Every time I visit Good Old Games’ (GOG.com) website, I think to myself, “I do not have enough time to play these games, but if I was stranded on a desert island with no internet but somehow had a laptop and a power source, I’d want a copy of every single one of these games.”
It helps that they’re DRM-free. I do love that about GOG.com.
But what if I had to pick just ten? Ten games to last me a lifetime. They’d have to have longevity, a lot of content, and some variety to them. Here’s what I’d pick:
1. Ultima VII Complete Edition I‘ve never actually played one of the single-player Ultima titles, and I hear this was the best. It’s certainly pretty dang big, including three expansions. I actually own this through GOG.com but have yet to play it. Some day. Maybe today.
2. FTL As a space roguelike, FTL has strong replayability chops and quite a few unlockables. It’s also a great game to pick up for a quick session without wearing out its welcome.
3. Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete Edition Another absolutely massive title that offers a hybrid RPG/strategy setup. I played a lot of this in the 90s and can attest to its addictiveness.
4. Fallout 2 Despite a frustrating beginning (it sucks having to start with just a spear instead of a gun), Fallout 2 is way better than the original (especially since it lacks a time limit). I’d definitely be up for adding a post-apocalyptic journey to my island experience.
5. Star Control I & II Two games for the price of one, although I’d be more interested in the latter. Star Control II is one of those great games that I always heard about… and never played. I’d like to rectify that.
6. Rollercoaster Tycoon Deluxe I’ve always had a huge crush on this title (and, oddly enough, not its sequels). Despite being 2D isometric sprite-based, it’s an addictive little theme park builder that kept me coming back to it time and again.
7. Baldur’s Gate II Complete Edition One of my all-time favorite computer RPGs, and one that I really wouldn’t mind spending a couple of years with.
8. Master of Magic I’d be almost equally okay substituting Master of Orion (the original) instead, but there’s something special and nostalgic about MoM that would have me adding this 4X title to my desert island list.
9. King’s Quest 4/5/6 While adventure games have limited replayability, I still would crave them, and here are three that I never got around to playing. Too bad I couldn’t cheat and just include the entire series (which is just $20!).
10. Arcanum I had this game way back in the day and loved it, despite it not ever working on my computer right (there were lots of graphical issues with my older system). Steampunk and fantasy in a combined setting? Awesome.
Looking over the list, I feel pretty comfortable with my picks here. Obviously, I’d love to expand it to 15 or 20, but having limitations means that you make tough choices. A lifetime with only ten (well, 13) games… it’d be doable.