5 Best Animal-inspired Video Games

According to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, 67% of US households play video games, and the average gamer spends approximately eight hours a week playing. While many modern games feature virtual reality technology, first-person immersion point-of-view, FPS (first-person shooter) storylines and simulated sports, many of the original, beloved games that first brought video games to the mainstream featured animals as their main characters! Check out our list of the five best animal-inspired video games, and see if your favorite childhood game made the cut!
1. Donkey Kong. While Donkey Kong was originally cast as the arch-enemy of the beloved Mario, he won the hearts of gamers everywhere when he was given his own adventure. Throw and dodge barrels to complete the levels of this well-known video game.
2. Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega’s notorious blue hedgehog attempts to rescue his friends while dodging left and right, moving at super speeds, collecting rings and avoiding bombs and traps.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Help your favorite teenage mutants defeat Shredder with the help of their master, Splinter. Scour the city, rough up a few bottom dwellers and defeat the Foot Clan.
4. Super Mario Brothers. While Mario and Luigi aren’t animals, that didn’t stop avid gamers from loving the cast of characters they introduced, like the turtles they frequently stomp on, Yoshi the dinosaur and those infuriating flying fish and birds.
5. Crash Bandicoot, a marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea, is a cheeky protagonist who fights the evil Dr. Cortex in this PlayStation game.
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