...in the arcade 1988 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade C Climbing Japanese Import Nichibutsu Speech Synthesis Two Joysticks Vertical Scrolling

Crazy Climber 2

The Game: You control a daredevil stunt climber on his trip up the side of a skyscraper in a major metropolitan area, using no ropes, no nets, and nothing but his hands and his feet. Obstacles such as falling jam boxes can cause you to plunge to your death several stories below. When you reach …

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...in the arcade 1988 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Arcade arcade games only Collecting Objects Controller Joystick Jumping K Konami Maze Publisher / Manufacturer Rating

Kitten Kaboodle

The Game: An adorable kitten (and his twin, in the case of two-player games) runs and jumps around a maze of obstacles, trying to stay out of the clutches of such enemies as an insect in a lab coat, a large and angry-looking tomato, and a crocodile that walks upright. (Further levels add new and …

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...in the arcade 1988 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Action Adventure Arcade arcade games only Available In Our Store Joystick Jumping Maze N Publisher / Manufacturer Shooting At Enemies Side-Scrolling Taito Vertical Scrolling

The New Zealand Story

The Game: You might think this will be the story of Captain Cook and British settlers setting in motion the fall of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, interpreted as a video game, but…that’s not it. It’s the story of a walrus who waltzes into the zoo and abducts every Kiwi bird there, stuffing …

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...at home 1 Button 1988 4 quarters (4 stars) Absolute Atari 2600 VCS Baseball Joystick P Sports

Pete Rose Baseball

The Game: Batter up! We’re live from the baseball diamond with TV sports-style camera angles that switch to show you where the action is. (Absolute, 1988) Memories: An extremely late entry for the 2600, I’d wager that this NES-era baseball game is actually one of the better attempts to bring the sport to Atari’s aging …

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...at home 1 Button 1988 3 quarters (3 stars) Atari Atari 7800 Climbing D Game Systems home video games only Joystick Jumping

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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...at home 1 Button 1988 5 quarters (5 stars) Action Strategy Bandai D-Pad G Game Systems home video games only Namco NES Slide & Shoot (i.e. Space Invaders)

Galaga: Demons Of Death

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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...at home 1988 2 Buttons 2 quarters (2 stars) D-Pad Fighting G home video games only NES Nintendo Shooting At Enemies Toho Studios

Godzilla: Monster Of Monsters

The Game: It is the year 2XXX (don’t worry, we couldn’t find it on our calendars either), and Planet X has declared war on Earth’s solar system, sending its finest kaiju into the fray. In this time of our most desperate need, Godzilla and Mothra step forward to defend the Earth and fight for humanity, …

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...at home 1988 2 Buttons 4 quarters (4 stars) Available In Our Store Bandai D-Pad home video games only Namco NES 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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...on computers 1 Button 1988 4 quarters (4 stars) Atari 8-Bit Computers Cockpit Domark European Import First-Person Joystick S Shooting At Enemies

Star Wars

The Game: You’re an intrepid X-Wing pilot participating in the last-ditch Rebel attempt to destroy the Death Star – before it destroys the Rebel base on Yavin IV. TIE Fighters try to intercept you, but you can destroy them (as well as use your own lasers to blast their incoming fire out of the sky). …

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...at home 1988 2 Buttons 3 quarters (3 stars) Action Adventure Atari Atari 7800 Collecting Objects D Game Systems home video games only Joystick Maze

Dark Chambers

The Game: You control a lone adventurer on a quest through twisty mazes and open battlegrounds, descending through the dungeon depths in search of treasure (and a chance to escape in one piece with that treasure in hand). Zombies, ghosts, and monsters naturally roam through the dungeons as well, more than happy to attack any …

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