Not only the enormous, gigantic, BEEG cabinet coin-op arcade games from the insane 80s, but also many of the greatest video games of all time are among the top vintage arcade games. Current video games evolved from these original faves and are now played on tiny mobile handheld devices or popular home consoles with wireless controllers and Online connectivity. The top retro games are still available in gaming centers and arcades today, albeit in upgraded versions.
Top classic arcade franchises such as Paperboy and Donkey Kong have generated sequels or entire series. Though coin – operated games of the 1980s were a distant cry from today’s games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and games that use 3D visuals and violent content, they do serve as a reminder of a simpler era.
This is our list and may not reflect the current trend. This is the ranking we put on the classic coin-operated games. This is our opinion. We still want to hear from you in the comments.
Arcade Games List Ranked!
Pac-Man – #1
Pac-Man is an arcade game that was first launched in Japan on May 22, 1980, by Bandai Namco. Midway was given the rights to distribute it in the United States, and it was produced in October 1980.
Donkey Kong – #2
Nintendo introduced Donkey Kong in 1981 as an arcade game. The gameplay relies on guiding the main figure through a succession of stages, making it an early representative of the platform game genre.
Galaga – #3
Galaga is a 1981 fixed-shooter action game developed by Namco in Japan and marketed by Midway in North America. It’s the follow-up to Galaxian, which came out in 1979.
Ms. Pac-Man – #4
Ms. Pac-Man is a classic platformer from the Golden Period of video games. Midway Manufacturing Corporation, headquartered in Illinois, is the North American licensee of Pac-Man. In North America.
Street Fighter II – #5
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a multiplayer fighting game that was first launched in 1991 for arcades. It is the second installment in the Street Fighter saga and the arcade successor to 1987’s Street Fighter. It is Capcom’s fourteenth game for the CP arcade games system.
Gauntlet – #6
Atari Games’ Gauntlet is a fantasy-themed hack and slice arcade game. Atari sold a total of 7,848 Gauntlet video arcade games units after their release in October 1985.
Frogger – #7
Frogger is an arcade action game created by Konami and published by Sega in 1981. Sega/Gremlin distributed it in North America. The point of the game is to guide frogs one by one to their habitat by crossing a busy highway and traversing a dangerous river.
Dig Dug – #8
In 1982, Namco released Dig Dug, an arcade game that was created and produced in Japan. It was later published outside of Japan by Atari, Inc. and operates on Namco Galaga hardware. Dig Dug’s goal is to destroy monsters that live underground by either inflating them with an air pump till they burst or dropping boulders on them.
1942 – #9
Capcom’s arcade game 1942 is a vertically scrolling shoot ’em up that was launched in 1984. The 19XX series began with this game. The Battle of Midway, which took place in 1943, was the next installment of the series.
Asteroids – #10
Asteroids is an arcade space blaster created by Lyle Rains and Ed Logg and introduced in November 1979 by Atari, Inc. In this vintage arcade multidirectional shooter video game, pilot the spaceship to eliminate asteroids and flying saucers.
Q*bert – #11
Q*bert is an arcade video game created by Gottlieb and released in 1982. It’s a 2D action game with puzzle components that employs “isometric” graphics to give it a pseudo-3D appearance. The goal of each level in the game is to make Q*bert, the on-screen figure, bounce on top of each cube while avoiding obstacles and adversaries to alter every cube in a pyramid to a target color.
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