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Poll: What was the greatest arcade game of the '80s?


This week, TechRepublic takes a visual look back at the Top 10 1980s Arcade Classics, but these snapshots are listed in alphabetical -- rather than meritocratic -- order. Thus, it falls to the Geekend readership to answer the following question:

If you answered Other, you darn well better post a comment identifying your alternate entry, explaining why it beats out the other 10 candidates. For that matter, everyone should explain their votes, so we can settle this in the only rational way possible: A classic forum smackdown. Flame on!

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358 comments
AndyBeez
AndyBeez

Lunar Lander! Vector graphics and Fortran > 100% OLD SKOOL

beavwarius
beavwarius

tempest, battlezone, missle command, galaga,firefox,star wars tie fighter.

donj81
donj81

Likely its just me but the 2nd generation at the local arcade in the stand-up version was the "puck-x" chipset version. (from the splash screen) It was akin to the more "extreme" difficulty levels of future games. Speed increased rapidly. IMHO, that one ROCKED!!!

computerstuf
computerstuf

So good that when the arcade shipped it back to the warehouse due to it's excessive size I drove 2 hours and bought it. I have moved it twice and it' still functional in my basement clubroom

fredds5
fredds5

Donkey Kong without a doubt

mdcnet1
mdcnet1

O comments? I must be missing something. Anyway, hands down greatest: SINISTAR! You're playing this little ship, trying to mine Sinibombs, and getting shot at the whole time. Then the enemy ships try to steal the bombs you can't grab and build THEIR bad guy. Sinistar! And when he's done, run for your life! The game screamed at me! I was just a 9 year old kid and scared pixel-less! It was awesome. Sincerely, Mike mdcnet1@gmail.com

rsperrazza
rsperrazza

Come on now. Nintendo hit the market and Super Mario outshined all of the above games. Is there a way to check sales on games for the 80s?

Chris Meacher
Chris Meacher

Yep I played that game so much, and then bought a collection on the PSP just for that one game. http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?letter=A&game_id=6795 Controls where simple, got to practice my track & field in the interrogation bit, but more importantly the whole concept of going around arresting people was fun. Cops & Robbers on a 20p game - fantastic.

serenitywizard
serenitywizard

Berzerk...Intruder Alert...Kill the Humanoid...awesome!

bobfrompips
bobfrompips

How about Duck Hunt, Hogan;s Alley and Deer Hunter.

dondre_t
dondre_t

I know that no one will agree with me, but I was addicted to Solstice. I would play it for like 5 hours straight and only complete 52% of the game, and there was no way to save your progress so when you died, that was it. And I lived for the girly scream that your character does whenever he dies. Even now, when I mention Solstice, my best friend walks away shaking his head.

duncan_922
duncan_922

I don't know if it was mentioned already, but River City Ransom I feel deserves a special mention. That game was fun and lay the groundwork for coop-play IMO!

mikew
mikew

Major Havoc!!! ...need I say more?

thomasderk
thomasderk

Duh, Galaga hands down. You didn't even list it!?!?!? Were you even alive back then!!??? John

billa
billa

Boskonia ;-)

Desorbo_P
Desorbo_P

Tempest not on the list?! Please re-think! Best game of the 80's!

sehesterman
sehesterman

Great article! What about the Software Toolworks games for Heath/Zenith computers? I used to play their Air Traffic Controller game by the hour!

david.behrens
david.behrens

Galaga, Sinistar, Zookeeper, Joust, Defender, Gyruss, Robotron.... too many and too hard to pick just a few!

rditto
rditto

Defender was always my favorite.

tim
tim

Galaxian!!

arcadejames
arcadejames

Not having Robotron, Defender, or Stargate on this list is a crime!

chansen
chansen

Ikari Warriors was the ULTIMATE adventure!

fadista13
fadista13

The best game of the "80 is Operation Wolf

fadista13
fadista13

Best game of the "80 is Operation Wolf.

info
info

Space Wars! The biggest circuit board of the bunch!

denkanrit
denkanrit

Defender definitely has it. I learned the secret to the game watching a pair of twins who were coaching each other as one played. Once you master being able to see both screens at once and can handle the controls by reflex that's it. I could play for hours on a quarter, and never got bored. Only lost the game as nature called me away, highest I ever made was near 5 million points but it lost me my date as I was too locked into the game and forgot what time it was - always happened once I locked into the screens.

picmajik
picmajik

Tempest, Missile Command and Rally-X were the ones for me!

djc
djc

Has to be the original Wonderboy. I spent a fortune in the arcade

info
info

the great thing of donkey kong was that certain hidden moves ( like doing a high jump towards the left in the second level of the 2nd floor would not put you in tha abyss but would bring you up a level higher . In the time you learned that it would have costed you25 guilders. A lot of pocketmoney for a 15 year old.

LocoLobo
LocoLobo

For me it was Space Duel. I was the reigning champ at my favorite arcade in the 80s. But that wasn't why it was the greatest. It was the greatest because at some point during the game I felt like my mind was fully engaged. I can't describe it better than that. Both on a subconscious and conscious level I was ALIVE!

brian.gravitt
brian.gravitt

Everybody has played Tetris at least once. How may games from the 80's are still around in almost it original format?

renowayne2006
renowayne2006

Zaxxon? Wasn't that the one where you flew a jet, and tried not to crash it. Oh, also, what was the one where you entered different rooms, and the voice would say'"Intruder alert, intruder alert"! "Next time humanoid must not escape"...jogging the old memory here....

fmdj
fmdj

Ms. Pacman made a good game better.

dschoene
dschoene

Missile Command ruled and always shall. Star Castle was easily conquerable but could play forever on a quarter - which was nice for us youngsters where a quarter was valuable. I have the full Missile Command machine in my house. Robotron was a close second for me.

j0vi
j0vi

it's computer game, not coin-up arcade. Was good game tho.

ade.fell
ade.fell

No one has mentioned Bombjet, I thought it was great at the time. However Galaga should definately be on the list and would get my vote. I also liked a vertical alien shooting one called moon cresta each of your 3 lives is controlling a different part of the ship

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