by email@example.com (Robbie Clark) on November 05, 2013 07:30 AM
Video games have moved on a lot over the years, but who can forget the old arcade classics from the seventies and eighties? If you are feeling a bit nostalgic, here are five of the all-time classics that will always be remembered fondly by gaming fans.
1. Donkey Kong
When it comes to playing on all time classic arcade machines, one of the best games that many people would still be happy to play is Donkey Kong. Released in 1981, Donkey Kong is known for being one of the most difficult arcade games of all time. It is also thought to be the first video game that actually had a storyline. But perhaps it is most famous for being the game that introduced us to Mario, known then as Jumpman, who had to save his girlfriend from the tyrannical ape by avoiding barrels and climbing ladders.
Perhaps the most famous arcade game of them all, Pac-Man was released by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1980 and became an instant hit. Players had to guide the dot-eating circle around the maze, collecting fruits and objects to increase their score while avoiding the four ghosts, each of which had its own personality and characteristics. When Pac-Man eats a super dot, he becomes invincible for a short period and the tables turn on the ghosts.
3. Dig Dug
This game from Atari appeared in 1982, and was another instant hit. It involved directing the robot Dig Dug to dig tunnels and kill the enemies, consisting of Fygars and Pookas, by dropping rocks on them or inflating them with an air pump until they exploded. When all the enemies were destroyed, the level was completed, but players could also eat all of the dirt to get more points. As the game progressed, the enemies became faster.
This was another Atari hit, which came out in 1979. Players had to direct their space craft through a perilous asteroid belt without getting hit, and their only defence was a weapon at the front of the craft. Players had to have fast reflexes to manage all of the controls including the rotate, fire and thrust buttons. And to make it even more challenging, hostile UFOs would occasionally appear to try and destroy the craft.
There are many video games based on movies these days, but Tron was the first of the lot. This 1982 game from Bally Midway was hugely popular. So popular, in fact, that it ended up making more than the movie it was based on. It had four games for each level, all based on various scenes from the movie, and they had to be completed to move onto the next level.
Arcade Games that Have Stood the Test of Time
These games have all proven to be so popular that they are still available to play. Whether you go to an arcade or buy one of the classic machines yourself, you'll still be able to enjoy the challenge of these entertaining games that have stood the test of time.
Kaylee Cowling loves to play video games, especially classic arcade games. An avid blogger, you can find her interesting articles on a variety of websites.