...at home 1 Button 1978 4 quarters (4 stars) Bally Bally Professional Arcade Cockpit First-Person Game Systems Joystick S Shooting At Enemies

Star Battle

The Game: As a lone space pilot flying down a seemingly endless trench, your job is simple – blast or bomb all of the vaguely-bow-tie-shaped space fighters that you see. If your fighter is on the lower half of the screen, you’re blasting straight ahead/upward; if you move your fighter near the top of the …

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...at home 1 Button 1979 2 quarters (2 stars) Action Adventure Atari Atari 2600 VCS Game Systems home video games only Joystick S Side-Scrolling Vertical Scrolling

Superman

The Game: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a vaguely anthropomorphic heap o’ pixels with a red cape! Lex Luthor has hatched one of his deadly schemes to overthrow Metropolis – and, naturally, the world – starting with the destruction of a bridge in the city. Deal with Luthor’s thugs, save Lois, and put …

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...at home 1 Button 1 quarter (1 star) 1979 Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 T Video Pinball

Thunderball!

The Game: It’s all the thrills of pinball, minus approximately 75% of the excitement! Use your joystick to control the plunger tension and launch your ball into play. Use the action button to pop the flippers, keeping your ball on the field and out of trouble. The bumpers and spinner score big points…well, relatively speaking. …

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...at home 1 Button 1979 4 quarters (4 stars) Ground Troops Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Military Odyssey2 Real Time Strategy W

War Of Nerves!

The Game: You’re the commander of a small squad of robots, and your opponent – be it a second player or the computer – is commanding a similar platoon o’ droids. Your job is to avoid the enemy’s robots while you wait for your robots to reach the enemy commander. Of course, the enemy’s robots …

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...on computers 1 Button 1979 5 quarters (5 stars) Atari Atari 8-Bit Computers Cockpit computer games only First-Person Home Computer System Joystick Keyboard S Shooting At Enemies

Star Raiders

The Game: Zylon warships are on the rampage, blasting allied basestars out of the sky and wreaking havoc throughout the galaxy. Your orders are to track down the fast-moving raiders and destroy them before they can do any more damage. You have limited shields and weapons at your disposal, and a battle computer which is …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) A Arcade Joystick Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Stern

Astro Invader

The Game: Those pesky invaders from space are back, and this time they’ve devised a handy delivery system that drops entire columns of kamikaze invaders and motherships through a series of airborne chutes from an orbiting Stern command ship. Players can try to intercept invaders as they plummet toward Earth, but as their impact sends …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only B Joystick Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Taito

Balloon Bomber

The Game: Why worry about space invaders when there are more pressing earthly threats? Players guide a mobile cannon at the bottom of the screen, trying to take out a constant barrage of balloon bombers dropping live bombs. A direct hit to the cannon costs the player a “life,” but if the player allows a …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade B Joystick Maze Seeburg Shooting At Enemies Speech Synthesis Stern Valadon Automation

Berzerk

The Game: You’re alone in a maze filled with armed, hostile robots who only have one mission – to kill you. If you even so much as touch the walls, you’ll wind up dead. You’re a little bit faster than the robots, and you have human instinct on your side…but even that won’t help you …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only C Joystick Sega Shooting At Enemies Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Carnival

The Game: Step right up, put your quarter on the table (well, okay, technically in the slot), and take your best shot. There are plenty of targets to hit, but no big plush bears to win. If you don’t take out the ducks before they reach the bottom row, they don’t cycle back to the …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade C Joystick Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Universal

Cosmic Guerilla

The Game: The invaders are back, and this time they plan on making quick work of Earth’s defenses. Columns of alien invaders descend from space, staying safely outside of the range of the player’s cannon. A few aliens at a time break formation and attempt to reach the player’s floating stockpiles of ordnance and extra …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store Joystick K Namco Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Speech Synthesis

King & Balloon

The Game: Manning a fairly agile cannon located on a platform at a castle, your task is simple: protect the King! However, there’s a flotilla of even more agile balloons above you who are there to kidnap his royal highness. As the King is hoisted away by his assailants, he yells “Help!” If you shoot …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade Controller Joystick M Publisher / Manufacturer Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Style Title Begins With Universal

Magical Spot

The Game: The good news: Darwin was right, evolution is a thing. The bad news: this does not work in your favor. You man a laser cannon trying to intercept alien insects making their way toward the bottom of the screen; at the most inconvenient times, the bugs revert to a pupal stage during which …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store Joystick M Nichibutsu Sega Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Moon Cresta

The Game: As commander of the three-stage fighter rocket Moon Cresta, your job is to ward off endless varieties of evasively weaving space attackers. Every time you knock out two consecutive screens of assailants, you’ll have an opportunity to dock your ship to another one of Moon Cresta’s three stages, until all three portions of …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store Collecting Objects Joystick Maze Midway Namco Publisher / Manufacturer R Racing Sports

Rally-X

The Game: Go, Speed Racer, go! (Well, almost.) As the driver of a high-powered race car, you rocket around corners and down straightaways, trying to pick up every yellow flag in the maze-like course and avoiding deadly collisions with pursuing red cars. Watch out for rocks and oil spills, and use your smokescreen only when …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Joystick Nintendo Publisher / Manufacturer R Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Radar Scope

The Game: Why is it that, when aliens invade the Earth, you’re the only person on call? Doesn’t the front office have a more recent phone list? At any rate, wave after wave of aliens attack, dive-bombing you repeatedly and – providing you don’t blast them out of the sky – rejoining their formations to …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store Joystick Maze S Taito

Space Chaser

The Game: It’s got dots and a maze, but this is no Pac-Man. You’re trapped in a symmetrical maze with an enemy homing missile, and the maze is littered with rows of dots. You must maneuver your ship over these dots to collect them, while avoiding any collision with the missile. If the missile locks …

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