Top Video Games That 90’s Kids Loved To Play

Video Games That 90's Kids Loved To Play

Everything from the previous decade is being relieved as 90s nostalgia floats steadily on the internet. And why not? The 1990s is unquestionably a memorable decade for the people. Aside from TV shows, cartoons, and movies, the epic video games of the 1990s were also nostalgic. What has now evolved into a multi-billion dollar market for high-tech gaming consoles that saw the light of day in the 1990s? Let’s look at some of the epic video games of the 90s decade. Here are 15 of the most popular games from the 1990s that have made our childhood memories!

90's Kid Games Art Picture


One of the most iconic and popular games of all time is Mario. Remember jumping on the insects, throwing fireballs, and collecting coins & special items? There are many coins scattered around for Mario to collect, as well as special bricks marked with a question mark, which, when Mario hits, may reveal more coins or a special item. Mario has to save the Princess that Bowser has captured. Mario should flag the pole after completing the level. Remember the shortcut we use to skip the levels and go through. Going through many different levels and defeating many bosses, you have to reach the final level where the Princess is waiting to be rescued. What an epic game it is, isn’t it?

Mario Bros Game Play Picture


Had a craze for shooting? Then, Contra would be on the top of your list. Take a step back in this old-school side-scrolling shooter game and get gritty! In Contra, shoot all your enemies while avoiding being shot! The player proceeds to assault an island fortress, destroying everything that moves.

Contra is a classic 1987 side-scrolling shooter with an infamous difficulty level. Although easier than other titles on the same console, this game is considered an entry-level arcade gamer title. As commando agent Bill Rizer, you must avoid bullets, boulders, lasers, fireballs, and aliens (Lance Bean for player 2). You must complete dozens of levels and defeat the game’s bosses at the end. Getting special energies to take down your enemies.

Contra Game Poster

Snow Bros

Monsters appear out of nowhere! In Snow Bros: Nick and Tom, you can send them back to oblivion by turning them into snowballs and squashing the others! You need to get power-ups and easily defeat all monsters.

Snow Bros Video Game Poster

Snow Bros is a classic 1990 platform arcade game with gameplay reminiscent of the popular Bubble Bobble. In the game, two snowmen, Nick and Tom, try to defeat enemies and throw snowballs at them. When an enemy is covered in snow, it transforms into a snowball that can be rolled and bounced off the walls. Enemies who are hit by a rolling giant snowball will also be eliminated. Fight a boss after every ten levels. Each level concludes when all enemies have been defeated. Today’s games will never have that touch of 90’s video games.


Another entertaining game on the list. Tetris was originally developed as an arcade game. Video games, pinball machines, electromechanical games, redemption games, and merchandisers are the most common arcade games. While exact dates are debatable, the golden age of arcade video games is generally defined as a period beginning in the late 1970s and ending in the mid-1980s.

Tetris Video Gameplay picture

Except for the traditional Midway-type games at county fairs, almost all modern arcade games extensively use solid-state electronics, integrated circuits, and cathode-ray tube screens. Historically, coin-operated arcade video games used custom per-game hardware, frequently with multiple CPUs, highly specialized sound and graphics chips, and the most expensive computer graphics display technology. This enabled arcade system boards to produce more complex graphics and sound than possible on video game consoles or personal computers.

Aliens are kidnapping cute girls once more! It’s Higgins’ girlfriend this time. In Adventure Island, join Higgins on his quest to save his girl! If you think the stories of Tarzan and the Jungle Book are overrated, try the Adventure Island game! Set out on a quest to save Higgins’ girlfriend and team up with prehistoric creatures.

Adventure Island

Adventure Island gameplay picture

Adventure Island is a classic side-scrolling platformer game. In this game, Higgins’ girlfriend Tina has been abducted by a mysterious flying saucer. Higgins must now travel through eight different islands to track down the aliens. He must save his girlfriend from danger with the help of his prehistoric friends.

Duck Hunt

Think of the remote gun you used to have to play this game. Shooting the ducks and, if you fail, an annoying dog sneaking out of the bushes. Remember how offending the dog was? Duck Hunt is a fantastic arcade game based on the original classic shooting games. You must use your mouse to shoot the moving ducks down and see how many points you can get.

Duck Hunt Video Game Poster

The graphics are reminiscent of early consoles, and the gameplay is tremendously enjoyable. The hunting is enjoyable, and the controls for aiming and firing your weapon are simple to learn. Avoid shooting your loyal dog, and aim your weapon quickly!

Street Fighter

Street Fighter, another legendary arcade game, was a fighting game gem from the 1990s. The player controls martial artist Ryu as he competes in a global martial arts tournament spanning five countries and ten opponents. The game was also known for the fictional rivalry between martial arts masters Ryu and Ken.


Tekken features fights between two characters, each with their health bar, a colored bar at the top of the screen that decreases when a player is injured. When the gauge is completely depleted, the player is knocked out, and the round is over. Beginners can easily understand the game because it is very simple. The game system is based on four buttons, each corresponding to a character.

Tekken Gameplay Picture

Pac Man

You must have played the timeless classic that started it all! As you control the beloved Pacman, collect dots, earn points, avoid ghosts, and eat strawberries!

Pac Man Game Play Picture

You must navigate the map with the arrow keys and collect dots to earn points. Avoid the four ghosts by collecting the power ball, which renders them defenseless for a few seconds. These ghosts can be eaten for points once they are defenseless. Eaten ghosts will be revived once their eyes return to the center room. Pacman starts with only three lives but can earn more as he progresses through the levels. Strawberries occasionally appear in the center and can be eaten for extra points.


Nothing beats classic games and stories like Aladdin from Disney! This classic game explores many levels inspired by the film’s events! Jump through the streets, explore the wonders of caves and sands, and finally battle the evil Jafar.

Aladdin Video Game Poster

You’ll enjoy this classic game with a fair amount of challenge. The game is intended for children but is also enjoyable for adults. Follow the events of the Disney film Aladdin and his pet monkey Abu. Play as Aladdin and experience the events of the film! Run through the marketplace and go forth to fulfill your destiny. Make your dreams come true and meet the lovely Princess Jasmine.

Excite Bike

Excite Bike Game Play Picture

You can still hear his mocking laughter as he flattens your foot like a road bunny. Will you finally exact your vengeance? Will your Arch Rival triumph in the end? Again.

One of the most loved bike games. Excite bike is one of those games that every child must have played. The sound of the starting gun sends your heart racing, and adrenaline rushes through your veins as you accelerate ahead of the pack. You’ve been working on your course design for years and have found a winner: a course of death-defying daredevil jumps of all kinds. Your goal is to exact revenge on Arch Rival, who humiliated you in the previous Excitebike race.

Circus Charlie

Circus Charlie is an action/platform game where the player controls a clown named Charlie. Charlie must complete six regular stages (plus a different stage) of varying tasks in the game. Charlie points are earned by grabbing money bags, performing dangerous tricks, avoiding enemies, completing stages, and so on. After completing the sixth stage, the game restarts at a faster pace and with more difficult levels. Charlie is also racing against the clock. Bonus points are awarded based on the remaining time, but running out of time will result in the player’s death.


Bomberman Gameplay Picture

Bomberman is an early game that was released in the 1980s. The Bomberman character and brand have been enormously successful, and many games have been created using this specific type of gameplay. The Bomberman concept typically entails the player navigating a series of mazes. These mazes are obstructed by various obstacles and opponents, which you can destroy with your trusty bombs! You can collect various power-ups and special abilities throughout the levels to help you progress. You always have to keep an eye on your bomb blast to ensure you don’t blow yourself up!

Ice Climber

Take your hammer, exit your igloo, and get that eggplant! Smash those yetis, polar bears, and condors in Ice Climber, a classic platformer game! Collect other vegetables and smash as many rocks as possible to earn the most points.

Ice Climber is a vertical-scrolling platformer game from 1985 in which you control an Eskimo wielding a wooden hammer. In this game, a giant condor has stolen your eggplant and taken it to the top of the mountain! You must grab your gear and set out to recover the vegetable. Climb the 32 levels of an ice-covered mountain to recover stolen vegetables and bring that condor back to earth! Have a good time!

Road Fighter

Road Fighter Game Play Picture

Road Fighter has a little going for it regarding gameplay as an arcade-style racing game. You only need to get to the end with the highest possible score. The issue is that everything along the way wants you to fail! When you collide with another vehicle, you begin to spin. You can hit the opposite direction and sometimes stop the spinning if your reflexes are quick enough. This, along with going off the track, causes your racing to come to a halt, which can be extremely frustrating. The most frustrating aspect of the game is the method by which you must obtain fuel. You have enough fuel to last 99 seconds! So you’re concerned about fuel from the start. You can drive into a fuel car to get fuel, but it can be very frustrating if you miss one, as 99/100 means the game is over. That is all there is to the gameplay; it is alright or anything, but very basic.

Wrapping It Up

I have spent most of my time playing Mario and Contra on my console video game. These were a few iconic and popular games most of us have enjoyed. Let me know in the comments which game you used to play. Also, you can mention the games apart from this list you have enjoyed playing in your childhood. 

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Written by Shivam Pal

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