In the vast universe of the App Store, there are a few developers who have found their chance to bring back old games, both else’s and theirs.
These games, which were really ground-breaking at the time, have endured quite well the pass of years, and have been able to lure back those who played then and prove to be still fun in hands of the younger audience who wasn’t there when they were first released. Likewise, as many have discovered video games lately, this is also a good chance to know what you lost.
They are presented in no particular order. We’ve tried to make this list covering the more genres the better.
Alone in the Dark – 1992
Alone in the Dark was the game that officially started the horror genre as we know it, and its influences can be tracked till current-gen games. Many of us learnt that video games could be scary.
Tomb Raider, and thereby its main character Lara Croft, is one of the most recognizable icons of the video gaming industry. Regardless of whether you played it back then, it’s never late to enjoy one of the most fun games in history. And find Atlantis, by the way (wait, no Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis for mobile yet? can anyone call Lucas, please?)
Although some defend Nemesis as the mother of 2D sidescroller shoot’em-ups, the truth is that R-Type marked the peak of the genre, and if I may, it’s a peak that hasn’t been surpassed yet. Dot Emu’s adaptation to mobile is so faithful that the old tricks you might think you forgot time ago, still work.
And as the embassador of beat’em-ups, we’ve chosen Double Dragon, after a heated debate between it and Final Fight. It came first and settled the basis of many things, including breakfast pilfering to have a quarter in your pocket and joining your best buddy at the arcades. When you learnt that you can push two buttons at once to make elbow smashes and flying roundhouses, it was like pure epiphany.
NeoGeo’s masterpiece. Future generations will use this game as example on what balanced difficulty means. In an era when arcade games where overwhelmingly impossible, someone had the bright idea of making things a little bit easier so, well, so mere mortals could play it. And he was right.
Broken Sword is here as a representative of many other late graphic adventures and brought the very best of the genre. Indeed, it’s the typical game you would give to your parents when they push the boat out and buy an iPad. Adorn your gift with a “that’s better than TV*” (* HBO not included)
Forget everything you know about consoles and computers. The craze in the early Eighties was the laserdisc. Dragon’s Lair must be included in any nostalgia list because a) it’s awesome and b)one needs no reasons to include a pic of Daphne, the first digital teen crush for many.
If you were a proto-nerd, it’s most likely you played Choice-your-own-adventure books first and read Adventure Gamebooks later. Lone Wolf and Grail Quest might be the best, but the most well-known were Steve Jackson’s. Inkle overhauled it to adapt it to modern times, and the results were awesome as our rating can confirm.
We could be all day long adding other great titles to this list, but for the sake of briefness, we believed that it would be cool to put it to an end with Square’s Final Fantasy IV remake, even though it’s incredibly expensive, hasn’t the SNES feeling and some are going to say it’s a substitute for Final Fantasy VII in case Square some day dares to remake it.