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Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by SpastikMooss on Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:02 am

- Pepper's Adventure's in Time (Ben Franklin as a hippie!)
- Dreamweaver (Classic story making game...nothing wrong with that)
- Midnight Rescue (Don't let those robots paint the school!)
- The Incredible Machine (So fun to launch stuff all over the place!)
- Tony La Russa Baseball (Move guys around the bases with trivia...kinda weird but I played it a lot)
- Links LS 98 (Looks like it hit the tree!)
- The Sim games (original Sims, Theme Park was a big favorite, Safari was cool too - can't forget the evil Kudzu laugh)
- And best of all, Hollywood High! Making my own movies with the weirdest characters and the kookiest voices...so fun!)

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Re: Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by Retrodude on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:52 pm

Out of all those games, the only one I've ever played personally is The Sims! Sam: Thinking

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Re: Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by SpastikMooss on Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:01 pm

They're all fun to reminisce on, though they vary in actual playability. I'd say the ones with the most replay value to me now as an adult are The Incredible Machine and Links LS (and of course the Sims). Pepper's, Midnight Rescue, Dreamweaver, and Hollywood High were all aimed at a lower age demographic, but were all very fun. We actually played Midnight Rescue at school, and I remember using Dreamweaver at school to create stories for class.

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Re: Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by pezhead53 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:18 pm

let's see, off the top of my head...

Disney's Villain's Revenge
Zoombini's Logical Journey and Mountain Rescue
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary
The Paintbox Pals series
Puzz-3D Notre Dame
Sim Tower

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Re: Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by Hondo20132 on Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:21 pm

'Kay, let's see here... boy, there's a lot to cover here, so this list might be incomplete.

*Sesame Street
-Letters (don't have anymore)
-Numbers (also don't have anymore)
-Art Workshop
-Let's Make a Word
-Get Set to Learn
-Elmo's Preschool
-Search and Learn Adventures
-Elmo's Reading Basics (aka Get Set to Read)
-Elmo Through the Looking Glass (faux-LB; don't have anymore)
-S.S. Reading Games (repackaging of "The Three Grouchketeers" and "Grover's Travels"; both faux-LB)

*Jumpstart
-Numbers
-Music
-First grade, 2000 version
-Second grade
-Third grade, early 2000s rerelease with a second disc

*Monopoly (1995 version AND 1998 version, or whenever the second version came out)
*Yahtzee
*Scrabble
*Operation

*Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (one of Disney's "Animated Storybooks", which were faux-LB)
*The Lion King (see above)
*Winnie the Pooh - Toddler
*Winnie the Pooh - Kindergarten
*Aladdin Activity Center (don't have anymore)

*Mr. Potato Head Saves Veggie Valley
*Mr. Potato Head Activity Pack
*Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head Go on Vacation

Will update when I find more that I owned as a kid.

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Re: Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by Retrodude on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:45 pm

Actually, now that I've looked through my old game collection, I can safely say that these games also dominated my childhood.
Much of the JumpStart series. Looking back, I have NO idea why I thought those were so fun, but eh, they were okay for kids games in the 90s. Oddly enough, I have TWO versions of JumpStart Kindergarten. One is the original version, but released under a different name unrelated to JumpStart, and the later version that says something about being compatible with Windows 98 I think. By the way, my parents decided that I was smart enough that I could play the JumpStart game that was a grade ahead of the one I was in. XD
Living Books. I know we already have a thread for that, but I played those almost as much as I played Humongous games. It says a lot about those games that I'm such a good reader that I was actually allowed to go read with the 2nd graders when I was in KINDERGARTEN.
Several of the Non-Living Books Arthur computer games fall under this, too. I have fond memories of playing a mad libs type game with Buster, as well as making up random gobbledygook words with Francine.
I also owned my fair share of Sesame Street computer games, chief among them being Elmo's Preschool (which actually freaked me out when i was a hyper-sensitive 3 year old) and Elmo in Grouchland (based on the theatrical movie!). Heh, anyone remember those McDonalds restaurants they have along the highways that would sometimes have computer games there? I got a good dose of Sesame Street games at those.
There were a few DK games I used to play, but they never interested me since most of them were really dull. There was, however, one that I can only describe as being like "You Don't Know Jack" for kids. I forget what it's called, but the host of the game show was a skeleton.
Other than edutainment games for the PC, I also got my first Gameboy Color when I was 6. The first games I had for it were Pokemon Gold AND Silver, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, and an Arthur game that was pretty fun for a minigame collection with no save function. Then, when I got my Gameboy Advance I had several Pokemon games, Super Mario Advance 4, a few titles in the NES classics series, a random Konami arcade game collection, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Of course, these are just the games I had before I went to middle school. I've expanded my collection considerably since then!

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Re: Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by MrEightThreeOne on Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:03 am

Well, this could be a long list.

JumpStart - I never was the biggest fan of this series, but I did have three games -- Preschool, Kindergarten (first version), and Reading for First Graders. I also played Kindergarten (Second version) at my school a few times. In fact, I have a lot of memories on the computer at that school, because they made a lot of smart decisions with the games they picked.

Tonka - I had Tonka Construction, Search & Rescue, and Dig n' Rigs (the one with that giant keyboard accessory that makes it look like you're physically driving a truck). Construction was my favorite of those, because it had a good variety of gameplay and was very funny. S&R was meh, and Dig n' Rigs was good, but not great.

Reader Rabbit - I had First Grade, Second Grade (original), and Second Grade: The Mis-Cheese-ious Dreamship Adventure. The only one I ever cared for was Second Grade, mostly because it's more lively and entertaining than the others.

Living Books - I had Sheila Rae, the Brave, The Cat in the Hat, and The Tortoise and the Hare, as I said in the thread. They were quite awesome, but Sheila Rae was always my favorite one. I still think it's the first game I ever played. Also, I think even though I only had three, they were still a partial cause as to why I had a second grade reading level in Kindergarten, just like Retrodude.

I Spy - I had I Spy Junior and I Spy School Days, both of which I played at my school prior to getting my own copies. Junior was way too simplistic, even for its target audience. The things were always in obvious locations, and I found it to be easy at the age of four, which is really sad. School Days, on the other hand, still remains one of my most nostalgic games. It had several themes, but my favorite was always the city made out of blocks, because every "page" in it had a theme -- for instance, one was a grand opening, one was the circus coming to town, one was the "big soccer game", heck, one was a tornado disaster! They also had a chalk board theme, a nature theme, and an arts and crafts theme, as well as some extras. They even had a balloon popping Rube Goldberg, which had exaggerated sound effects. Quite an awesome game, I'd love to have it again.

Disney games - The only animated storybook I had was 101 Dalmatians. It was alright, not the greatest though. I also had Aladdin Activity Center and Toy Story Activity Center. I vaguely remember Aladdin because my 486 was the only thing it would ever run on, but I have a fair amount of memories with Toy Story.

Frogger (1997) - This is a game I haven't talked about too much, but I find it special. It was my first 3D game, and I have so many memories of enraging toward it. You wouldn't think it'd be all that special, but this game did one thing every other Frogger game didn't -- it didn't rely on the nostalgia filter. It tried to be different and outlandish. And it really succeeded at that. It ALSO was brutally difficult. I remember some levels I simply wasn't able to pass when I was young. In this day and age, I'm so practiced that it's now no problem for me to finish any level, even the infamous Uncanny Crusher.

Lego - Contrary to popular belief, I only played two Lego games as a kid - Lego Island 1 and 2. The rest, I played when I was 10 and above. Lego Island was quite awesome, because it was hilarious and clever, though I wish they could have lengthened it a little more. Lego Island 2 is a game I used to like, and now I really don't see why. I've gone into this tangent way too many times now, so I'll just sum it up with "it was dull, boring, and completely unreplayable".

Carmen Sandiego - I played several, but I liked Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? the most (I had it in the "Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time" repackaging). That was probably because it was an adventure game.


Whew! That's a lot of games! I was such a spoiled kid.

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Re: Other Games That Dominated My Childhood

Post by Nowhere Girl on Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:23 pm

As a child (or rather teenager because I got my first computer at 10) I had less games than now. I remember a few Sierra games - the "Ecoquest" miniseries, "Pepper's Adventures in Time" and "The Incredible Machine"; "Legend of Kyrandia" 2 (only the Polish translation), "Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes", Dizzy games, some classic platformers such as "Prehistorik"... Btw - mentioning illegal activities is not allowed, but it's so old that I think it won't be anything bad... Piracy was blooming then: all of us got lots of games from school, just copying it from school computers and from each other. The teachers just turned a blind eye on these activities... ;)
However, I consider something more important than individual titles - even games not planned as educational had huge educational potential for me. Two areas of culture that are rather believed to spoil children - games and rock music (I'm extremely text-oriented, I think in sentences and so I always need to know a song's lyrics) - were the most important single influence that taught me English. I started learning the first words around 6, had been learning English at school since 10, but around the age of 11-12 I still wasn't really able to talk with a foreigner. And then, around 13-14, I quite suddenly noticed than I had imperceptibly learned a lot. In case of German, this leap forward was much more conventional - advanced and very intensive German in high school. (Our teacher started by frightening us with 2-3 minitests per week, it was terrible - but later I had to admit he really was a great teacher.*)
Btw, Humongous games weren't really "games of my childhood" - at that time I had only played two of them and I didn't even own any. My school friend had "Putt-Putt Joins the Parade" and "Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon" and I played them both when visiting her - I was around 13, definitely already quite old for such games... Only relatively recently I discovered other HE games.

* "At the margin": an anecdote about him. He was quite young, shortly after having finished studies (just 9 years older than us), so talking to him in quite a casual way was acceptable. Once, at the end of first year, I was carrying flowers for our class-tutor (the biology teacher) and he said something. I answered in a deliberately provocative way: "Don't think these are for you! They are for Mrs. W.! If they were for you, I would have first put a grenade inside!".
Later, when graduating, I wanted to refer to this story. At one time, my father worked as director of department at the Ministry of Defence. When I was graduating from high school, he was already too sick to work, but he still had "contacts" and so he asked someone connected to the military for a mortar shell - without any explosive, of course. It came well-polished and with a plaque I ordered: "For Mr. J.S. in memory of Four Year War". ;)

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