Below we’ve put together a collection of fonts that would look great in a retro game. Or, really any game. Most of them are pixelated fonts, looking like something you’d see in a computer from the 80s. A few are LCD fonts that look like old clocks. Either way, you’ll likely find something here if you’re working on developing a retro game.
One quick note. Since this is a list of fonts to use in a retro game, it made sense to look at commercial fonts with licenses that would allow the font to be used in something you distribute. Many of the links on this page are affiliate links which means that we may get a percentage of the purchase price if you decide to buy the font. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but we do have to let you know about it.
And, another note. Many of the pixel fonts out there on the internet look fairly similar. We picked a handful but didn’t want to put too many here that were too similar. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for here, there is an entire section of pixel fonts at FontSpring.com, tons on Creative Fabrica, and a few dozen LCD fonts at DailyFont.com.
We’re going to start out with the standard pixel fonts. These are the ones that look you’d see on a screen that just doesn’t have the resolution to display the smooth fonts we’re used to.
Joystix comes first because it looks exactly like what you’d expect to see in a list of pixelated fonts. Large blocks, and a little tough to read. But that’s to be expected since we’re dealing with fonts for a retro game.
We picked Algol because it’s a little taller than Joystix. Still obvious blocks making up the pixels, but Algo does seem a little easier to read. It’s a lighter pixel font.
Ticketing bumps up the resolution a bit and starts to get away from the retro font look from the previous two fonts. Still pixelated, and still would look great in a retro game. This one would be good when you’re starting to look for a little more resolution.
SB Liquid drops back to the bigger pixel blocks and looks a lot like something we’d see in old games where there just isn’t the resolution for more readable fonts.
One advantage on this one, there are 28 different font variants available for purchase so if the sample here is close, but not exactly what you’re after you might find what you’re looking for at FontSpring.
Now it’s time to move into LCD fonts. These are fonts that look like early digital clocks. Not specifically pixelated, but still good for a retro look.
What better font to start with than one called LCD Font. It’s perfectly named and perfectly fits with what you’d expect from an LCD font.
If you used Print Shop by Broderbund in the 1980s or 90s, you probably used a font that looked a lot like this. I can’t remember the name, but it was my go-to font because I thought it looked futuristic. 40 years later, and it’s retro.
The sample above is Minicomputer Regular. There are also Ultra Light, Extra Light, Light, Semi Bold, and Bold variations. Each also has an italic version.
Another standard LCD font. This one is a little tighter and more angular than LCD font above.
I couldn’t pass this one up. It’s clearly a font made to look like an LCD screen, but isn’t the standard LCD font that you find. The joints are all rounded instead of the normal angle joints.
More Retro Game Fonts
While looking for retro fonts we came across a few others that aren’t pixelated, but still seemed to fit with the retro game theme. It felt wrong to leave them out.
Kredit looks like an LCD font, but doesn’t have the characteristic divisions between segments. Would work well for display screens inside a game.
Plus, it’s one of the few fonts on this page that are totally free. Most are relatively inexpensive, but this one is free.
Instead of segments, Minisystem is made up of individual dots. It’s pixels, but not what we normally think of when describing a pixelated fond.
A heavier dot font, Astalamet Pro is available in 9 different variations. The example above is Regular. Weights are available from extra light to black.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for in these 11 fonts take a look at DailyFont.com, Creative Fabrica, or Font Spring. Between the 3 there are dozens of fonts that would look great in your retro game project.
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