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Your top ten arcade games of the early 80's

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Here is my top ten in no particular order.

 

1. Pole Position 1 and 2 (1982/1983)

2. Tempest (1981)

3. Tron (1982)

4. Moon Patrol (1982)

5. Gorf (1981)

6. Phoenix (1980)

7. Mario Bros. (1983)

8. Galaga (1981)

9. Donkey Kong (1981)

10. Missle Command (1980)

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No particular order (and no surprises)

 

 

1) Asteroids

 

2) Outrun/Turbo Outrun (may not count...year)

 

3) Centipede

 

4) Galaga

 

5) Ms. PacMan

 

6) Tempest

 

7) Donkey Kong

 

8) Pole Position II

 

9) Missile Command (though I am abysmal at it)

 

10) Star Trek SOS

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Games I preferred to play 1980-1984:

Defender (those SOUNDS!)

Centipede

Asteroids

Red Baron

Omega Race

Qix

Buck Rogers Planet of Zoom

Joust (though mostly after 1988)

Galaxian

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Most of my quarters found their way into these games:

 

Missile Command

Moon Patrol

Carnival

Moon Cresta

PacMan

Galaxian

Donkey Kong

Mad Planets

Space Invaders

Jungle King

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I was hard to narrow it down to only ten, but here is my list....

 

MOON PATROL

POLE POSITION

BATTLE ZONE

QIX

MISSILE COMMAND

BERZERK

TEMPEST

ASTEROIDS

LUNAR LANDER

DIG DUG

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Missile Command

Defender

Tempest

Donkey Kong

Asteroids

Burgertime

Galaga

Lunar Lander

Firetruck

Biplanes

 

Firetruck and Biplanes were 'older' games in the early eighties but alot of fun.

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1980 - 1984

 

10. Xevious

9. Galaga

8. Donkey Kong Junior

7. GORF

6. Star Wars

5. Missile Command

4. Donkey Kong

3. Millipede

2. Ms. Pac-Man

1. Centipede

 

 

If we could have gone up to 1985 I definitely would have put Shao-lin's Road in there near the top of the list, since it's one of my all time favorite arcade games, but that seems about right for my early 80's favorites. Centipede is definitely my all time favorite for gameplay, but I don't think I'll ever get over how ridiculously awesome the cockpit cabinets for Star Wars and Missile Command are… even if I am terrible at both games. :lol:

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On 7/26/2015 at 5:33 PM, Syzygy1 said:

4. New York! New York! (I played it in NYC)

I live in Brooklyn, and that game was in one of the arcades in the city. It was one of the "rarer" games we had.

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In no particular order,   these are games that I was obsessed with for a time in the 80s.   They may not be my favorite games in retrospect, but that's a much harder list :)

 

Pacman

Donkey Kong

Vanguard

Mr. Do

Elevator Action

Rock N Rope

Pole Position

Defender

Gauntlet

Star Wars Arcade

Bonus: Dragon's Lair

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I'm counting from the '70s up to '84 as the early 80s.

 

Joust - I just think it's one of the greatest of all time. This is a game you can play with style and personality. It's got a famous, fun and useful glitch. It's conceptually weird as hell and the artwork by Python Anghelo is coldblooded, to use early '80s terminology.

 

Gyruss - Super intense music... this is the first time I remember an arcade game having a soundtrack that just kicks ass. Good risk/reward mechanic, good patterns that you can memorize yet it throws some curveballs at you once you do memorize them.

 

Monaco GP - The beginning of my love for Sega racers! It gets intense and kind of hypnotic.

 

Turbo - Another groundbreaker. It was soon overshadowed by Pole Position the following year, but this is the more fun game and it's a lot more ambitious in its design.

 

Qix - This is one of those games that doesn't have music per se, but it's got a badass, menacing, pulsing thrum. Totally abstract and unique.

 

Juno First - I never encountered this back in the day, but it's so cool. Like Qix, its soundtrack is just futuristic menacing noise. I like how you're pretty much in control of the intensity.

 

Time Pilot '84 - This is another that I don't think I ever saw back in the day, but I started playing it recently and it's brilliant. Also like Juno First, you start to realize that you are in control of a lot of what the game throws at you as it responds to how you're playing. It also thanks you for playing it at the end, which is a touch of class.

 

Buck Rogers - Planet of Zoom / Zoom 909 - The precursor to Space Harrier. At some point it seemed like Sega started sending these games back from the future. Really nice colors and scaling.

 

Omega Race - Starts off slow but quickly builds into a formidable challenge. It's unique, the back story is cool, and you really have to see the actual cabinet with the mirrored screen/artwork combination that just can't be shown accurately in an emulator.

 

Exerion - This is another I only discovered years later via emulation. What a cool background effect. The momentum of your ship is a little over the top and you need to acclimate to it, but it's pretty cool, makes you look at Jaleco like someone you never noticed was hot before.

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This is tough. Here we go, in no order...it's tricky because I will only use games I actually played back then:

 

1. Turbo

2. Moon Patrol

3. Zaxxon

4. Galaxian

5. Kangaroo

6. Pac Man

7. Donkey Kong

8. Donkey Kong Jr

9. Time Pilot 84

10. Sinistar

 

 

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These are the games I spent most of my quarters on.

 

Asteroids
Battlezone
Phoenix
Galaxian
Missile Command
Lunar Lander
Galaga

Gorf
Omega Race
Ms. Pac-Man

*Space Invaders: This was everywhere and I'd play from time to time, but I sucked at it.
 

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Here's my top 10, I'm not sure if they're all early 80's though :ponder: 

 

Pole Position

Tempest

Commando

Galaga

Spy Hunter

Elevator Action

Scramble

Star Wars

Vanguard

Rip Off! 

 

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1980 thru 1984
here are my top 10
in alphabetical order:
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01. Berzerk
02. Donkey Kong
03. Jungle Hunt
04. Mr. Do!
05. Ms. Pac-Man
06. Pandora's Palace
07. Phoenix 
08. Rally-X
09. Time Pilot
10. Wizard of Wor

 

Honorable Mentions: Amidar, Arabian, Bagman, Bank Panic, Battle Zone, Bomb Jack, Bosconian, BurgerTime, Bump'n'Jump, Carnival, Centipede, Circus Charlie, Cloak & Dagger, Congo Bongo, Crazy Climber, Crazy Kong (Part II) (Falcon), Crossbow, Crystal Castles, Dig Dug, Disc of Tron, Donkey Kong Jr., Do! Run Run, Elevator Action, Frogger, Galaga, Gorf, Gyruss, Joust, Journey, Jumping Jack, Kangaroo, Karate Champ, Kick, Kick Rider, Kung-Fu Master, Lady Bug, Major Havoc, Make Trax, Mappy, Marble Madness, Mario Bros., Moon Patrol, Monster Bash, Mr. Do's Castle, Pac-Land, Pac-Man, Paperboy, Pengo, Pooyan, Popeye, Punch-Out!!, Q*bert, Robotron: 2084, Route 16, Satan's Hollow, Sinistar, Spy Hunter, Star Wars, Super Pac-Man, Tapper, Tempest, Track & Field, Turbo, Turtles, Tutankham, Up'n Down, Zaxxon, Zoo Keeper.

 

Truth is, it's easier to just pick my top three: Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, Phoenix. 

 

The other seven could possibly be swapped out with any of the honorable mentions if I were to make a list on another day.

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Centipede is my absolute favorite game of all time--arcade, console, whatever.  So it is #1, but the following are without ranking:

 

Black Widow

Ms. Pac-Man

Discs of Tron

Kangaroo

S.T.U.N. Runner

Food Fight

Marble Madness

Hard Drivin'

Star Wars

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Breakout
Pacman/Ms Pacman
Space Invaders
Asteroids
Defender
Qbert
Pole Position
Road Blasters
Moon Patrol
Centipede
Burgertime

Mr Do

Punch Out

 

 

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Xevious

Mario Bros

Dig Dug

Star Wars TAG

Food Fight

Centipede 

Ms Pac Man

Popeye

Tempest

Mr DO!

 

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This is such a hard question!

 

(I don't know if these are in order, haha)

 

Star Castle

Asteroids Deluxe

Frenzy

Mr. Do!

Targ

Tron

Omega Race

Red Baron

Pulsar

Astro Blaster

 

 

 

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Off the top of my head, and in very rough order:

Ms. Pac Man

Frenzy

Millipede

Tron

Battlezone

Defender

Venture

Space Fury

Donkey Kong

Star Wars

 

Good call on Pulsar, I got to play that about 10 years ago when I made it to a Funspot. I never heard of it before, but it was great!  Not in my top 10 but a really good game.

11 hours ago, GoldLeader said:

Pulsar

 

 

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1 hour ago, BydoEmpire said:

Off the top of my head, and in very rough order:

Ms. Pac Man

Frenzy

Millipede

Tron

Battlezone

Defender

Venture

Space Fury

Donkey Kong

Star Wars

 

Good call on Pulsar, I got to play that about 10 years ago when I made it to a Funspot. I never heard of it before, but it was great!  Not in my top 10 but a really good game.

 

 

 

Thanks!  I wanted at least something off the beaten path in there.  I remember New York, New York fondly too, but had only ever played it a couple of times a long time ago.  Pulsar was one (I guess I also only played a couple of times) at a nice, dark arcade in our K-Mart of all places.  I remember the game was fun, almost like Frenzy but you're in a vehicle...But what really sold it for me was the intense, evil sounding sound FX.

 

My list was hard to make because I wanted Scramble or Zaxxon in there, but ran out of room, and I thought about having Space Invaders in there (of course), but ultimately went with Astro Blaster due to the sheer variety of enemies, which blew me away the first time I saw it...

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