From beginning life as a collection of rudimentary lines and pixels on a screen to becoming AAA blockbusters with ultra-high-resolution textures and immerse surround sound, video games have come a long way since Tennis For Two in 1958.
In the years since, developers have created hundreds - if not thousands - of remarkable, genre-defining titles that span from the all-time classics of Pac-Man and Super Mario to the modern masterpieces of Breath Of The Wild and Red Dead Redemption 2.
The problem with there being so many outstanding games, however, is that it’s impossible to keep track of all of them. As soon as one noteworthy title is released, there are a handful of other exciting games soon after. Especially in today’s digital age where information moves at a fast pace, not every game will get the attention it deserves.
Consequently, countless releases have fallen completely off the radars of most players and left to become forgotten over the years since their release.
With many of these titles undoubtedly holding a nostalgic place in the memories of those who played them, these games deserve far more love and attention than they’ve received.
10. Croc: Legend Of The Gobbos (1997)
Out of the assortment of cutesy adventure games from the late ‘90s and early 2000s, it’s the likes of Super Mario 64, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo-Kazooie, and Spyro which are still highly spoken of decades later. One title that never gets brought up alongside those names, though, is Croc: Legend Of The Gobbos.
The first game to feature the titular hero, the plot followed the adorable reptile as he set out to save his furry gobbo friends after they’re captured by the evil Baron Dante at the start of the game. To rescue them, players must find the hidden key in each of the levels to unlock the cages that the gobbos have been imprisoned in.
Although the premise was nothing particularly groundbreaking for the time, with the controls being just as finicky as most other early platformers, what made this game special was its charm. The characters were lovable and endearing, the environments were vibrant and colourful, and the game contained an upbeat soundtrack that was capable of rivalling any of the feel-good tunes from Mario or Crash Bandicoot.
With this franchise fizzling out a few years later, it’s disappointing that few people remember this video game lesser-known mascot.