Whenever people think of PC gaming nowadays, it's largely about online shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch, massive online RPGs like World of Warcraft, or even big expansive multiplayer adventures like Minecraft.
Back in the 90s, before the internet changed gaming forever, we had to make due with what we had (unless you had a super powerful computer). But we didn't complain, because these games were great in their own way. Here's some of our all-time favorites!
You can't talk about non-online PC games without talking about everyone's favorite bomb-disposal game.
Sure it seems simple enough when you start off on the Beginner difficulty, but once you ramp it up it becomes one of the most tense experiences this side of a horror game.
Seriously, why did we do this to ourselves?
The ultimate time-wasters while waiting for your friends to call you on your landline phone.
Nothing could match the sheer satisfaction of getting to the win animation.
Or the disappointment of having to hit Retry
3) 3D Pinball - Space Cadet
The classic pinball game for everybody who had a computer in the late 90s/early 00s.
4) Chip's Challenge
Anyone who had a Windows 95 computer definitely remembers this gem.
If you don't, you played a kid who has to collect computer chips while avoiding traps.
If you wanna check it out for yourself, it's even on Steam now!
5) Math Blaster
A staple of elementary school computers, it was a game that tried to teach us math.
It disguised it really well as a space action game, and we loved it.
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6) Reader Rabbit
Math Blaster's literature cousin, Reader Rabbit taught us to read.
Colorful, friendly, and fun, we all loved this as kids.
7) Roller Coaster Tycoon
Before the insanity of the later games, this gem came out of nowhere and blew our minds.
The best was trying to make the biggest, most dangerous ride possible.
We even laughed when people got flung off the rides to their untimely deaths.
8) Prince of Persia
The platform adventure game (made entirely by one guy!), Prince of Persia was when a lot of us broke into "hardcore" games.
The game's plethora of traps were hard enough to get past, but there was also the time limit!
It took plenty of trial and error, but in the end, a few of us were able to defeat the vizier and save the princess.
9) Sierra Adventure Games
When we were ready to move onto bigger stories and bigger games, we had Sierra to look to.
Whether it was King's Quest, Quest For Glory, Space Quest, or Police Quest, they had our favorite genres covered.
These games had the most obtuse puzzles ever, often ones that could make the game unwinnable if you did it wrong.
Seriously, how we beat these without looking things up on the internet is amazing.
10) The Oregon Trail
The ultimate "edutainment" game, Oregon Trail sought to teach us about being a pioneer.
Ultimately though it was more or less an exercise in creative ways to die.
Often parodied but never duplicated, Oregon Trail is still awesome.
What was your favorite?