Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Action and Fighting
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost.
Scrappers is a futuristic fighting game with a twist. You are not only battling the bots but fighting to manage waste as you traverse the city streets and take out the trash. You can play the game on your own or in a team of four mechanised trash...
Lair Of The Clockwork God
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform
Duration: Between 10 hours and 11 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.
Lair Of The Clockwork God is an adventure played with two characters from different game genres. Ben is a die-hard, old-school LucasArts Adventure fan, one foot stuck in the 90s. Dan is younger, running and jumping platform character, he's hip, he's...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action and Sports
Duration: Between 4 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.
Videoball is a minimalist sports game for up to six players. The aim is to get one of the balls into the opponent’s goal by shooting it with triangles. It’s highly skilled, frantic and works brilliantly in a competitive family setting.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
This battle puzzle uses shapes but instead of creating lines you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics apply, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four players can race to...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 100 players online.
Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.
Horizon Chase Turbo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 11 hours and 20 hours to complete.
This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...
Baba is You
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Duration: Between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.
Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...
Platforms: Android and iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 40 hours and 60 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.
Sociable Soccer is a fast-paced, quick to pick-up, slow to master, football game. Unlike the intricated lifelike simulation of FIFA, this game wants to recreate the frantic feel of classic arcade football games. It has its heritage back in Sensible...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS
Genres: Action and Platform
Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.
Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...
Platforms: Android and iOS
Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy
You build your own living breathing city by creating residential, commercial, and industrial zones, as well as placing special buildings. In addition to this Sim City style play you earn points to upgrade by competing missions.
Formula Retro Racing
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Formula Retro Racing is a retro 90's arcade racing game. This Virtua Racing style combines the simplicity of visuals and racing style with some proper attention to the skill needed to get to the front of the grid.
Two Point Hospital
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 30 hours and 50 hours to complete.
Two Point Hospital is a light-hearted healthcare simulator. You take charge of a hospital, similar to Theme Hospital, where you must construct and maintain wards, machines and staff.
Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.
You wake up on an island as a small fox, with no memory of how you got there. From a fixed overhead perspective, you push through trees, pick up weapons and learn new moves to discover an expanse of forests, caves and landscapes. Choose your own way...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...
Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.
Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.
This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Shooting and Simulation
Duration: Between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online.
This is a new version of the classic 1980s space game Elite. Like the original it’s a space exploration, trading and combat game that provides a huge and rich universe rather than a specific story. You can trade goods, become a bounty hunter, fight...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 16 hours and 19 hours to complete.
Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Blossom Tales is an adventure games where, like the Zelda series you explore an enchanted world, battle enemies and solve dungeons. It's a reimagining of the classic Zelda game, Past.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox and Xbox One
Duration: Between 11 hours and 16 hours to complete.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a running and jumping game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It's an original story where you defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots.
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, iOS and iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle
Duration: Between 17 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Oceanhorn is an adventure game series that brings Zelda-style exploration, battling and dungeon solving to non-Nintendo platforms. You play as a boy on a quest to find his lost father and defeat the living fortress, Oceanhorn. You explore dungeons,...
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform
Duration: Between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
Dropsy is an adventure video game where you move around and interact with the world by simply clicking. You play a clown called Dropsy in a surreal world. As you explore and interact with the environment, solve puzzles, and talk to characters you learn...
Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative
Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.
198X is a pastiche of different classic games brought together to tell the story of a suburban teenager stuck between the limitations of youth and the obligations of adulthood. In the game, you discover a local arcade, and through the different games...
Way Of The Passive Fist
Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm
Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.