Any child of the 80s remembers the excitement of early computer games. The technology was new and exciting and playing games on a computer was an adventure. Here are a few of the classic 80s computer games.
The Oregon Trail is the absolute pinnacle of 80s computer games. There are very few kids in America that did not play this game at least once in school. No matter that there was no ability to save the game, so you could never actually get your wagon all the way to Oregon. The real fun was in naming the people in your wagon after friends and family and then watching them die of dysentery. This game also educated America on the meaning of the phrase “ford the river”.
Q*bert was a tricky little computer game in which you had to make a cute little character jump across a pyramid. Sounds easy enough, but every time you jumped on a platform, it changed colors. You had to change every color on the pyramid in order to pass the level. Plus, the game threw in some enemies along the way to throw you off track. This game was simple yet challenging, and it also made use of the joystick, which was the coolest new technology at the time.
Looking back, the screen of Number Munchers is laughably simplistic. The game is simply a bland, blue screen with a number grid and a pixilated green monster. In each level, you had to “munch” numbers that followed a different math lesson, such as “multiples of 5”. The game kicked it up a notch with an enemy known as the Troggle, which jumbled the numbers around and killed the Number Munchers.
Back in the day when not everyone knew how to type, Mavis Beacon was the imaginary lady who taught the importance of proper typing skills. This typing game was a mainstay in classrooms everywhere. The game tracked each user’s words-per-minute and featured several typing challenges to make learning a game. Even today, many schools use this program to improve students’ typing techniques.
Super Solvers Midnight Rescue
In Midnight Rescue, you were a gumshoe looking for robots that had overtaken a school. You had to use clues around the building to find the robots and use a trusty camera to take pictures of the robots before time runs out. At the end of the game, you used the clues and pictures to guess which robot was hiding the evil mastermind. At the time, the game was a great combination of a fun story and state of the art graphics.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego
It would be hard to find a kid from the 80s that does not remember Carmen Sandiego. In this game, you had to use clues to find out where rogue agent Carmen Sandiego was hiding. There were a variety of sequels to the game, including Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego and Where in the US is Carmen Sandiego. In fact, the computer game was so popular that it spun off a popular TV game show on PBS.
Technology has come a long way since the 80s, but these games will always remain 80s classics.