Care Bears, slap bracelets, Beanie Babies, yo-yos, Pogs, Rubik’s Cubes, Trolls, Cabbage Patch Kids…most of these crazes came and went in the blink of an eye. Some, however, definitely outstayed their welcome, and others still have come back to haunt us even today on our iOS devices.
Here are ten of these nostalgia-inducing crazes in app form. Simply hit the jump for a walk down memory lane.
“Um, what are you watching?” asked my partner when he caught a glimpse of Pikachu prancing around my iPad screen. “Pokémon,” I replied “it’s for an iPad.AppStorm article, I swear!”
Oh, who am I kidding? I love Pokémon, even at the ripe old age of 25. Don’t judge me.
Pokémon TV features full-length episodes of yes, you guessed it, Pokémon. Follow the adventures of Ash Ketchum and friends as they battle their fellow trainers and travel around Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and beyond capturing rare Pokémon.
Developer: The Pokémon Company International
Whether you loathed them or loved ’em, the humble Furby was a must-have toy in 1998, and now these wide-eyed creatures are back to annoy us once again, complete with an interactive iOS application.
Furby is designed to be used with an actual Furby, and translates Furbish into real time English simply by holding said Furby close to your iPad. It can also be used as a virtual pantry, containing a large amount of food for your furry friend to devour. U-nye-loo-lay-doo?
Developer: Hasbro, Inc.
My brother and I used to spend hours playing Sonic the Hedgehog when we were younger, taking it in turn to complete each level and arguing over who got to battle Doctor Eggman. Well, now I can defeat the Doctor all by myself as the original Sonic the Hedgehog is available to play on the iPad.
Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty much identical to the Sega Mega Drive classic we all know and love, except that you can now play as Tails and Knuckles, too, offering a whole new gaming experience.
Assemble a team of Ghostbusters and rid New York City of spooks in Ghostbusters, earning money and slime for every ghost you capture.
Once caught, each ghost can then be experimented on to discover the best way of thwarting them and destroying the biggest baddie of all: Gozer, in the form of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Developer: Beeline Interactive, Inc.
Virtual pets were all the rage in the mid-nineties, and made a great substitute for those who were unable to own a real animal.
Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. enables you to raise an alien on your iOS device, functioning in exactly the same way as an original handheld Tamagotchi. Feed it, water it, and clean up after it, but be careful not to kill the darn thing otherwise you will have to start all over again from birth.
Developer: NamcoBandai Games, Inc.
I was ten years old when ‘Tubbymania’ first hit back in 1997, and the whole world went gaga over these multi-colored creatures with television screens implanted in each of their bellies.
Teletubbies: My First App is here to teach the latest generations of kids the art of making Tubby Custard and includes fun and educational games aimed at children aged two and over.
Developer: BBC Worldwide
My brother was obsessed with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the nineties. Personally, I hated them. Well, except for the Pink Ranger, she was cool. Oh, and the Yellow Ranger, but only because yellow was my second favorite color. Kids, huh?
Anyway, Power Rangers Legends is a 3D beat ’em up game where you must battle against Lord Zedd and a range of other baddies to defend the world from evil. It will appeal to all longtime fans of the series, and maybe even a few newcomers, too — not bad for a 20 year old television show!
Developer: Saban Brands
Twist it! Pull it! Bop it! I’m not going to lie, I completely sucked at Bop It!, the handheld audio game in which you had to follow a series of commands in a short space of time.
Even in app form, Bop It! is tough and will have you crying out loud with frustration, but there is no denying that it’s fun for all the family, especially when played in a large group.
Developer: Electronic Arts
Where’s Waldo? is a popular series of books from the mid-eighties in which the reader has to find a character named Waldo hidden amongst a crowd of people. Two of these books are now available to play on the iPad: Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey and Where’s Waldo? in Hollywood.
Dressed in a distinctive red and white striped sweater and bobble hat, along with a pair of oversized spectacles, Waldo, or Wally as he is known here in the United Kingdom, is still surprisingly tricky to uncover even now, over 25 years after the series was first released.
Build your very own Jurassic Park from scratch with Jurassic Park Builder, a freemium management simulation in which you must create and care for a variety of different dinosaur and sea creature species.
Ensure that your park is running smoothly by keeping it well-stocked with meat and crops to feed its residents, but beware of any escapees because free-ranging dinosaurs is only going to end in disaster!
Time to Confess
What was your favorite craze of the eighties and nineties? Do you still own a Furby or Tamagotchi? Come on, you can tell me. We’re all friends here.