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Some of the earliest games I remember playing.
Games that are already featured on another page are not mentioned here.

Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor

Released: October 5, 2004
Developer: Her Interactive

A point and click mystery game starring amateur detective Nancy Drew. Creepy and unsettling, it has a 'nightmare' scene that absolutely terrified me.




Vet Emergency 2

Released: March 7, 2003
Publisher: Legacy Interactive PC

Interactive simulation featuring photos of real animals.




I SPY (series)

Released: 1999
Developer: Black Hammer Productions Inc

Point and click games based on the I Spy book series. I played Spooky Mansion and Treaure Hunt and enjoyed them a lot!




Eyewitness Children's Encyclopedia

Released: 1997
Developer: DK Multimedia

My memories of this game are very vague, but seeing images and gameplay makes me very certain I played it. I remember being confused by the interface.




Carnivores

Released: 1998
Publisher: WizardWorks

First person shooter & hunting game. Hunt dinosaurs in an open environment and display their trophies. I spent a lot of time looking for this one after I no longer had it as a kid, but I was only able to find Turok. The advent of SEO made finding it much easier.




Rocky Mountain Trophy Hunter 3

Released: 2000
Publisher: WizardWorks

Hunting simulation game allowing one to choose their gear and gather trophies.




The Land Before Time Activity Center

Released: 1998
Publisher: Sound Source Interactive

Children's software with a variety of simple games and activities, including a 3D maze.




The Lion King Activity Center

Released: September 1995
Publisher: Disney Interactive

Activity center based on Disney's 1994 film The Lion King.




Disney's Dinosaur Activity Center

Released: July 2000
Publisher: Disney Interactive

Based on the 2000 CGI film Dinosaur. Has a variety of games and activites, including a dinosaur maker. I played this one a lot.




Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside

Released: 1998
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment

The first installment of the Pajama Sam series. Wonderfully crafted and lovingly animated, with charming characters and beautiful art.




Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning aren't so Frightening

Released: 1998
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment

The second installment of the Pajama Sam series. I strongly remember the board game minigame.




Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head To Your Feet

Released: 2000
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment

The third installment of the Pajama Sam series. Has a strange "food and human organs" aesthetic that probably influenced me in some way.

If you like Pajama Sam (or you just like jazz and ska), you may be interested in the Remastered Soundtrack for Pajama Sam 3, which was released in 2021 and was performed by the same artists as the original.




Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds

Released: 1995
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment

An edutainment game featuring Freddi Fish. She's the first female protagonist for H.E.'s games, though I'm not sure if I ever knew she was a girl. The seafloor was drawn accurately dark, which gives it a strange, desolate atmosphere.




Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo

Released: 1995
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment

The third installment of the Putt-Putt series. Fun and cute.




Putt-Putt Travels Through Time

Released: 1997
Publisher: Humongous Entertainment

I got stuck and was never able to finish this one as a kid - Putt-Putt's dog Pep proved too difficult for me to find.




Tonka Construction

Released: 1996
Publisher: Hasbro Interactive

Let you print out certificates whenever you completed a minigame. Yes, I did print them.




Just Me and My Mom

Released: 1999
Publisher: Big Tuna New Media

A point-and-click interactive storybook.




Reader Rabbit's
Kindergarten

Released: 1997
Publisher: The Learning Company

A educational game with a item collecting subplot.




Reader Rabbit's
Math 1

Released: 1997
Publisher: The Learning Company

Simple math minigames. I remember the prize counter the most cleary.