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AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Posted on: October 30, 2008 5:10 am
 

Hey classic arcade fiends.

What we do here is pick one game at a time we loved at the old arcade (back in either the '70s, '80s or '90s; no less, no later) that we liked to play over and over again.  It didn't have to be your absolute favorite, it could be just one you really liked.  Maybe do a little backstory on where specifically you frequented to play this machine, what year, how old you were, how much allowance you pumped into it, yada yada.  What did you like about it most, do you own it today in some shape or form, etc.

I'll start:

MOUSETRAP C 1981 Exidy

My sister and I both loved this game.. strange concept though.  You play a mouse moving around a maze eating cheese and avoiding the cats.  After eating a dog bone (!) you can change into a dog (!!) and eat the cats (!!!).  A hawk attacks here and there that will kill either the mouse OR the dog (!!!!).  Told you it was strange!  But the music and sound effects REALLY drew me in.  I now have it emulated on my cpu.

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Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 4:42 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Yup, Space Wars; by Cinematronics in 1977.  My sister and I stayed over at my mom's friend's house at the coast once in about 1981.  He had Space Wars and Red Baron, and we stayed up all night playing them.  Space Wars had a ton of different settings for difficulty; there was different speed settings, a sun with a strong gravitational pull, time increase, etc.  It was really simplistic; you just tried to kill the other guy as many times as you could within the time limit, just like Combat for Atari.  I remember that was the game that came with the Atari 2600 console.  It was an okay game, but we were in heaven when we picked up Asteroids.



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 6:07 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Didn't play much millipede to be honest. I think that came out right around the time my favorite arcade closed down. Then I got married and had to do the work thing every day. Another one I remember, but can't recall the name, was a two player game only I think. Both players had a spaceship and you were trying to shoot each other down. Probably called space wars or something like that. I think it was before Atari came out with Combat, which I loved as well.



Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 6:33 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

I set our arcade's all-time record of 20 million points


DAMN!!!  That's impressive!  I was never that good at Robotron but I got better once I realized the key to upping your score was to SAVE THE PEOPLE!!!  Once you got proficient at it you'd earn extra lives in no time.  You'd need them; the tank levels were a b*tch.

Defender was too hard for me as well, due to the super complex control scheme.  Too many damn buttons/joysticks.

Centipede I did like a lot.  That damn spider got really fast and unpredictable!  What did you think about Millipede?

Next game:

Food Fight, Atari 1982

This game was a lot of fun for me; it made me think of the food fights that would break out on occasion in the school cafeteria.  When the chefs caught you or hit you with food, I liked how all the rest of the food onscreen would splat you.  And every so often you got a cool "instant replay" screen.  Once you got past, like, level 15, things were just too damn fast and the levels were just about too hard to beat anymore.  But I still loved it.  Except for the creepy giant head you got when you ate the ice cream cone.  Weird!




Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 11:34 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Great topic! I have a few to mention here. The first game I really got into after Space Invaders was Defender. The graphics (at the time) were pretty amazing and the game play was awesome. Loved the thrust, smart bombs and hyperspace features. Next would be Centipede. I got pretty darn good at that one. I guess I just liked how fast-paced it was compared to a lot of the other games out at that time. My favorite arcade game of all time is easily Robotron. The game seemed impossible to a first time player. The little grunts would be all over you before you knew what happened. Then, after you learned to get through that level, they brought in spaceships and tanks and brain-eaters who shot bolts of lightning at you and it just kept getting harder. A lot of people hated that game because it was just too tough. I called it a challenge. After what must've been several hundred dollars in quarters, I set our arcade's all-time record of 20 million points, a game which took me around 10 hours. I'd definitely love to have one of those in my basement. I have to get a basement first though.




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2008 7:04 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Here's another great classic:

Frogger, Konami/Sega 1981

Konami had a string of good games in the early 1980's, and hands down the best music.  Frogger had probably their best background music/startup music/end of level music.  Oh, and the game was a hell of a lot of fun too.  The game was popular enough to spawn its own Seinfeld episode!  Now how many arcade games can say that?




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2008 9:27 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

I also loved Spy Hunter.. just wish there was an "end of level" of sorts.  It had a terrible, terrible sequel several years later.

Another driving game I liked (albeit more primitive in terms of play mechanics) was Bump 'N Jump by Data East in 1982. 




Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2008 5:13 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

I also loved playing "Spyhunter" Dig that cool Peter Gunn theme music! Mayhem on the roads is the best!



Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2008 10:33 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

How about Mike Tyson's Punch Out on NES!  We used to have tournaments at all night sleepovers to see who would be champion in the morning.

Another Great one was Asteroids on Atari.  And you can't forget Pitfall. Another Great one, I believe that it was called River Raid, you were a jet (or maybe a boat) that cruised the river blowing up everything in your way.

Last but not least, Spy Hunter.  I spent hours at the local bowling alley playing to get high score!




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2008 7:04 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

I'll sneak one more in before bedtime:

Targ, 1980 Exidy

Damn, this game was somehow hard for me.  It was fairly simplistic; There's a grid maze of blocks you speed around, shooting down arrow-shaped enemies.  It really sucks that you can't turn on a dime and your enemies can.  Therefore you have to outthink your opponents' every move.  And you have to eliminate the enemies quickly or they will get super fast and mow you down like nothing.  Cutting their forces down to 3 or so men or less makes them really fast too.  Things would be easier if you could shoot more than one bullet at a time, but you can't.  Hard, hard game!




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 5:37 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Next one:

Tempest, 1980 Atari

Damn, Atari was on a serious hot streak.. Asteroids, Lunar Lander, Battlezone, Centipede, etc., and now Tempest.  What a cool idea; enemies in a long tube with you at the top, climbing up the tube at you.  And each level was a new geometric shape.  A very strangely shaped cabinet, to be sure, but this was one of Atari's best games of the '80s, in fact I would put it among their top 5.  There was some sort of trick you could pull if you got a really high score, over 160,000, with mostly weird effects but some that would give you 255 lives, make your score go way up, or give you 40 credits.



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