Being born in 1986, I’m by definition a Millenial. It’s no denying that my generation has been in the center of a rapid technology advancement.

In less than 20 years, video games have evolved considerably, going from cartoony 2D games to first attempts at 3D with blocky characters and nowadays to realistic character designs, motion capture and beautiful environments.

When I was a kid, my parents used a PC for their work, so I have grown up on PC games. I didn’t have any consoles, unless you count a Tetris handheld as well as a F1 handheld “console” with 4 buttons and black and white display as one.

Who else remembers floppy disks, MS-DOS and Norton Commander? The 3 and half inch floppy disks had capacity of 1.44 MB, which by today’s standards is maybe one medium-quality photo on your phone.

Back in the day, I could fit 4 to 5 games on it easily, play them on any PC with a floppy drive and copy them as many times as we liked. Those were the times!

I’ve been thinking about my favorite PC games as a child recently, so I decided to make a post about them. Maybe some of you remember these games or maybe you have forgotten them?

I’m omitting classic games like Prince of Persia, F1, NHL, FIFA and most of the more popular “main-stream” games that came later.

Let’s take a look!

My Favorite Childhood Video Games

Thanks to nowadays technology we can now enjoy retro games via various emulators and in some cases even play our favorite old games online.

One of the emulators for MS-DOS games is DOSbox, which is available for Windows and also platforms like Mac OSX, Fedora, Ubuntu and various Linux distributions. It’s updated regularly.

If you’d like to try playing retro games online in your browser, my favorite sites for that are RetroGames, BestOldGames and PlayDOSGames. RetroGames not only has DOS games, but you can also find games for consoles like Atari, Sega Megadrive, Nintendo 64 and others.

The best thing about downloading these games is that they are fairly small, a couple of megabytes, so you can have a lot to choose from! Not all games are downloadable as they can be bought elsewhere.

Perestroika (Toppler)

Probably one of the funniest games by today’s standards, created in USSR in 1990.

The premise is very simple – you move a frog-like creature across lily pads which keep on shrinking.

You need to get to the finish safely and in later levels avoid enemies that try to eat you. On your way you can eat colorful orbs which give you points or health.

I had no idea as a child that this game was a political satire at the time (the game was entirely in Russian) but I was highly amused by the fact that the frog character had a butt.

You can play (or download) Perestroika online here.

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Fury of the Furries

This fun colorful side-scroller was published in 1993 by Kalisto. You control a fuzzy bouncy ball across several maps, braving all kinds of enemies and traps.

The ball, called Tiny, has the ability to change its skills, represented by the following colors:

  • yellow – can cast fireballs
  • red – can destroy various blocks
  • green – can swing on a rope and pull things with the rope
  • blue – can swim underwater and shoot enemies by producing bubbles

Not all skills are available in all levels, some more puzzle-type levels may require just a few which may be activated and deactivated with a portal.

It’s definitely not the most sophisticated or innovative game, but 8-year-old me was having fun and that’s what’s important!

There is a basic plot to the game but I don’t think I’ve ever finished it. Plus I knew very little English back then!

You can play/download Fury of the Furries here.

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BlockOut

Blockout is one of those games working your brain – it’s a simple tetris but with a 3D spin on it. It was created in Poland and released in 1989 by California Dreams.

You can choose out of several field sizes and block types (flat, extended or mix of both), as well as rotation speed. There’s really not much to it as it’s very simple but it’s still fun.

This game was also released for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.

You can play/download Blockout here.

Micro Machines

One of my most favorite racing games when I was a kid. Nothing too special but I absolutely loved the design of the micro world.

Mini-vehicles race along a track in real-life environments – on a table, in a tub, in the kitchen with a track lined by cereal where you have to dodge milk and orange juice splatters.

In the garage you have to avoid drops of glue so you don’t get stuck, or splatters of oil to make you go faster. In the kid’s room you have to cross a bridge made out of rulers and try not to bump into erasers and various stationery objects.

You can play/download Micro Machines here.

Train (Vlak)

Train is a small colorful game made for MS-DOS in Czech Republic in 1993. It’s a clone of the popular game Snake.

Everytime your train picks up a new resource, a new wagon with the resource gets added. It’s a bit more fun than Snake for me since it’s so colorful and each new piece of the train looks different.

You can play/download Train here.

The Incredible Machine

The Incredible Machine is another puzzle-type game. It was released in 1993 by Sierra On-line.

In this game you have to solve the puzzle by placing different items such as basketballs, balloons, cats, bowling balls, scissors, hamsters in a wheel, conveyor belts and others.

It was really fun and got really challenging the more you progressed.

You can play/download The Incredible Machine here.

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe

Published by Konami in 1991, Speedball 2 is a top-view futuristic handball-esque game with fighting elements.

I have to admit, for a 10 years old me this game was quite a challenge, and while I didn’t win all that often, I had fun and that’s what it’s all about.

You can play/download Speedball 2 here.

The Duck Tales: Quest For Gold

Quest For Gold was published in 1990 by Disney Software and developed by Incredible Technologies. The premise of the game is to get as much treasure/gold/money as Scrooge McDuck to outdo your rival Flintheart Glomgold in wealth.

You play mostly as Huey, Dewey, Louie and sometimes as Webby Vanderquack. You fly Launchpad McQuack’s plane to get to the destinations all over the world.

This is one of my absolute favorite games of my childhood. I could spend hours on this game had my parents allowed it. It was really fun to play and I loved all the different tasks that one could do.

My favorite levels were the photography ones (I loved the pink elephants!), my least favorite were the caves.

It’s definitely a fun game nowadays as well, rather simple but relaxing.

You can play/download The Duck Tales here.

Winter Challenge / Summer Challenge

Summer/Winter Challenge games were published in 1992 by Accolade. It’s basically a selection of Olympic sports. The game has two modes: training and tournament. In training you can repeat each sport as many times as you need, trying to improve your score.

This game is a local multiplayer as well, so it’s a lot of fun with friends and family. My sister and I used to play these games a lot. My favorite was the Equestrian discipline, my sister liked the sports in Winter Challenge more.

It’s quite challenging (ha!) but you just need a bit of practice first.

You can play/download Winter Challenge here | Summer Challenge here.

Ironman Off-Road Racing

This game was first published in 1989. It was available for DOS, NES, GameBoy, Genesis and SNES.

Ironman is a game I often played with my sister. It allows up to 3 players and it’s a rather simple but nice racing game.

You can play/download Ironman Off-Road Racing here.

Prehistorik 2

Prehistorik 2 was published in 1993 by Titus Interactive as a sequel to Prehistorik released in 1991.

I’m not even sure how I came across Prehistorik 2 but I probably borrowed it from my classmate.

It’s a fun puzzle and adventure side scroller, the caveman character is funny as well as the other characters/enemies.

The one thing I always found funny was that you could hit some random stones with your club and things like cake, ice cream, ham would pop out for points and health.

You can play Prehistorik 2 here.


Do you know any of these games? Have you ever played them? Let me know in the comments below!



3 comments

  1. Comment by Big Boss
    Big Boss

    Reading the intro unlocked memories of my childhood as well. I remember my school being full of all types of floppies back in the day and it was a wonderous sight and slightly confusing when we got the old school iMacs. Being a millenial is some of the best times i’ve experienced but also some of the not best times.

    I myself have played the fook out of Micro Machines and Ironman Ivan Stuart’s Super Off-Road. Ironman also had an arcade port over here, not sure if there was there but that’s where I put in many hours in it.

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    • Comment by Dana - GeekyGamingStuff.com owner
      Dana
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      I’m happy to see other people recognizing the games that I loved! Micro Machines was so fun, I wish we had a newer version made!

      We used to play a local space game at school but I can’t find what it’s called. It was very basic in terms of graphics but really fun. 🙂

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  2. I played BlockOut so much 1989-1990.
    I found it again 3 years ago and started to challenge everyone and I am still a master.
    😀
    I challenge you….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18BhnHFq_uc&t=12s

    If you want to compeat global try a version called BlockOut2.
    http://www.blockout.net/blockout2/

    MagI

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