NO. 5 – The Curse of Monkey Island (1997, Windows)
Having to decide which LucasArts adventure game is your favorite is a rather difficult task, mainly due to how they all have something that can appeal to everyone. But after doing some long and hefty pondering, I can say for certain that this isn’t just the best game in the Monkey Island saga nor is it just the best LucasArts adventure game, but it’s also one of the best computer games ever made. Aside from the humor and visuals being spot-on, the puzzles are amongst some of the best in the entire adventure game genre, never once feeling tedious or annoying while also requiring a good amount of skill and thinking. The characters are also just as lovable as ever, from the heroic yet somewhat inept Guybrush, the villainous LeChuck, and the feisty Elaine. Suffice to say, it’s games like these that prove just how important LucasArts was to the industry. The Curse of Monkey Island: Aaargh, now this be a game worth as much as gold!
NO. 4 – Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997, PS1)
It’s impossible to imagine where the PlayStation would be had the Crash Bandicoot games never came into fruition, and boy does the second game really enforce that. In addition to featuring some of the most memorable level themes as well as the best music in the entirety of the franchise, Cortex Strikes Back takes everything about the first game, both good and bad, and literally improves on them by tenfold, such as the visuals, the difficulty, the boss fights, and the level design, making for one heck of a 3D platformer. The reason why I chose this game over Warped is because that while Warped is undeniably great, it’s kind of erratic and overall doesn’t have that much of an emphasis on platforming when compared to the previous two games. Regardless, the original trilogy is still one that every platforming enthusiast should play at least once. Crash Bandicoot 2: Only a orange marsupial with jeans could spin into wooden crates and make it seem awesome and not painful.
NO. 3 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1991/1992, Arcade/SNES)
Back when they were Saturday morning overlords, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were utterly killing it in the licensed game department. But when you ask a long-time fan what was the best video game to ever be spawned from the franchise, there’s a 99% chance that it’ll be this one. Turtles in Time is an absolute thrill-ride from start to finish, combining frantic beat ’em up gameplay with a magnificent soundtrack, well-implemented co-op, and boss fights that are epic in every aspect of the word. It’s not perfect, of course – the hit detection can be spotty at times, and it might take a bit to get used to the control scheme, but they don’t manage to damper the experience. Turtles in Time: As the Heroes in a Half-Shell would say themselves, COWABUNGA!
NO. 2 – Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Genesis)
If there’s a game that proves just how much of an unstoppable force Sega was back in the 90’s, Sonic 2 would most certainly be it. Not only does it put a larger emphasis on speed than its’ predecessor, but it also marked the introduction of vital elements in the franchise, such as the spin dash, Super Sonic, and of course, Tails. Each zone utterly oozes with charm, from the lush Emerald Hill, the bustling Casino Night, the tranquil Hill Top, to the gloriously automatic Metropolis. The soundtrack is also fantastic, with each and every one of the zones and their songs fitting together like two peas in a pod. Finally, the boss fights are easily the most memorable in the entire franchise, especially the Death Egg Robot. Needless to say, Sega games don’t get any better than this. Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Being this fast has never been so much fun.
Before we get to No. 1, I’d like to ask one little question: Have any of you ever wondered what my favorite game of all time is? If so, it’s your lucky day, because that’s exactly what you are about to find out…
NO. 1 – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Wow, a Mario game, let alone a Nintendo game, being at No. 1 in a “Top 10 Best” list related to video games? How shocking! In all honesty though, I can’t help myself. Legend of the Seven Stars is such an enormous triumph, it’s hard to even find a starting point to list off my compliments. The visuals and overworld are outstanding, packed to the brim with color, vibrancy, and secrets. The battle system and the boss fights as a whole are excellent, offering many unique ideas and concepts. The characters are all memorable, from the mysterious Geno, the childlike Mallow, to the delightfully hammy Axel Rangers. The soundtrack is mind-blowing, showing atmosphere, intensity, and wonder. The overall storyline is incredibly engaging, putting the Mushroom Kingdom as well as the entire world at higher stakes than ever before. Like I said, this game is so awesome that it’s insanely difficult to put in everything that’s great about it into a format like this. Super Mario RPG: The No. 1 BEST Retro Game Sequel/Spin-Off of all time…
And that’s all I’ve got for the Top 10 Best Retro Game Sequels/Spin-Offs. If you have any that your favorite, be sure to leave them in the comments section below, Thanks for reading, and remember: Stay retr0!