...at home 1983 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Breaking Through Walls Colecovision F Game Systems Joystick Spectravision

Flipper Slipper

The Game: The water is rising! You’re all that stands between the animals and rising floodwaters. Using a pair of paddles, you have to keep a projectile moving without letting it knock a hole in the seawall behind you; if too many holes are blasted through the wall, the game will be over and the …

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...at home 1983 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 5200 Driving First-Person home video games only Joystick P Racing Sports

Pole Position

The Game: Prepare to qualify! Fly to the finish line in a fierce field of Formula One competitors in a qualifying lap. Leaving the track is trouble – and hitting one of the billboards dotted around the edges of the Mt. Fuji track is a sure way to miss out on the subsequent race. (Atari, …

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...at home 1983 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Activision Game Systems Intellivision Intellivision Controller Military Planes R Shooting At Enemies Vertical Scrolling

River Raid

The Game: You’re piloting a fighter jet on a canyon run through enemy territory. You can’t fly outside the canyon walls, so stay over the river and blast everything in sight. Well, almost everything – flying your plane on top of “FUEL” buoys instead of shooting them puts a little bit of gas in the …

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...at home 1983 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Game Systems Intellivision Intellivision Controller Parker Brothers S Shooting At Enemies Side-Scrolling

Super Cobra

The Game: You’re piloting a heavily armed helicopter straight into a heap o’ trouble. Ground and air defenses have been mounted in this enemy installation to stop you at any costs. Missiles, anti-aircraft turrets, and even other vehicles will See the videodo anything to knock you out of the sky – and given the chunky …

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Happy Trails

The Game: Players control a lawman hot on the trail of a notorious bank robber – a notoriously messy one, it should be noted, since his loot is scattered all over the place. Using the controller, pieces of the maze can be shifted (even while one of the characters is on it) to allow the …

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The Dreadnaught Factor

The Game: Piloting a series of solo space fighters, you’re humanity’s last hope against a fleet of gigantic, triangular wedge-shaped battle cruisers bearing down on Earth. Launching from a staging area equipped with a hyperspace gate to fling your fighters into the void at top speed, you must strafe these cruisers in your fighter, bombing …

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...on computers 1983 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) A Action Strategy Apple II Electronic Arts Home Computer System Joystick Keyboard

Archon

The Game: What if chess pieces were living creatures, each with its own unique abilities? And what if, every time to pieces met on the board, they had to fight amongst themselves to occupy the square in question? That’s Archon in a nutshell. (Electronic Arts, 1983) Memories: Whoever came up with this game is a …

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...on computers 1983 2 Buttons 3 quarters (3 stars) Apple II C Datamost Home Computer System Joystick Keyboard Shooting At Enemies Vertical Scrolling

Cavern Creatures

The Game: Why do mountain climbers climb mountains? Because they’re there. Why are you flying a spacecraft into a vast complex of subterranean caverns? Because they’re there, and apparently because you want to blast the multitudes of critters who lurk there. The bad news: there are a lot more of them than there are of …

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...on computers 1983 2 Buttons 5 quarters (5 stars) Action Strategy Apple II Brøderbund Climbing Collecting Objects Edit Your Own Levels Home Computer System Joystick Jumping Keyboard L

Lode Runner

The Game: Cavernous rooms are loaded with gold, just ripe for the picking. But before you celebrate hitting the mother lode, look again – there are other gold-diggers homing in on the treasure. What do you have that they don’t? A drill gun that can blast a hole in the floors, into which your opponents …

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...on computers 1983 2 Buttons 3 quarters (3 stars) Apple II Home Computer System Joystick Mindscape Shooting At Enemies Vertical Scrolling X

Xevious

The Game: As the commander of a sleek Solvalou fighter, you’re deep into enemy territory, shooting their disc-shaped fighters out of the sky, bombing ground installations and artillery nests, bombing tanks, and trying to destroy the mothership. As you progress further behind enemy lines, heavier aircraft and more versatile and deadly ground-based defenses become the …

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...under development 1983 2 Buttons 2 quarters (2 stars) Atari Atari 5200 Basketball Game Systems home video games only Joystick Keypad R Sports Unreleased Prototypes

RealSports Basketball

The Game: Two players each control one man in one-on-one, full-court action. Whoever has the highest score by a predetermined time limit wins. (Atari, 1983 [unreleased]) Memories: Atari’s RealSports series was created to challenge the upper hand Intellivision’s sports games had gained over the blocky, primitive virtual versions of the same sports on the Atari …

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...under development 1983 2 Buttons 3 quarters (3 stars) Action Strategy Colecovision Collecting Objects Game Systems Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. P Probe 2000 Shooting At Enemies Unreleased Prototypes

Power Lords: Quest For Volcan

The Game: As superhero Adam Power, you’re the pilot of a space sled on patrol around the explosive Volcan Rock, and what better cover for the bad guys? An enormous laser-eyed space serpent is coiled around the mountain, and you have to take it down single-handedly. Once you’ve baked the snake, you land your sled …

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Tempest

The Game: As a strangely crablike creature, you scuttle along the rim of an abstract, hollow geometric tube, zapping red bow-tie-ish critters and purple diamond-shaped things which carry them. There are also swirly green things which spin “spikes” like webs, and by the way, you should avoid spikes. (Atari, 1983) Memories: The above description barely …

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...under development 1983 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 5200 home video games only Joystick Shooting At Enemies Unreleased Prototypes Vertical Scrolling X

Xevious

The Game: As the commander of a sleek Solvalou fighter, you’re deep into enemy territory, shooting their disc-shaped fighters out of the sky, bombing ground installations and artillery nests, bombing tanks, and trying to destroy the mothership. As you progress further behind enemy lines, heavier aircraft and more versatile and deadly ground-based defenses become the …

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...in the arcade 1984 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store C Joystick Jumping Konami Side-Scrolling

Circus Charlie

The Game: As Charlie the circus clown, you undertake numerous hazardous activities to wow the big-top audience, including ridng a lion as he jumps through flaming hoops, walking a tightrope also inhabited by numerous monkeys over whom you must jump, leaping around on a series of trampolines (and hopefully over fire-breathers and knife-throwers who happen …

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...in the arcade 1984 2 Buttons 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store Joystick Midway Namco P Publisher / Manufacturer Side-Scrolling

Pac-Land

The Game: In a total break with any and all previous Pac-Man games, Pac-Land puts the yellow one onscreen as a very good homage to the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon based on the original game, complete with the show’s bubbly theme song. You wander down the streets of Pac-Land, avoiding those nasty Ghost Monsters and …

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