series today by purchasing the standalone game or series on Steam.
Crash Bandicoot is an icon of the 1990s and 2000s gaming scene. The series spawned several adventurous game spin-offs, including the legendary Crash Team Racing.
These classics have since been remastered for newer consoles like Xbox One and PS4, and new tracks and levels have been added to up the ante. If you are a PC gamer, you can download Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy from Steam.
Tekken, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat are now affectionately known as the “Holy Trinity” of ’90s arcade-style fighting games.
Mortal Kombat first hit gamers’ screens in 1993, and you can still compete in Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3 by purchasing the games from GoG. They are compatible with Windows 7 and higher and Mac OS X (10.7.0).
Sonic Adventures II
There are few players of the 90’s who will have forgotten that the Sega Dreamcast console. Its fame was short-lived, but several truly iconic games have been optimized for it, including Sonic Adventure, which was known for its ahead-of-the-time 3D graphics.
Sonic Adventure II was the second and final installment in the franchise as Dreamcast was discontinued shortly after. You can still get the same action-packed experience today by downloading the games from Steam or Humble Bundle. Compatible with Windows XP, they ensure everyone can join in the fun!
It was the release of Half-Life in 1999 that started the cyber cafe boom at the turn of the 21st centurySt Century. This is one of the most famous and most played first person shooter games of all time and featured unique cut scene styles, puzzles and character designs rarely seen at the time.
Now, over two decades after its release, Half-Life is still receiving “overwhelmingly positive” reviews on Steam and other gaming platforms. You can purchase the full bundle of Half-Life games with expansion packs compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X (10.6.8) and later on Steam.
Super Mario world
Mario Bros was a big part of the 90’s and Super Mario World was one of the most popular SNES titles. Mario’s brave attempt to save Princess Toadstool and Dinosaur Land took players through several memorable levels and introduced us for the first time to Yoshi, the dinosaur-eating enemy.
Since then, Mario World has appeared several more modern versions, but the original is a real crowd puller. It is available for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS XL, SNES and 3DS consoles, as well as online and mobile in instant play and app format.
Released in 1996, Diablo’s wealth of character upgrades, spells, and interactivity more than made up for the pixelated graphics.
This iconic game has many sequels under its belt, including most of them recently announced Diablo 4. However, those who enjoyed the first game can start from scratch by purchasing the OG version and its Hellfire expansion on GoG.
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
You may have heard of World of Warcraft, but do you know where this legendary franchise began? Warcraft: Orcs and Humans was released in 1994 and was instrumental in popularizing the real-time strategy format that dominated gaming in the ’90s.
You can choose to play as a malevolent orc or an Azeroth hero by downloading the game on GoG for PC and Mac today.
Age of Empires II
Age of Empires is a fairly well-known series among 90’s gamers, but the second game was the best of them all. It allowed you to build medieval settlements, watch their development and send your soldiers to conquer the settlements of your city’s enemies.
Age of Empires II was remastered in 2019, with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition offering both new campaigns and existing expansions. You can even change the settings to the old AI to enjoy the original gameplay like you did back then! The remastered version is available on Steam and Humble Bundle.
Grand Theft Auto
Every Grand Theft Auto game ever released enjoys great popularity. However, it was the first game in the series, Grand Theft Auto I, that fans remember best. The game was truly groundbreaking as it offered something for everyone (no matter their taste) and its detailed story and immersive gameplay was unlike anything players had seen before.
Nowadays you don’t need a PC or old school computer to play this classic. It’s available for PC and Mac players, and you can even play it on mobile devices running Android 7 and above.
As of 2005, Spider Solitaire was the most played game on Windows PCs. The game made its debut on Windows 98 and was included in almost every subsequent version of Windows. This extremely popular single player game follows similar rules to Patience and the name derives from the eight legs of a spider as there are 8 decks of cards that must be filled in order to win the game.
Play your hand on a Windows PC that still offers the game, or enjoy it online. It’s available on almost every platform these days, from Windows PCs to Mac, iOS, and Android mobile devices.
This is another standard Windows game that players couldn’t get enough of. Minesweeper was released in Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1 in 1990 and was first included in the standard Windows 3.1 installation in 1992.
Its simple premise and multiple tiers accounted for hours of lost productivity in deals and households around the world. You can download it from Google Play, the Apple App Store or find it online, optimized for Windows or Mac. Alternatively, you can find it in the Microsoft Store, where it is available for free.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was relaunched in 2020 due to the longstanding and unwavering popularity of the original 1997 release. This is widely regarded as one of the best 90’s video games ever made and is by far the most successful game in the Final Fantasy franchise.
Get it on Steam or the Humble Bundle and play as the legendary main character, Cloud Strife, while summoning and attacking mythical monsters along the way.
Play 90s – Now
The 90’s spawned most of the greatest and most memorable video games in history. The technology age was dawning and the players could enjoy an irreplaceable smorgasbord of entertainment.
We’d say you have to be there to experience it all, but that’s just not the case. You can now download and play any of our top 15 best 90s games on modern devices.
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