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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 5, 2008 4:45 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

SF III Alpha was indeed terrific.  I've played the EX games which were Street Fighter 3d style, and the concept just didn't work that well.  It appeared everyone wanted to jump on the 3d bandwagon started by Virtua Fighter.  It was good to see it get tweaked enough in the Soul Edge/Calibur series so that it worked again.  I have Soul Calibur III for my PS2 and I love it to pieces.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2008 4:35 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Only one's I've played are the SFIII's and Alpha..



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2008 3:15 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Yes, that's what I mean...that's a big "my bad" I used to play on a Table top version at the Papa Gino's in Danvers, MA. This table top actually was a duel game with Pac-Man as the other game. "The perfect combination of Mountain Dew and mozzarella...just the right amount of grease on the joystick." -- George Costanza




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2008 9:03 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

You mean Galaga, right?

Yep.. love that one too.  Of the most common arcade games ever seen at a bar/arcade/'other establishment, Galaga and Ms. Pac Man are the ones I always seem to see.  People that use the "no-fire" trick can play for hours.




Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2008 6:09 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

I have to say, I was always partial to Gallaca.




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2008 7:35 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

George, Lizzie and Ralph.. I cracked up when I saw them lose all their energy and revert to human form, as bucknaked as all get out.  They exited stage right rather embarrassed, covering up their privates.

Rampage updated in the '90s as World Tour and added a giant rat creature.




Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2008 7:29 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Another one that I just thought of while reading some of the responses and flashing back on my childhood:

Rampage




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2008 6:56 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Here's a cool video of a virtual arcade from the good old days... never saw an arcade this fancy!

Next game:

Scramble, 1981 Stern/Konami

God, I loved this game... flying over rocky landscapes, shooting and bombing enemies and keeping a sharp eye on your fuel supply made for a very challenging game.  Those rockets were always looking to ram you from below, so you had to keep dropping bombs like crazy.




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2008 6:11 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

I liked Rush 'N Attack better on the NES.  From what I heard, there were some secret tunnels under some of the mines if you destroyed them.  I never found any, so I think it was all hogwash.  Rush 'N Attack was also known as Green Beret I guess, though I only saw Rush 'N Attack machines.

Proph.. you talking about Street Fighter I?  Just kidding, that one sucked.  Thought Ryu and Ken were the easiest to control.  I liked Blanka too.  Dhalsim was another one I liked to use on occasion.

Moo.. you mean Gorf.  I loved that one too.  Space Invaders was the first wave, and later was Galaxians.  The first rank was Space Cadet, then Space Captain, then I think Space Colonel and from then I don't recall.  The digitized voice was awesome, much clearer than in Wizard Of Wor.  Strange glitch in the game: when you shoot an enemy and its score remains, you can kill yourself by ramming into the points!

Another one I loved:

Crazy Climber, 1980 Nichibutsu

Before Dig Dug came along, this was my favorite game hands down.  It took a while to get used to those dual controllers as you climbed up the building, but once you did it was a breeze.  2 things I remember most about the game were (1) the King Kong that tried to punch you off the building was the cheesiest, ugliest depiciton of a giant ape in a video game ever, and (2) the falling girders on the 2nd building and afterwards really, really p*ssed me off!




Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2008 5:56 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

In the early 80's there was a game called Gorp if I am not mistaken.  It was a combination of five or six popular games of the day like space Invaders, Galaga, and so on.  As you worked your way through, the game would taunt you verbally.  Every time you got through a set of games, it raised your ranking in your interplanetary corps.  First was space commander and it went up from there. Threw a lot of quarters into that one.


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