10 PC Games From the 90s That Still Stand

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Elia Tabuenca GarcĂ­a

Just because a game is old doesn't mean it's not worth playing. These games prove that 90s classics are as fun as ever.

PC gaming has a long history filled with great titles, including the rise and fall of great companies and the innovation that kept the industry moving. While some of the games released before the turn of the millennium have aged a little poorly thanks to low resolutions or a lack of accessibility options, some have stood the test of time.

These titles can have a very loyal fan base or have gameplay that works too well to ignore. Some still have active communities and some have even been rebuilt from scratch to work on modern machines. All of them remain great titles from the past. Without further ado, let's get to our list of games.

Myst (1993)

Source: Screenshot of the game

Once the best-selling PC game of all time until the emergence of The Sims, Myst is one of the most iconic puzzle games of all time. Myst deals with a mysterious magical book that transports the player to a deserted island full of puzzles.

What was unique about this game was the way it told its story. The player only learns about himself through interaction with the game's NPCs and the journals and letters found throughout the game. With re-releases aplenty, Myst is easily accessible for players looking to revisit this classic.

Age Of Empires 2: The Age Of Kings (1999)

Source: Screenshot of the game

Building on the success of Age of Empires, Age of Empires 2 builds on the features of the original and creates a new strategic experience that has captivated fans. Set in the medieval period with diverse settings based on historical figures, Age of Empires 2 can claim the interest of many fans in history.

This real-time strategy game also featured single-player and multiplayer modes that got many addicted to the genre. A remake subtitled 'Definitive Edition' can now be purchased on Steam for those still yearning for this great old-school game.

Theme Hospital (1997)

Source: Official game page on Origin

The only things a management simulation game really needs to succeed, it seems, are good coding and a dash of humor. At least, that's what Theme Hospital seemed to prove. Filled to the brim with British humour, sparkle and clean graphics, this game is as compelling as it is satisfying.

By training the player to handle not only their patients' problems but also those of their staff, Theme Hospital typified the simulation games where players have to keep a lot of numbers stable and a lot of people happy. These days, the game is still viewed brilliantly, but fans will definitely want to look for CorsixTH, an open-source HD remake that works as long as the player legally owns the game.

Devil (1997)

Source: Official game page on GOG.com

Diablo has given players days and days of gameplay over the many years since its publication. While Diablo 2 remains more of a cult classic than the original, it can't be ignored that Diablo has coded many of the features that loot-based games use today, such as color-coded rarities and incremental skill point-based progression.

While the game can be a bit of a pain to run today on more modern machines, there is still an active community of modders who have released bug fixes, graphical improvements, and even major overhauls that mean the looting never stops.

Dungeon Keeper (1997)

Source: Official game page on Origin

Taking aspects of management games and mixing them with the real-time strategy genre would already be a recipe for success, but Bullfrog went ahead and made the player the villain for maximum cool points. Dungeon Keeper has the player in the role of an evil overlord who must gather an army of evildoers to attack rival heroes and guardians.

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The game started out as a mini-genre of its own, with spiritual successors like War for the Overworld and the Dungeons franchise achieving great success as a result. Today, however, the original is still a tight gaming experience that can be enhanced using the free fan expansion pack, KeeperFX, which improves gameplay and graphics.

The Curse Of Monkey Island (1997)

Source: Official game page on Steam

Guybrush Threepwood has had a major graphical overhaul in its move from Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's revenge to this game. The Curse of Monkey Island sees the would-be pirate accidentally place a curse on his own wife and travel to various islands to find the cure.

Filled with charming humor, memorable characters, a beautiful soundtrack and the genuinely engaging puzzles that LucasArts was famous for, The Curse of Monkey Island is a standout in the genre.

X-COM: Terror From The Deep (1995)

Source: Official game page on Steam

Right behind the terrifying and popular X-COM: UFO Defense, X-COM: Terror from the Deep sent players to the bottom of the water fighting devious aliens in terrifying locations. The game is basically an expansion pack of the original, but it still works wonderfully by series standards. Underwater skirmishes are more claustrophobic, and the detailed lore is a lot of fun.

Playing this and the original today are made easy thanks to the wide accessibility in internet stores. Despite this, we highly recommend using OpenXCOM and its plethora of bug fixes to ensure players have the smoothest experience.

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (1999)

Source: Official game page on GOG.com

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri takes Civilization gameplay and shoots it thousands of light years into the sky. This game is set on a planet in the Alpha Centauri system where the player takes control of a set of leaders who exemplify a certain philosophy, such as capitalism or religious enlightenment.

What makes this game so interesting is how well thought out everything is, from the knowledge in the research tree to the different ways players can interact with the planet (and the ways the planet can interact with players). While Firaxis released Civilization: Beyond Earth in 2014 as a spiritual successor, many fans still prefer the original for the attention to detail and nostalgia factor.

Doom (1993)

Source: Official Bethesda game page

The great father of all FPS, Doom is an icon for many reasons. With players taking on the role of a space marine with just the slightest bit of bloodlust, Doom remains a significant part of gaming history for thousands of players.

Doom's legacy is well-known and well-documented, and the franchise is still producing hits to this day. It looks like the gaming world caught the demon slaying bug in 1993 and never recovered, and with dozens of mods and revisions available for players to download, the game will always be new too.

RollerCoaster Tycoon (1999)

Source: Official game page on Steam

Theme parks can be just as much fun to see through a screen as they are in real life, and that's proven by the sheer success of RollerCoaster Tycoon and its spiritual successors. Managing a park is no easy task, but players have a wide variety of tools and options that make it easy to spend hours on it.

Somehow, the combination of building roller coasters, decorating the park, and even choosing the color of the umbrellas sold to customers works amazingly. Beautiful colors and clean, simple graphics don't get in the way either. The game is so well built that even today it can be difficult to advance to more modern titles. This is made even more difficult with the existence of the OpenRCT2 Project, which is yet another open source HD remake of the game that works with legitimate copies of RollerCoaster Tycoon and its sequel.

That was our list of the 90s games that are still successful today. Comment below if you think we left a game off this list or if you missed any of these games. Take care and until next time!

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