[Arcade] Whats your favourite 20th Century arcade game?

#1
I've been messing round with MAME, playing some very old arcade games. I'm curious what your favourite old arcade games are.

I've tried out some games which I used to love.

Some didn't live up to the memories, at least when played on an emulator:

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And some still have the special something, and were just as much fun as I remember:

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Actually Gauntlet II turns out to be a much better game than Gauntlet..

Other favourites which turn out to still be fun include Golden Axe, Shinobi, X-Men and Space Harrier.


So I'm asking for your recommendations. Whilst I'm playing with old arcade games which other classics should I revisit?
 

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#3
Gauntlet - in the here and now - is intensely unsatisfying. Really... the rosy haze of arcade past has not done this game any favours. I managed to play one of my favourite games recently - Smash TV - an ultra-violent game show top-down shooter, but my original experience from the very late 1980s and early 90s has yet to be emulated, as the original version I played had a ball controller rather than a joystick.
 

Dom

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#4
Defender or Battlezone or the various submarine and periscope games or the Star Wars one that let you do the trench run.

I loved the Tempest remake on the Atari Jaguar but never played the original.
 
#6
Gauntlet - in the here and now - is intensely unsatisfying. Really... the rosy haze of arcade past has not done this game any favours.
No way dude - if you get two people who know how to play the Wizard and the Warrior properly, this game is ace! You can stay on forever and kick some serious skelly/demon/grunt butt. I admit though, playing it on MAME is nothing like having the original arcade machine experience.

Okay so other games I played extensively: Galaxian - ( as it was the first arcade game I became half decent at, )Battlezone, Mr Do!(spent a boys holiday in Torquay playing this during the day, out on the lash on the night) , Mr Do's Magic Castle, Mr Do's Wild Ride, Time Pilot, Tron, Xevious, Marble Madness, Spy Hunter, Rally X, Pengo, 10 yard fight, Paper Boy, Double Dragon (spent a different boys holiday in Torquay playing this during the day, out on the lash on the night). Okay I will stop there, I could go on and on... which is why I also have MAME to relive those memories
 
#7
No way dude - if you get two people who know how to play the Wizard and the Warrior properly, this game is ace! You can stay on forever and kick some serious skelly/demon/grunt butt. I admit though, playing it on MAME is nothing like having the original arcade machine experience.
This was the full-on original format squeeze-to-reach-the-joystick four player experience - and it was a bit Meh!
 
#8
Defender or Battlezone or the various submarine and periscope games or the Star Wars one that let you do the trench run.
Battlezone for me as well. Seemed to fit in with my adolescent interest in Cold War gone hot scenarios. I always imagine the Tankwar Europa game referred to in Neuromancer as being a souped up version.
 
#10
Which immediately brings Marble Madness to mind. A great game - but would it work without a ball controller?
Yes but no is the answer. I bought this in a collection for my PS2, and although you could play it with the analogue stick, it wasn't the same as working up a sweat in the arcade. Hell, that used to be my main source of cardio, on those tracker balls! There was a military academy school game that also had one, cannot remember its name now, but that was full on rolling...

and off on a tangent, not a track ball game, but another classic

Rolling Thunder!
 
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