Some of the most famous games in history were precisely those that marked the childhood of many people for generations. Games have evolved faster and faster, with children, teenagers and adults adhering to the practice and increasingly making this form of entertainment a fundamental part of their routines.
Over the years, technological advances in games have become more and more accurate, giving users deeper and more realistic gameplay. But none of this would be possible without the retro gameswhich conquered space in the market, in people’s homes and today are a milestone in the industry.
That’s why we tried to travel back in time to games and show the ones that conquered people and were forerunners in the area, so that games are what they are today: one of the strongest entertainment industries in the world.
1. Tetris (1984)
These days, this game can seem too simple and outdated. But since we are talking about a game developed in the 80s, it was extremely popular and was one of the first to conquer computer users. Its simple mechanics were developed by Russians and originally created for the PC Electronica 60.
The game consists of stacking tetraminos that randomly descend on the screen and the mission is to complete the horizontal lines by fitting the shapes. When building a complete line, it disintegrates and the upper layers descend. The more lines formed and destroyed, the more points the player earns.
Nowadays, the game is quite affordable and it is possible to play it casually on online gaming sites.
2. Super Mario 64 (1996)
Super Mario, an original game for computers, being the first of the title Super Mario to offer three-dimensional (3D) graphics, conquered the whole world, becoming practically a mark of the introduction of games in people’s lives. It was developed and published by Nintendo and released in 1996 for the Nintendo 64.
Here, the player controls the protagonist Mario, who travels through Princess Peach’s castle on a mission to rescue her from the villain Bowser. Super Mario 64 features 3D open world gameplay, dynamic camera system and 360° analog control. In this world, with the freedom to roam between three-dimensional locations, it is necessary for the player to complete missions to reach the final challenge.
3. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
The game was originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, later gained versions for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch. The action-adventure game was the franchise’s first 3D game. In an RPG format, it had great approval from critics and was a success among users, becoming acclaimed and widely played to this day.
The game tells the story of a hero on an adventure in search of holy relics in themed and challenging temples to prevent the boss from obtaining powers and using them for evil. The game innovated 3D games by introducing new features such as a fixed aiming system and context sensitive buttons. In addition, it brought remarkable characters, stories and narratives.
At the time, the game received awards and nominations, as well as being considered among many players as one of the best games in history. In Japan, the country of origin, more than 820,000 copies were sold in 1998 alone. It became the tenth best-selling game of the year and, worldwide, reached the mark of 10 million copies sold.
4. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision for PlayStation (PS1) in 2000, being based on the skater of the same name. It was compatible for PC, Game Boy Color, Mac, Nintendo 64, Xbox, among other devices. It is a skateboarding simulator that brought an improved formula, with new tricks, tracks and customization.
In this game it is possible to enter the career mode, with challenges and championships, also having multiplayer modes and level editor, making it possible to create your own tracks. It was voted the first 3D handheld electronic game. The game was also acclaimed for the selections of songs that were part of its soundtrack.
5. GTA San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was developed and published by the Rockstar Games studio, being the title that revolutionized and brought the series to the gaming spotlight mainstream. Released in 2004 for PlayStation 2 and later on other platforms, it is an acclaimed game awaited by all players to this day.
The game that takes place in the fictional state of San Andreas tells the story of CJ in a gang war and police clashes full of missions. It is in third person and has an open world, allowing players to freely navigate the city and carry out missions whenever they want or never complete them if they prefer.
The game received critical acclaim for music selection such as in-car radios, innovative gameplay, storytelling, and open-world design. However, it also generated quite a bit of controversy at the time due to the sensitive topics it brought up. Even so, it was the best-selling game in 2004, with 27.5 million copies and considered one of the best games of all time.
Well, when it comes to discovering new opportunities to have fun online, the important thing is not to let prejudice with old games limit you. These 5, among the most famous games in history, were pioneers in many ways and can certainly still bring many joys to your leisure time. Worth adding to your list!
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