Again pre-1990s @st00kz - but Dark Sceptre on the Spectrum took up all the system memory that if you wanted to restart the game, you had to reload it from scratch from the tape. Crazy.
Back to the 1990s… 1994 had me hooked on Tie Fighter. Probably one of my favourite games of all time (and I’m not a Star Wars fanboi really)
There was one particular mission that I loved as a kid (not the one above, that’s just the very first one) - You are sent to clear a minefield and show 2 other rookies how to do it… but it’s a trap and its an assassination attempt to take you out - so you call for help and another admiral jumps in with multiple star destroyers to save your ass, and then pursue the rogue admiral over the subsequent missions.
Just having loads of capital ships battling it out was ace. Storyline was amazing.
So other titles I have just remembered:
Quarantine… again 1994. Must have been a good year.
Loved this game. I remember hacking the texture pack and making a snow/winter version of the game. So much fun.
Flashback on the Megadrive - 1992
Actually completed this after a LOT of trying. Really sad ending if I remember right - you basically kill all the mutant aliens… by destroying Earth (doh) - you still yourself in a stasis pod, put yourself into a deep sleep and blast yourself into deep space… hoping (in vain) that someone will find you. Pretty grim
ToeJam & Earl - 1991
Omg this game was amazing as a kid
Really good 2 player split screen… and my mom used to love it! I remember one day not “feeling great” (lol) and me and my mom sat for hours and completed the entire game (there were no saves on the Megadrive) - She pretty much let me skip a day off school to play a video game. She rocks. (or explains my lack of university education… one or the other)