Console games are the core of the gaming world, as they are second biggest gaming market, slowly being outgrown only by mobile games.
Since the console gaming started its journey in the 1970s, it has gone a long way from games with two dozen pixels and four bits of sound to photo-realistic graphics and VR experiences that we can enjoy nowadays. And yet, there are certain old classic games that we enjoy no matter how far the technological progress is taking us.
The Most Influential Retro Console Games
Here is a retrospective on the games that had a huge impact on the industry, to the point of influencing the face of future console games. And they are still as enjoyable to play as they used to be back in the day.
Of course, many games are being constantly redeveloped and reborn into modern, more technologically-advanced versions with more player experience possibilities. However, there are many online emulators that let you experience the game in its primary version, with the original graphics and sound. And it gives you that priceless “back to childhood” experience that few of the games actually can provide.
- Space Invaders. Space Invaders was released in 1978, at the dawn of video games, and it became one of the most iconic video games period. It was a shooter: player was limited to one screen and had to shoot down alien ships before they reached the ground. It enjoyed huge success all over the world, and it’s port to Atari 2600 in 1980 marked the beginning of the Golden era in console gaming. What’s funny is that one of the main features of the game – the less enemy ships remained, harder it got (because the ships were becoming faster) was actually unintentional: with less pixels to render the FPS would increase and the speed was tied to FPS.
- PacMan for the Atari 2600. It was released in 1980, and it is considered to have had the most influence in the gaming world. Not limited to one level, this game gave birth to maze chase genre that many games will follow later on. It had first characters: Pac Man and the ghosts became one of the most recognizable characters and pretty much the fist mascots in video games. It kick started the gaming culture, some of the features persisting in various arcade and slot machines, such as ones found on cameon.com casino.
- Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. began in 1985, and the franchise is also one of the most successful of all times. It was one of the most popular side-scrolling games, and coming out after the infamous Great Video Game Crash of 1983 it possibly saved the entire industry and definitely gave Nintendo the position of the video game juggernaut for years to come.
- Prince of Persia. Prince of Persia, dating 1989, was an action/adventure game with revolutionary (at the time) graphics. One of its more destinct features was the fluent and realistic animation of the character – all the animations were created from the real life footage of the developer Jordan Mechner’s brother performing all the actions done by the Prince in the game.
- Mortal Kombat. It’s a good question, which of the two biggest games that created the fighting game genre – Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat is more famous, but MK is definitely more infamous. Mortal Kombat violent and bloody gameplay and gruesome Fatalities – and being able to pull off these complicated inputs was a badge of honor among players – contributed heavily to creation of the ESRB, to rate games as age appropriate.
- Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy was one of the first jRPG and RPG games that enjoyed mainstream popularity. While RPGs were prominent on PC before that, they were clunky, mostly text based and very complicated. Final Fantasy (word Final becoming really ironic with title like Final Fantasy XV) which was the last gambit of struggling then company Square Soft, was one of the first games with a big fantasy story that you could just pick up and play.