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  1. Next: RALLY-X (Namco/Midway 1980) Yet another Namco uber-classic. This may have been the first scrolling maze game. In a large maze several screens worth you steer a race car around, trying to avoid enemy cars (eject smokescreen to deter them) and scoop up all the flags in the maze to advance. Challenge stages add to the fun. Difficult to begin with but gets easier when you learn how to look between the action and the radar screen quickly. The "Special" flag (which doubles the value of subsequent flags picked up in a maze) makes a cameo in countless other Namco games. I think I may have first seen this at a pizza place called Engine House Pizza, when it briefly appeared in the Washington Square Mall parking lot in Tigard, OR. My sister and I each had pizza parties there after our basketball games. Right around the same time I also saw it at a convenience store in Bremerton, WA when I visited my cousin.
  2. I may have only seen Tapper once as well-- I think it was at an Aladdin's Castle. I never saw the Root Beer ones either. Did all Aladdin's Castle give 6 tokens for a buck? I think mine in Vancouver, WA did.
  3. I'd never heard of JUNO FIRST, WILD WESTERN, LOCO MOTION or the MAGICAL SPOT games until well after arcades had died down.
  4. Did we have an official Sega Master System thread?

    1. fdurso224


      I did a forum search and haven't seen one yet Russ. If you like to be the topic starter of it, I certainly would support you and post away on there for sure. :)

    2. zylon


      some have been using the SMS HSC subforum for that

  5. I may not have shown this one yet. Did some backtracking and it doesn't look like I did... GALAXIAN (1979, Namco) Licensed in the US to Midway in 1980. The first in a long and successful series of shooters. The yellow flagship made cameo appearances in several other Namco games. What a classic! It took Space Invaders and gave a whole lot more mobility to the aliens, allowing them to break from formation and fly down at you in swooping patterns. You only get one shot at a time, so make it count! You don't get to score many points in this game so try to destroy the flagship AFTER you pick off its buddies flying with it for the maximum 800 points. Also, if there's at least somewhere around 6-8 enemies remaining when you shoot a flying flagship, the enemies upon returning to formation will stop flying for about 5 seconds, giving you time to pick them off. Oh man, did I play the HELL out of this at my dad's bowling alley on his Monday league nights after school when it first appeared there (either there or a 7-11 where I first saw it). I would use my allowance money for soda and candy and the arcade games they had there. I used to LOVE Boston Baked Beans and SweetTarts.
  6. Ghouls 'N Ghosts I'm not sure how popular it was in the arcades (perhaps more popular for home systems). I only saw it once at a Malibu Gran Prix when I was staying in Orlando in the late 80s.
  7. Which is better for the Sega Master System-- Castle of Illusion or Land of Illusion?

    1. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      I like Land more than Castle but both are great!

    2. Rogerpoco


      Holy Smokes, you are committed!!!

      Hehe-waiting on my SMS buddy to pass his bar exam so we can get back to the Ayrton Senna, but let's see, since we got on the SMS at relatively the same time, I've went from the Intellivision for a while, then some 2600, then to the Famicom(mostly playing US games, via flashcart-top loader, has a nicer pic than my USA NESs), back to the 2600, then the INT again, haha, and the drunk fairy evidently dragged the N64 off the shelf a few days ago, but I'm not sure why.

      I have the attention span of a gnat.


      Those are Mickey games, right? I may check them out, my Granddaughter is obsessed with Minnie right now, and I grew up close enough to Orlando that I went to the Magic Kingdom probably too many times as a kid, haha, uncommon complaint I guess.


    3. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      Yep, Mickey games. They're a lot of fun. Great platformers.

  8. Castle Of Illusion Ghouls 'N Ghosts Rastan all Sega Master System
  9. Dusting off this topic for: GOLDEN AXE (1989 Sega) I actually didn't see this in arcades too often. Once you get used to how to manipulate the concept of attacking an area just as enemies arrive there (I did a jump attack just as enemies were arriving at the same latitude as me) the game is generally EASY. Also, learn not to leave a whole lot of space when between enemies-- they'll do a running attack. Played plenty of this on the Genesis and Sega CD (Sega Greatest Hits type of collection, with Super Monaco GP/Columns/etc.). I first saw the arcade cabinet at an Oregon coast arcade, and I can't remember where else I saw it BITD (seen it at classic arcades in more recent years).
  10. I may have only seen BPM at Malibu Gran Prix. I think people were clamoring for Pac Man games and would play any that came out but shortly after playing BPM turned their nose up at it. It is IMHO pretty bad. Up 'N Down had numerous ports so maybe it had a decent bit of popularity but I only saw it once at an Aladdin's Castle.
  11. Yeah, I believe I only saw Vanguard in the arcades a couple times-- it was kind of rare in my neck of the woods. Electric Palace at the Beaverton Mall and either Gold Mine in Sea-Tac Mall or Aladdin's Castle at Vancouver Mall in Washington state. It's kind of hard for me as well to only remember seeing a popular game once, since I was a die-hard arcade junkie BITD. It was in the later 80s when my passion started to die down just a smidge. I don't know if anyone could call Hunchback popular but I only saw that one once, at an arcade in Raleigh Hills a couple miles from my current house. I think that was the only place I saw Super Zaxxon as well. Also not sure if that's popular enough to mention.
  12. What arcade games did you remember hearing about from all your friends or reading about them in gaming magazines, and you only saw once in an arcade-- or never? I only saw R-TYPE once at a nickel arcade in Tigard, OR. I certainly liked what I saw but that was the only arcade I ever saw it at. How 'bout you folks?
  13. Been forever since a filling popped out when eating something chewy.  I always think the food manufacturers put something in it until closer inspection..

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    2. retrorussell


      No it was just Milk Duds.  I don't even think of my filling coming out when I bite down on something hard, then upon further inspection find out it's the filling.  Then I stop chewing immediately until I can put the filling back in (but no more caramel for a long time, for sure!).

    3. fdurso224


      Gotcha Russ Glad that you're not in pain. But I do have to say that Milk Duds is a family favorite of ours. Glad you enjoy them just like us bro..

    4. retrorussell


      Milk Duds, Junior Mints and Sugar Babies were our favorites at the theater when we were kids.  I liked P-Nuttles as well (toffee flavored peanuts) and Goobers but eventually theater snacks just got way too damn expensive.

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