Like most gamers, my history with the medium goes way back to when I was a little kid (yes, it's a long time ago okay!). I remember getting my first console, playing the first Super Mario Bros. and, more commonly, a game called Goal!
It's those years where you discover so much joy in games that sets you up for a future of fun and entertainment. While I enjoyed many games, the truth is that when I think back to my younger days there are very specific games and experiences that I recall most fondly. It's not to say that only these games do the job, but these are the 4 games that remind me of my childhood gaming more than any others.
I'd actually be lying if I said I remember exactly how old I was when I played Full Throttle, but I know I was still in primary school. I remember going after school and over the weekend to a friend who owned the game on his PC. This was to be your classic Point & Click adventure game, but at that point it was really about trial and error. I remember the game so well with lines like "You can't hit a man with glasses" sticking out as you battle enemies on your motor cycle before heading off to make that big jump. It's a game I recall so fondly that I cannot bring myself to play the remaster. It's one of the best, no doubt.
One for the sports fans this. Before developers went in opposite directions and we were given the mighty Football Manager, Championship Manager was the football management game to get. Sure, EA tried (and failed) with their FIFA manager. There was LMA Manager too, but none compared with the brilliance of the quickly flickering commentary of Championship Manager. The game allowed you to live out your dreams of managing a football club and leading them to success, and what a time it was. I distinctly recall having a friend over on a Saturday evening, playing the game until 4 in the morning, waking up at 6 to go to a prize giving before returning back home to carry on playing for the rest of the day. It was the best of times for sure (though I remember getting a scolding from my parents at the time for not going to bed!).
I don't know what it is about Boogerman that stuck with me so much. Perhaps it's the farting and burping, and flinging snot as a means of weaponry that appealed to my childish mind at the time, but it was one of the most enjoyable platformers I remember playing in my youth. Flushing yourself down toilets, saving the day with a plunger in hand. What's not to love about the toilet humoured superhero? I've always wondered what a remake would be like, but I have seen enough Ben Stiller movies to know that toilet humour doesn't quite measure up for me anymore. I'll have to just enjoy the memory of the original for now.
I actually remember very little from this game other than playing the beginning section over 100 times to see which phrases worked and which didn't. We also managed to find some alien octopus thingy by messing around for a while. It's a game I remember laughing about with my friends as we attempted to police the world our own way, and mostly failing. It wasn't about the actual game, but more about what we pretended was going on.
There you go. 4 Games that take me back. No doubt you have your own, so be sure to share them here!
Sarcasm and irony are his greatest tools, sport, adventure and shooting all the fools. Platformers =admiration, horror games = contempt, plans to live forever or die in the attempt.
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