Can you guess which are the most popular video games ever? Playing video games is an extremely popular pass time all over the world. In the U.S. alone, 65% of households have a device for playing video games. Moreover, U.S. consumers spent $23.5 billion on the gaming industry in 2015 with $16.5 billion of that spent on gaming content alone. There’s no doubt about it, we love playing video games, but which video games do we like playing the most? On today’s list, we are going to look at the 25 most popular video games ever.
Sid Meier’s Civilization
This is a turn-based strategy video game that is the front-runner for all the 4X genre: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Created for MicroProse in 1991, the game’s objective is ‘to build an empire that will stand the test of time.’ It requires the micromanagement skill of the players and though not as popular as Sims City, the game’s franchise has sold more than 8 million copies as of March 2008 with many of them produced by Sid Meier.
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
Not all video games are created for fun and recreation as shown by Brain Age, an entertainment video game that uses puzzles such as stroop tests, mathematical questions, and Sudoku puzzles. It is an entertainment product that was based on the work of its creator, Dr. Kawashima, in neurosciences. It has received both commercial and critical success with 18.96 million copies sold as of March 2011 and even received multiple awards for its quality and innovation.
Need for Speed
NFS is the most successful racing video game ever with over 100 million copies sold as of October 2009. Considered one of the most successful video game franchises ever, it was first released in 1994 exclusively for 5th generation video game consoles, though it was eventually featured in all 7th generation consoles by 2008. A series of racing video games published by Electronics Arts, NFS was well-liked by racing maniacs not only for its speed, but also for the advanced graphics, car selection and modification, sound effects, and real-time car racing experience.
Donkey Kong Country
This game not only brings back the Donkey Kong character, which was often viewed as a cult classic but also started a new franchise entry based on its new characters and gameplay. Developed by Rare in 1994, it sold over 9 million copies worldwide, making it the 2nd best-selling SNES game ever. Donkey Kong Country was the first game to use pre-rendered sprites, which create a 3D effect throughout the game. Its graphics were made from Silicon 3D graphic models compressed for 2D SNES that give its animations large amountsof detail for a 16-bit console, which was revolutionary at that time.
This classic game needs no introduction as it is still popular today and the name itself is nearly synonymous with video games. Developed in 1980, it became a staple of pop culture in that period and led to sales of countless merchandise, an animated TV series, and a top-ten hit single. Pac-Man is considered a landmark in video game history, the most famous arcade game of all time, and the highest-grossing video game ever with a generated income of $2.5 billion all before 1990.