...at home 1 Button 1979 3 quarters (3 stars) I Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Shooting At Enemies

Invaders From Hyperspace!

The Game: One of the earlier Odyssey2 space-related titles pits two players against a pair of pesky alien saucers. (It is theoretically possible to play this game solo, but it’s much more fun with two players, as many Odyssey games were.) The game play is almost simple: two planets, each with a system of four …

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...at home 1 Button 1979 4 quarters (4 stars) Educational I Joystick Magnavox / N.A.P. Odyssey2 Shapes & Matching

I’ve Got Your Number!

The Game: Two characters take up position on either side of two rotating clusters of numbers and symbols. A simple math problem or algebraic equation (nothing too fancy, usually just involving symbol or shape matching) appears in the bottom center of the screen, and you must guide your character to physically touch the appropriate number …

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...at home 1 Button 1981 4 quarters (4 stars) Activision Atari 2600 VCS Available In Our Store Game Systems Hockey I Joystick Sports

Ice Hockey

The Game: Hit the ice and get the puck outta here. You have control of two players in this scaled-down match: one offensive player and one defensive player who can leave his goalie position (but not without giving the other team a better chance to land a shot). Keep the other team – whether it’s …

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...at home 1 Button 1981 3 quarters (3 stars) Atari 2600 VCS Climbing Game Systems Games By Apollo I Joystick Shooting At Enemies


The Game: You’re trapped in a multi-story building with hostile forces all around. Your infiltration mission has gone from mere espionage to a battle for survival – a battle you’re probably not going to win. Board elevators to reach the opposite level of the screen to retrieve enemy secrets, all while avoiding enemy agents and …

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...in the arcade 1983 2 Buttons 5 quarters (5 stars) Action Strategy Arcade arcade games only Atari Claiming Territory I Joystick Jumping

I, Robot

The Game: A huge, Big Brother-like head pops up and says “The law: no jumping!” to your little robot, and naturally, the cocky little automaton has other ideas (replying “Oh yeah!”). And so your mission begins, guiding the robot over ramps, around narrow catwalks, and leaping across huge chasms. If the all-seeing eye opens while …

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...under development 1 Button 1983 2 quarters (2 stars) Action Strategy Ectron Game Systems I Joystick Keyboard Maze Odyssey2 South American Import Unreleased Prototypes

Impossible Mission / Programmed Trip

The Game: On an enclosed grid, you control a robotic drone whose job is to collect certain items on the grid and deflect enemies away from those items. If you can plant obstacles – which deflect your enemies with 90-degree left or right turns – that lock your pursuers into an inescapable infinite loop, all …

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...at home 1 quarter (1 star) 1984 Colecovision Game Systems I Joystick K-Tel Keypad Resource Management Xonox

It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll

The Game: You control the destiny of a pixellated rock band. A menu presents you with options to write songs, play concerts, go on tour, or even sign witha record company if you’ve racked up the money and the popularity (and the band still has the energy and drive to work a crowd). You can …

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...in the arcade 1 Button 1985 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Atari Climbing Collecting Objects I Isometric View Joystick Shooting At Enemies Speech Synthesis

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

The Game: As famed archaeologist / adventurer Indiana Jones, you enter a vast complex of caverns through one of three entrances (which one determines how hard the game will be). Your first task is to evade and/or whip the Thuggee guards into submission as you free caged children. You then make your escape in a …

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...on computers 1 Button 1987 5 quarters (5 stars) Commodore 64 I Joystick Martial Arts Sports System 3


The Game: Face not one but two simultaneous opponents in what many consider the apex of Commodore 64 fighting games. IK+ supports one or two players, eighteen different moves, and more fighting action than all of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s movies combined. (System 3, 1987) Memories: IK+ is considered by many to be the best fighting …

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...at home 1 Button 2001 4 quarters (4 stars) D-Pad D3 Publisher Game Systems home video games only I Japanese Import Playstation Retro Compilations Retro Remakes Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders) Taito

The Invaders (Space Invaders)

The Game: 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 across the top of …

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2003 3 quarters (3 stars) Available In Our Store D-Pad Handheld / Portable Games I Joystick More Than 2 Buttons Plug & Play TV Games Retro Compilations Techno Source

Intellivision 25 TV Game

The Game: 25 choice cuts of Intellivision goodness are crammed into something about the size of a modern-day console controller. Games include Astrosmash, Body Slam Super Pro Wrestling, Buzz Bombers, Chip Shot Super Pro Golf, Hockey, Hover Force, Motocross, Night Stalker, Pinball, Shark! Shark!, Skiing, Slam Dunk Super Pro Basketball, Snafu, Space Armada, Space Battle, …

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..at home 2005 5 quarters (5 stars) Available In Our Store First-Person Game Systems I Joystick Jumping More Than 2 Buttons Ramming Enemies Shooting At Enemies Vivendi Universal Xbox

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

The Game: Hulk Smash. Okay, he runs, jumps, punches and throws stuff too in this action-packed game, but mostly he just smashes. Instantly theraputic for anyone who’s ever wanted to hit anything, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction allows players to use the Hulk (and just about any item he comes across) to destroy his enemies …

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