I have to be honest, I never really got that into video games growing up.
I think it was because my brother always beat me in any Nintendo 64 game we ever owned (except I dominated him on the Moo Moo Farm level on Mario Kart. Let the record show).
But computer games — the kind you you inserted into giant Windows computer towers back in the ’90s — were my jam.
So in true Throwback Thursday fashion, I’ve compiled a short list of some of the best computer games from the ’90s. These aren’t in any particular order, but I’m pretty partial to Freddi Fish.
'Freddi Fish' is arguably one of the most successful '90s computer games, having sold over 2.5 million copies.
'Freddi Fish' is the inspiring tale of a small yellow fish who acts as a detective to solve cases. The version I played was 'Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds' (the OG Freddi Fish, released in 1994): a harrowing premise where Grandma Grouper gets her treasure chest of kelp seeds stolen (that means no food!).
Freddi, being the awesome fish that he is, decides to solve the case with the assistance of Luther, an even smaller green fish.
For those looking to relive their childhood, you can download Freddi Fish games on iOS.
The objective of 'Treasure Mountain!' was to collect the hidden treasures and to put them in a treasure chest at the top of a mountain. To do so, players first had to answer a series of riddles delivered by elves. The riddles became increasingly more difficult as you got to certain levels.
I'm honestly torn when it comes to Pajama Sam. On one hand, 'Pajama Sam in: There's no Need to Hide when it's Dark Outside' is the original, classic version of Pajama Sam. And the part where he navigates through the mines is super fun. But Humongous Entertainment did do a stellar job on the second version, 'Pajama Sam in: Thunder and Lightning Aren't so Frightening.' Mostly because it is fairly difficult to figure out as a kid, so you can stretch it out over a long period of time.
The game is centered on our blue protagonist, pictured above, who dresses to emulate his comic book hero Pajama Man. In each game, Pajama Sam is trying to conquer his fears, from the dark to thunder, by completing a series of tasks and obstacles.
You can download the aforementioned Pajama Sam games on iOS.
I was born in 1993, so I am most familiar with 'Putt-Putt Travels Through Time,' when a lab experiment sends all of Putt-Putt's stuff into different periods of time and he has to go and find everything (released in 1997).
The premise of the game, as with all Putt-Putt games, was to complete a series of mini-games to get to the final destination. So if Putt-Putt needed to get Pep out of the dinosaur era, he had to first construct a bridge out of stone, scratch the top of a dinosaur's head, etc.
'Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo' and 'Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon' are other crowd favourites.
You can still download 'Putt-Putt Travels through Time' on iOS or Google Play. There are other versions available for download, but Putt-Putt games from before 1997 will be hard to find.
Richard Scarry's 'BusyTown' instilled the idea in me that anything could healed if you put a band-aid on it.
Richard Scarry's 'BusyTown' was actually based on a Random House video series, but I never saw that series before playing the game. 'BusyTown' was definitely intended for a young audience because it mostly consisted of walking through the town and teaching you basic vocabulary skills.
My favourite level as a kid was when you got to be a doctor and learned various parts of the body by putting bandaids wherever your elephant patient was hurt. 'Put a band-aid on it!' the game would advise (loudly). I still subscribe to that doctrine today.
In 'Dinosaur Adventure 3D,' you could choose to play in three prehistoric periods: Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous. After you chose your period, you completed a series of activities. The only mini-game I recall is one called 'Save the Dinosaurs' where you have to rescue 15 dinosaurs to stop a comet from crashing into earth and causing mass extinction. Rescuing them involved identifying dinosaur species in a certain time limit. But the game was mostly composed of graphics and videos with fun facts about dinosaurs, and that was really the best part.
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