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Obscure Arcade Games of the 80’s: 1985 – 1986

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Here we go with the mid-80s – specifically, 1985 and 1986.
This is a follow up piece to an earlier video (and a prequel to a later video!) – for best results, please watch all three in a row!

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001 – 4-D Warriors – Coreland Sega
002 – Alien Sector – Namco
003 – Arm Wrestling – Nintendo
004 – Bogey Manor – Technos Japan
005 – Boulder Dash – Data East
006 – Canvas Croquis – SNK
007 – Cerberus – Cinematronics
008 – Chanbara – Data East
009 – City Connection – Jaleco
010 – Combat – Exidy
011 – Cop 01 – Nichibutsu
012 – Crazy Rally – Tecfri
013 – Crowns Golf in Hawaii – Namco Japan
014 – Doki Doki Penguin Land – Sega
015 – Field Combat – Jaleco
016 – Finalizer – Super Transformation – Konami
017 – Flashgal – Kyugo Sega
018 – Galactic Warriors – Konami
019 – Go Go Mr. Yamaguchi – Kaneko Taito
020 – HAL21 – SNK
021 – Heavy Metal – Sega
022 – High Voltage
023 – I’m Sorry – Coreland Sega
024 – Ikki – Sun Electronics
025 – Knuckle Joe – Seibu Kaihatsu -1985
026 – Lady Master of Kung Fu – Kaneko Taito
027 – Lizard Wizard – Techstar
028 – Lode Runner III – The Golden Labyrinth
029 – Lot Lot – Irem
030 – Mat Mania – Technos Japan
031 – Mayhem 2002 – Cinematronics
032 – Metal Clash – Data East
033 – Mirax – Current Technologies
034 – Motos – Namco -1985
035 – N.Y. Captor – Taito
036 – Penguin-Kun Wars – UPL
037 – Performan – Toaplan
038 – Pinball Action
039 – Pitfall 2 – Sega
040 – Porky – Shinkai Inc
041 – Powerplay – Cinematronics
042 – Raiders 5 – UPL
043 – Repulse – Crux Sega
044 – Samurai Nihon-Ichi – Kaneko – Taito
045 – Sarge – Bally Midway
046 – Scooter Shooter – Konami
047 – Sega Ninja – Sega
048 – Shanghai Kid – Taiyo
049 – Shoot Out – Data East USA
050 – Shot Rider – Seibu Kaihatsu
051 – Sky Destroyer – Taito
052 – Sky Kid – Namco
053 – Special Forces – Senko Industries
054 – Spelunker – Irem
055 – Splendor Blast – Alpha Denshi
056 – Street Heat – Epos
057 – Submarine – Sigma
058 – Super Speed Race Junior – Taito
059 – Tank Busters – Valadon Automation
060 – Team Hat Trick – Bally Sente
061 – Teddy Boy Blues – Sega
062 – The FairyLand Story – Taito
063 – Typhoon Gal – Taito
064 – Wink – Micoin
065 – Wiz – Seibu Kaihatsu
066 – Wyvern F-0 – Taito
067 – Argus – NMK
068 – Baluba-louk no Densetsu – Able Corp
069 – Battle Lane! Vol 5 – Technos Japan
070 – Big Event Golf – Taito
071 – Body Slam – Sega
072 – Brain – Coreland Sega
073 – Calorie Kun vs Moguranian
074 – Chiller – Exidy
075 – Clash Road – Wood Place
076 – Clay Pigeon – Exidy
077 – Competition Golf Final Round – Data East
078 – Danger Zone – Cinematronics
079 – Darwin 4078 – Data East
080 – Empire City 1931 – Seibu Kaihatsu
081 – Fire Trap – Wood Place
082 – Flower – Komax
083 – Gardia – Coreland Sega
084 – Genpei ToumaDen – Namco
085 – Gigas – Sega
086 – Gladiator – Taito
087 – Guardian – Toaplan Taito
088 – Halley’s Comet – Taito
089 – Hopping Mappy – Namco
090 – Joust 2 – Survival of the Fittest – Williams
091 – Kiki KaiKai – Taito
092 – Land Sea Air Squad – Taito
093 – Legend – Kyugo Sega
094 – Lock-On – Tatsumi
095 – Lost Castle In Darkmist, The – Seibu Kaihatsu
096 – Mania Challenge – Technos
097 – Max RPM – Bally Midway
098 – Merlin’s Money Maze – Zilec Zentione
099 – Mighty Guy – Nichibutsu
100 – Mission 660 – Wood Place
101 – Mr. Goemon – Konami
102 – Night Stocker – Bally – Sente
103 – Ninja Emaki – Nichibutsu
104 – Noboranka – Coreland Data East
105 – Omega – Nihon System
106 – Power Drive – Bally Midway
107 – Prebillian – Kaneko Taito
108 – Rack + Roll – Senko Industries
109 – Rafflesia – Coreland Sega
110 – Red Robin – Elettronolo
111 – Return of Ishar, The – Namco
112 – Riddle of Pythagoras – Sega Nasco
113 – Robo Wres 2001 – Sanritsu Sega
114 – Rock ‘n Rage – Konami
115 – S.R.D Mission – Kyugo Taito
116 – Shackled – Data East
117 – Sky Kids Deluxe – Namco
118 – Slap Shooter – Sega
119 – Soldier Girl Amazon – Nichibutsu
120 – Space Position – Sega Nasco
121 – Spiker – Bally Sente
122 – Stompin – Bally Sente
123 – Super Stingary – Alpha Denshi
124 – Thunder Ceptor – Namco
125 – Tokio – Taito
126 – Top Gunner – Exidy
127 – Top Secret – Exidy
128 – Toypop – Namco -1986
129 – Transformer – Sega
130 – Ufo Robo Dangar – Nichibutsu
131 – Up Scope – Grand Products
132 – XX Mission – UPL
133 – Youjyuden – Irem

20 Comments

  1. NOTE: As @SonicMania999 pointed out, a few of these titles were made available via "Hamsters Arcade Archives" on modern platforms, which makes them not so obscure. Just skip over those instead of taking the time to complain with "This isn't very obscure…" comments

  2. Thanks for the Steamkey! It's THE HAUNTED ISLAND, A FROG DETECTIVE GAME, released in 2018, which is a lo-fi humorous mystery-puzzler with very high Steam reviews. Cheers!

    This video is amazing with some really cool games from the era. You know … it's strange: I was still going to the arcades in 85-86 (though my heyday was early 80s), but I played literally none of these games in the arcade back then. I lived in a pretty big town in the US Midwest, so our arcades were always dominated by games marketed by Chicago companies (Bally/Midway/Williams), and though we had a lot of the classic Japanese cabs from the early 80s, I think local arcade owners had just stopped buying them by 85. It's a shame really, because there are some super-interesting games here! Though I never played any back in the arcade, I've been enjoying some of these via Hamster's Arcade Archives series on Switch & PS4: Ikki, City Connection, Wiz, Argus, Mr. Goemon, Soldier Girl Amazon, XX Mission … some really decent shooters especially.

  3. 3. Technically in the same universe as Punch-Out! It even has the same green-haired player character as the arcade game. Very interesting cabinet with a robotic arm on it. Must be a hell of a thing to keep in working order.
    10. Part of the same series of games as Crossbow and Chiller. All of these gun games started with C.
    13. Trying to cut away before your ball lands in the water, eh? I'm onto you!
    20. That's a blatant Xevious clone if ever I saw one.
    22. Wow, that game looks incredible for 85! Were those scaling sprites I noticed? Predating Space Harrier?
    31. Seems pretty sedate for Mayhem.
    34. Quite addictive. The "powerups" are really more like credits, though. You have to ration them very precisely or you can't finish levels.
    39. Sega made this? Not Atari?
    74. God this game is screwed up. Yet curiously it gets LESS screwed up as you go along. The third level has only one objectionable target and fourth and final level is remarkably tame.
    84. Is the game keeping your score in Japanese numerals? Fascinating.
    90. I believe this was unreleased. A shame, it has some great stuff.
    91. Also known as Pocky and Rocky.

    Between the solid color graphics and ear-rapey sounds, there's something remarkably uncanny about a lot of these games.

  4. Some of these looks good,i hope they work on emulator that i used.

  5. 😘🎵 awesome ! … thanks a lot 🙂

  6. Nice list. I haven't heard of basically any of these. A lot of these look really fun! I'll save this video for later to see what roms to add to my collection.

  7. your dedication to your channel is just unbelievable. love your contents very much!

  8. Most of these look not very good. Top Gunner reminds me of "Tail Gunner" from around 1979.

  9. Alien Sector is also known as BaraDuke
    Guardian was known also as Getstar
    Land Sea Air squad as Storming Party

  10. Mat mania was surprisingly available for the Atari 7800.

  11. I seen a good amount of those in italian arcades in the 80s and early 90s

  12. And BTW Gigas is the inspiration together with Arkanoid for the Amiga game Crystal Hammer

  13. These games are like Larry the Looter in that Simpsons 90s episode in look and feel and sound. I was aware of around 10 of em but some Sequels I didn't know existed like Pitfall 2 or Lode Runner 3. Weird thing is, the other day I was thinking of Chiller when Writing a review on that 60s horror film Mr Sardonicus, where I came up with a Sequel movie/Video Game of it. I've got like over 600 Movie reviews on my blog and around a dozen Game Review Compilations where after I beat a game, I write a blurb about it, and when I got around 20 blurbs, I post it on my blog.

  14. Never saw about 95% these at local arcade. Mat mania was everywhere and skykid at 1 or 2 places. The rest in list obscure or heard about but never saw in the wild.

  15. Zeusdaz - The Unemulated Retro Game Channel says:

    Very nice useful video, is 1987-1988 edition coming up soon?

  16. Exidy made an excellent series of lightgun games all beginning with C 🙂 Chiller is the most notorious for its edginess. Crossbow was my favourite.

  17. Alpha Denshi surely kicked a lot of asses back in the days. How strange I never heard about them before early 2000s (I started going to the arcade from 1988-1989)

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