Ah, the good ol’ days — when our pixilated friends were the apple of our eyes…
There’s nothing quite like reminiscing back to simpler times, when computer games were what our pixilated dreams were made of and our evening meals forever included baked beans.
Now that we’re older, somewhat wiser and discovering adulting is actually pretty damn hard, we thought now would be the perfect moment to cast our minds back to yesteryear, to the games that brought such joy to our Nintendo-powered childhoods.
So check out our round-up below, where the legendary, hard-working and incredibly good-looking Stakester team have been kind enough to share their old school favourites…
Rugrats: Search for Reptar
Our Head of Brand, Saz, has taken it back to an actual child’s favourite, and to be honest, we don’t blame her. Not only was the TV show an absolute banger, but the fact Nickelodeon also delved into the gaming scene, meant those Rugrats were keeping us entertained from all angles. The main characters may have been big babies, but Tommy and co. were way ahead of their time and taught us life lessons we didn’t even realise we needed to know. Don’t believe us? We recommend a Rugrats marathon immediately!
Unreal Tournament: Facing Worlds
Our Lead Developer, Leander, said he loved this game for one main reason; it contained the greatest map ever! A map so well-designed and so carefully constructed, that every other CTF map paled in comparison. The elegance was in its simplicity, where the subtle, albeit extremely well-thought-out details, made this map exciting and enticing! And no doubt all other Unreal Tournament fans agree.
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
Data Engineer, George, surprised us all with this weirdly wonderful Michael Jackson number — pointing out that it was the fantastic soundtrack he loved and not the bizarre storyline. Music, moonwalking and everything in-between…was there anything MJ didn’t take a whack at?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
Based on the 1987 animated TV series, this decision was a no-brainer for our UX Designer, Danie. With its arcade-style gameplay and retro graphics, the world fell head-over-heels for those sassy turtles. Figurines, posters and lunchboxes galore, those hard-shelled heroes were everywhere! And you know what? We actually wouldn’t be mad if Konami graced us with another remake.
The fourth instalment in the Metroid series, this is a firm favourite for our Community Manager, Frankie. Jam-packed with action, awesome boss fights and a spectacular colour palette, this was definitely an “oh sh*t, it’s 3am already?” kind of game. The best thing about it? Being on the GameBoy Advance meant you could play this bad boy anywhere!
A game so good it’s still around today, Rollercoaster Tycoon tops the old school charts for our Head of Product, Andy. Not quite content with creating and running his very own childhood dream, he would take it one step further by “designing the best rollercoasters to fire at each other and create massive explosions”. If you ever see a theme park with Andy in the name…run for your life!
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror
The immersive storyline was the hook, line and sinker for our Videographer, Sarah. Entertaining puzzles, insanely good graphics and characters you would beg to be mates with in real life, this adventurous game with its damn good dialogue didn’t half tick all the boxes…and probably still does!
Grand Theft Auto
We can’t say we’re surprised that Ross, our ice hockey-playing COO, loved such an aggressive game. Causing mass destruction from a bird’s eye view, we actually agree with him that barbecuing everyone with a flamethrower was pretty effin great! The cherry on the cake? Knowing one of the guys behind this beauty of a game! Oh, you didn’t know? Our co-founder Gary is also one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games!
And seeing as Ross definitely gave the best reasons for loving GTA, we allowed him to add a second favourite. Choosing NHL 94 because he “liked being able to play the game one minute, and then the next being able to randomly punch someone in the face”…how lovely!
And there you have it! We hope our old school favourites took you on a glorious trip down memory lane. Why not get involved and tweet us @stakester to let us know your treasured faves too?!
In the mean time, stay safe, stay healthy and don’t forget to download Stakester!