My favourite childhood computer games

4. June 2020

I loved playing computer games as a kid. I liked sitting in front of the PC for hours, playing all sorts of games, strategy, shooters, simulators, and so on, or playing with friends, meet up or (later) play online. And yes, it must not have been easy for my parents, enforcing limits on my computer time and me, continuously fighting against it. Sorry :-)

Last week I came across an old game, Airline Tycoon, and I had a childhood "flashback", and started thinking what other games I regularly played and googled a bit around and started reading - and was really surprised how old most of those already are!

It's also funny how your perspective changes when you grow up. For example, I loved Deadly Tide and thought it was the best shooter with the best graphics ever made, until I found out later that it is a rail shooter and everything is pre-rendered video, playing in the background :-)

I wondered what games would still run on a today's PC (or even be available for buying/downloading) and was surprised that most of those more than 20 year old games are still playable today!

My 35 favourite games 1996 - 2003

Here's my very personal list of games I remember and liked as a kid, roughly in chronological order, and whether they're still playable today.

Deadly Tide

Release: 1996

Still playable today: Available on Amazon for 10.-

Myst II: Riven

Release: 1996

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 6.-

Airline Tycoon

Release: 1998

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam price: 10.-

Need for Speed 3: Hot Pursuit

Release: 1998

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, price: from 5.-. The 2010 (remake?) version (Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit) is available on Steam, price: 30.-

Anno 1602

Release: 1998

Still playable today: Yes, downloadable at the Ubisoft store, price 3.- (-75% at the time writing)

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

Release: 1998

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 5.-, or on GOG for 3.-

Delta Force

Release: 1998

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 5.-

Browning African Safari

Release: 1998

Still playable today: ?

Age of Empires

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam (HD edition), price: 19.-

Roller Coaster Tycoon

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 10.- or RCT II via the OpenRCT-project, price: free

3D Ultra Radio Control Racers / Funkflitzer

Release: 1999

Still playable today: ?

Slave Zero

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 7.-

GTA 2

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: free

Sim City 3000

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Available on GOG, price: 3.-

Unreal Tournament

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 10.-

Physicus

Release: 1999

Still playable today: On BrainGames, price: 16.-

Tomb Raider 4: The Last Revelation

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 8.-

Neues von Pettersson und Findus

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, price: 20.-

Worms Armageddon

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 15.-

Swat 3

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Available on GOG, price: 7.-

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

Release: 1999

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, price: 6.-

Crimson Skies

Release: 2000

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, price: 6.-

Bridge Builder

Release: 2000

Still playable today: Yes, download from Archive site, price: free

The Sims

Release: 2000

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, prices vary

Cossacks: European Wars

Release: 2000

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 5.-

Tropico

Release: 2001

Still playable today: Yes, on Steam, price: 7.- (bundle for Tropico 1, 2 and 3)

The Sting 2 / Der Clou! 2

Release: 2001

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, price: 6.-

Empire Earth

Release: 2001

Still playable today: Yes, on GOG, price: 6.-

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Release: 2001

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, prices vary

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

Release: 2002

Still playable today: Available on GOG, price: 10.-

Warcraft 3

Release: 2002

Still playable today: Yes, soon available as Warcraft III: Reforged, price: 30.-

Battlefield 1942

Release: 2002

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, prices vary

NHL 2003

Release: 2002

Still playable today: No official digital purchase possible at the moment, at Amazon for 10.-

Command & Conquer: Generals

Release: 2003

Still playable today: Available on Amazon, prices vary

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Release: 2003

Still playable today: Yes, at Steam, price: 12.-

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