Technology has evolved over the years and, with it, so has gaming. That idea is apparent if you compare the strategies and graphics of your latest system to what people who gathered around the Atari would have experienced so many years ago. Things have changed without a doubt.
Those changes started coming in quick succession after the debut of the NES in the form of so many systems that your gaming childhood might feel like a big blur of systems. In that blur, specific details could easily get lost—like the name of a game you adored in your youth. You can focus and tug on whatever memories you have of that game, then draw one frustrating blank when you just can’t put a name to a character or plot. With that in mind, here are 15 SNES games that you played, but can’t remember the name of—ones that may have been scratching at your brain for a long, long time!
15 Kid Klown in Crazy Chase
Let’s begin this list with a game that embraces the common theme of princess-goes-missing, but spice things up a bit by pointing out that the person who is supposed to save said princess is a clown. Which, honestly, makes sense since the princess is the princess of Klown Planet, but overall, it’s an odd detail to work into a game.
Regardless, this young clown must venture forth to save his princess so that an evil space pirate does not lay claim to Klown Planet’s throne, journeying down streets and beside forests and flowers. Oh, and did we mention he has to collect balloons that contain all four suits of a basic card deck? These quirky twists to the game make for a unique experience and it’s entirely possible you just couldn’t help but remember this game—even if the name slipped your mind!
14 Rex Ronan
If any game on this list was built to hand a life message over to children, it’s this one. That lesson is a clear warning about the hazards of smoking since the story line is that Jake Westboro is dying and needs a surgeon to clear cigarette remnants out of his body. Enter Rex Ronan who’s willing to minimize to a size so small that he’ll have no trouble wandering through Jake’s insides to clean out the damage. It’s a real risk on Rex’s part though because the tobacco company doesn’t want Jake to get better, and microbots are waiting in Jake’s body to fight Rex in his struggles to save Jake’s life.
Though the game’s plot is so specific that it might only target a certain group of people, it’s distinctive enough to stand out as a definite memory of your childhood.
13 Rise of the Phoenix
As one of those games where your inner history nerd and gaming geek can hold hands and skip through pixelated meadows, Rise of the Phoenix could be the one game you just haven’t been able to put a name to. The story is based in China, and the purpose is to be a military and political strategist who maintains their country while also dealing with foreign nations and complications that arise internationally. You can walk through different scenarios to experience different story lines in the game, though it’s all under the umbrella of China and politics. It’s a life-based scenario then, common enough, but with a clear enough plot to give you a distinct and memorable gaming experience.
Granted, this is a very specific type of a game for a very specific audience, but if you’re a fan of these strategy games, there’s a good chance this was your game of choice for the SNES.
12 Zombies Ate My Neighbors
The name says it all, doesn’t it? Seriously. Assume you know most of what you need to know just by the title. Zombies have attacked, and your job is to walk around and destroy as many enemies (not just zombies!) as you can, even if you have to employ things like bizarrely-placed trampolines to make that happen, while saving people who have yet to be eaten.
Although it isn’t the most sophisticated of plots or strategies to walk around and shoot the enemy, the idea that you can drink a potion and turn into a big purple monster for a while definitely adds a special something to the game. Does it make sense as a plot twist? Perhaps about as much sense as aliens fighting you in a zombie game, but it doesn’t have to make sense to be fun!
11 Cutthroat Island
This one might be a bit of a cheat since it’s based off of a movie. If you know the name of the movie, the name of the game should be easy. But if you don’t have a copy of Cutthroat Island on your movie shelf, it’s possible that you haven’t been able to remember the name of that pirate game you loved so much in your youth.
The plot is pretty basic for a pirate game. You have one-third of a treasure map and, being a pirate, you’re officially on a quest to find it! Of course, the game wouldn’t be too interesting if there weren’t some complications and obstacles along the way, and you’ll have to swordfight, deal with a horse carriage, and break free from prison to see the quest to the end. If this sounds familiar in a non-POTC kind of way, this might’ve been the game you’ve been trying to put a name to.
10 King of the Monsters 1 & 2
If you’ve ever found yourself digging around your mind to come up with a name for a game where you can play as Godzilla-sized monsters who wrestle each other, congratulations, you now have your name! As odd as the prospect might seem, for this game, you choose your monster, and that monster is involved in a wrestling match with another monster. Sure, there’s no ring or audience, but the moves and premise are directly out of wrestling - including body slams and the need for a three-count pin.
Stranger still, you have to wrestle in cities and bodies of water, kind of like you would’ve expected from Godzilla when taking on Mechagodzilla. Except, of course, Godzilla never pinned Mechagodzilla to win the fight. Odd as the setup for King of the Monsters is though, these games could be loads of fun for the player.
9 WCW Superbrawl Wrestling
On the subject of wrestling games, let’s tackle this WCW option. Given the quantity of wrestling games over the years, it’s not surprising if you’ve drawn a blank on this one’s name in recent years, and additional reasons exist to explain that mental question mark. One is that WCW has since gone under. Another is that while the game shares its name with a Pay Per View, enough PPVs have come and gone to drop that hint into another mass of names to sort through.
The biggest reason to not remember its name though could be that it’s mainly what you might expect from a wrestling game—known wrestlers with general wrestling moves and finishers. You can try different matches, but it’s still attempting to beat an opponent by wrestling rules. In fact, what might be the only distinctive quality is that it *is* a WCW game, but it’s enough of a distinction to say that if you remember wrestling as Sting instead of The Undertaker on the SNES, this could be your game!
8 Thunder Spirits
If you’re a fan of the Thunder Force game series, you might’ve played a version of this arcade game on your SNES. For whatever reason, it didn’t seem to get as much sunshine as others in the series, so it’s completely understandable if the name has slipped your mind. Despite that quality though, it’s an SNES game worth recalling!
The essential premise is fairly basic for a space-themed game. Your ship is in danger and you have to fight to defend it. One interesting detail of what could’ve been a bland plot is that your battles extend beyond the general area of space and find their ways to waters and lands alike. Whatever the territory, it’s a fight for survival. The catch though is that the fights are a bit easy to win, but that doesn’t mean the progress toward victory can’t be fun—or memorable.
7 Illusion of Gaia
This game’s theme is interesting enough to stand out among the plots of your other SNES games. The premise is that young Will has lost his father and wants to reunite with him, but, beyond that simple detail, he needs to save the world from being to destroyed by a comet. To do this, he’ll explore a number of real-world sites, like the remnants of the Incans and the Great Wall of China, and there will be plenty of fighting action along the way as he’s guided by a mystical figure known as Gaia.
Overall, the game is Zelda-like in appearance and theme, but the addition of real-world places to visit and explore gives Illusion of Gaia its own flair since it’s a blend of fantasy and reality. Where else would a mystical being lead you to the Nazca Desert? If nowhere else, at least now you have the name of the game that saw to the task!
6 Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
If the title of this game has you thinking something weird is at work, you’re correct. In this video game adventure, Professor Stinkbaum has taken a stand against pollution by creating a technological device to move it to another dimension. A problem arises though when Boogerman sneezes near the machine and a hand that’s accompanied by a stale laugh pops out of the portal to snatch part of the machine. Boogerman must now dive into the portal to save the day.
So far, we have a Captain Planet-like game that focuses on a weirdly named superhero, but the turns get stranger as you head through places like the Flatulent Swamps, where enemies die with gas-like noises and transportation can happen via toilet. Gross as the scenario is, it’s juvenile enough that a child might have latched onto it when it first hit the shelves, though the general premise wouldn’t have necessarily made it stand out in your mind as you got older. So, maybe this is one of your forgotten ones!
Was there ever a game system that didn’t come with at least a dozen racing games for its buyers? Maybe, maybe not, but the very fact that this is a serious question is a good reason why the *one* racing game you adored has a serious chance of being the one lost in the blob of SNES memories. But if you just know your racing game involves unicycles doing tricks, then this is probably the game you played!
The racing itself in this game is a bit different than the standard run-around-the-track form and not just because you’re racing a unicycle. The routes cause you to follow lines, but the lines abruptly end to prompt you to fly through the air and do tricks. If you can perform the right flips with successful lands, you could boost your speed to get to that finish line faster. And did we mention you’re racing a unicycle?
4 Snow White: Happily Ever After
The late 80s and early 90s could easily have been labeled as the golden age for Disney cartoons, so it’s no surprise that a Snow White game surfaced in 1994 for the SNES. Granted, it wasn’t based on the Disney version of Snow White, but the interest in fairy tales and princesses is still reflected in both. For this particular game, the primary plot starts after Snow White gets what should have been her happy ending, but instead she has to deal with a wizard relative of her fallen stepmother attacking her, her prince, and her kingdom.
As if the possibility of playing a fairy tale isn’t whimsical enough, for weaponry, you can throw apples, and you collect fruit as you go. While the setup might feel almost too cute for a serious gamer, it’s a perfect combination of fairy tale elements for the right fairy tale fan - maybe you when you were young?
3 Marvel Super Heroes: The War of the Gems
Just as you might’ve fallen for the fairy tale charm of Snow White’s previously mentioned game, you could’ve also had a soft spot for superhero ones, like this one. For the story line, there are Infinity Gems (sound familiar?) that control different aspects of life, like space and mind. If a villain collects the whole set, he owns everything and everyone. Given the seriousness of that detail, heroes are called into action when it’s discovered that the collection is already being assembled and the world is in grave danger.
You can only choose to play as Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man, or the Hulk, so the Marvel representatives to choose from are limited. Still, you can change as the game continues, which is a good aspect of the game—and a memorable one! Where else could you be Captain America and Wolverine during the same game?
The namesake of this game is a character whose flag is stolen, but he’ll have much worse problems awaiting him when he comes home from taking care of that flag detail. Upon his return, he realizes his island is now flea-ridden. That’s right. Plok must work to un-flea his homeland, even if he has to use a magical amulet and head into the Brendammi Bog to destroy the fleas at their primary source.
This is a very basic idea for a game, though it’s unique enough to have had a stand-out place in your childhood gaming. It’s a quest, no doubt, but one that’s against such a small enemy that it’s different than other quest games that require you to fight armored armies or fantasy beasts. Your mission is literally to take on fleas and when that differentiation is added to the bright colors of the game, few SNES games could stay in your mind as solidly as this one.
1 Wild Guns
Will Smith’s Wild Wild West was not the first time that science fiction met the Old West. If you already knew that detail because you’d come across the blend in a video game, there’s a good chance Wild Guns was that game, with rapid-fire gun battles that may or may not be interrupted by large robot creatures. Typical Old West details like the clothes, guns, railroad tracks, and horses somehow mix with the less-typical additions of futuristic technology to create a shooting game to stand out among its companions.
It’s completely understandable to reminisce about this SNES game because it allows you to combine two very different worlds in such a fun format, even if the name has escaped you for years. It’s hard to top being an Old West gunslinger against a giant robot, which is a good reason for this game to have made the number-one spot on this list!
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