Wednesday, April 6, 2011

95 Old School Games You Can Play Online

Remember the classic video games? The 8-bit masterpieces of our sweaty-palmed youth. Inviting some friends over for a Maniac Mansion all-nighter, huffing asthmatically into a cartridge to clear out the dust, or the thrill and crushing disappointment of rescuing a princess, only to discover you’ve really just saved a fungus.
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These games aren’t lost forever. You can still play many of them online. If you love the old classics, this list should have you busy for months. Below is a list of 95 old school video games that you can play online. Click on each title to link directly to the game. Also, we’ve reviewed and rated each game for you, our loyal AMOG readers.
(1 through 4) 1941: Counter Attack, 1942, 1943 Kai, and 1943: The Battle of Midway
Perhaps kicking off gamedom’s WWII fetish, this series drops you in the pilot’s seat of a fighter jet. Your job is to shoot down all the enemy aircraft without getting shot down. None of these game really differ much and the gameplay is relatively the same.
I recommend checking out all four of these games, but don’t try to wrap your mind around the titles (1941 came out after 1942 and 1943? And why would the counter attack be the first game, chronologically speaking? Shouldn’t there be an attack first?) If it gets too confusing, try to think of it as the Temple of Doom of video games. Came out after Raiders, but takes place beforehand.
Released: 1990
Popularity around release date: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Fun: 4/5
Uniqueness: 3/5
Sound: 3/5
Graphics: 4/5
Released: 1984
Popularity around release date: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Fun: 4/5
Uniqueness: 3/5
Sound: 4/5
Graphics: 3/5
Released: 1987
Popularity around release date: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Fun: 4/5
Uniqueness: 3/5
Sound: 4/5
Graphics: 4/5
Released: 1987
Popularity around release date: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Fun: 4/5
Uniqueness: 3/5
Sound: 4/5
Graphics: 4/5
Released: 1983
Popularity around release date: 3/5
Difficulty: 2/5
Fun: 3/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Sound: 3/5
Graphics: 2/5
Get from one house to another by jumping onto the moving platforms. Since you are a cat, you have– you guessed it– nine lives. Beware of the dog. If it catches you, you lose a life. However, if you catch a mouse, you get extra points. Also, watch out for the creepy old lady. If she grabs you, she’ll declaw you and make you have a tea party with the dozens of other rescues she adopts, even though her lease clearly says no pets. HIGHLIGHT FOR A SPOILER ALERT: THERE’S NO OLD LADY IN THIS GAME. But it’d be awesome if there was, right?
Released: 1986
Popularity around release date: 2/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Fun: 3/5
Uniqueness: 1/5
Sound: 3/5
Graphics: 4/5
For “Arkanoid”, the game play is simple. You move your paddle at the bottom of the screen so the ball bounces off you and destroys each brick of the barricade. There are certain bricks that will fall toward your paddle, and if you catch them, you get extra points. But be careful not to lose your ball at the same time.
This game’s been released under a slew of other names. I had it on my old school cinderblock-sized Gameboy under the name Alleyway. If you’ve heard of any other clones, drop them in the comments.
Released: 1979
Popularity around release date: 5/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Fun: 5/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Sound: 3/5
Graphics: 3/5
This game puts the old in “old school gaming.” It came out the same year Margaret Thatcher came to power, and inspired one of the best lines in “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”