Remember the glory days of the ‘90s and first wave of PC games? For the very first time we were able to build entire cities, raise families, run hospitals, collect treasures and battle creatures in murky dungeons, all without ever leaving our bedrooms. Some of our favourite PC games were introduced in the good old 1990s, and while some franchises have continued and spawned countless sequels, prequels and alternate versions others are sadly long gone. Our custom-built gaming PCsare perfect for playing the latest games with the best graphics at the highest settings, but we’ve not yet forgotten our grainy, simplistic favourites of yesteryear…
Released in 1997, Dungeon Keeper was a action strategy game that required players to build and manage a dungeon while protecting it from other characters who wished to steal their treasures. Throughout the game there was a chance to get your hands on some amazing treasures and encounter a litany of peculiar creatures, while players were encouraged to cast spells to protect their lairs and use the creatures they’d met Three of our favourite PC games of the 90s
to help them. Rather than play from a character perspective, you simply directed an odd-looking hand around the map, using it to slap creatures to get them to train or work faster. Keepers were also able to possess creatures and lead them into battle. Dungeon Keeper holds a place in the gaming hall of fame because of it’s incredible execution, addictive gameplay, and unique premise. In Dungeon Keeper, you aren’t the hero – you’re entirely, completely, ridiculously evil. An ill-fated mobile version of Dungeon Keeper was released recently, and its ridiculous microtransaction system saw it practically eviscerated by gamers.
Theme Hospital may be another Bullfrog game, but we couldn’t help but include it on our list – particularly when you consider it sold over four million copies worldwide. The idea behind the game was to manage a hospital – surely not the most appealing premise for any gamer. However, the game’s black comic style truly set it apart from other titles. Theme Hospital required players to create and build a hospital so that patients with comically farcical illnesses could be treated. We haven’t forgotten slack tongue disease, nor the ‘slicer’ required to treat it. Players had little direct control over the patients, but could influence their actions with well-placed drinks machines, and by mercilessly sending them home – rather than having them die on-site and ruin the hospital’s reputation. Incredibly addictive, few modern-day strategy games are able to rival the gameplay of Theme Hospital. It’s a hassle to get it to run on modern operating systems, but well worth it if you’re yet to experience its brilliance or simply want to play it through again.
While the SimCity franchise is still alive and kicking (sort of) thanks to a 2013 reboot, it is SimCity 3000 that holds a place in our heart. The first SimCity game was published in 1989. Will Wright’s brainchild caught the imagination of gamers across the world, and the series boomed in popularity over the following decade. SimCity 3000 is the first entry in the series to get the balance right between accessibility and complexity, allowing players to build an entire city from scratch. Utilities, services, zoning, amenities and landscapes could all be altered to suit the player’s vision. We aren’t the only PC gamers who were disappointed by the SimCity reboot. We still have copies of SimCity 3000 and SimCity 4 lying around, however, so who even needs it?
While we’re always reminiscing on our favourite games from the ‘90s, we’re pleased that PC gaming has evolved so dramatically over the last couple of decades. If you want to play the latest releases on ultra settings, you’ll need a powerful custom-built PC to play them on. Why not build your own custom PC with Freshtech Solutions or take a look at our range of components to give your current rig a boost?