08th Jan2020

The Best Classic Arcade Games Of All Time

by James Smith


Modern video game graphics never ceases to amaze me. Console games, PC games, and online slots like those at https://www.casino.com/uk/real-money-casino/ now boast super-HD 4K resolutions, and gorgeous, realistic landscapes – it’s clear that we’ve come a long way since those early 8-bit arcade games that we enjoyed back in the 80s. But for me, there’s something undeniably special about the terrible graphics of yesteryear. Playing classic arcade games always gives me a sense of nostalgia and brings back memories of a simpler time. A time when pumping quarters into Frogger at the local arcade and trying to beat the high-scores represented the height of after-school fun.

In this article, we’ll be looking back at those glorious days by reviewing what I believe are the best classic arcade games of all time.

1. Ms. Pac-Man

Pac-Man is probably the most famous classic arcade game of all time but it’s actually his wife, Ms. Pac-Man, that deserves most of the credit. The game built on the existing winning Pac-Man formula but added features like randomized ghost movements and flexible warp paths to boost the fun. There were also more maze types, and the game overall was a little tougher than regular ol’ Pac-Man. Reaching the final playable maze was difficult enough to frustrate even the most hard-core arcade-goers. Ms. Pacman is so popular, that Google Maps even used it for an April fool’s joke once.

2. Donkey Kong

Ah, Mario – is there a more iconic game character in existence? But while the Italian plumber might be the star of the show these days, he owes all of his famed to gaming rival Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong hit the arcades back in 1981 in a classic puzzle-platformer, which saw Mario make his debut. The gamer played as Mario and had to jump over barrels and other traps set by Donkey Kong to make it to the top of the tower and rescue Princess Peach. That’s right, Donkey Kong put Mario on the map.

3. Pong

Pong is one of the oldest video games of all time, having been released back in 1972, and it’s still one of the most famous. It was incredibly simple, incredibly fun, and incredibly influential. The game saw two ‘bars’ battled it out by knocking a ball back and forth and trying to ‘score’ past the other. All you as the player had to do was move the bar up and down to knock the ball. It might sound boring, but it really wasn’t. Even to this day, it’s a strangely addictive mini-game that I could easily spend an hour or so on. While not the number 1 oldest video game of all time, it was probably the most influential and helped to popularize the gaming format.

4. Dance Dance Revolution

Towards the end of the 90s, arcade games started to get a lot more creative, and rhythm games began to take center stage. Leading the charge was everyone’s favorite dance mat game, Dance Dance Revolution. It’s an arcade staple that requires players to move their feet in time with the beat and when an expert gets on the mat, it still draws a crowd.

5. Street Fighter 2

And finally, my personal favorite classic arcade game, Street Fighter 2. If you like modern games like Tekken or Smash Bros, you owe thanks to Street Fighter 2 – it more or less invented the whole genre of fighting games. Plus, it’s aged like a fine wine. Don’t believe me? Go play Street Fighter 2 at a retro arcade and see for yourself, I bet you have a blast.

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