From Mario’s dungarees and Sonic’s sneakers to modern icons like Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, video game characters can reach such legendary status that they’re often recognised from even the smallest of details. If you grew up playing video games, all those hours controlling your avatar meant you got to know them like the back of your blistered, button-damaged hands.
Even from the inception of video games as a medium, some of its earliest characters – simple sprites that at one time stretched our willingness to suspend our disbelief – have become both iconic video game characters and household names in the process. Take Pacman for instance: his simple design is known the world over, but he’s simply a yellow, puck-shaped guy whose appearance was said to be inspired by a pizza with a slice removed! It’s a testament to both game designer’s creativity in the early days and how you don’t need to overcomplicate things to make a lasting impression.
So, to test your knowledge of video game characters, we’ve boiled down some of the most legendary avatars from both arcade machines and home consoles to their basest appearance, stacking up their primary shades into blocks of colours to see if you have what it takes to guess them. You won’t find any other details, like what they wear or any weaponry they’re known for using – only their trademark colours give a clue as to who they might be.
And while you may have fared well on our previous quiz about iconic video game levels, we have a feeling this one is going to sort the hardcore from the casual fan. So, coins at the ready, we’re about to go back to the old school to see if your retro gaming credentials are what they once were!
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