Best PS1 Hidden Gems You’ve Probably Never Played (Part 2)
Playing the Best PS1 Hidden Gems. Somewhere in the world, we imagine there’s a collector who keeps all 7,918 games behind security-enforced display cases. There they remain, day after day, barred from any human interaction. Gee, how fun.
But, as a gamer, would you ever consider your PS1 collection complete? Of course, you wouldn’t!
Those of us who actually play PS1 games realize the bittersweet truth of our infatuation. Namely, we’ll probably never play them all.
But there’s a plus side to this, too. It means that our PS1 adventure will never end.
There will always be loads of hidden PS1 gems that you’ve never played before. You’ll find some of the Best PS1 Hidden Gems. Read on to learn more.
For classic gamers whose roots go back further than the PS1 era, Alundra is an absolute joy. As you can see from the screenshot, the art style is reminiscent of 16-bit classics like Chrono Trigger. Plus, it plays just like an SNES game and sounds like the Sega Genesis.
But the 32-bit capabilities of the PS1 allow far more detail, smoother animation, and more beautiful effects than the SNES. The result is a wave of 16-bit nostalgia with enhanced graphics that still look stunning today.
For the most part, Alundra plays exactly like TLoZ: A Link to the Past. Specifically, the game is presented in an overhead view as you run around and slash things, melee style.
Also, there are dungeons to explore, bosses to pwn, and glorious treasure chests to plunder. Additionally, there are plenty of puzzles to solve by sliding objects and pressing switches.
To add to your nostalgia, the sound effects and music are like Castlevania: Bloodlines meets Chrono Trigger. Although, there are a few less snappy tunes that sound like a laid-back puzzle game (or a Japanese waiting room).
Oh, and there’s a cool storyline in which Alundra goes into people’s dreams to defeat deadly nightmares. But you may be too hooked on the fun/super challenging gameplay to notice the plot.
2. Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu
Above is one of Jade Cocoon’s beautifully rendered locations. As illustrated, the game graphics are more breathtaking than any PS1 title has the right to be.
The game follows Levant, an amateur monster hunter whose village is invaded by bug monsters. You can probably see where this is going.
Pokéfans, get ready to catch ‘em all. Though Jade Cocoon is technically an RPG, it’s more so a creature-wrangling, monster mashup toybox.
As in Pokémon, you collect monsters and battle them to level them up. But you can also turn them into currency or combine them to create new monsters.
At this point in the game, you’ll probably forget about the storyline entirely. Instead, you’ll spend hours and hours growing your vast monster army.
3. Tobal No. 1
No matter what generation of games you play, you’ve heard of the legendary RPG producers known as Square. What you haven’t heard of is an awesome little game called Tobal No. 1.
Of course, it’s not surprising when a big game company makes a game that gets lost in obscurity. In fact, it’s especially common when the game is the last thing you expect.
Case in point, Tobal No. 1 is not an RPG. It’s one of the rare fighting games made by Square. Though, a secondary “Story Mode” is included for Square’s RPG fan base.
From the screenshot, you’re correct in thinking that the game looks, well, not good. But video footage of the gameplay tells a different story.
Specifically, the polygons’ lack of texture frees up memory for smoother character movements. As a result, we’ve never seen more fluid motion in a PS1 fighter.
The fight controls are designed by veteran fighting game designer, Seiichi Ishii, who worked on Tekken and Virtua Fighter. That said, they’re not the best on PS1, but still decent.
Though the RPG-style story mode is more of an afterthought, it’s quite enjoyable. The storyline keeps you engaged while you unlock new characters. Once unlocked, you and your buddies can battle them head-to-head in the vs mode.
The verdict: if you can’t decide whether to buy an RPG or a fighting game, get both with Tobal No. 1.
4. No One Can Stop Mr. Domino
No One Can Stop Mr. Domino is one of those concepts that’s so stupidly basic, it’s genius. Quitesimply, you set up dominos for Mr. Domino to knock over. Do it right and the level is cleared.
But you have to do it quickly enough because Mr. Domino never stops moving. If you take too long to set your dominos, you miss your chance.
Basically, as Mr. Domino sprints, little icons appear on the screen, prompting you to hit a certain button. Press the corresponding button at the right time to drop dominos in the right place.
Watch out for obstacles, slowdowns, reset buttons, and other hindrances. These pop up at terribly inconvenient times and places to ruin your day. Obviously, the game gets more challenging as it progresses.
Regardless, we realize that this description is mundanely straightforward. And really, no amount of words or screenshots will do this game justice.
You’ll understand the maddening addictiveness once you play it, though. And then, you won’t be able to pull yourself away for hours.
Add the Best PS1 Hidden Gems to Your Collection
Have you tried these hidden PS1 gems yet? You must! Next time you’re shopping for classic PlayStation 1 games for Sale, add these fresh, untapped titles to your collection.
Now, learn about some other cult classic PS1 titles that you’ve been missing. Read this guide to discover more great PS1 titles.