Throwback games bring nostalgia

Two weeks ago there was an article in the Newswire with video games to help get you through quarantine. While those games seem fun and will entertain you for a little while, who knows how long the shelter in place will last? So, being the throwback connoisseur that I am, here is a review of throwback games to play when you’re feeling restless.

Nintendo Wii

If you were smart enough to hold on to your Wii after all of these years, I applaud you, you have taste. The Wii is the perfect quarantine time killer. It’s also the only non-internet game I’ll review. My personal favorite games are Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros, and the classic Wii Sports” As an added bonus, you can play Just Dance if you’re looking for an alternative to working out. I knocked off a star because the quality of the Wii isn’t the best, but the games and Wii characters make up for it. Wii’s are tough to come by nowadays, but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a Wii, hold on to it. 

Club Penguin

Club Penguin, a staple of many youths’ entertainment, brings the nostalgia
of players’ childhoods while adequately soothing their entertainment needs.

There are two types of people in the world: Webkinz people and Club Penguin people. If you’re feeling lonely this quarantine, Club Penguin is the website for you. Club Penguin has been around since we were kids and was rebooted in 2017 to keep the nostalgia alive. You can make friends on Club Penguin and play multiplayer games, or you can waddle around solo. There’s a game for everyone on Club Penguin or bizarre hangout spots to mingle with other penguins. The only downside to Club Penguin is how slow it is – there’s too much going on for it to run smoothly – but nonetheless, the fun outweighs the technical difficulties. 

Disney games

Classic Disney Channel games provide quarantine entertainment while also allowing fans to reminisce about the golden days of Disney television.

As you may know from my review of Disney Channel shows to binge on Disney+, anything after 2010 is irrelevant, including Disney games. Classic Disney Channel Shows created classic Disney games. My favorite games include, but are not limited to: Kim Possible’s “A Stich in Time,” The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’s “Pizza Party Pickup,” and Lilo and Stitch’s “Sandwich Stacker.” Honorable mentions include: Lizzie McGuire’s “Dress up Lizzie,” That’s So Raven’s “Cory’s Money Maze,” and Hannah Montana’s “Malibu Manicure.” You’ll need to download Adobe Flash to play most of these games, but it will be 100% worth it. 


Bloxorz was like an unspoken rule in elementary school; whenever we had the school computers, we all played it; it was one of the few games that wasn’t blocked on the school WiFi if that tells you anything. The first few levels are really easy, but then the game gets really frustrating. It’s like a modern version of Tetris, but it’s not as fun as Tetris. I only gave it three stars because it gets too repetitive and you can only play it for a little bit on your homework break. Nonetheless, Bloxorz is a good throwback if nothing else and will be a solid time waster if you’re looking for one.