Tagged: 00s

Title screen from Ballistics

Ballistics Racing category

Plenty of better racing games exist than Ballistics. None can match its unbelievable, outrageous speeds.

Screenshot from Blob Wars: Metal Blob Solid

Blob Wars: Metal Blob Solid Action categoryPlatform category

Though not the hard-hitting action title its gruff hero might imply, Metal Blob Solid offers well-designed levels and demonstrates the amateur ingenuity of the early open-source game movement.

Screenshot from Gunman Chronicles

Gunman Chronicles Shooter category

This officially sanctioned modification of Half-Life catches the shooter genre mid-growth, sandwiched between a history of dark corridors and the promise of expansiveness.

Screenshot from Heroes

Heroes Arcade category

If you packed as many features as possible into a version of Snake, it might look like Heroes.

Screenshot from kiki the nano bot

kiki the nano bot Platform categoryPuzzle category

Gravity, space, and direction are torn to pieces by kiki the nano bot‘s mind-bending antics, possibly too much so.

Screenshot from Legacy Of The Golden Hammer

Legacy Of The Golden Hammer Platform category

Easy-to-use game creation tools let novice game designers make fanworks like Legacy Of The Golden Hammer, one part Mario game and three parts out-of-control action movie written by a teenager.

Screencapture of the Majestic and EA Games logos from a publicity video by Mercury Multimedia

Majestic Other category

Electronic Arts’s wildly ambitious, disruptive boondoggle tried to start a revolution of collaborative media experiences for an audience years away from accepting it. (September 11 didn’t help either.)

Screenshot from Roller Coaster Factory

Roller Coaster Factory Simulation category

This bait-and-switch roller coaster game captures none of the joy of building, riding, or even looking at a theme park ride. (It burned me out of the entire genre as a kid, so pardon me while I rip into it for a while.)

Screenshot from World Empire III

World Empire series Strategy category

The World Empire war game pentalogy adds a layer of political pragmatism to Risk and captures a decade of stylistic change in gaming.