Top Retro Games of All Time

We all love stepping into the past from time to time, reliving our most cherished childhood memories or reminiscing about the things that made us angry. Nowhere is this love of our history stronger than in video games.

Whether or not you grew up with a NES and wouldn’t shut up about Mario, or were part of the Master System gang and thought Alex Kidd was brilliant, retro gaming is all the rage. It’s not just old 8-Bit machines these days, though, with many adults having started their gaming life with a PlayStation. Can you believe it?

The term retro is attached to many modern releases, with an idea or mechanic tying them to the past, and there are plenty to choose from. High-score chasing, the kind of which required an arcade machine and a three-letter tag, is now common on consoles, especially with the advent of downloadable titles. Here are the best retro games of all time.

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  • 13.

    Capcom Classics Collection

    If you have fond memories of playing Capcom games in the late eighties, then you'll really appreciate the selection of games on offer in Capcom Classics Collection. Finally, a worthwhile retro collection. The bods at Capcom... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2, Xbox

  • 12.


    One of the most graphically impressive titles on the DS and a very impressive scrolling shooter. Ah, the vertically scrolling shooter. It hasn't really been a videogame genre I've been overly enthusiastic for since my Spectrum... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 11.

    Capcom Classics Collection Remixed

    If you fancy a nostalgia fix, you can't go wrong with Capcom Classics Collection Remixed. If you've been waiting for a collection of classic Capcom games to play on your PSP, wait no more. Capcom Classics Collection Remixed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 10.

    Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded

    All in all, this is a collection chock full of largely great games and, at its budget price, a must buy for any discerning retro head. It's official, I must have had superpowers in the late '80s and early '90s. How else could... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 9.

    Jetpac Refuelled

    etpac Refuelled makes for a delightful and brief return to a bygone era of video games. And at only 400 Microsoft points it's great value too. The original Jetpac from1983 is without a doubt one of the great titles from the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 8.

    Boulder Dash-Rocks!

    If you've got a DS, and you like your video games to offer a bit of a challenge, AND you don't mind persevering at something, then give this a look. I don't know whether the video game industry has been running out of ideas... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 7.

    Space Invaders Extreme

    For less than £20 Space Invaders Extreme is worth every penny, whether you're a DS or PSP gamer. The high-score hunting gameplay makes for an incredibly addictive retro gaming experience. I imagine the majority of people... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS, PSP

  • 6.

    Magic Ball

    Magic Ball is definitely worth a look, but not quite up there with the best available on the PSN. There can't be many things more simple than using a paddle to hit a ball into bricks, in video game form. Chances are, if you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 5.

    SEGA Mega Drive Collection

    While there are plenty of other retro compilations out there vying for your business, Sega Mega Drive Collection arguably offers the most value for money. There might be 30 games crammed onto this one UMD disc but, for me,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 4.

    R-Type Dimensions

    For a 22-year-old game it stands up remarkably well, but it's a shame that a few omissions prevent R-Type Dimensions from being all it could have been. We've had quite a mix of classic arcade games hit Xbox LIVE Arcade since... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 3.

    SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection

    SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is well worth your money. Gamers brought up on the likes of Halo and Call of Duty might struggle to see what's so great here, but that's their loss. Were you a SEGA or Nintendo kid? I don't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 2.


    While Spelunky is a fine addition to the growing library of masochistic titles it doesn't always quite manage to elicit the right response from its players. Most platformers are won or lost by memorisation. Learn the controls... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Pony Island

    I haven't played anything as engaging and interesting as Pony Island in a long time. Pony Island isn't about ponies. Do not be put off by the title. This bargain bin-priced PC game has nothing at all in common to any one... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC