Many of the retro games we most enjoy come from our childhood/teen years as our gaming tastes were developing. I would imagine that most of our favorite retro games come from that period. However, there are some retro games that we really get into in our adult years, whether it be because certain games are too expensive for most kids to obtain or we dig deeper into game libraries and find out about more obscure games.
What are your favorite retro games that you discovered as an adult? I gained interest in retro games at a fairly young age so I had at least sampled most games you would see in “Top 10 X” games lists, but these are some of the games I can think of:
- Radiant Silvergun: This was a game I had always heard about but didn’t get the chance to play until a few years ago. It was one of those games that was famous for being expensive. “Wow, a game costing over $100? Who would pay that much for an old game?” Little did I know, retro game prices would skyrocket and $100 would be considered “cheap” for many Saturn games :P. Anyway, I got the game a few years ago and it was definitely worth the hype. A lot of expensive games end up disappointing in my experience but this is one of, if not the best shoot em ups ever. I’m not an aficionado of the genre so I don’t know all the lingo, but the graphics are great, it’s always clear what you need to hit, and the hit detection feels right - in short, it just feels good to shoot stuff. The 6 different types of bullets are perfect for the 6-button Saturn controller, which puts it above the Xbox 360 with its standard 4 face button layout in my opinion. I could go on but I imagine many people on this forum have played the game before so I’ll move on to the next game
- Darkstalkers 3 (Saturn)
I had heard of the Darkstalkers games and had played as a few of the characters in the Capcom Vs. series of games, but I never thought to play the actual series. I picked up 3 on Saturn last year and was pleasantly surprised about how good it is. It’s fast and fluid like a 90s Capcom fighter and has a cast of weird and interesting characters. I’m always hesitant to buy old fighting games because they often lack modes outside of Arcade and Survival and it’s hard to find people locally who A) have heard of the game. B) are interested in playing it with you over a more popular multiplayer game and C) are at your skill level. Fortunately, this game is surprisingly cheap for a quality Saturn game so I took the plunge and was happy I did.
- Pokemon TCG2: Here Comes Team GR!
I hadn’t heard of this game until 7-8 years ago but it’s a Game Boy Color, Japanese-only followup to the very underrated Pokemon TCG for GB/GBC (black cartridge). I finally decided to play through it last year, and it’s exactly what I hoped it would be. As with the first game, the second game has a story mode where you walk around the environments and face duelists to save the world somehow (I think). The story in the 2nd game is pretty lazy admittedly, as the game uses a lot of the same environments and the story is comically lame. It’s the dueling I’m there for ultimately, and that’s where the game shines. It plays like the original, only it has more expansions (primarily the Team Rocket expansion from the real life TCG). This is great for me because I was tired of using the same limited pool of cards in the first game. Most retro gaming fans haven’t played these games in my experiences but I’d definitely recommend them both, as they’re fun and teach you how to play the TCG if you haven’t played it before.
Those are what came off the top of my head - I’ll post more as I remember them. In the mean time, post yours! Everyone’s lists will look different because we all became adults at different times (2008 for me)