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Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a fun diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players. This list includes 279 games from the last 43 years, with 2,646 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play old games like new.
Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...
Release Date: 27/02/1996, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Game Boy and Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing games where you explore a fictional world and collect different creatures called Pokémon. You progress through the game by exploring the world, talking to characters and winning turn-based battles with the...
Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.
Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Open World
The Touryst is a puzzle-based adventure, where you seek to unlock the mysteries of an archipelago of sun-drenched islands. That's if you want to, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time away by...
Release Date: 14/09/2001, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and GameCube
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Luigi's Mansion is an adventure game where you investigate a haunted mansion to capture the ghosts. As long-standing Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls and rescue Mario. It stands out for the unusual...
Release Date: 03/02/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards, Grid, Hand-Made and Pixels
Loop Hero is a dungeon-exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you are tasked with playing cards to create a level that is hard enough to be rewarding without...
Release Date: 28/01/2022
Out Now: Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like the other games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many Pokémon as you...
Release Date: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Tricky Towers is a battle puzzle that uses shapes but instead of creating lines, you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics applies, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four...
Release Date: 14/09/2021
Out Now: Switch and Wii
Components: 3D Third-Person
Cruis’n Blast is a brash over-the-top racing game based on a series of big arcade machines. Competing with games like Ridge Racer, OutRun and Daytona USA, it offers whacky racing with big and bombastic visuals and characters.
Release Date: 29/08/2023
Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels
Sea of Stars is an adventure role-play game about two children of the solstice. It combines turn-based combat, storytelling, exploration and interactions with the environment all in a pixel art style. Unusually for a role-play game, Sea of Stars also...
Release Date: 13/03/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixelated character, you subvert the...
Release Date: 29/09/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you explore mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve...
Release Date: 11/08/2021
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...
Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2019
Out Now: Game Boy and Switch
Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made and Open World
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an adventure-puzzle game in the Zelda series and universe. A remake of the 1993 Game Boy game of the same name, this one is set on Koholint Island and follows Link after he is stranded and must find a way back to...
Release Date: 18/04/2023
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Pixels
Minecraft Legends is an action-strategy game where you lead troops into battle to defend the Minecraft over-world. You unite the characters of Minecraft to defend their land by constructing forts, fighting enemies with swords...
Release Date: 08/10/2021
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Metroid Dread, the latest Metroid game, is a running, jumping, exploring and fighting game where you progress through levels, fight challenging bosses and uncover secrets. It returns the franchise to the 2D side-scrolling style of...
Release Date: 21/09/2021
Out Now: PC
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Chessplosion is an action, puzzle game where you drop chess pieces on a board to trigger bombs in the shape of their related chess moves. Your aim is to use the different pieces (and bomb attacks) to trap opponents like Bomberman. No prior chess...
Release Date: 20/03/2013
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and Switch
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Luigi's Mansion 2, or Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon in the US, is an adventure game about investigating five haunted houses in a community overrun by ghosts. As Luigi, you use your flashlight and ghost trap in the mansions, capturing ghosts and collecting...
Release Date: 05/05/2016, updated in 2023
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Apple TV, Mac, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Cards and Grid
Pocket Card Jockey is a horse racing game you participate in by playing a series of Solitaire card games. You race, breed and nurture a stable of horses for a range of owners, trainers and other interesting individuals. It stands out as both a brilliant...
Release Date: 08/11/2012, updated in 2016
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a life simulation game where you design your dream village in a world filled with anthropomorphic animals. Like other Animal Crossing games, you design and decorate your home, collect and sell items, chat and play with...
Release Date: 28/03/2019
Out Now: PC and Switch
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Shipped is a multiplayer boat fighting game where you steer, bash and shoot your way through simple seas of islands. You play by steering your ship and turning to aim cannons. It stands out for the simple approachable fun and range of modes you can...
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Out Now: PS4
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action role-playing game set in a decaying cyberpunk metropolis. It is the first in a series of games that remake the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. You play the role of a mercenary named Cloud Strife who joins...
Release Date: 23/07/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One
Carrion is a horror game where you play the amorphous alien as well as human protagonists. This reverse-horror scenario puts you in control of an organic tentacled monster to make your way through the facility, stalking and killing humans in your path.
Release Date: 27/09/2022
Out Now: Mac and PC
Dome Keeper (formerly called Dome Romantik) is a strategy game where you mine to collect resources in between defending the dome that protects your world from terrible monsters. It's a hard game and when your dome is destroyed you die permanently and...
Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Hyper Light Drifter is a fast-action role-play game that combines exploration and puzzles with arcade-style shooting. You play a Drifter who can access technology in a post-technological world. This grants access to upgradable energy weapons to help you...
Release Date: 30/08/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Filmed
Immortality is a mystery horror game where you investigate the lost movies of Marissa Marcel to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. As you paw through the footage, you uncover a story that spans three decades in unnerving and horrific ways. It's...
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Rhythm Doctor is a rhythm game about shocking patients' hearts back in sync with their heartbeats to save their lives. You press a single button on the 7th beat to defibrillate each patient. It sounds simple but each level has a unique illnesses based...
Release Date: 15/12/2015, updated in 2016
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Open World
Elite Dangerous is a new version of the classic 1980s space game Elite. Like the original, it’s a space exploration, trading and combat game that provides a huge and rich universe rather than a specific story. You can trade goods, become a bounty...
Release Date: 06/09/2019, updated in 2023
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Creature in the Well is a pinball-inspired fighting game that reimagines the ball-bouncing fun of Arkanoid. You play the last remaining robot who ventures deep into a desert mountain to restore power to an ancient facility and save the village that...
Release Date: 28/04/2009, updated in 2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and iOS
Bit Trip (Bit.Trip) is a series of games with a focus on simple game-play, retro visuals and chip-tune music. The games range from pong to platforming but each one requires you to play in time to the music.
Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS5, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox X|S and iOS
Dead Space is a remake of an adventure horror game where you must survive on an abandoned spaceship filled with mutated humans. You explore and solve puzzles, all while shooting enemies and carefully managing your health and limited resources. Like the...
Release Date: 24/04/2013, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox 360
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is a heist simulation game. You control a crew of robbers who escape from jail and take on a series of increasingly complex robberies. The novelty is the simple top-down view of proceedings that allow for complex strategies...
Release Date: 04/08/2020
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out, you have to control top-heavy...
Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games starring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.
Release Date: 21/10/2019
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Pac-Man Party Royale is a four player version of Pac-Man. You must be the last man standing to win. You eat pellets to speed up and aim to eat the Super Pellet first to send opponents and ghosts running. There's a twist though, each opponent you eat...
Release Date: 28/02/2005, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person
Star Wars: Republic Commando is a shooting game set in the Star Wars universe, where you complete missions as part of an elite squad of Clones. Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games over 16 years after its initial release, its fast-paced...
Release Date: 14/06/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android and iOS
Brawl Stars is a fighting game where you battle the computer or other players in all against all and team matches. You can play as any of the game's 50 plus characters, called "Brawlers", in an arena. The cartoon style lends the game a more lighthearted...
Release Date: 01/10/2020
Super Mario Bros.35 is Mario combined with Fortnite's battle royale online competition. You play a Mario game, but as you score points you send one of the other 35 players enemies and hazards. Jump on a Koopa and send it to the leader on points or...
Release Date: 07/03/2018
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Chuchel is a comedy adventure game. You play hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel to solve simple puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry. It looks like a children's storybook animation with strange, peculiar creatures.
Release Date: 21/09/2004, updated in 2024
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person
Star Wars Battlefront II is a multiplayer shooting game based on the Star Wars films. There have been four games in the series, each one similar to the main Battlefield series. The latest main version is Star Wars Battlefront...