...at home 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Action Adventure Board Game Collecting Objects Joystick Keyboard Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Q

Quest For The Rings

The Game: In the opening screen – the mists of time, so the rulebook tells us – two players pick their characters’ classes. Warriors are sword-wielding strongmen, wizards can cast spells from a distance, phantoms can walk through solid walls (but not lava formations), and changelings can become invisible when they move. The two intrepid …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Game Systems home video games only Joystick S Shooting At Enemies Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Space Invaders

The Game: It’s quite simple, really. You’re the pilot of a ground-based mobile weapons platform, and there are buttloads of alien meanies headed right for you. Your only defense is a trio of shields which are degraded by any weapons fire – yours or theirs – and a quick trigger finger. Occasionally a mothership zips …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 2 quarters (2 stars) Educational Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Math Maze Odyssey2 T

Take The Money And Run!

The Game: Two little white robots represent assorted economic woes, and they drain your cash rapidly if they catch up with you. The object of the game is to come out with the most money left at the end of the two-player game. You couldn’t really do anything about the robots. (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: A …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 4 quarters (4 stars) A Arcade arcade games only Gremlin Joystick Sega Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Speech Synthesis

Astro Blaster

The Game: Another day, another alien invasion. But this time it won’t be so easy to fight the aliens off: your ship has a limited supply of power, and your guns can overheat if you force them to spend too much time blazing away. You have to be judicious with your firepower, dodge incoming fire, …

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Bosconian

The Game: As the pilot of a well-armed spacecraft (which appears to have been borrowed from Galaga), you weave through an unending barrage of support craft, asteroids, and hunter ships, all of which can kill you. And somewhere on the screen – as indicated by your radar – are several large Bosconian star destroyers (what, …

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...in the arcade 1981 2 Buttons 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade C Joystick Shooting At Enemies Side-Scrolling Universal

Cosmic Avenger

The Game: You pilot a space fighter, bombing and blasting away at enemy ground installations, ships, and missiles. Strafe away! (Universal, 1981) Memories: Okay…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what Universal was copying here. Cosmic Avenger is a somewhat more colorful ripoff of Williams’ 1980 hit Defender, and Universal wasn’t entirely nuts …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 4 quarters (4 stars) Action Strategy Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store C Joystick Shooting At Enemies Taito

Colony 7

The Game: You’re in charge of defenses at Colony 7. Even though a shield protects the settlement’s power generators, weapons and populated buildings, the onslaught of alien intruders gradually and inevitably wears that shield down. Once holes have been bored through the shield, the aliens have a clear shot at Colony 7 – and you’re …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 5 quarters (5 stars) Arcade arcade games only Arkadia Retrocade Climbing D Joystick Jumping Nintendo

Donkey Kong

The Game: An oversized gorilla kidnaps Mario’s girlfriend and hauls her up to the top of a building which is presumably under construction. You are Mario, dodging Donkey Kong’s never-ending hail of rolling barrels and “foxfires” in your attempt to climb to the top of the building and topple Donkey Kong. You can actually do …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 5 quarters (5 stars) Arcade Climbing F Joystick Maze Rock-Ola Side-Scrolling SNK Speech Synthesis

Fantasy

The Game: As an unnamed but cartoonishly cute little hero, you are powerless to watch as your girlfriend Cheri is abducted by a boatload of pirates. Only then are you inspired to act, chasing after the heavily armed pirate ship in your defenseless balloon. You dodge cannonballs as you try to reach the pirate ship’s …

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...in the arcade 1981 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only arcade games only Arkadia Retrocade Available In Our Store F Gremlin Joystick Jumping Konami Sega

Frogger

The Game: You are a frog. Your task is simple: hop across a busy highway, dodging cars and trucks, until you get the to the edge of a river, where you must keep yourself from drowning by crossing safely to your grotto at the top of the screen by leaping across the backs of turtles …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade Available In Our Store Climbing F Joystick Nichibutsu

Frisky Tom

The Game: Tom the plumber smells a rat – actually, he smells a lot of them, and they’re all crawling around the plumbing, breaking pipes and planting bombs. While this is generally atypical rodent behavior, Tom only cares about knocking the rats off the pipes, fixing the broken sections, and making sure the bathtub at …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 3 quarters (3 stars) Arcade F Joystick Shooting At Enemies Side-Scrolling Sun Electronics

Funky Fish

The Game: You are an unknown species of brightly-colored deep-sea fangly fish who appears to subsist on cherries and has range weapons, radar and a fuel gauge. (I did mention that this was an unknown species, didn’t I?) Smaller critters emerge from a handful of indestructible “spawn points” on the screen, represented by stuff like …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1981 5 quarters (5 stars) Arcade arcade games only Arkadia Retrocade Available In Our Store G Joystick Midway Namco Shooting At Enemies Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Galaga

The Game: Commanding a small fleet of sleek fighter ships, you’re up against an alien invasion, arriving in wave after unfriendly wave. Alien fighters resemble butterflies and bees, but the real prize is the handful of motherships which arrives with each wave. Capable of taking two hits – the first weakens them and turns them …

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