Gameplay screenshot from the original Chip's Challenge 1

I hope you're in the mood for feeling like an ancient dinosaur, because the classic puzzle game Chip's Challenge 1 is currently celebrating its 30th birthday! While newer generations might not even recognize the game, those of us that sat through IT class in school have likely played around with it given that it came pre-installed with Windows 3.1 and some of the later versions.

The actual gameplay in Chip's Challenge 1 is remarkably simple. All you have to do is roam around the 144 levels, collect items and avoid hazards, and slowly piece together the solution to whatever puzzle stands before you. Simple does not mean easy, however, so if you do decide to dive into Chip's Challenge 1, be prepared for quite a difficulty curve as some of the later puzzles are not only tough, but also rather lengthy!

If any of that has piqued your curiosity, you can check out the full game for free by hopping over to Steam. This version features two different sets of visuals, one with animations and cleaner graphics, and the other with static images and less exciting colors, just as it was back in the olden days.

Have fun with the nostalgia trip, and just for good measure, I'll leave you with a brief message from the game's creator Chuck Sommerville: