Games are constantly changing. In fact, this is one of the primary ways in which developers can onboard new gamers: invent a new style of gameplay or introduce a new in-game mechanism. For example, Among Us introduced a psychological element into video games, while indie releases like Minecraft introduced a whole new twist on open-world sandbox games.
The more innovative risks a developer is willing to take, the more popularity they could potentially gain for their work. While not all of these risks pan out (just look at Cyberpunk: 2077 and Daikatana), a video game that touches the heart of gamers has the chance to set a lasting precedent in the industry.
In fact, this is one of the most unique elements of the gaming industry, which is constantly changing and evolving—the sheer number of timeless classics that have huge followings, even decades after a game’s release. When it comes to digital gaming, which titles have nabbed a ‘timeless’ moniker?
One of the first casino titles to ‘go digital’ was online slots. Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, developers like NetEnt and Yggdrasil Gaming were leaving their mark on the industry. They were crafting slots with imaginative storylines and vibrant graphics… but that hasn’t turned out to be the only element needed for a timeless slot.
In fact, one of the most popular options for online slot players is Starburst. NetEnt released the game back in 2012 and, ten years later, it remains a top choice. That’s because the game has immersive graphics and a high RTP, or return to player. In other words, it has both flash and substance.
Arcades: Fighter Games
Casino games will always be popular—in fact, titles like roulette have stood the transition from in-person to digital. But before casino gaming went virtual, arcade games helped introduce millions to the concept of video gaming. And today, there are still plenty of legacies born during the arcade era of the 1980s.
One of the most lasting genres is fighter games. Back in the 1980s, developers like Capcom, BNE Entertainment, and Bandai Namco were releasing titles like Street Fighter, Tekken, and more. Despite being close to half a century old, these titles remain some of the most competitive eSports in the world. What makes them timeless is the fact that very little of the game has changed over this period.
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Multiplayer: Super Mario Franchise
Nintendo was just as busy as Capcom and BNE during the arcade rush. While the company’s first release was Donkey Kong Country, the group soon pivoted to focus on a certain Italian plumber and his wide circle of friends and enemies. Today, Mario remains one of the most iconic and timeless characters in pop culture and in gaming.
The range of titles to choose from is notable for its sheer size, along with the independent success of each. For example, gamers today have tons of choices when it comes to a Nintendo and Mario-based adventure—and these include some of the world’s best multiplayer titles.
There’s Super Smash Bros. for those who prefer fighting games. There’s Super Mario Kart for those who want to race. There’s Mario Party for those who just want to have some casual fun. There are even puzzle and art games for an even more recreational romp with Mario, Luigi, and Peach.
Action-adventure: Legend of Zelda
Clearly, Nintendo has had a huge effect on the gaming world—and that transcends Mario-based releases. In fact, the Japanese company is also behind the world’s most timeless RPG: The Legend of Zelda franchise.
The game allows players to dive into the world of Hyrule where they play as Link, a courageous man who must battle Ganon. Ganon wants to recreate the world in his dark image—and he’s got his eyes on Princess Zelda. The tale itself is incredibly simple and yet relatable, which has made it a timeless hit.
However, the game’s open world has also proved popular. The availability of side quests and smaller adventures in the original 1986 release was something that other developers recreated in their own projects heading into the 1990s and 2000s.