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The 23 Best Vintage Video Games You Can Play In Your Browser

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21. Super Metroid (1994).

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Why should I play it? Because it's an endlessly complex, innovative platformer and one of the best games of all time. Bit of an undertaking for a lunch break, but still.

Where can I play it? Here.

20. Earthworm Jim (1994).

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Why should I play it? Because as well as being extremely playable, it's also a genuinely funny game. It also looks kinda beautiful, even 20 years on.

Where can I play it? Here.

19. Donkey Kong Country (1994).

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Why should I play it? Because it was made by Rare and they were rather good at games back in the day. The graphics were about a decade ahead of their time, but it was also incredibly good fun.

Where can I play it? Here.

18. Mortal Kombat II (1993).

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Why should I play it? Because inflicting graphic violence on people never gets old and now you know that playing this didn't actually warp your brain you can play without fear of turning into a degenerate.

Where can I play it? Here.

17. Prince of Persia (1989).

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Why should I play it? Because it's very cleverly designed, the animation still looks great and if you're good/have a particularly long lunch hour you might even finish it.

Where can I play it? Here.

13. Battletoads (1991).

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Why should I play it? Because you're a lunatic and you want to play an incredibly hard game of Sisyphean magnitude. So hard. So, so hard. Oh GOD it's hard.

Where can I play it? Here.

12. Mega Man X (1993).

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Why should I play it? Because it's one of many classic platformers from the era, and the stage selection set up means you can tackle different bits over a week.

Where can I play it? Here.

11. Elite (1984).

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Why should I play it? Because interstellar sandbox space trading is quite a marvellous thing, but above all, because it's history, child. No, it doesn't look much. But listen, it's 30 years old and 30 years ahead of its time. You. Need. To. Play. This. Game.

Where can I play it? Here.

6. Super Streetfighter 2: Turbo (1994).

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Why should I play it? Because you're actually a ninja and you can make this work for you on a keyboard without dislocating three of your fingers.

Where can I play it? Here.

5. Turtles in Time (1992).

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Why should I play it? Because it's the best scrolling beat-em-up there has ever been or ever will be and you get to be your favourite turtle. Word of warning, you're going to get RSI after the first level.

Where can I play it? Here.

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