Games That Will Launch '90s Kids Into Nostalgia Overload
If you grew up in the 1990s, then you may have forgotten how many cool games were around back in the day. Before virtual reality and consoles became the norm, games were either played on boards or super-early gaming machines. Are you ready for a heavy dose of nostalgia? Take a trip down memory lane as we check out some of the coolest video and board games that the 1990s had to offer. You'll definitely recognize some of these classics!
Let's face it. Mouse Trap was one of the coolest games of the '90s, whether you even knew how to play it or not. The fun was mostly in building the super-complicated trap, which utilized everything from windy stairs to what looked like a bathtub perched atop a bunch of exposed piping.
Back in the '90s, you didn't have to look further than your board game collection to find a little trouble. Rather than relying on players to keep up with the dice, Trouble flipped the script by encasing them in a cool little plastic bubble.
Ah yes, the game that inspired a thousand childhood nervous breakdowns. A favorite of budding surgeons everywhere, Operation put the fate of a cartoon patient into your shaky little hands. The objective was to use a pair of tiny tweezers to remove various bones from the patient through insanely small openings in the game board.
Among the best road trip games ever created, Guess Who? is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Each player got a little game board full of tabs that you pulled up to reveal a collection of characters with different hairstyles and accessories.
Eat At Ralph's
Remember this guy? He was basically a fun way to teach '90s kids everywhere about the dangers of gluttony. In order to play, you took turns competing to see how many pieces of food you had to feed Ralph.
The Oregon Trail
Meet the reason that pretty much every '90s kid you'll ever meet is well aware of the dangers of dysentery. Before the super high-tech video games of today, kids everywhere sat around traveling the Oregon Trail on huge 1990s desktops.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
As it turns out, hippos really dig the taste of marbles, and boy are they hungry. Such was the premise of Hungry Hungry Hippos, a game in which each player took control of a large hippo on their side of the game board.
Don't Wake Daddy
Somewhere along the line, some genius out there decided to make a board game out of something that kids do all the time in real life. In Don't Wake Daddy, each player chose a sneaky kid character and took turns moving it around the board.
Back in the early '90s, every kid in town had an orange plastic gun lying somewhere near their TV. Everybody knew that if you were in the mood to do a little duck hunting, all you'd have to do was plug that gun into your NES and pop in your trusty Duck Hunt cartridge.
Though it was technically released in 1989, Mall Madness was a favorite that lasted well into the 1990s. This was probably due to the fact that it was based on a fantasy that's still just as tantalizing after you grow into adulthood.
Having cooties wasn't always a bad thing back in the day, as long as you were referring to this classic kids’ game. A long-time favorite, especially among younger kids, the game is pretty much like building a Mr. Potato Head but with rules.
Though it was much like other board games in many respects, Splat! came up with one feature that completely upped the satisfaction factor. Whenever you got ready to play, every player had to craft their own bug character out of squishy dough.
"Put the pieces into the slots, make the right selection! But be quick you're racing the clock! POP goes Perfection!" So went the 1992 commercial that's still stuck in many of our heads decades later. Fortunately, the game was fun enough to make the jingle worth it.
Uh oh, looks like the croc has been hitting the candy a little too hard again... Time for a trip to the Crocodile Dentist. If you were bold enough to step up to the plate, then you and your friends competed to see who could give him some totally world-class dental care.
Whether you had one of your own or not, you couldn't make it down the hall of any school in America in the late '90s without seeing one of these. The Tamagotchi was a cool little virtual pet that you could raise and care for without ever having to shovel any actual poop.
13 Dead End Drive
13 Dead End Drive is one of those games that you don't realize is actually a tad gruesome until you get older. The game's setup began with the death of an old rich lady who left behind a fortune, which everybody tried to win.
Kids love gross stuff. If you ever need proof, look no further than the fact that this '90s game managed to become as popular as it was. It revolved around the cartoonish Louie, who had an unfortunate head full of boogers.
If you want to find out just how steely your nerves are, look no further than a round of Shark Attack. Though the game came with a cool motorized shark that chomped his way around the board, unfortunately, you had to play the role of a fish.
Ants in the Pants
People everywhere have been getting ants in the pants for generations now, thanks in part to this popular game. One of the coolest things about it was that it came with a pair of actual plastic pants, complete with suspenders.
The Baby-Sitters Club Board Game
Once upon a time, in a fictional '90s world, a group of enterprising young teenage girls created their very own business. Known as The Baby-Sitters Club, they had their very own book series that no '90s girl could resist.
"Crossfire! (You'll get caught up in thaaa) Crossfiyaaah!" Even if you never so much as saw this game in real life, the odds are that you remember it for having the catchiest commercial of all time. It featured two punky looking boys who flew into an arena of screaming Crossfire fans.
If you had a little brother or sister back in the '90s, then you probably recognize this guy. He was pretty much exactly what his name suggests: a motorized bucket that waved his hands over his head in an attempt to throw off your aim.
Don't Break the Ice
Not only was Don't Break the Ice all the rage back in the '90s, but it's also still on the market today. It's sort of like a game of Jenga but with less balancing involved. The whole setup comes with a platform that you place all the "ice cubes" into.
After the movie Jumanji became a huge hit in 1995, it only made sense that Milton Bradley turned it into an actual game you could play. Though the movie was based on two kids who accidentally unleashed the havoc of a magical board game into their own world, the real version was a bit tamer.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Though the Sega Genesis was originally launched in Japan in 1988, it didn't become a household name in the USA until the early '90s. Sonic the Hedgehog instantly became one of the console's most popular games and featured a little blue hedgehog who zipped and rolled around your TV screen with supersonic speed.
If you were a fan of the PayDay board game back in the '90s, then you may be amused to discover that a young Lindsey Lohan starred in its commercial. As far as how to play, it was actually one of the few games that gave kids an unknowing peek into their horrible futures as adults.
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Seriously, did anyone ever find out where she was? We may never know, as Carmen Sandiego was the notorious thief that every amateur sleuth was after back in the day.
Though it may not sound like a big deal today, back in the '90s the thought of being able to play your favorite arcade game at home was music to every kid's ears. So, in 1992, when Acclaim Entertainment released a version of Mortal Kombat you could play on your Super Nintendo, young gamers everywhere rejoiced.
If you recognize this game from the '90s, then you may be surprised to learn that its origins actually go back even further. Making its original debut all the way back in the 1960s, it's managed to become so popular that you can still buy it today.
Although in hindsight it may have been one of the most questionable games of the '90s, it was also one of the most popular among teenage girls. Girl Talk was basically a glorified version of truth or dare but with cards that inspired crazy antics such as calling a boy and telling him something gross.