Top Computer Games To Play


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Millions of people around the world play computer games. Some people play for fun, while others take it more seriously and compete in tournaments. Regardless of why they play, most people would agree that some computer games are more enjoyable than others. In this article, we will explore the top three computer games according to player enjoyment. We will provide the game specifics, including release date and platform, along with a short review of each game.

Space Invaders

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  • Released:  1978 (Arcade)
  • Platforms:  Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8 bit computer series, ColecoVision , Commodore 64, Amiga 500+, IBM PC Compatible

The original Space Invaders is often considered one of the most popular arcade games of all time. The game-play was very simple; you used a joystick to move left or right while trying to shoot down invading aliens before they could land on Earth. It can be played with either one or two players. If playing with one player the remaining firepower is evenly distributed between the two ships that the player controls. Players guide their ships by moving them horizontally on the bottom of the screen using a controller that looks like a joystick but functions as a steering wheel. The game was so popular it had three releases in 1979 alone, including an upgraded version with color graphics called Color Space Invaders.

The Commodore 64 port of this game was released in 1983 and became one of its best-selling titles, mainly due to having slightly better graphics than the original arcade game. It would get ported to even more systems years later, making it one of the most widely ported games ever developed.

Pong

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  • Released:  1972 (Arcade)
  • Platforms:  Arcade, Atari 2600, BBC Micro, Amiga 500+

Although no longer popular, Pong was a staple in early video games. Invented by Allan Alcorn and released by Atari, this simple game is still widely known today. The player controls a paddle on the left side of the screen and tries to hit a ball back to the opponent’s paddle – all without missing or letting it past them. A point is given when the opponent fails to return the ball over the net to your side, and whoever reaches 11 points first wins. This may seem easy enough, but many have been frustrated trying to win against either computer or human opponents for over 40 years now!

The 2003 U-S Open Challenger Tour event had a “Pong” competition where both participants get three chances each to score 11 points and win, complete with a referee and ball boy.

Tetris

  • Released:  1984 (Game Boy)
  • Platforms:  Nintendo Game Boy, Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

One of the most popular games ever developed is Tetris. Created in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris has been ported to just about every single gaming platform you can think of – even calculators! As simple as it is addictive, this arcade puzzle game only requires the player to move and rotate falling blocks into proper positions before they lock into place on the bottom of the screen. A new block then falls from above, forcing players to think fast and plan.

Three different modes can be played in Tetris: a standard marathon mode where the gameplay never ends, a “blitz” mode where players must score as many points as possible within a set time limit, and a “gravity” model that starts difficult but becomes much easier when the stack of blocks reaches the top of the screen. The best part about this game is how it’s an equal opportunity addiction – you either love or hate it! Players have been known to play non-stop for hours on end, neglecting sleep and work just so they don’t have to stop playing. They would rather forego food too if they could… but eventually, players will pass out due to both hunger and fatigue. Tetris has been known to elicit these obsessive behaviors in many people, making it one of the best games ever developed.

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