One of the things that people remember when it comes to Nickelodeon is the catchy jingle they did with their name in commercials. Then, it was the video games themselves. But, throughout the ’90s, when someone was bored…and had time to go to the local video rental store, that person would find video games with their favorite and beloved cartoon characters on the network lying around on the shelf. You felt a sense of ecstatic shock sweeping all over your body. As to say, “I know that person! I just watched them on television this morning.” It felt like your obligation to get that video game and play it for hours. Here are the Top 5 Nickelodeon Video Games from the ’90s that I have personally given the green light to be on my list.
Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy’s Invention
This is not only the best video game on the list, but one of the best video games to come out from the ’90s. You will find hours and hours of enjoyment while playing this game. Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy’s Invention was really good at showcasing teamwork moves throughout its gameplay.
The player could use the two protagonists either teaming up to do an attack move, or a tool maneuver…like Stimpy using Ren as a shovel. The game is all about finding parts for Stimpy’s invention. The levels in this side-scroller classic are presented perfectly. I really enjoyed the designs on the backgrounds in the game. With that, Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy’s Invention takes my choice for number one on the list.
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Time Warp
At number two on my list, is The Ren & Stimpy Show: Time Warp for the SNES. Released in 1994, I think the game is at least worthy of a go-around by any gamer out there. The graphics are cute, and many references from the show are scattered throughout the levels. Ren and Stimpy have the ability to use different weapons as power-ups besides their basic attacks. The gameplay is gratifying, and just like Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy’s Invention…the game is much more enjoyable if you play multi-player with someone else. Although, solo is just as good. The goal is to collect as many gritty kittys as much as you can. Boy…it was tough to pick which Ren & Stimpy on this list to place at number one, but take nothing away from The Ren & Stimpy Show: Time Warp as it takes number two.
Rocko’s Modern Life: Spunky’s Dangerous Day
Talk about a great blend of a maze meets an obstacle course you will ever play. As Rocko, it is your job to protect Spunky…by removing harmful objects in his path or fighting off evil foes. Spunky will continuously walk forward, so it is up to you to make sure the trail is cleared of any pesky clutter. The almost hand-drawn scenery in each level of the game is lovely. Spunky will have a life bar in the form of a dog bone to get touched sometimes. Certain levels include the beach, the junkyard, and laundry land. Rocko’s Modern Life: Spunky’s Dangerous Day ranks number three on this list.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Unsurprisingly, one of the hottest tv shows during the 90s was going to get its own game. Released in 1995 by Viacom, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters roars their way into the fourth position of the list. The game involves the three protagonists (Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm) working together to solve puzzles and obstacles in the levels to find items their head instructor tells them to obtain to pass an exam at their Monster Academy. You can perform individual or team moves during the game. The level layouts are fantastic, and they do an excellent job of constructing the paths the characters must take to find the end of a particular level. The game’s graphics are more laid back than the television show counterpart. This game definitely belongs on this list.
Probably one of the best theme songs of any game show, Nickelodeon Guts rounds out the list at number five. If you like a sporting activity-style game, try this one. The game combines different events inspired by the tv competition show. It has some decent graphics for its times and uses a few voice-overs along the way.
This concludes my list of the top five Nickelodeon video games of the ’90s.