There are plenty of excellent game titles coming out each year, but it would be wrong to suggest that the only games worth playing are the latest titles. We have a tendency to focus on the new and exciting in life, but there’s a lot of value in looking to the past. This is true for music, movies, and, yes, games. Today, you can play a whole host of classic games online and, for the majority, the experience is more or less the same as when the game was first released.
In this blog, we’ll run through just five of the classic games available online. If you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane or want to see what games used to be like, try one of the following.
Is there a more enduring game than Pac-Man? It’s been around for more than forty years yet remains popular. OK, it’s not quite as popular as it was in the 1980s, but it still retains a loyal following, and the ease with which you can play it online means new players are discovering the game all the time. If you’re ready to play the game that took the world by storm in 1980, simply head to Google and type ‘Pac-Man’ and a browser version of the game will pop up.
Think Pac-Man has some history behind it? It has nothing on poker, which people have been playing since at least the early 1800s, and possibly a lot longer than that. While poker’s roots were very much non-digital, the game’s enduring popularity means it made the transition into the digital era in the form of online poker, which gamers can play on their mobile or in a browser. The game’s setup makes it well-suited for online play, allowing players to compete against others all over the world.
Is there anyone on the planet that doesn’t know — and love — Super Mario? We don’t think so. The game, first released in 1985, was a smash hit from the start and has been in the public’s hearts ever since. The enduring popularity of the game is down to two things: it’s simple enough that beginners can get to grips with it instantly, and it’s challenging enough that experienced players will always find something to keep them interested. There’s a browser version available, which makes it the perfect game choice when you’re slightly bored in the office.
Street Fighter II
Everyone can get behind Street Fighter II. After all, what’s not to love about awesome fighters, funky locations, and a host of magical moves? As with Super Mario and Pac-Man, Street Fighter II was a huge success upon its release in the early 1990s, and though gameplay and graphics have improved significantly since then, it’s still a game that people return to. Thanks to the web, they can play the game right from their own browser. The online version of the game can be a little glitchy, so it’s not the full experience, but you’ll find that it more than delivers on your quest for nostalgic goodness.
Finally, there’s chess. Is there a more classic game than this? There are some older games, sure, but in terms of longevity and popularity, it’s hard to look past this game. You’ll find plenty of people playing chess in bars and parks around the world, but when the weather is unpleasant — or you just don’t want to venture outside — then look at loading up an online version. There are mobile and browser-based games that allow you to play against friends, strangers, or the computer.