Old School Video Games You’ve Played But Don’t Remember
Astyanax also was known as ‘The Lord of King’ in Japan is a side-scrolling game released by the now non-existent Jaleco game studio for the original nintendo nes. Named after the Greek mythology baby which was killed by the Greeks to avoid him surviving and avenging his father. The game is simply awesome, it allows the user to imagine himself in the shoes of the game’s protagonist, the storyline starts with Astyanax walking one day to school and being teleported to another world, and ending up having to defeat an evil wizard called Blackbhorn.
Snake Rattle ‘N’ Roll
Snake Rattle ‘N’ Roll is a platformer released in July 1990, the game was created by a team of three guys, a developer (Tim Stamper), programmer (Mark Betteridge) and music composer (David Wise) for the original nintendo nes. The game features two characters who are both snakes called Rattle and Roll with the objective of the game is to eat enough of so-called ‘Nibleys’. In order to ring a bell on a table and open the door to the next level, this may sound really easy but you have to do that while avoiding countless of obstacles. One of the things I love the most about old school video games is that all were created at a time where graphics were not great(the original nintendo nes could not handle it), meaning that for games to stand out their selling point will have to be the gameplay, originality and in some cases the storyline.
Karnov released in 1987 is an arcade game and also compatible with the original nintendo nes which revolves around a Russian character who has left the circus and finds himself battling dragons, rock creatures, and centipede women to name a few. In the game, Karnov is able to jump, walk and shoot his way through all nine levels. With each level getting harder than the other. Probably one of the funniest of the old school video games I have ever played!
God Hand is one of the newer games on the list despite being released in 2006, it was developed by Clover Studios and published by Capcom. The game is a classic beat em’ up action game, the game’s main character is a martial artist called Gene who is gifted with a legendary power called ‘God Hands’ which packs a brutal punch. The game features the traditional beat em up game fighting sequences and rhythms but it also allows you to create your own combos a feature which interestingly still does not exist in contemporary beat em up games such as Mortal Kombat X and Street Fighter V.
Kagero: Deception II
The first game in the Deception series which featured in third-person, with it coming out 2 years after its predecessors in 1998. The game sees you play as Millennia, a young girl who will one day grow up to be heavily involved in a war between her human captors and her own race which amazingly the developers decided to allow the player choose which side they fight on, she is part of the Timenoids race which makes her immortal and explains the savage way she defeats hordes of enemies.
Urban Chaos is the debut game for game developer Mucky Foot Productions which closed 6 years later, but for a debut game(and for one that is part of the old school video games at that), it was an absolutely awesome game. The game is a third-person action adventure game, released in 1999 it allows the player to roam in fairly open world surroundings and has a very diverse fighting system which allows you to the usual moves such as kick and punches while also using melee weapons such as knives and baseballs. The game is one of the first truly open-world games of the 90’s, they are different city maps with both outside and inside areas as well as characters to talk to and missions which include rescuing hostages and even talking characters out of suicide!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War
This nostalgic third person shooter was first released in 1994 with the remake being released in 2013. The game allows you to choose from five characters each with their own unique advantages such as increased speed and increased endurance. The game’s story does not have the most original stories instead it is built around missions such as keeping off the enemy for a selected amount of time, killing all the enemies, rescuing hostages, control point or capture the flag inspired models. The game gets harder throughout with enemies with different strengths and capabilities being included. As well as environmental hazards which make the game very tricky and challenging to complete as well as making it the perfect contender for a speed run. If you are looking to play one of the awesome old school video games but also looking for that addictive first person experience, this is the game for you!
Little Big Adventure
Little Big Adventure is an action adventure game developed originally by Adeline Software International and released in 1994. The game is very beautiful with it featuring isometric 3D graphics which are light years ahead of their time. The game is set in the fictional world of Twinsun with your character coincidentally named Twinsen who at the start of the game is being held captive by a hostile race. You end up escaping and find yourself needing to fulfill the so called prophecy and defeat the antagonist called FunFrock.
Wrath of the Black Manta
Black Mantra is an infamous side-scrolling action game (many of the games during the old school video games era were side scrollers)which any true old games fun will know. Black Mantra contains five levels but, believe me they are not easy to complete (you are likely to spend days if not weeks for every level), the Black Mantra is a ninja without a backstory, the player literally getting teleported in the beginning of the game and left to his own devices. The game is literally infamous for making the player defeat the same boss twice before facing the final boss El Toro, despite this it was still a bestseller for the original Nintendo nes keeping in mind that the original Nintendo nes had a lot of great games.
Seven Kingdoms II
The sequel to both the original release called Seven Kingdoms and its updated version Seven Kingdoms: Ancient Adversaries, the game stands out from this list as it is a real-time strategy game which sees you having to strike a balance between your army and your faction’s economy. Game includes 12 human civilizations and 7 Fryhtan species factions, each human kingdom has a unique God which enacts unique powers, the main difference the human and Fryhtan factions is that the human civilization is based a lot more on your economy than war (a lot more balanced than the Fryhan faction) while the Fryhthan faction focuses a lot on low-cost military units with little diplomacy and economy features. This is one of the best war strategy games from the old school video games.
Shadow of Destiny/Memories
Known as Shadow of Memories in Japan and Shadow of Destiny in North America, the objective of the game is to lead the protagonist Eike Kusch through the fictional German town of Lebensbaum while you travel through time to prevent your murderer from killing you. The story of the game is very detailed and it’s obvious that the developers had spent a lot of time on it, another innovative and interesting feature of the game is that its features two digital clocks one from the real world and one from the fictional worlds that Eike travels to, this is actually an important feature as if you die and you are on the digital clock of real world your game will restart however if you are on the digital clock of a world you have time travelled to your game will end.
Ghosthunter is a third person game released in 2003 released for PlayStation 2, the game is based on you guessed it hunting ghosts while playing as Lazarus Jones a rookie detective with the Detroit Police Department who accidentally releases a bunch of ghosts from their captivity with one of the ghosts ending up kidnapping Jones’ partner, the game was praised for its amazing graphics for its time but it was criticized for its limited storyline and features. The vision for the game is there but it seems that the developers spent a lot more time on the visuals and the actual substance of the game.
You may have heard of Space Hulk as the Warhammer board game created by Games Workshop in 1989. The video game, however, was available from 1993 onwards for MS-DOS 3.3(truly an old school video game). The game is in 2D bird view graphics but it has got a lot of critique for its apparent scary features such as attacks in narrow areas as well as its middle camera screen which shows the enemies in 3D view with savage sound effects.
With its release in 2003 the Freedom Fighters is a third-person shooter game with Gamecube and Playstation 2 some of the consoles that the game could be played on and the setting of the game is the USA being overrun by the Soviets is the setting for the game(America’s ‘good guy trend’ in video games was possibly influenced by this game). Your aim is to help drive out the Soviets from New York City playing as Christopher Stone who has gone from plumber to freedom fighter.
With its release in 1995 the Steel Panthers game was a very popular game(with Computer Gaming World magazine ranking it their Wargame of the Year), the release of the most recent sequel was in 2006 with updates still being available today. The game allows you to control your tanks from birds view perspective, apart from tanks you can control other vehicles and even infantry units. The game relies on in-depth tactics which you will develop as you go through the campaign setting you up for the countless Player vs Player or Player vs AI battles, it may be part of the old school video games list but in my opinion it is definitely a good alternative to the modern non-official version of Company of Heroes.