Wired: re was a time when even the best computer graphics available were lousy. In this ancient time, called "the Eighties," graphics were cool for computer games to have, but really much less important than a good story and interesting puzzles to solve. Some games didn't even have graphics at all, depending on the abilities of their creators to write and their players to read and imagine. Many games have aged poorly, and are best left in the anonymity that the twenty-odd years since has brought them. But some are just as much fun to play now as they were then - possibly more fun, in fact, since now you can actually have other programs running at the same time as the games without bringing your computer to its digital knees.
Now, unfortunately, not all games we'd like to mention are available online, abandonware though they may be. Here, then, are the top ten computer games from the 1980s that you can either play online or download for free or very little money. Introduce your kids to them, not with a "When I was your age, this is what I played," but with a sincere "Look how cool this game is!"
(With each entry, we've noted the platform or platforms for which it's available. There are many listed as Windows-only, but of course emulating Windows on a Mac or Linux is much easier than emulating a Mac on Windows.)