While you may have been distracted by the Easter Holidays, our fair city is currently playing host to one of our favourite events of the year – the London Games Festival 2018. Celebrating the best of the UK games industry exploring everything from the nostalgia games of your youth to the nitty gritty of the gaming industry, the festival includes tonnes events and activities to keep the whole family entertained until 15th April.
Lucky for us, the London Games Festival Hub is located slap bang in the middle of Midtown. Operating on 9th and 10th April, the hub will provide a central home for agenda-setting summits, gallery spaces for new exhibitions, a demo zone and networking space. But there’s so much more taking place too. Join the Character Parade Family Day on 15th April (there are workshops to make your own costumes if you don’t have one) or visit the UK Games Showcase. You can explore the Festival Fringe too. Taking place across the whole festival, the Fringe will showcase comedy, immersive adventures, tournaments, while offering a huge market for games, toys and merch, conferences, a game jam for charity and more.
To get you in the gaming mood, we’ve found the best nostalgic games to play online. Treat the kids (ahem – this is definitely for the kids) to a trip down memory lane, and show them what good gaming really looks like with these retro beauties.
Warning: we cannot be held responsible for any time lost to these games. Especially if it happens in your lunch hour.
Take yourself off to a game of Speedball – a violent futuristic cyberpunk sport that draws on elements of netball and ice hockey while rewarding violent play as well as goals.
Created from arguably one of the best Disney movies ever made (God love Robin Williams as the Genie), Aladdin is an equally excellent game to keep the kids occupied over the Easter holidays. Yes, the graphics might not be as good as the graphics of today’s computer games, but that’s totally part of it’s charm.
While we’re on the topic of great retro graphics, Alone in the Dark is the sort of game that we worried would give us nightmares when we were kids, but still couldn’t stop playing. It’s kind of terrifying – but totally brilliant. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Sega’s classic “Beat ’em Up” game Streets of Rage is as much fun now as when it first came out in 1992, and, weirdly, it’s kind of therapeutic too. It’s mainly just a lot of walking combined with a lot pf punching, but after a tough day in the office, we can certainly think of worse ways to waste our time.
We simply cannot talk about the best nostalgic games to play online without giving a nod to the brilliant blaze of blue Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic 2 was fun in the 90’s and it’s still every bit as fun now. Take Sonic and Tails on adventures galore but prepare to lose track of time very quickly.
If these games aren’t enough to satiate your need for nostalgia, we’d like to introduce you to Nesbox. Turn your current computer into a time capsule of a vintage console and play Mortal Kombat II, NBA Jam, Super Castlevania IV, Mega Man X, Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past and so many more.