We all have memories of our favorite adventure games. The retro ones that we used to play with our siblings.
If you’re not too familiar with what AVGN means, those are actually the initials of Youtube’s most popular retro gaming critic, the Angry Video Game Nerd.
Starring James Rolfe as “The Nerd”, the show is all about incredibly bad video games from the past. It’s more of a game review about the worst games made for retro gaming consoles, such as the Super Nintendo, the NES, Sega’s Genesis consoles, and even with modern gaming consoles, such as the Xbox, the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. The show also comes with humor, as the theme is always about the Nerd playing those bad video games all over again while ranting, cursing and yelling about the poor gameplay quality and other traits that make the game so horrible.
Fascination with Retro Games
Because I grew up playing games like adventure games since I was a kid, I’ve come to like AVGN and would faithfully wait for new episodes to come out. The show started in 2006, so you can just imagine how many years I’ve been watching this show just for the fun of it. Of course, thanks to the magic of PC emulators (those wonderful executable programs that allow you to play console games on your computer), I can revisit the past and play those terrible retro games that the Nerd just reviewed just for the heck of it.
The Nerd does reviews of bad games that were picked based on requests from his viewers. Some of the reviews come from games that James played when he was a little kid. Whatever bad game he reviews though, it’s always funny because sometimes, he gets a surprise visit from different game characters, like Spiderman, the Joker, Bugs Bunny, and others. It’s also a show that’s filled with cursing and nasty words, so if you’re very sensitive to those kinds of things, then you might want to skip this one.
Best Retro Games As Per AVGN
Anywho, here are some of the best bad games that the Nerd reviewed. I picked the games based on how bad it was and how funny the episode was.
Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout
Episode 31 of AVGN featured “Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout” on the Nintendo Entertainment System. I also played this game when I was a kid and just like James, I was extremely angry over how mediocre this game was. The funny thing about this episode was the Nerd giving Bugs Bunny his “birthday beating”. I guess the Nerd can’t contain his frustration anymore.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2006
Episode 145 was all about “Sonic the Hedgehog 2006” game on the Xbox 360. Look, when I was a kid, it was Sonic the Hedgehog that made me beg my parents to buy me a Sega Genesis console. This game, however, is probably one of the worst adventure games of all time. I laughed out loud when the Nerd started mocking Sonic while suffering from glitches. But it wasn’t very funny for me when I started experiencing those same glitches while playing the game.
Megaman Games (DOS, PS1, and PS2)
Okay, you’re probably thinking why Megaman is included in this list of the best adventure games. Well, did you actually know that there’s a Megaman game on DOS? On this show, the Nerd decided to travel to the past in order to play this game and just like me, he discovered that it was a horrible game too. The other games he played were Megaman Legends and Megaman X7. And yes, those games are bad too.
Atari Sports Games
For this episode, the Nerd decided to review some of the oldest sports video games in Atari’s library. The games he reviewed included adventure games, baseball games, boxing games, and soccer games. No, I’m not going to include football games here because the Nerd absolutely hates football.
Last on the list is this piece of abomination. The Nerd called this game as probably the worst of all the bad adventure games. It was so bad that the only way to play this video game was through an emulator; there are no physical copies of this game. And that’s good because I don’t think any kid would want to play this game ever!