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Flyer Title Year Genre Description Screenshot
Battlezone arcade flyer.png Battlezone 1980 Simulation Tank simulation with wireframe enemy tanks, UFOs and obstacles. Movement and turning is similar to that of a tank: slow as fuck. Once an enemy has you in his sights it's pretty much over.
Some of the old cabinets to this game had an awesome, pseudo-3D effect with a graphical overlay you had to look through.
Berzerk arcade flyer.jpg Berzerk 1980 Run and Gun / Maze Berzerk is a very straight to the point game. Shoot anything that moves and survive as long as you can. Despite having only one real enemy, the game still keeps things fresh and varied with encounters. The fear of accidentally killing yourself by touching walls or robots is very real, and the synthesized voice-acting is very charming and memorable still today. Check it out for a simple but fun action shooting experience. Berzerk.jpg
Blaster arcade flyer.jpg Blaster 1983 Shoot 'em Up OH GOD MY EYES. Pilot a space ship in search of paradise through a bunch of rainbow-flavored strobe levels. Joystick action which is better emulated with an actual joystick. Supposedly the envisioned sequel to Robotron: 2084 though it bears little resemblance. Blaster.jpg
Bosconian arcade flyer.jpg Bosconian 1981 Shoot 'em Up 8-directional movement with a tail gun that allows you to make quick work of enemy squadrons even when running away. Hunt the green enemy space stations to progress through levels and keep your threat level manageable. Red threat level is when the kamikaze pilots start coming out of the woodwork. Bosconian.jpg
Bump 'N' Jump arcade flyer.jpg Bump 'N' Jump/Burnin' Rubber 1982 Action / Driving Birds eye view racer, drive to the finish while avoiding traffic and jumping over obstacles. Bump.jpg
BurgerTime arcade flyer.jpg BurgerTime 1982 Puzzle Make gigantic burgers by dropping ingredients downward and avoiding enemies. BurgerTime arcade screenshot.png
Centipede arcade flyer.jpg Centipede 1980 Shoot 'em Up Similar to Space Invaders, but involves bugs and mushrooms instead of shields and aliens. SFg.gif
Defender arcade flyer.jpg Defender 1980 Shoot 'em Up Battle against confusing six-button controls trying to save humanoids from hordes of enemies. Has a "sequel" named Stargate, which is more of the same, but with extra enemies. Defender arcade screenshot.png
Dig Dug arcade flyer.jpg Dig Dug 1982 Maze Tunnel underground and shoot monsters with a spike that fills them up with air until they explode. Digdug.jpg
Discs of Tron arcade flyer.jpg Discs of Tron 1983 Action A disc-throwing competition, based on one of the scenes of the movie. Jump between you disc-shaped platforms and shoot your opponent while avoiding his shots. Discs of Tron arcade screenshot.png
Donkey Kong arcade flyer.jpg Donkey Kong 1981 Platformer Run and jump through 4 stages to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong. KILL SCREEN COMIN' UP. Donkey kong arc.jpg
Donkey Kong II Jumpman Returns arcade flyer.jpg Donkey Kong II: Jumpman Returns 2006 Platformer/Mod A great mod/sequel to the arcade classic, Jumpman Returns features all of the classic elements of the first Donkey Kong with 4 entirely new levels, and "Cutscenes"
Gameplay footage can be found here
Frenzy arcade flyer.jpg Frenzy 1982 Run and Gun Fantastic sequel to Berzerk. A lot of things have been reworked for the better: walls are no longer electrified and instead can reflect bullets or be destroyed, single-sprite robots now come in skeleton and.. uh.. octopus variety, and Otto can be killed! That can be seen as a blessing or a curse, because after he dies he comes back faster than before. Markedly weaker voice work, something that made the original so memorable. Frenzy.jpg
Frogger arcade flyer.jpg Frogger 1981 Action Cross the highway and avoid getting splattered. Frogger arcade screenshot.png
Galaga arcade flyer.jpg Galaga 1981 Shoot 'em Up Shoot aliens. Protip: Get one ship captured and save it, now you have DOUBLE SHOT POWER. Galaga arcade screenshot.png
Gorf arcade flyer.jpg Gorf 1981 Shoot 'em Up Fixed shmup with five different missions, each with it's own enemy formations and set rules. Gorf arcade screenshot.png
Gravitar arcade flyer.jpg Gravitar 1982 Shoot 'em Up A Vector graphis game similar to Asteroids, but with the added twist of gravity. Once you enter a planet, you're taken to a side view level where you must destroy all turrets before moving to the next planet. Gravitar arcade screenshot.png
Gyruss arcade flyer.jpg Gyruss 1983 Shoot 'em Up Save the solar system from great evil as you make your way to Earth!

A fun and unique Konami "tube shooter" (meaning the field of play is akin to a giant abstract tube with the player's ship). Gameplay involves quick reflexes dodging satellites, space lasers, asteroids and all manner of obstacles in the reaches of space while destroying all the enemy ships that are coming after you. This is all done while listening to a radical electronic version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue.

There are many ports of this game, including an excellent NES port with 39 looping stages that take you past Earth and to the Sun (not 24 like the arcade which take you as far as only Earth), a bit of added throwaway plot and an intense end boss at the Sun.

Halleys Comet arcade flyer.jpg Halley's Comet 1986 Shoot 'em Up While it may look painfully basic the gameplay is actually quite fun, well worthy of a quick play. You launch from a planet and scroll vertically towards a hollowed out, alien-infested comet. Enemy ships that make it past you damage your home planet for a set percentage, where 100% damage results in a game over. Tiered weapons, erratic enemy patterns and random warp jumps give the game variety.

Spawned a sequel on the Game Gear: Halley Wars.

Joust arcade flyer.jpg Joust 1982 Platformer You're a knight. You joust... ON AN OSTRICH.

Joust is a competitive game, requiring precise movement and momentum to eliminate the ever-increasing throng of enemy knights. Elevation is the only factor in rendering a killing blow. The knight flying above at the point of contact kills the opposing one. Contact on an equal level is a draw, resulting in both bouncing away.

Jungle Hunt arcade flyer.jpg Jungle Hunt 1982 Action

A game where you guide the intrepid, nameless, khaki clad jungle hunter through trials of vine swinging, river swimming, and, uh, jumping over rocks in order to save your female companion from the savages. Lots of the game is reaction/timing based.

Oh, and P.S. you'll never get the damn soundtrack out of your head after the first 30 seconds.

There's also a pirate themed sister-game called Pirate Pete. Pretty much the same thing, just pirate-y.

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Kangaroo arcade flyer.jpg Kangaroo 1982 Platformer Platformer similar to Donkey Kong, you control a mother kangaroo trying to rescue her children. You don't actually have a jump button, having to press up for jumping. Kangaroo arcade screenshot.png
Kung Fu Master arcade flyer.jpg Kung Fu Master 1984 Beat 'em up Aka Spartan-X and Kung-Fu. Kick assholes and save your girlfriend. Kung Fu Master arcade screenshot.png
Lady Bug arcade flyer.jpg Lady Bug 1981 Maze Pac-Man style maze game where you can actually change the maze's layout by shifting through gates on the maze. Lady Bug arcade screenshot.png
Lode Runner arcade flyer.jpg Lode Runner 1983 Platformer Get gold and escape. Dig holes in front of or behind you to trap enemies. Lode Runner arcade screenshot.png
Mario Bros arcade flyer.jpg Mario Bros. 1983 Platformer Collect coins, stun monsters then kick them. Avoid Fireballs. Much more fun in later remixes with 4 players. Mario Bros arcade screenshot.png
Millipede arcade flyer.jpg Millipede 1982 Shoot 'em Up Shoot the millipede to bits while collecting magic wands. Don't let it eat all the mushrooms! It's as frenetic and trippy as it sounds. Millipede arcade screenshot.png
Motos arcade flyer.jpg Motos 1985 Action Simple game where you control a bumper car and must bump into the enemies to throw them out of the playing field. Motos arcade screenshot.png
Mr Do arcade flyer.jpg Mr. Do! 1982 Maze Very similar to Dig Dug, you must dig tunnels and collect the fruit while dealing with the enemies. You have a ball you can throw at enemies but you must retrieve it back to be able to attack again. Mr Do arcade screenshot.png
Ms Pac Man arcade flyer.jpg Ms. Pac-Man 1981 Maze If you've played Pac-Man, then you've played Ms. Pac-Man. Fortunately, it's just as good as its predecessor. Ms Pac Man arcade screenshot.png
Nibbler arcade flyer.jpg Nibbler 1982 Maze Let the snake eat the food without running into itself or the walls. Nibbler arcade screenshot.png
Pac Man arcade flyer.jpg Pac-Man 1980 Maze Eat pills in a dark room and chase ghosts while listening to repetitive techno music. Pac Man arcade screenshot.png
Pole Position arcade flyer.jpg Pole Position 1982 Racing Drive through a course to get the best time. A lot harder than it sounds. Pole Position arcade screenshot.png
Qbert arcade flyer.jpg Q*bert 1982 Puzzle / Platformer Jump on every panel to make them the same color. Avoid enemies by jumping away or jumping on flying saucers. Qbert arcade screenshot.png
Qix arcade flyer.jpg Qix 1981 Action Try to make a picture by clearing away the cover sheet with careful navigation. Qix arcade screenshot.png
Rally X arcade flyer.jpg Rally-X 1980 Racing / Maze Mix of maze and racing game, you collect flags on the maze track while avoiding the other cars. Rally X arcade screenshot.png
Robotron 2084 arcade flyer.jpg Robotron: 2084 1982 Shoot 'em Up Dual-stick shooter, later copied by Smash T.V. Shoot robots and save humanity. This game doesn't pull punches. Robotron 2084 arcade screenshot.png
Sinistar arcade flyer.jpg Sinistar 1982 Shoot 'em Up I AM SINISTAR. BEWARE, I LIVE. Shoot aliens and asteroids to collect crystals and stop a planet-sized monster from eating you. Sinistar arcade screenshot.png
Space Invaders arcade flyer.jpg Space Invaders 1978 Shoot 'em Up You pilot a mobile cannon tasked to repel an alien invasion. As you kill aliens the music speeds up and they start to descend faster, with the last one styling all over your cannon-y ass. Good luck sniping that swift bastard.

One of the most iconic games on the arcade which helped bring video gaming into the limelight. If you've been living under a rock there's been multiple remakes which are simply AMAZING.

Space Zap arcade flyer.jpg Space Zap 1980 Shoot 'em Up description goes here Space Zap arcade screenshot.png
Star Wars arcade flyer.jpg Star Wars 1983 Rail Shooter Classic vector shooter game with sounds from the film and one of the few Star Wars related things George Lucas hasn't ruined yet. Star Wars arcade screenshot.png
Tapper arcade flyer.jpg Tapper 1983 Action Serve (Root) Beer to customers. Don't let them break anything. Harder than it sounds. Tapper arcade screenshot.png
Tempest arcade flyer.jpg Tempest 1980 Shoot 'em Up / TUUUUBES Vector tube-based shmup which utilized a paddle controller. You're a crab-shaped spaceship. There's a bunch of monsters coming up at you from the depths of god-knows-where. Scroll your wheel, slide around the tube, and blast that shit back to oblivion. Also, watch out for pulsars and those goddamn fuseballs.

One of the most addictive shooters of its day. There's not much plot aside from "SHOOT THE LITTLE BUGGERS", but the original designer says it was going to be a sort of first-person Space Invaders until he had this trippy nightmare about monsters coming out of a hole. Take from that what you will. Has a few direct remakes and ports, like Tempest 2000. Geometry Wars could be considered a mix of this and Robotron 2084.

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Tutankham arcade flyer.jpg Tutankham 1982 Maze description goes here Tutankham arcade screenshot.png
Vanguard arcade flyer.jpg Vanguard 1981 Shoot 'em Up An early TOSE-developed game with some very innovative traits for its day. It had horizontal, vertical, even diagonal stages - and each section was visually distinct. The player could fire in multiple directions. And there were digitized voices. So good, you'll forgive them for shamelessly ripping the music from Flash Gordon and Star Trek. Vanguard arcade screenshot.png
Wizard of Wor arcade flyer.jpg Wizard of Wor 1980 Action / Maze Pac-Man with guns. Blast through a labyrinth with weird looking creatures while hunting the elusive Wizard of Wor. Snipe the Worluk/Wizard before they escape to start a double score bonus stage. Shit gets real on the Worlord levels.
Allows for bro-op if you both are well coordinated.