In an era of high-speed internet, tablets, and lifelike virtual reality, it’s hard to imagine the modern-day youth playing with the same games ’90s kids used to obsess over.
Back in the day, if you wanted to use the world wide web, you had to wait an uncertain amount of time either for someone to get off the phone or for the Internet to load.
To make matters worse, you had to listen to the computer make this horrible beeping and screeching sound while you waited for the dial-up connection to go through.
Luckily, for ’90s kids, there were plenty of exciting board games, video games, and computer disc games that didn’t require using the Internet.
In this article, you can hop on the nostalgic train and go on a journey down memory lane. You will be reminded of some of those favorite childhood memories hidden in the crevices of your mind.
Free Cereal Box Computer Games
It’s unfortunate that children these days will never experience the pure excitement of getting a free computer game with their box of Kellogs cereal.
One of the most popular free cereal games was The Game of Life. Most children at that time were already familiar with the board game version.
However, the computer version wasn’t only visually stimulating, but it also allowed kids to play the game as a single player.
Roller Coaster Tycoon
Roller Coaster Tycoon was released in 1999 and it immediately skyrocketed into popularity.
The computer game transformed children into theme park entrepreneurs. It allowed players to choose from different landscapes, shops, and decorations.
One of the best parts of the game is building outrageous roller coasters. It also challenges players to maintain the amusement park and the business.
Don’t Break the Ice
Don’t Break the Ice is kind of similar to Jenga, but instead of falling blocks, you have a falling polar bear.
Once you set up your ice rink, each player must take turns tapping out an ice block one by one. The goal of the game is to keep the polar bear from falling down.
This game can easily be played repeatedly because it normally only lasts around 15 to 20 minutes.
Many older game consoles like Sega and Nintendo didn’t stand the test of time. However, the Sony PlayStation, which was released in 1995, was one of the luckier ones that remained as a household name.
Crash Bandicoot was one of the earlier games that could be played on a PlayStation. The game involves defeating enemies in order to progress to new levels.
It was released in 1996 and two decades later new adaptations of the game can still be played.
Milton Bradley released the bug-squashing board game, Splat!, in 1995.
It’s an easy game almost anyone can play because the premise is quite simple. Each player must successfully get to the other end of the board without getting squashed by their opponent.
Unlike other games when the player gets sent back to the start when they get bumped, in this game the opponent gets the satisfaction of squashing another player’s pawn!