Last week in Free App Friday, we took a look at Fix-It Felix Jr., a movie tie-in app for the celebration of retro gaming taking place in Wreck-It Ralph. However, if I were going to be completely honest, as fun as Fix-It was, that was a representation of a bygone era even by the time I first held up an NES controller. This week we celebrate a free app that harkens to a time that thumbs were blistered, giant robots and monsters were slain, and the guns were entirely unrealistic and awesome.
Yes, there are times when you sound geezer-esque when you reference how good something used to be. Which isn't to say there isn't a point to be had.
In the face of video games having become multi-million dollar production efforts on the level of A-list movies, it's sometimes best to think back to the games we grew up with and loved (even if the local kids call you "Grandpa" and keep offering you glasses of prune juice in the process…). That being said, here's a gallery of 10 old school Mac games we really miss.
Sooner or later, everything ends up on eBay. A human kidney? Check. A walk-on part in an Ally McBeal episode? Check. A grilled cheese sandwich with the face of the Virgin Mary scorched onto the bread? Check. The Mac Museum of Franklin Park, New Jersey? You'd better believe it. The private museum's collection of insanely awesome Apple memorabilia is up for grabs on the venerable auction site. What could be better?
Yes, it was indeed "on, like Donkey Kong." Twin Galaxies announced that the World Record for the video game classic switched hands for a third time this year, with former champion Steve Wiebe reclaiming honors with 1,064,500 points. Can 'ya top that?
If you've got five minutes to spare--and let's face it, you're reading this, so you definitely do--and want to take in a bit of interesting reading, it'd be worth your while to direct the browser of your choosing over to Technology Review. Once there, you'll find a fascinating story about how the same style of economic coding used to program the Apple II by Steve Wozniak is still being used today by researchers at IBM.