1971 Arcade C More Than 2 Buttons No Rating Nutting & Associates Shooting At Enemies

Computer Space

The Game: Two ships are locked in deadly deep-space combat, firing interplanetary ordnance at each other. Whoever survives the most confrontations within a set amount of time is the victor. In the game’s one-player variation, the machine controls one ship, and a two-player version was also made. (Nutting & Associates, 1971) Memories: To go all …

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...at home 1 Button 1977 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store C home video games only Joystick Military Planes Tanks

Combat

The Game: Two players each control a fearsome armored fighting vehicle on a field of battle littered with obstacles (or not, depending upon the agreed-upon game variation). The two tanks pursue each other around the screen, trying to line up the perfect shot without also presenting a perfect target if they miss. In accordance with …

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...in the arcade 1979 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store Breaking Through Walls C Namco Paddle / Rotary Knob

Cutie Q

The Game: You control a pair of paddles at the bottom and center of the screen. Serve a single ball into play, and skillfully deflect it toward rows of brightly colored monsters; tripping all of the “face bumpers” near the center of the screen can yield a big bonus multiplier. If you can drive the …

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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 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Atari Available In Our Store C Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Trackball

Centipede

The Game: Apparently, the exterminating business is getting more dangerous. In the course of trying to wipe out some vermin, you find yourself on the defensive – any of them can kill you simply by touching you. Fleas drop from the top of the screen, leaving bothersome mushrooms in their way. Scorpions periodically poison 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 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Arkadia Retrocade C Climbing Nichibutsu Speech Synthesis Taito Two Joysticks Vertical Scrolling

Crazy Climber

The Game: You control a daredevil stunt climber on his trip up the side of the Nichubutsu building, using no ropes, no nets, and nothing but his hands and his feet. Obstacles such as a large stork with (apparently flaming) droppings and a large gorilla (perhaps on loan from the Nintendo building) can cause you …

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...at home 1980 4 quarters (4 stars) Available In Our Store Board Game C Game Systems Intellivision Intellivision Controller Keypad Mattel Electronics

Checkers

The Game: The timeless strategy board game of conquest comes to the Intellivision, now with 100% more boopy beepy computerish sounds from the future than any game of Checkers you’ve ever played before! Play alone against the computer, or against a second player. (Mattel Electronics, 1980) Memories: Almost a prerequisite title for any video game …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 5 quarters (5 stars) Activision Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store Board Game C Game Systems Joystick

Checkers

The Game: The classic game of strategy is faithfully reproduced on the Atari VCS. Two armies of twelve men each advance diagonally across the checkerboard, jumping over opponents and attempting to reach the enemy’s home squares to be crowned. Whoever still has pieces still standing at the end of the game wins. (Activision, 1980, for …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 3 quarters (3 stars) Atari Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store Breaking Through Walls C home video games only Paddle / Rotary Knob

Circus Atari

The Game: You control a clown on a moving see-saw, launching your fellow clown into the air to pop balloons and defy gravity. But what goes up must come down, and your airborne clown, if he doesn’t bounce upward upon impact with more balloons, will plummet at alarming speed. You have to catch him with …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 2 quarters (2 stars) C Cockpit First-Person Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Shooting At Enemies

Cosmic Conflict!

The Game: This is a very simple first-person space game in which you watch various and sundry harmless space freighters waft lazily past your screen, punctuated at regular intervals by TIE-fighter-like attackers which do pose a moderate threat to you (but not much of a moderate threat). (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: It’s a simple game – …

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...at home 1 Button 1980 2 quarters (2 stars) C Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Military Odyssey2 Planes Submarines Tanks

Conquest Of The World

The Game: In probably the weakest of the Master Series games – Odyssey games which included overcomplicated board game elements, a la Quest For The Rings – you control one of the world’s superpowers, attempting to gain as much influence as possible through political and economic means and, where necessary, warfare. (Magnavox, 1980) Memories: Well, …

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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 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade C Climbing Falcon Joystick Jumping Unauthorized Bootlegs

Crazy Kong

The Game: An oversized gorilla kidnaps the girlfriend of an unidentified plumber and hauls her up to the top of a building. You are that plumber who shall remain nameless, dodging Donkey Crazy Kong’s never-ending hail of rolling barrels and fireballs in your attempt to climb to the top of the building and topple Donkey …

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