If you read this blog’s guidelines, you know that I don’t normally review ports, console or arcades games. Mostly I do this to give exclusive PC games a chance to shine. But how about arcade ports released on the PC? And instead of reviews, why not a Top10? Think of it as a way to bend my guidelines. But before that, some basic rules:
Only retro ports of arcade titles are featured. That means any port released for the PC up to 1999, included. There won’t be any mention of modern ports of retro arcade titles (e.g.: D&D Chronicles of Mystara or Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection).
Only official releases. No clones or fan-made games (e.g.: PC-Man or Mario Bros VGA).
To make the list more diverse, only one game per series or franchise is allowed. You won’t find entire collections in one entry.
I haven’t played every single retro arcade port out there, so if you think of any title that should be on this list, mention it in the comments below.
I rated the list based on the faithfulness of the ports, if they’re fun to play and if they’ve aged well.
I would like to start this review with a letter I wrote to Team17 some years ago (not really, but let’s imagine I did):
My name is DarkwyndPT (not my real name, obviously) and I’m a big fan of your work, especially the Worms series. I and my friends have spent countless hours playing these games, killing each other’s virtual worms (that sounded weird). I also enjoy the Alien Breed series, despite not being my cup of tea.
So when I’ve heard you decided to release an original fighting game exclusively for computers, I was ecstatic. Buying a console is too expensive where I live and I’m tired to beg my rich friends to let me win every now and then at Street Fighter II. It’s not my fault I always get the shitty controller or that Miguel’s mom likes me best. Where was I? Oh yes! The Amiga version looked awesome and couldn’t wait to buy the DOS version. Last night, I played it for the first time and my experience with it prompted me to write this letter just to ask you a simple question: WTF?!
And years later, that question remains unanswered. So, which game made me curse worse than a drunken sailor suffering from Coprolalia? One of the few original fighting games released exclusively for computers, Body Blows.