Dakkster’s Top 300 Games, 300-276
Alright, I’m all done with the rankings, I think. Let’s give this a shot. My reasoning behind the rankings can be found here. Nostalgia overload in 3, 2, 1…
300: Sim City (Amiga 500) – Starting off with the city simulator that eventually spawned the virtual dollhouse The Sims, I didn’t really understand what was needed to build successful cities, but it was fun to build what I could and then destroy it with the various disasters you could use.
295: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) – Yes, the first one, even though it was horrendously difficult. It was still a Turtles game and the Turtles were king when I was a kid. The swimming levels were insanely difficult and I remember trying to avoid the baddies with the turtle van. I heard that a friend of mine actually beat this game a few weeks ago during one of his retro gaming sessions.
293: B.O.B. (SNES) – Really underrated puzzle/shooter with a great main character and lots of humor. This is a game that should be on most people’s lists of games to play if the decide to take on some retro games.
292: Premier Manager (Amiga 500) – I used to play this with my cousin and we almost always started off from scratch every weekend we spent playing it. I didn’t really understand all of it, but it was pretty fun being a soccer manager. Later versions got too bloated with stuff to do, I think.
290: Soldier of Fortune (PC) – This game was really raw, but I never really went for the gore. Still, it was a pretty solid shooter. It’s interesting to look back at this. They tried some narrative, but it was beyond horrible and they might just as well have done random maps.
289: Sensible World of Soccer (Amiga 500) – Another soccer game I played with my cousin. Blazing fast action that had a really steep learning curve, but once you got the hang of it, you could do insane things on the pitch.
288: Dark Colony (PC) – This RTS was a game that kind of rode on the success of Command & Conquer and Warcraft, but it had its own thing going for it. Playing as the grays was fun because it was released during the heyday of the X-Files.
287: Ikari Warriors (NES) – ABBA. That’s the cheat code that gave you a bunch of extra lives… or if it was invulnerability. Anyhow, it was kind of a Rambo bullet hell shooter that was pretty fun to play with a friend.
284: Shadowgate (NES) – This game was released in Swedish over here and the translation was quirky in some places, but that just made it all the more fun. I don’t remember if I beat it or not, but I got far without any help. GameFAQs wasn’t around back then anyway.
282: Need for Speed Carbon (PC) – I didn’t really play this one, but I watched my nephew play it A LOT with me sitting next to him. Probably the most atmospheric racing game I’ve come across so far, even with the hammy acting performances.
280: Fifa 96 (SNES) – There was this trick that you could do whenever there was a goal kick. You just moved your attacker to stand right in front of the goalie and you’d spam the kick button. As soon as the kick was made, your attacker made an instant bicicleta or header to score. Cheap, yes, but fun.
279: Desert Strike (Amiga 500) – Back when I was a kid, this was one of the coolest games around, mainly because Rambo 3 had made helicopters bad ass. It’s a good action game with surprisingly good controls.
278: Killing Time (PC) – This could be the most obscure game on the list. It’s a budget FPS that I played with my nephew and it’s pretty much a more action-oriented Rose Red (the Stephen King story) with ghosts and a haunted manor to run around in. Hammy as hell, but really fun.
277: Rescue – The Embassy Mission (NES) – Also known as Hostage on the Amiga, I think. This game had three fun parts. Sneaking, sniping and room-clearing. I loved the sneaking part, but it was all pretty good. Really tense action.
276: Spy vs Spy (Amiga 500) – This one is a classic and I think I played two sequels as well. You ran around in a maze of rooms trying to outsmart the other spy and get out of the place, using traps and other sneak stuff that usually backfired because you forgot that you had boobytrapped a door.
Okay, so that’s the first batch of 25. I’ll do seven more parts like this, I think, and then it’s ten parts or so for the top 100. I love lists and I’d love to hear what you think about this first part, so let me know in the comments!