Posted on April 26, 2013 - 2:59am by The Best EVER
The 1980s brought us arcade classics that would set standards for the entire industry, but which ones were our best ever?
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My would have to be a racing game called Pole Posititon. which I am trying to look for an actual arcade for so I can attempt at the world record. because I have the little joystick you plug into the TV which stops after a while and I am so close it hurts. Pole Position for life
guess i'm going with the TMNT game i spent all night a Chuck E. Cheese for
Jeezus Krist dude lol.
Original Ninja Gaiden was such a punishingly difficult quarter-eater lol
Now, am I the only one that thought Berzerk was cool? Anyone?
Where do they find these remixes?! I don't see an entry for the arcade version of TMNT on Overclock's page. I think my favorite was either Golden Axe or TMNT, by the way. I was really into beat-em-ups.
Do a best Ever about eatereggs :D
Ms. Pac-Man has a lot of personal history to me. My 5th grade teacher had a Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine in her classroom, and she let us play it in class, as long as we did our homework. I set the highest score in the class: 108,950 points.
When I was 7-8, the other kids in the neighborhood and I took a trip to a local arcade specifically to beat the original TMNT. We each brought $2 worth of quarters which would buy us 16 lives each. The arcade was in a mall across from the movie theater there, so with 4 of us playing and getting farther than we'd ever gotten, we had a crowd of about 30 people watching us destroy that game. It was glorious. Turns out with 3 other people playing I could've beaten the entire game with 1 quarter, and the other 7 quarters I put in were wasted when we beat the game.
Hey quit giving away the answers on the banner... link thing ya ding-a-lings. You got Dig-Dug and 80's April; I knew those 2 were gonna be what you said you wacky people!
Galaga/Tetris, same sort of thing as Chad, I didn't know my Dad could play video games till I got him Tetris and Galaga.
I always got the most fun out of X-Men & TMNT 89 myself. Also the MK cabs.
alien syndrome,ninja gaiden, there were so many I can't even remember them all.
both good but Simpsons was 90's (I think exactly 1990 to be precise)
You should also try the King of the Monsters arcade games (both on the Neo Geo MVS hardware). They're fighting games, but you can throw your opponent into buildings, piledrive them, use the military choppers as weapons by throwing them at your opponent & more. There is also Taito's Daikaiju no Gyakushu where you control a Godzilla lookalike and destroy things. I bought the PCB of that game & sent it to the MAME team for rom dumping (need to get it back after all these years).
Oh man, this is a really tough one to answer. I remember back when I was a kid in the 80's having so much fun with arcade games on those occasions I got to play them. My first ever video game was probably Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man since I remember seeing cabinets of those games all over the place. I especially loved the cocktail cabinet you found in many pizzerias back then since you could eat & play at the same time. Some of the best arcade games were the action games from the early to mid 80's where each game was totally different & the goal was to get the high score. That era had the most diverse games you can ever find since so many games would be their own genre with nothing else really like it. For example a lot of them would be maze games or single screen platformers, but the gameplay between them would be nothing alike.
Some of my favorite that I remember playing as a kid are Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position, Out Run, Time Soldiers (great top view shooter where you can go through various periods in history to save fellow soldiers), Double Dribble, Frogger, Popeye, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Big Run (driving game based on the Paris-Dakkar race; played it in the early 90's), Afterburner II, Shinobi, Karate Champ, and TMNT (played it in the 90's).
There are many that I also didn't get to play in the arcades that I either played ports of but later on did play the arcade versions of in MAME; games like Dig Dug 1 & 2, Joust, Moon Patrol, Asteroids, Centipede, Burger Time, Food Fight, Final Fight, Commando, and some others.
Then there are tons of arcade games I never played until playing in MAME that I really enjoyed. I would recommend them & they include:
Taito classics like Chack 'n Pop, Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands, Bonze Adventure, Chase H.Q. & its 1st sequel Special Criminal Investigation, The New Zealand Story, Crazy Balloon, Crime City, Daikaiju no Gyakushu, The Fairyland Story, Space Invaders, Insector X, Superman, Metal Soldier Isaac II, Steel Worker, Frog & Spiders, Night Striker, Jolly Jogger, Marine Date, The Legend of Kage, Halley's Comet, Chuka Taisen, Sea Fighter Poseidon, Jungle Hunt, Rumba Lumber, Change Lanes, Cycle Mabou, Cycle Shooting, Top Speed/Full Throttle, Land Sea Air Squad/Storming Party, and various others.
Sega classics like Spatter (a maze game where you collect flowers while being chased by enemies on go karts), Power Drift (the first ever kart racer), Galaxy Force II, N-Sub, Flicky, Turbo Out Run, Action Fighter, Altered Beast, Angel Kids, Golden Axe, Bay Route, Borderline, Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom, Calorie Kun vs Moguranian, Bullet, Carnival, Choplifter, Dunk Shot, Fantasy Zone 1 & 2, Opa Opa, E-SWAT, Dynamite Dux, Super Locomotive, MVP (baseball game), Hang On, Hang On Jr., Space Harrier, Super Hang On, Line of Fire, Mister Viking, Monster Bash, Sega Ninja, Pengo, Scramble Spirits, Shadow Dancer, Zaxxon, Thunderblade, Super League, Up'n Down, Transformer, Wonder Boy, Wonder in Monster Land, Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, Congo Bongo, Tough Turf, and Super Monaco GP
Data East classics like Lock 'n Chase, Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory, Bump 'n Jump, Sly Spy, B-Wings, Gondomania, Boomer Rang'r, Express Raider, Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, Darwin 4078, Midnight Resistance, The Real Ghostbusters, Super Real Darwin, Karnov, Highway Chase/Mad Alien, Kamikaze Cabbie, Liberation, Mission-X/Zoar, Noboranka/Zippy Bug, Performan, Pro Soccer, Robocop, Vapor Trail, Pocket Gal, Rootin' Tootin', Tomahawk 777, Super Double Tennis, Super Astro Fighter, Wonder Planet
Irem classics like Kid Niki: Radical Ninja, Kung Fu Master, Vigilante, Youjyuden, Kickle Cubicle/Meikyu Jima, Spelunker, Spelunker II, R-Type I & II, Lode Runner I, Lode Runner II: The Bungeling Strikes Back, Lode Runner III: The Golden Labyrinth, Lode Runner IV: Teikoku Kara no Dasshutsu, Wily Tower/Atomic Boy, Legend of Hero Tonma, The Battle-Road, Dragon Breed (awesome shmup), Demoneye-X, Battle Chopper, UniWar S (Irem's version of Galaxian), Image Fight, Horizon (like Moon Patrol but the player can move 2 more layers further in the background; quite cool), MotoRace USA/Traverse USA/Zippy Race, Tropical Angel (pretty cool waterskiing game), Ninja Spirit, Oli-Boo-Chu (a maze game), Sky Chuter, Red Alert, and X Multiply
Konami classics like Pooyan, Haunted Castle (arcade version of Castlevania), Yie Ar Kung Fu, S.P.Y.: Special Project Y, Mr. Goemon, Bottom of the Ninth, Combat School, Crime Fighters, Contra, Super Contra, Amidar, Track & Field, Hyper Sports, '88 Games, Blades of Steel, MX5000, City Bomber, Devastators, VS The Goonies, Gang Busters, Gradius, Vulcan Venture (Gradius II), Gradius III, Konami's Ping Pong, Green Beret, Loco-Motion, Gyruss, Kicker, Hot Chase, Jail Break, Iron Horse, Jackal, Kitten Kaboodle, Trick Trap/Labyrinth Runner, Nemesis, Salamander, M.I.A.: Missing In Action, Mikie, Pandora's Palace, Time Pilot, Time Pilot '84, Roc 'n Rope, Road Fighter, Rock 'n Rage, Rush 'n Attack, Scramble, Super Cobra, Tactician, Super Basketball (Konami's 1st basketball game), Thunder Cross, Turtles, Tutankham, TwinBee, Ajax, and WEC Le Mans 24
Technos classics like Double Dragon 1 & 2, WWF Superstars, Super Dodgeball, Acrobatic Dog-Fight, China Gate, Bogey Manor, Battle Lane Vol 5, Dommy (a maze game with dominos), Eggs, Tag Team Wrestling, Mat Mania, Mania Challenge, Renegade, Minky Monkey, Xain'd Sleena, and Mysterious Stones.
Nihon System classics like Free Kick (an Arkanoid like game with football/soccer players as bricks) & Counter Run (maze racing game), and Perfect Billiard.
Universal classics like Mr. Do!, Mr. Do's Castle, Mr. Do's Wild Ride, Do! Run Run, Lady Bug, Devil Zone, Cheeky Mouse, Magical Spot I & II, Kick Rider, and American Soccer/Indoor Soccer.
Capcom classics like Ghosts 'n Goblins, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Gun.Smoke, 1942, 1943: The Battle of Midway, 1943 Kai: Midway Kaisen, UN Squadron/Area 88, Bionic Commando, Avengers, Tiger Road, Bionic Commando, Black Tiger/Black Dragon, Section Z, Buster Bros, Strider, Willow, Trojan, Coors Light Bowling/Capcom Bowling, Capcom Baseball, Dynasty Wars, Son Son, F-1 Dream, Exed Exes, Forgotten Worlds, Mad Gear/Led Storm, Pirate Ship Higemaru, Legendary Wings, The Speed Rumbler, Savage Bees, Side Arms: Hyper Dyne, and Vulgus
Jaleco classics like Chameleon, Field Combat, Butasan: Pig's & Bomber's, The Astyanax, Top Roller, D-Day, Rod-Land, Pop Flamer, Saint Dragon, Psychic 5, Naughty Boy, Plus Alpha, Ninja Kazan, Momoko 120%, P-47: The Phantom Fighter, Parallel Turn, Formation-Z, Legend of Makai, Kick Off, Hachoo!, Vs. Ninja Jajamaru-Kun, and Kick Off.
Kaneko classics like DJ Boy, Boggy'84, Roller Aces/Fighting Roller, Dr. Toppel's Adventure, Fast Freddie, Go Go Mr. Yamaguchi, Jump Coaster, Heavy Unit, Lady Master of Kung Fu, Kageki, and Samurai Nihon-ichi.
SNK classics like Ikari Warriors, Victory Road, Ikari III: The Rescue, Beast Busters, ASO: Armored Scrum Object/Alpha Mission, Athena, Bermuda Triangle, P.O.W.: Prisoners of War, Chopper I, Fantasy, Guerrilla War, Fighting Soccer, Fighting Golf, HAL21, Lasso, Jumping Cross, Joyful Road/Munch Mobile, Mechanized Attack, Paddle Mania, Prehistoric Isle in 1930, Pioneer Balloon, SAR: Search And Rescue, Psycho Soldier, Satan of Saturn, Sasuke vs. Commander, Vanguard I & II, and T.N.K. III
Tecmo classics like Ninja Gaiden, Rygar, Silk Worm, Back Fire, Gemini Wing, Solomon's Key, Tecmo World Cup '90 (was released in '89), VS Mighty Bomb Jack, Wild Fang/Tecmo Knight
Tehkan classics like Swimmer, Bomb Jack, Guzzler, Star Force, Pleiads, Tehkan World Cup, Route 16, Senjyo, and Red Clash
Nichibutsu classics like Crazy Climber 1 & 2, Kick Boy/Dacholer, Roller Jammer, Legion: Spinner-87, Dangar: UFO Robo, Itazura Tenshi, Frisky Tom, Kid no Hore Hore Daisakusen, Kozure Ookami, Mighty Guy, Galivan: Cosmo Police, Moon Cresta, Moon Quasar, Moon Shuttle, SF-X/Skelagon, Seicross/Sector Zone, Ninja Emaki, Terra Force, Terra Cresta, Tube Panic, Wiping, Sky Robo/Tatakae Big Fighter
Alpha Denshi classics like Splendor Blast, Kyros, Sky Soldiers, Sky Adventure, Champion Baseball 1 & 2, Super Champion Baseball, Bull Fighter, Equites, Exciting Soccer 1 & 2, Gang Wars, and High Voltage
Namco classics like Pac-Man Plus, Super Pac-Man, Pac-Man & Chomp Chomp/Pac 'n Pal, Pac-Land, Pac-Mania, Sky Kid, Sky Kid Deluxe, VS Super Sky Kid, Gaplus, Galaga '88, Mappy, Hopping Mappy, Splatterhouse, Phelios, Marvel Land, Shadowland, Xevious, The Tower of Druaga, World Court, World Stadium, Dragon Spirit, Alien Sector/Baraduke, Bakutotsu Kijuutei: Baraduke II, Metro Cross, Assault, Rolling Thunder, Final Lap, Bosconian, Burning Force, Warp & Warp, Valkyrie no Densetsu (in Japanese but a great game), Toypop, Thunder Ceptor, Tank Force, Rompers, The Return of Ishtar, Quester (an Arkanoid-like game), Rally X, New Rally X, Ordyne, Navarone, Motos, Mirai Ninja, Alice in Wonderland/Marchen Maze, King & Balloon, Libble Rabble, Genpei ToumaDen (crazy but awesome game), Finest Hour, Four Trax (an ATV racing game), Dragon Buster, and Dangerous Seed
Classics of various manufacturers like Mr. Kougar (ATW), Ponpoko (Sigma), Buggy Boy/Speed Buggy (Tatsumi), TX-1 (Tatsumi), Apache 3 (Tatsumi), Round Up 5: Super Delta Force (Tatsumi), Bagman (Valadon Automation), Super Bagman (Valadon Automation), Botanic (Valadon Automation), Pickin' (Valadon Automation), Tank Busters (Valadon Automation), Penguin-Kun Wars (UPL), Mouser (UPL), Omega Fighter (UPL), Task Force Harrier (UPL), Bio-Ship Paladin (UPL), Dorodon (UPL), Make Trax/Crush Roller (Kural), Super Glob/The Glob/Beastie Feastie (Epos), Street Heat (Epos), Mr. TNT/Gorkans (Telco/Techstar), D-Day (Olympia; different game than the Jaleco D-Day), Abscam (GL), Joinem (Global), Lover Boy (G.T. Enterprise), Naught Mouse (Amenip), Woodpecker (Amenip), New York!, New York! (Sigma), Piranha (GL), Caliber 50 (Seta), The Last Apostle Puppet Show/Reikai Doushi: Chinese Exorcist (Home Data), Rougien (Sanritsu), Yachtsman/Mermaid (Sanritsu), Sky Army (Shoei), Q*Bert (Gottlieb), Blue Print (Zilec Electronics), Arch Rivals (Bally Midway), Guardian/Get Star (Toaplan), Alcon (Toaplan), Flying Shark (Toaplan), Zero Wing (Toaplan), Hellfire (Toaplan), Truxton (Toaplan), Tiger Heli (Toaplan), Pyros/Wardner (Toaplan), Twin Cobra (Toaplan), and Fire Shark (Toaplan)
I'm sure I left some out, but going back to the question of my favorite 80's arcade game, it depends on my mood at the time. I really love maze games like Pac-Man & its sequels, Spatter and find myself playing them a lot. I also love various action platformers like Burger Time, Boggy '84, Mr. Kougar, Ponpoko, Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands, The New Zealand Story, and find myself getting addicted to these a lot (just ask anyone who watches my streams LOL). And one of my all time favorite scrolling platformers is the original Shinobi arcade game which I own. I also love top down shooters like Time Soldiers & Caliber 50, which I also own PCBs of & would play a lot more often if I had a control panel with my rotary joysticks wired up. I also love beat'em ups & own several of those PCBs too like the 2P version of TMNT, DJ Boy, and several from the 90's too. Driving games (both combat & racing) are another favorite of mine but I have to play those in emulators since I don't yet have a cabinet or a place of my own to put one). Some of my very favorites would be Out Run, Turbo Out Run, Big Run, Chase H.Q., Special Criminal Investigation, Night Striker, and Round Up 5: Super Delta Force. So it depends on my mood. Pac-Man & Shinobi may top my list though since I love those 2 so much.
I liked Dig Dug just for the music. And yeah, I learned the rapid pump from my father as well. It was weird, because he almost never played video games.
surprised that chad acts like doesn't know background on Dig Dug, since he did a Death Battle on him lol
Considering my age, the only game from the 80s I've so far even been able to play other than some 2600 games was Rampage. That is one of my fondest memories, when I was younger the daycare I went to had an arcade section and me and my brother would spend hours breaking down those buildings and watching naked people scurry from the scene. The best part was that there was no additional cost for these games so we just got to play and play. I wish I had the gamecube version again :(
Shout out for Dig Dug. The story about Chad's dad was cool.
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