MT’s Punch Out

Talk about a tiny little boxer versus the massively huge opponents! Mike Tyson’s Punch Out at a very few options on gameplay however, it was always fun to see who the next opponent was going to be and what little trick you need to know to beat that opponent. What was funny about this game was that clearly you were outgunned by a much larger opponent. You just had to figure out what that opponents weakness and was to move onto the next opponent. After all that hard work you finally get to fight Mike Tyson. If MikeTyson hit you at all you are down for the count and had to start over. So you just have to keep playing and keep playing until you figured out how to beat him. Filled with great characters, this game is still popular.

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

I remember my friend playing the sequel every time I went over to his house. This game had all jumping, shooting, and puzzles galore. You just knowing that your moneys worth with Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. This was the first game I remember videogame designers taking all they’ve learned to the next level. When playing this game if you really see the birth of a lot of games we still see today. Link makes you want to play well just to see the next step he will make you take in the next phase of game. The puzzles the game gives you while playing combines well with having to have the reflexes to advance Link further in its quest.

 

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Mega Man

Next to the “Mario series, it is my opinion that the Mega Man series spawned a whole massive franchise for Nintendo.The plot is pretty simple and basic. Just what any great video game needs, simplicity and a bunch of fun game play. I guarantee this game will suck you in jumping around and shooting the enemy until you can’t stand it anymore.

 

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The Legend of Zelda

This game is obviously the game that created the modern style of video games. Your character “Link” runs around trying to accomplish numerous tasks throughout the fictitious world in which he lives. I remember playing this game a lot however, I do not recall much about the specifics of the game. Isn’t that weird? I know I like the game, I know I played it a lot, and yet I don’t know much about the specifics. If you ever have a chance to play this game though I couldn’t tell you much about it. I do know it is a game that will keep your attention for hours.

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Missile Command

Missile Command has to go down in the book as a classic in the early gaming. Missles are coming down and I’ll you have to do is protect your military installations from being destroyed by them. Shoot down the oncoming missiles and save the buildings below from being destroyed is the whole point to this game. Of course, as you get more proficient at the game more missiles come down and more muscles come down at a faster pace. Not that big graphics game however, it really doesn’t need to be. This game was a challenge to your reflexes that eventually occupied your time for hours!

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Kaboom!

I am not quite sure what the appeal to this paddle game was. It was just a good waste your time kind of game. The premise is an inmate dropping bombs trying to escape. You are given three buckets of water to try to catch the bombs before they hit the ground and explode. Once one bomb went off the others fall sequentially in order just to rub in the fact that you failed to catch one of the bombs. The further along in the game that you get the faster the inmate drops the bombs. But unfortunately, eventually you got so good and the speed was so fast you were just moving the buckets bad back and forth as fast as you possibly can to trying to avoid an explosion. Once you got really advanced it became a game of cards and how fast you can move your paddle back and forth.

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Frogger

Everyone should remember the classic Frogger! You navigate your little frog Across a busy road hoping that you don’t get squished. The further you get along in the game, the faster the traffic moves. You have to use all your skills to try to avoid the speedy traffic that could eventually and your turn. This game was so entertaining that they didn’t even need to concentrate on graphics or any type of effort on the aesthetics of the game. You are so addicted to the speed and tempo of trying to safely navigate across the street that graphics were at least your worries.

 

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Defender

This game was fun yet, a complete different version of the smash hit Chopper Command. You flew your spaceship through space while trying to rescue individual people on the ground. While your enemy’s try to shoot you down you fly through space taking up individual humans and try to safely escort them to safety. You are given a number of people you need to save To advance to the next level. This is a good combination of two different games. It kept me pretty busy when I was younger. A definite thumbs up!

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Chopper Command

An all time classic! Everyone had Chopper Command. What you were required to do was fly your chopper around a battle zone, then you find humans to pick up in your chopper to save. You collect points based on how many humans you can rescue to safety. Of course you are in a battle zone and you must avoid being shot down by the enemy. What was super frustrating is when you had a chopper full of passengers that got shot down so you spent all his time collecting safe passengers just to get shot down. As a young child that is super frustrating. This one was a fun one to play.

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Breakout

My mother and sister love this game. This game was so simple too. You have a paddle and you hit a ball against a rainbow wall that sends the ball flying back to you. All you have to do is use your paddle and send the ball flying back at the rainbow wall. The goal is to eventually eliminate the rainbow wall. The more times you consecutively hit the ball faster and faster the ball comes back to you. I also used to love breaking the ball through to the top and watching the ball go crazy trying to find an opening to come back down to your paddle.

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ET

For it’s time this game was somewhat complicated. You have to go around as ET and collect pieces of a radio so you can “Phone home”. Plus, you must avoid getting captured by the Fed’s. Your one button allows you raise ET’s head to float up and out of a tough predicament. It has multiple sets like a forest, city streets, and multiple cazam’s that you can fall into.

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Superman

Okay this is one of those 2600 games I don’t know why I like. As a kid I guess it was just the name that attracted me to it. I had so much fun using the x-ray vision button. I just like the concept of being able to see what’s going on on another screen while playing on another. I can pretty much tell you right now that if I had an Atari 2600 in front of me I would be”Up up and away” playing it.

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Track and Field

I can never burn the memory out of my head of someone slamming onto two buttons as fast as they possibly can and then pounding hard onto one button, possibly holding it to the exact precise point. Talk about a fun game. This arcade game had no joystick and just buttons. What a revolutionary idea! How many people do you think worked themselves into a sweat to a point of almost fainting in exhaustion? I don’t know the answer that question but I’m sure a lot of people got severely dehydrated playing the game. I was always curious on the average lifespan of a single Track and Field arcade system. Or did they build them to take major abuse? Either way it was a new way and a new spin on playing sports games. To all those Track and Field experts out there I hope your injuries have healed and you are not a victim to carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Dig Dug

Who can dispute the greatness of this game? You were a little guy in a spacesuit digging around and your only weapon was a pump? I do need to understand this game to love it! I don’t know why but it was so much fun. All you did with big around and slam on your button really fast to pump up your enemy until he got so fat full of air he exploded! Can anyone else explain to me why this game was so great. I don’t know why, but I love this game!

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Spy Hunter

As the James Bond fanatic that I am there is no doubt that this game wasn’t the best. You got to sit in a massive driving control booth that was all set up just like 007’s very own Aston Martin just like in Goldfinger. Well, that’s what you’re dreaming anyway. You had a button for oil slick, smokescreen, and you always got to drive up into the back of your top secret truck. There even was that nasty little card that had spikes coming out of the wheels that sent your vehicle spinning to a wreck on the side of the road. You just set back, chose your path, and entered the superspy world. The music got your blood pumping and when you finish your game and exited the booth no matter how well you did you were the man. You might as well had on a tuxedo and sipped on a martini.

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Super-Spike VBall

My introduction to sports games. This was a pretty basic two-man versus two-man volleyball game. It had different locations indoor or outdoor volleyball, but mostly any sand location. The goal was pretty much to be proficient enough to learn how to give your opponent the massive super spike and then scream into your opponent’s face in victory! Not very complicated but perfect for dropping your controller in victory and giving your opponent your version of a victory dance. Does it get any better than that?

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Ghosts and Goblins

This was my first addiction to home-based video arcade games. You were a little Knight running through numerous different types of graveyard environments. You had to dodge or shoot all different types of ghosts, goblins, and graveyard monsters. I got so far in this game that I never thought it would end. Talk about entertainment value it sucked you in such a way that made you play on and on. For me, there were two endings to a long night of playing this game. It was either death or having one of my parents come in and just turn the console off.

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Kung Fu

Talk about a pretty self explanatory game. You just moved forward while your enemy came to you. Sometimes you had to jump, sometimes you had to duck, and sometimes you had to kick. Though this game with simple it was very entertaining to see how many enemies in a row you could kick at the same time. I believe you are just climbing up a Chinese Pagoda to save the girl?

 

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Karate Champ

This game by far was my favorite $.25 video arcade game. Back in the day, on the surface it looked like a complex game. It had no buttons and two joysticks, this was pretty advanced stuff for the early 80s. Scattered all around the screen where the lists of different karate move you could use to inflict pain on your opponent. I could easily spend five bucks in quarters on this game. I always got ran over by that darn bull though. I always did really well when you had to do the front kick through all of the tiles. I was so skilled that this game one quarter would last me forever! Someday I’m going to find an old version of this standup arcade game and buy it just to say I have it.

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Zaxxon

This is what I perceive to be the first flight simulator. You navigate your space shuttle through a world of electric fences and guns. I remember being a young kid playing this game on and on and on. I always got killed at the point where you had to decide whether to go above or below the electric fence. At the end of each level you finally flew off into space. This was a great combination of flight simulator and shoot ’em up. You can’t beat the Zaxxon.

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Pitfall

This game was so simple yet so fun. All you need is with the directional pad and one button and you are off. You got to jump over fires, swinging on vines, and walk on top of alligators. I could spend hours playing this game to this day! What really amazes me is that this game still holds up today compared to other complex video games that are out today. Watch out for that cobra.

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