5 Classic Video Games You’ve Probably Forgotten About

Christmas is fast approaching and as always, video games remain the most sought after presents amongst kids. Video games have been around since the 1960s but it wasn’t until the 1980s when their popularity really took off – with the help of Nintendo and Sega, battling it out to be the market leader.

A lot has changed since then, with Sony and Microsoft dominating today’s market – but the games from the late 1980s and the 1990s are still remembered fondly.

People will never forget the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario, but gaming in the 1980s and 1990s had a lot more to offer than these two flagship characters.

If you are still a fan of video games or you are looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, check out this current video game guide.

Here are 5 classic video games you’ve probably forgotten about, but were great fun to play…


Out Run


Cruising along the coast in a Ferrari Testarossa – it must be Out Run! The game that was originally created for arcade machines in the 1980s was made available on a whole host of home video game consules including the Sega Master System and Game Gear.

The graphics might look terrible compared to today’s standards but back in the day they were considered advanced and Out Run was a very addictive game.


Streets of Rage


Another classic developed by Sega, Streets of Rage was created for the Mega Drive and quickly amassed a cult following.



The aim was to make it through each level, fighting enemies as they approached from both sides of the screen. As with many games back then, there was a ‘boss’ that needed to be defeated at the end of each stage.


Aladdin/Lion King


A double entry here that could not be missed off this list. Sure, you remember the films but can you remember playing the video games? Who would have thought that two games based on Disney movies would be so playable?


Both were very similar in terms of game-play and they each had fantastic bright graphics and an awesome soundtrack.

We reckon Disney films have never been as good since they started using 3D animation, but perhaps that’s because we are getting on a bit now!

One thing is for sure though, there hasn’t been any better Disney video games since these two gems.

If you are still a fan of video games or you are looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, check out this current video game guide.




Whether you liked basketball or not, there’s a good chance you played NBA Jam. Initially released in 1993, this arcade style basketball game was great fun, especially in two-player mode. Although it had simple 2D graphics, the fast-paced nature of this game made it a lot more fun to play the 3D basketball video games that followed in later years.


Earthworm Jim


If you were looking for something a bit different than Sonic and Mario, then Earthworm Jim was for you. This popular game was released in 1994 with a sequel the following year.

By using Jim’s gun and head (as a whip) the aim was to defeat all oncoming enemies and then defeating a ‘boss’ at the end of each level.

There were additional tasks that could be completed for bonus points at the end of many of the levels.


So there you have it – five classic games that were great fun to play back in the day.

If you are still a fan of video games or you are looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, check out this current video game guide.

Let us know what your favourite game was when you were growing up in the comment section below…



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