Okay, so actual time travel is still some way off being a possibility, but there are a whole host of online games out there that do the next best thing: taking their players back in time, to the age of ancient civilizations, such as Ancient China, the Incas, the Aztecs, and many more.
Here we give a rundown of just some of the online games that have the power to whisk gamers away on a wild ride back through the epochs. Which ones will you put on your to-play list?
Aztec runes and imagery make for incredible settings and backdrops in some of these online games, which do their best to accurately bring the time period to life in digital form
Classic Games Love South and Central American History
Whether it is the Incas or the Aztecs, classic online games such as slots and arcade games just cannot get enough of the ancient civilizations that used to rule large swathes of South and Central America. Classics games that managed a true emulation of the Aztec Empire include the likes of video slot Aztec Explorer and the game known simply as Aztec, the latter being a title that has endured in the hearts of online gamers since its release in 1982 on the Commodore 64 and Atari.
Meanwhile, the Incas were getting their historical dues thanks to games like Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, which included a special map that was dedicated to recreating the high-altitude settlements that the Incas were renowned for, in what is now known as Peru.
Another classic video game that also used elements of Inca and Aztec culture was Tomb Raider, as Lara Croft showed off her acrobatic skills to help players unlock some of the secrets that these civilizations had kept hidden for hundreds or even thousands of years.
The Acropolis makes appearances in many games, and who can blame games developers for using the architectural wonder, which is still as awe-inspiring today as it ever was
Ancient Egypt’s Cleopatra and Pyramids – The Perfect Gaming Backdrops
Ancient Egypt and all the tall tales and mythology that surround it have always fascinated online game designers, who will do anything to try and infuse their titles with a bit of the magic that is conjured by the likes of Cleopatra, the pharaohs, and their incredible pyramids.
Just some of the games that will thrust players back to that magical passage of time are Lara Croft and The Temple Of Osiris, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and Assassin’s Creed Origins. The developers of the Assassin’s Creed game did a particular stellar job of bringing this ancient world to life, allowing players to explore Cairo, the Nile, and lots of things in between. The game is so accurate that Egyptologists have even been using the game in some quarters to teach people about the ways of the Ancient Egyptians, showing that such games can be just as informative as they are entertaining.
Roman Empire – A Gaming Favorite
One of the first historical epochs that game developers turn to is that of the Roman Empire, partly because of how technologically advanced the civilization was and partly due to the popularity that surrounds stories connected to men like Julius Cesar, Maximus Decimus Meridius, and Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This has meant that any game released with the promise of bringing Roman legions and gladiators to life will always sell a decent number of units, even if it then flops in online reviews and blogs.
Some of the very best Roman-themed video games include Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Rome: Total War. Because Roman emperors and commanders were so well known for their tactical abilities in the heat of battle, it makes sense that many RPG and strategy titles have been sent out into the world. There are even more on the way as well, with upcoming titles including We Are Legion: Rome and Romans: Age of Caesar.