Old-school computer games
MEGPlay 4 Jul, 2019
Back in primary school, the best lessons took place in the computer lab.
We got to cast aside our books and warm classrooms for computers and sweet, sweet air-conditioning.
And we always looked forward to gaining knowledge from our teachers in an environment more conducive for learning!
When ‘cher wasn’t looking – or so we thought – many of us diverted our attention to some of the games below.
Little Fighter 2
Little Fighter 2 was wildly popular back in the early 2000s when it was in its prime.
Catch anyone intently mashing their keyboards, and you could almost be certain LF2 was the culprit.
You could choose from 24 different characters, each one with his/her own unique movesets and strengths.
Who can forget the iconic Firen and Freeze – representing fire and ice respectively.
And nothing beats the co-op function of LF2, where you and a friend can share 1 keyboard for a split-play sesh.
The only downside to that was not being able to hide the fact that you were gaming instead of actually e-learning.
Spider Solitaire was instantly identifiable by its iconic spider logo, as we’ve seen on our good ol’ Windows computers.
Its simple interface made it a great way to pass the time – without maxing out the dial-up internet budget.
With many of our parents being fans of the game themselves, it naturally got their seal of approval.
And playing this would make our kid selves feel more grown up, what with the cards’ no-nonsense.
The web version of Tamagotchi, Neopets was where we could create, raise, and play with our very own alien pets.
Like real pets, our Neopets had moods that would turn sour if neglected for too long – cue the daily logins, feedings, and mini games to keep our pets happy.
And to meet our pets’ needs, we would gather Neopoints to buy things like food and toys for them – we could even buy pets for our pets that were called petpets!
Neopoints were primarily obtained from the huge collection of minigames that the site had to offer.
Neopets is still up and running today, so if you still remember the login details of your old account, check in on
the pets you’ve abandoned your beloved pets today!
For those of us who weren’t into RPGs, Habbo was our thing, connecting us with people all over the world under the roof of a massive virtual hotel.
Creating our own characters and designing our rooms were highlights for us Habbo fans, and we could actively socialise by visiting each other’s rooms.
And for those who were part of the older crowd, Habbo was like an early version of Tinder – a hotspot for us to find our next date with the magic phrase “A/S/L?”
And for a period of time, Habbo had these “official rooms” that anyone could access, some of which even had mini games like Battle Ball, SnowStorm, Wobble Squabble, and diving.
Habbo is as yet not dearly departed from the Internet, and is still receiving regular updates on its website
3D Pinball Space Cadet
Now this is a game that we all have played at one point or another in our lives. 3D Pinball Space Cadet was memorable for being very high-tech for its time, featuring a pinball board entirely rendered in 3D – all save for the scoreboard on the side.
The audio only added to the experience, with the sound of an engine revving at the start of a game, and alarms going off when a pinball is ejected – making you feel like you were commandeering an actual spacecraft.
Club Penguin was basically just like Habbo, but made more kid-friendly with penguins and igloos instead of human-like avatars and hotel rooms.
The penguin avatar you created was fully customisable, where you could pick its colour and even the clothing and accessories it wore.
Although Club Penguin didn’t seem particularly special, it was strangely addictive with the huge number of activities in-site, such as earning stamps, having snowball fights, and playing mini games.
club penguin bean countersGame of Bean Counters in session
Bean Counters was a cute little game in which you tortured your penguin by getting him to catch an increasing number of coffee bean bags tossed out from the back of a truck.
And there was, of course, testing the “bad word” system to see what colourful words and expressions would incur the wrath of the dreaded ban hammer.
Sadly, Club Penguin has shuttered, leaving in its wake nothing but fond memories, screenshots, and videos of the game in its heyday.
Proudly made in Singapore, Viwawa is a one-stop portal for us to swing by and play casual multiplayer games online.
Wahjong was a very popular game available on Viwawa, and it was basically mahjong modified with SG and HK-centric rules.
With its cutesy interface and player avatars, this was something that even kids could get into.
Even Xiaxue had a phase when she avidly played this game back in 2008.
And there was also Sushido, a match 3 game where you acted as a chef and competed with other players in a mad rush to fill your impatient customers’ sushi orders.
Viwawa is still in existence today, although it’s not as big a hit as it once was.