It’s difficult to believe that modern youths are playing with the same games that teenagers from the ’90s loved so much. At one time, if you wanted to use the world wide web, you had to wait an uncertain amount of time either to be connected or for the Internet to load. During the time you were waiting to dial up, you had a computer make this horrendous beeping and screeching sound.
Thankfully, there were plenty of fun board games, computer disc games, and video games in the 1990s that didn’t require Internet access. Take a look below for 10 games that only 1990s kids will remember.
1. The Oregon Trail 3rd Edition
When I was a young boy, playing The Oregon Trail was different from any other experience. It transported me to the late 1800s, surrounded me with history, and immersed me in the pioneering experience. There were also challenges you had to face such as protecting yourself and your family from snakebites, exhaustion, measles, and death in the game. MECC redeveloped the Oregon Trail computer game and released it again in 1997.
2. Tamagotchi Electronic Game
The Tiger Electronics egg-shaped vertical pet device was released in 1997, making it the first pet most kids had in the ’90s. In the game, kids appeared as pet owners and were responsible for disciplining, playing, walking, and cleaning up after their pets. This electronic game was the new craze shortly after it was introduced, and almost everyone had an egg-shaped keychain on their backpack.
3. Mortal Kombat
Imagine playing your favorite arcade game from your own home. One of the first video games to be released for the Super Nintendo was Mortal Kombat, which was developed by Acclaim Entertainment in 1992. Kids from all over the nation could now take part in Tsung’s super secret tournament from the comfort of their living rooms.
4. I Spy Spooky Mansion
Scholastic created the I Spy Spooky Mansion computer game in 1999 on the basis of the Scholastic I Spy books for children. During the computer game, players are instructed to find hidden items in a haunted house. After you find all the objects in the room, you are then given a piece of the puzzle. Children were entertained for hours with this spooky search-and-find game.
5. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
Before many of us even heard of James Bond, there was Carmen Sandiego. The computer game version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego appeared in 1996 and is based on the ’90s cartoons. Starting out as a rookie detective, your mission is to help Sandiego track down stolen works from around the world.
6. Free Cereal Box Computer Games
Children of today don’t get to experience the pure excitement of getting a free computer game with their box of Kellogs cereal. Children at that time were already familiar with the board game version of The Game of Life, which was one of the most popular free cereal games available. Although the computer version was visually stimulating, it also allowed children to play the game as a single player.
7. Roller Coaster Tycoon
Released in 1999, Roller Coaster Tycoon rapidly became one of the world’s most popular games. Computer games turned children into theme park entrepreneurs by letting them engage in the design of theme parks. Building roller coasters is one of the best parts. You also have to maintain the amusement park and business.
8. Don’t Break the Ice
You can compare Don’t Break the Ice to Jenga, but instead of falling blocks, you have a falling polar bear. After setting up an ice rink, players take turns tapping an ice block out one by one, keeping the polar bear from falling down. Since it normally lasts between 15 and 20 minutes, this game can easily be played again and again.
9. Crash Bandicoot
The Sony PlayStation, released in 1995, was one of the lucky ones that remained a household name. Conversely, older game consoles like Sega and Nintendo failed to achieve mainstream success. PlayStation had a game called Crash Bandicoot, which involves defeating enemies in order to advance to new levels. It was released in 1996 and new games adapted from it are still being made 20 years later.
A bug-splashing board game, Splat!, was released by Milton Bradley in 1995. Since the premise is so straightforward, almost anyone can play it. Each player has to get to the other end of the board without getting squashed by their opponent. The opponent gets a lot of satisfaction from squashing another player’s pawn on this game, unlike other games that send the player back to the starting line when they get bumped.