While those are the classics- the games that we all grew up playing, today I’d like to recognize some of the lesser known titles. The games that despite not being as popular, have retained a lot of their playability. Games that were challenging, original, and just plain fun.
Crystalis is an action-adventure game released in 1990 by SNK. In the same vein as The Legend of Zelda, it combines all of the questing and object locating of a good RPG without the repletion of battling countless enemies in order to level up. The plot is complex and interesting and makes this a game that I will go back to and play over and over again.
Wizards and Warriors
Wizards and Warriors was released in 1987 by Akklaim. It’s an action game in which you play as a knight fighting against a variety of monsters in order to eventually defeat the evil wizard, Malkil. The basic play of the game is collecting enough gems to enter certain doors and finding the correct color keys to enter others. Throughout you can gain a variety of special weapons and tools that will help you advance in the game. I always remembered the great soundtrack to this game.
Maniac Mansion was developed by Lucasfilm Games and was originally released for the Commodore 64 and the Apple II, which is where I first remember playing it. It was released for the NES in 1990. The thing that I remember most about this game is that there were so many options. You could choose different characters to play as, which in turn, would impact both your ability to beat the game, and the ending you would see as a result. The other thing that struck me was that this was an adventure game that didn’t require you to type in commands like you had to in the old Sierra games (which I also loved).
G.I. Joe was developed by Taxan and released in 1991. Maybe I’m a little biased here (being a huge fan of G.I. Joe) but I still find this game really fun to play. Would I have liked some different Joes in this game? Sure. I mean, I’m not a huge Captain Grid Iron fan, but I did love Snake Eyes and Rock N Roll. You get to play as the version of Hawk with the jetpack which is pretty cool too. Either way, it’s an action game that is challenging, but not frustrating.
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