In certain cases, it’s quite simple to identify the best games for a specific platform, such as the Nintendo Switch or even the best games of the year. Things become more tricky, though, once you start looking at every video game ever made. Here, we’ve tried our best to put decades of game development into one place—even though this was lengthy. It’s impossible to deny that the games featured here are all iconic in their own right, regardless of what gamers think of them.
Regardless of age, genre, or replayability, these games have impacted the gaming environment in one way or another. Each of these 98 games has historical and pop culture significance, regardless of whether they established a new type of game or reimagined an old one. Below you can find a list of our favorite video games throughout history.
It is 98. Ms. PacMan
Obviously, “Pac-Man” has to be included on this list. It’s one of the most well-known arcade games of all time, with “Space Invaders” and “Galaga,” and its enduring popularity has made it a permanent part of popular culture. Even though the 1980 original “Pac-Man” deserves all of the credit for launching the genre, the sequel made enough tiny changes to turn it into the game’s definitive version.
The differences between “Ms. Pac-Man” and its predecessor are subtle at first glance, but they pile up over time. Rather than just one, there are four other maze variations, some of which incorporate additional warp tunnels and so allow for more dynamic play. The ghosts have been given a new level of randomness to keep gamers on their toes. To top it all off, in “Ms. Pac-Man,” the bonus fruit that once appeared in the middle of the maze is now mobile, raising the stakes for players hoping to get their hands on the sweet extra points they offer. These adjustments result in a more satisfying and richer experience (according to GamesRadar+). Even today, “Ms. Pac-Man” is a common sight at pubs and arcades, and for a good reason: It’s a lot of fun.
The Sims: The Ride
You’ve probably heard of “RollerCoaster Tycoon” if you were a PC gamer in the early 2000s. In the original game, the simulation genre was taken on an amusement park trip by Scottish designer Chris Sawyer. From Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, and log flumes to go-karts, snack stalls, and roller coasters, players may develop enormous entertainment empires across various scenarios.
“RollerCoaster Tycoon” was such a huge hit that it spawned multiple sequels, and the series is still going strong today (per The Ringer). Nothing beats the original, even though subsequent games significantly improved on the core gameplay systems. There’s plenty of content in settings like Dynamite Dunes and Bumbly Beach if you only want to play the basic parks and develop unique rides. “RollerCoaster Tycoon,” on the other hand, is a sim game with a lot of added depth for those who enjoy getting into the mechanics of sim games.