Everyone had their favorite arcade games back in the 1980s, and there are many worth remembering, but some were instant classics that will never be forgotten by fans of video games. Even today, despite improvements in technology, the 10 iconic games listed here still resonate with fans and the video game world.
This arcade game truly kicked off the video game craze in the late 1970s and on into the early 1980s. Without Space Invaders, we might not have many of the great games we have today, more than 30 years later.
Arcades were never the same once Pac-Man hit the scene. Players used to line up by the dozens with their quarters ready to slug them into a Pac-Man game. Good players had memorized a safe path to use in the maze, but eventually the game was too much even for that.
Just when video game fans thought Pac-Man was the ultimate arcade game, Ms. Pac-Man came out and improved upon the original with more mazes, more colors and more characters.
The classic climbing game. Tons of other video games have been influenced by Donkey Kong over the years, and it was the first game to include Mario of Nintendo fame.
Who could ever forget Frogger? It’s another classic game from the golden era of video games, and rightly so. For the time, Frogger had unusual game play as players controlled a frog trying to make its way across a busy road and a dangerous river.
The graphics were what originally drew many arcade-goers to Zaxxon. And why not? With its 3D-like graphics (at least for the time), Zaxxon was definitely different from all the other space shooters in the early 1980s.
Arcade games weren’t becoming stale when Dig Dug came along, but this game definitely brought a new type of play what with the main character digging underground and using a bicycle pump to take out the enemies.
Space. The final frontier. Or maybe your final resting place if you can’t avoid all those asteroids flying about your spaceship. Asteroids is another classic game. Here, the player had to blast away at asteroids or be smashed to bits.
Centipede could seem like just another shooting game to some players, but it had different graphics from most shooters and was special enough to attract many fans.
Here the player has to blow up missiles in the sky before they blow up the player’s home cities. Sounds easy, right? It’s not. Try it some time.