Top 10 Coolest Retro Games You Have to Try

Video games are introduced to the market everyday. Some are great, others are a waste of time, and then every once in awhile, there is a game that is so fun and so memorable that it becomes iconic. Whether you like action adventure, arcade-based, or puzzles, there is something special about the video games from the 80s and early 90s. Below, are the top 10 coolest retro games. Each of these games has withstood the test of time and is as fun to play today as it was the day it was introduced.

1. Donkey Kong

Who would've thought that a video game about an angry, kidnapping guerrilla would still influence pop culture more than 30 years after its original release? Donkey Kong, the original series, was released in 1981 by Nintendo. The action adventure game was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, and introduced the world to Jumpman, who would later be known better as just Mario. In this game, players assume the role of Jumpman and have to dodge fireballs and barrels launched by an angry guerrilla. Most people would give up and run away, but Jumpman desperately wants to save a woman, Pauline, from Donkey Kong's evil clutches.


2. Paperboy

Paperboy was introduced to the gamer world in 1984 by Atari. In this simulation game, players would assume the role of an iconic paperboy. Their mission is to deliver papers to a typical suburban town with perfect execution. To advance, you must make it through a week of the simulated game to move on to the next level. Seems easy, right? But that's the great part, it wasn't. Depending on whether the player chooses Easy, Middle, or Hard difficulty settings determined the type of nuisances and hazards a paperboy would encounter along their route. In addition to risks, a paperboy also had to deliver the paper perfectly to each and every customer. If you landed a paper on the roof of a house or in the bushes, you weren't going to make it to the next level.


3. Legend of Zelda

In 1986, gamers were taking over the world. Okay, not really. But, the truth of the matter was, gamers were being created and were hungry for a new challenge. In short, this new era was requiring the need for a different type of game. A game that would entice curiosity and keep people busy for hours. Nintendo worked diligently to fulfill this need and hit it out of the park when they introduced Legend of Zelda. This iconic game later became a franchise, and it is all thanks to Link's dedication to finding the delicate Princess Zelda. The action adventure game required Link to travel all over the place to find his beloved princess. The best part of this game was there weren't any wussy prompts to push you in the right direction. This meant if you got lost, you had to work even harder to get back on track.

4. Duck Hunt

First person shooter games are all the rage today. Even children as young as kindergarten have probably played or at least watched their dads play Call of Duty or Battlefield. But, these kids will never know the joy of holding an NES Zapper in your hand for the first time. When Nintendo released Duck Hunt in 1984, gamers received the game and the coveted gun packaged together. The goal of the game was to take out pesky fowl and wipe the smile off the dog's face. Each shooter got three tries to shoot the ducks as they appeared on the screen. Sometimes the ducks would arrive solo or sometimes two would show up at the same time. If you missed the ducks, you'd be greeted with GAME OVER and be mocked by a hunting dog. If you excelled, you got to move on to more difficult rounds.

5. Tetris

Tetris was first released in 1984. But, if you were a kid in the 80s, you probably didn't get your hands on this simple but mind boggling game until at least 1990 or so. Nintendo immediately recognized the potential of Alexey Pajitnov's game and began to offer it with the Gameboy in 1989. From here, the game gained worldwide notoriety and puzzled, frustrated, and entertained gamers for hours as they conceived faster ways to match colored blocks before the piles stacked up ending their gameplay and progress.

Posted: 24th Apr 2016 by Team SuperCheats