Tumblrers who have written about this subject in the past have often limited their idea “retro gaming” to mainstream games. (Yes, you’re guilty of this too, Tumbler Hipsters! Like we don’t know about Oregon Trail for the Apple II computers enough!)
Today, I’m taking about games that really have fallen off the grid that anyone who has used a computer between 1987 and 2000 remembers. So put your NESes and Segas away finally and look up these games.
I want to give kudos to Jack Nui for porting not just Doom to Android, but Quake as well. Doom being the fun action game where you slay zombies and aliens. And Quake being Doom’s multiplayer brother where you and your friends can frag each other over the Internet, and thanks to Nui, now WiFi.
Now the next generation of helicopter mothers can fret for their children being exposed to violent videogames. (LOL, Just Kidding.) I’m sure anyone old enough to remember when these games came out, the massive freak out made by the Witches’ Council of Concerned Mothers who spazzed out over these games. In order to prevent this from happening again: 1. Don’t tell your mom. 2. Don’t make a level map that looks like your high school. (Last thing anyone needs is another spazz out like in 1999 when the Mainstream Media found out Eric Harris like to make Doom level maps that looked like his high school in his spare time.)
Quake’s music and sound designer was of course Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. If you don’t believe that, the game designers skinned some of the item boxes in the game to have the band’s iconiclogo.
Today, Doom has been ported to just about every computer system possible, and was even ported to Flash.
I haven’t got a chance to play Quake a whole lot yet. Partly because AT&T (sadly my ISP) won’t let me use the WiFi on my Verizon-powered Motorola Droid over their crappy 2wire modem. So if anyone knows how to tell AT&T to knock there crap off so I can play with my friends online WIRELESSLY on my smartphone, I’m open to your replies.
Assuming you know where to find them and how to install them, you can get these games for free for your PC. Steam has had Quake available since 2007.
The first home computer I ever had in my house came with the Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack (WEP) for Windows 3.11. One of the games that I remember fondly is Roden’t Revenge, where you play a mouse and must box in all the cats trying to eat you. Created by Christopher Lee Fraley in 1991, this game has been reborn—or cloned in this case—by Mike Reynolds as Rodent’s Vengeance, first as a Java applet, then as an Android App. I don’t know why people are complaining about the paid version. I guess they don’t like to move diagonally like the pussy cats that are trying to eat them.
Speaking of cats, System 7 Mac Users may remember this adorable creature.
On a related note, check out the NyanCat Game for Android.
If you’ve forgotten all about this, perhaps this bastard will jog your memory.
Not enough? OK, how about all those times he did this to you?
Since I’ve found quite a few old Windows and Mac Games, why not wrap it up with the original time waster. I’m talking of Solitaire. Ken Magic’s Solitaire is a good procrastination tool. No ads. You can play four styles of Solitaire, and it’s gentile on the battery. I’m still looking for a Video Poker game that is this “no frills” as this game. I haven’t found it yet.
In closing, here’s few old games I would like to see be ported to Android, and I’m sure you would too.
I’m sure there are others online that could be brought back to life for a next generation of gamers to enjoy or to make the older generations of gamers happy. Enjoy!