Before the days of Snapchat, Candy Crush, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, there were CD-ROMs. Those old-school discs that you inserted into your computer opened up new worlds of fantasy and adventure — and nowadays, they trigger the best kinds of nostalgia.
How many times did you beg your parents to let you play The Sims before doing chores? Why did Carmen Sandiego always just barely escape or your Zoombinis fail in their quest to return to safety? Many blended educational aspects into the games, but that merely added to their addictiveness. While CDs are a thing of the past, these games will live on forever in our memories. Click through to see 20 of our favorites from when we spent our days eating Fruit Roll-Ups and had Lizzie McGuire marathons. Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
entire Putt-Putt series
was lit, but Putt-Putt Travels Through Time truly takes the cake. From covered wagons to primordial soup, this game is the reason millennials know their history in 2020.
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We hitched our wagons, went prospecting out west, and watched what happened as our "family" members developed dysentery and other diseases. Ah, Oregon Trail, you still reign supreme.
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turns kids into business owners. The game, which you can still play today, forces you to be smart about buying your lemonade-making supplies and teaches you to put up with the consequences of unpredictable elements, such as the weather.
This Microsoft game was what we used to perfect our slalom skills before the age of 10. The Abominable Snowman haunted our dreams.
Photo: Ski.ihoc.net. More Barbie Cool Looks Fashion Designer
Before Barbie got her
were designing for her. From My-Size accessories to the printer-friendly Fashion Fabric sheets, the Cool Looks CD-Rom had it all. If you didn't have this game, you
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A day spent playing
Roller Coaster Tycoon
fun as the days that we convinced our parents to take us to the real amusement park, but it came in a very close second. Note to self: Developing and running an amusement park is NOT easy. We spent as much time installing trash cans in our parks as we did roller coasters.
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It was impossible not to love Freddi Fish and her BFF Luther. We were all about the original,
The Case of The Missing Kelp Seeds
The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
was also worthy of many plays.
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Who cares if this was actually just a game to make you want to eat Chex cereal? We fought those Flemoids with our zorcher like our lives depended on it.
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The creepy, abandoned island of Myst captivated our minds for hours on end. We never did figure out which brother was really at fault in this challenging riddle of a game.
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These cute little blue creatures challenged us to top pizzas in a particular order and solve other puzzles in their quest to arrive in Zoombiniville. Damn those mean Bloats.
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Avoid the hidden mines, survive the game. A simple concept, but one that led to way too many on-screen explosions — and way too many hours wasted clicking squares on a screen.
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No real-life pinball game has ever compared to whacking the little silver balls in this computer version. Space Cadet was our favorite growing up, but the currently available Pinball Star is a similarly satisfying offering.
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Pajama Sam had his faults (as any feisty young boy does), but it was hard to resist assisting the little blue-haired fella in his adventures. He just wanted to be like Pajama Man!
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Before there was texting, there was typing, and Mavis was our go-to gal. Call us geeks, but she taught us to command a keyboard like no other, and for that we loved her.
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Carmen Sandiego, the insanely frustrating, red-hat-wearing villain and head of V.I.L.E., evaded capture time and time again. We may have arrested her henchmen, Ruth Less and Joy Ryder, but Carmen was always two steps ahead of us.
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Connecting the snoods in this puzzle game was no easy task — the numbskulls were always our downfall.
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You can't compete with a game that's about total world domination. Kingdom building, fighting evil raiders, creating armies:
Age of Empires
had you channeling
Game of Thrones
before the HBO show even existed.
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Barbie Cool Looks Fashion Designer
More Kid Pix
With wacky brushes, mixer tools, and rubber stamps, Kid Pix brought out the inner artist in all of us.
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Controlling someone else's life on screen was so insanely addictive. We spent hours having our Sims flirt, get promotions, have kids, and throw temper tantrums. Yes, as much as we loved them, our Sims could definitely get on our nerves from time to time.
Photo: Amazon. More Frogger Frogger is an arcade classic for a reason. It wasn't hard for our frogs to croak (we can't even count how many times they were hit by trucks), but the feeling of satisfaction when they got safely home was unparalleled. The game actually celebrates its 35th anniversary this month. Photo: Google Play. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Mario Kart Is The Most Downloaded iPhone Game 2019 I Played The New Mario Kart Tour On My Phone Meet The Creators Of Amazon Dating