We constantly reminisce about our childhood memories; the life-changing experiences with our family and friends that will always be embedded in our minds.

For the modern individual, with many of us being introduced to the gaming world from a young age, video games now play a big part in this. Think back to the ‘good ole days’ of playing your favourite games. I know a warm smile will find its way to your face as you

remember that horrible resolution quality and the hardship your eyes had to go
through just to see the tiny screen. Nevertheless, you played it on and on. This created a domino effect that sits with you to day. While you might be the playing the best quality game with amazing new features either on your PC or console, they can never quite live up to those nostalgia-filled classics.

You’ve been through and tried so many games but nothing can top those favourite childhood games of yours. So, you have to clench your fists and stop yourself from grabbing your dusty, and probably long broken console from the loft just so you can slip in your old game.

But why not replay the classics? This article is here to remind you of all those feelings you once had whilst playing those childhood favourites. Hopefully, you’ll start to get the urge to play them again, and it’ll inspire you to revisit titles you haven’t touched for decades – because I know I’ll be booting up the old PS2!

The Simpsons: Hit & Run

Hit and Run simpsons

This unforgettable game made such a huge impact on many people, and not just because it was an extension of the Simpsons as a TV show.

The gameplay was dynamic and exciting, and introduced many younger gamers to the open-world concept. In Hit and Run you can play up to five characters which are Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Apu. Each level consists of six main missions and you’ll be playing as your designated character. For an early 2000’s game, it was quite innovative in the way it gave you full control as you can move the character freely and drive vehicles around vast regions of Springfield, drawing many comparisons to GTA. Of course, its links to the show helped too. One of the most prominent reoccurring characteristics in the series is the humour, and you’ll get drawn to this game immediately because of the hilarious dialogue.

The Urbz Sims In the City

Sims Urbz

For many, Sims Urbz was the first Sims title we got introduced to. Upon revisiting this game, as soon as you see that train coming towards you from the distance in the open cinematic, I guarantee you won’t be able to contain your excitement.

It’s exciting as the actual game.

Playing back through Sims Urbz, you’ll hurled back into the 00’s, hammered home as you are accompanied by music and game appearances from the popular group Black Eyed Peas.

The Urbz is not like The Sims games that we play today. In this title, our main focus is not creating our perfect Sim and buying luxury houses/apartments. Instead, you focused on character developed, and built up careers and lifestyles across nine districts, surrounded by subcultures such as skaters, ravers, and bikers.

You will have a set of goals to complete in each area, but the aim of this game will be to gain more popularity amongst your fellow Sims. Your reputation plays a huge part in getting into the most glamorous parties and events. You can accomplish this by socializing with many sims making you become more memorable in the area. So, you may soon see your posters showcased throughout the city.

It’s a type Sims game you really can’t find anymore, but one that was just so fun and engaging you really have to go back and replay it if you want to experience anything like it again!

Bully: Scholarship Edition

Bully the game

Now there is no doubt that most parents were reluctant to let their child play Bully at a young age. Developer Rockstar was video game company well known for its controversial game releases, but that didn’t stop many of us grabbing a copy when we were kids.

As the video game is titled Bully, you may think you’ll be playing a mean bully who runs the school right? Well, that’s not the case. Instead the main character you will be playing is Jimmy Hopkins. The 15-year-old is a troublemaker that is not at all keen with his remarried mothers’ rich husband.

You’ll see this play out during the first interaction of the game. Rockstar’s choice of character is smartly done as many teens can relate to Jimmy in different ways and almost find a comfort whilst playing expressing their angst through him. Even though Jimmy gets dumped outside a boarding school, he makes the most of it throughout the game by helping others and getting to know more about himself during his time at Bullworth Academy.

If, like me, you played this upon release, you will have long fond memories of getting into your first few fist fights, alongside the different narratives you come across during the play through. Definitely one worth revisiting.

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without Pulse

Stubbs the Zombie

When you were a kid, I bet you never thought you’d be living out the life of a zombie in a video game? Well, then along came Stubbs. It was the first game where you got complete control over a zombie that eats brains like no other! And it was brilliant.

Set in the 1950s with a mix of puritanism and futuristic style, Stubbs the Zombie has you are hurled into a world of hovering cars, robot assistants and laser blasters, with the primary goal of the game being to eat as many brains as possible.

Yes, I know could this get any weirder?

Stubbs is also accompanied by a hilarious touch as you see him falling in love with a civilian or giving his group of zombies a pep talk. When you start the game you may feel very limited, as you have a restricted roster of abilities, however, as you progress through the game you’ll get amazing powers like taking your arm off and moving it along the ground, climbing walls and hopping onto the heads of humans which possesses them making you take full control.

If you haven’t played this game, I would definitely recommend it. If you did play this game, surely just the thought of it has your clawing to return to this whacky world?

So those were the unforgettable games of our childhood, but are yours? There are so many amazing nostalgia-filled classics out there, so tell me what’s your favourite unforgettable childhood game? Maybe now it won’t be a bad idea to pick up your old console to play these games again…

This article was a contribution by Imara Oshibanjo. If you’d like to read more from Imara, you can check out her blog here.

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