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Top 10 Arcades Games Every Year From 1980-1989 (100 Games)

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We have combined all our lists to bring you the Top 10 Arcade games every year of the 80s decade. We hope you enjoy the 100 great games contained within. Thank you for watching and if you like what we do…

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  1. Stargate, Joust, definitely should be part of the list…Battlezone, too, if it is 1980, Millipede, Donkey Kong 3, Gravitar, Space Duel,not sure about when Galaxians, Space Invaders Deluxe, came out, but they were also super popular in the early 1980s.

  2. Would have liked to see "Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom" from 1985. Really is a fantastic game.

  3. omg Dig dug i was born in 2000 but i played that so much

  4. Goodness… the memories… the feels… I must've stopped going to the arcade around 1985 because most after that, I've never heard of.

  5. Thrilled that several of my all-time
    favorites were included, such as:

    "Paperboy"
    "Q-Bert"
    "Robotron 2084"
    "Burgertime"
    & especially…
    "Marble Madness"!!!

    Some notes/feedback:

    "Asteroids" & "Centipede"
    positively paled in comparison
    to their sequels,
    "Blasteroids" & "Millipede"
    (not kidding, real games).

    "Dragon's Lair" was a landmark.
    First video game to feature full
    animation & first to charge double
    (2 quarters per game).

    Essential games missing:

    "Joust"
    "Zaxxon"
    'Space Invaders"
    "Food Fight"
    "Pengo"
    "Mr. Do"
    "Donkey Kong 3"
    "Super Mario Bros."
    "Super Pac-Man"
    "Baby Pac-Man (pinball/video in 1)
    "Jr. Pac-Man" (board was made to be
    too wide for the screen, so the board
    would move, depending on
    where the player was).
    "Popeye"
    "Road Runner"
    "Attaxx" (though maybe after '89)
    "Tetris"
    "Make Trax" (bizarre "Pac-Man"
    rip-off, where the player is
    a paintbrush painting a maze
    of sidewalks & being chased by…
    FISH!!)
    It's not "Sinister", it's "Sinistar".

    Had no idea there was
    a "Robocop" game,
    but not surprised.
    Looks like a blast.

    Thanx much for posting!!

  6. Judging from this, there was a big jump in graphics quality between 1983 and 1984. I wonder how much the home console bust played a role.

  7. Got as far as outrun being only 3rd. Can't go any further out of principle

  8. Loved Tempest! Defender was tough! Wish it had a joystick.

  9. I guess sports games just weren't as popular as I thought. I remember having fun playing Tecmo Bowl, John Elway's Quarterback and Cyberball back in the 80's.

  10. I remember playing a lot of these at the skating rink on Friday nights. There was an early sit-down game where you drove at night, very simple, just like a black and white version of Pole Position. Anyone remember the name of that game?

  11. I think for 1984, the rankings should have been Punch Out #1 and Kung Fu Master #2.

  12. I spent a small fortune playing defender in the Eighties.

  13. The beat'm up games I mostly remember being famous around here were the TMNT, The Simpsons and Double Dragon… also that one that had Aliens and Predators before they ruined the idea with poor movies.

    Outrun and Turbo Outrun were pretty popular, Turbo Outrun maybe even more popular.

  14. Thx for the memories. Thank goodness for MAME!

  15. So in summary, the 80s were 90% space themed shooting games or left to right fighting games that sometimes had shooting as well.

    When put together like this it looks like a load of the same game just with a different skin

  16. Defender was always so hard. I remember barely lasting a minute playing that In the arcade. 😂

  17. I played Operation Wolf on C64 when i was a child, and Golden Axe on 286 PC (with CGA, EGA monitors) two of us on same keyboard at high school computer workshop. Played Moon patrol on real arcade machine like 25-30 years ago I think and on C64 maybe. I loved them so much! What great memories! ❤

  18. Gyruss wasn't really much more than a 3D Space Invaders

  19. Spy Hunter Arcade, Is A Great Driving Experience

  20. Surprised Asteroids didn't make the cut. It was way more popular than Missile Command. Born in '67 and plugged many quarters into Asteroids, Galaxians, Missile Command, Galaga, Track and Field (with the buttons not the trackball), Tempest and others (Moon Cresta was a bitch).

  21. 1:00 Wizard of War. I had this on my Atari 800 and finally beat it. It played just like the arcade. Good fun.
    1:20 I must have been the only person in the world who was lousy at Defender. Dunno why.
    2:13 I loved Bosconian. They have a home version on this mini arcade looking box but it can't shoot diagonal. No good.
    2:50 Anyone else remember that Galaga cheat where you could disable the enemy's ability to shoot at you?
    3:00 Scramble. That was my jam. I made it to level 8 one night. The fuel goes so fast at that speed.
    3:21 After a certain level in Ms. Pac Man, the ghosts don't turn blue. They merely change direction when you eat the power pill.
    7:05 Dragon's Lair was epic, as anyone who played it knows.
    11:05 That Green Beret game was called Rush'n Attack. That was a fun game. If you ever see it on one of those "play 100 different games" arcade consoles, don't play it. The mechanics are different. You will die if you try to stab someone off-screen.
    13:06 I was the second best I knew of at Gauntlet. I'd play the Wizard. There was another guy I knew who played Elf and he was amazing. Never re-load a quarter into Gauntlet. If you do it divides your high score by the number of quarters. You're almost guaranteed not to get on the leader board.
    15:26 Outrun was a blast. Never got old. Other than that yo-yo car at the end if you mess up in the last turn. It doesn't matter if you're 5 minutes ahead of the pack. That car will come out of nowhere and steal your victory.
    16:40 Twin Cobra was neat in that you had power-ups and a weapon select. You could shoot lightning, or have other weapon options. Each was amazing with enough power-ups. They accumulated.
    18:50 Contra was one of the funnest side=scroll shooters.
    24:37 I don't know what game that was, but it's not the Golden Axe that I played.

  22. I'm really surprised that Afterburner didn't make the cut. Great video though, definitely took me back to my childhood!

  23. Decent list, but where is Joust, Zoo Keeper, Jungle Hunt, Millipede, Vs. Super Mario Bros.?? Also, I’d put Galaga at number 1 for 1981!!

  24. Here’s my Top 50 classic arcade game’s of all time

    1. Galaga
    2. Donkey Kong
    3. Pole Position
    4. Pac-Man
    5. Zoo Keeper
    6. Bosconian
    7. Centipede/Millipede
    8. Dig Dug
    9. Punch Out!!
    10. Missile Command
    11. Vs. Super Mario Bros.
    12. Gaplus
    13. Super Pac-Man
    14. Tron
    15. Mario Bros.
    16. Donkey Kong Jr.
    17. Donkey Kong 3
    18. Defender
    19. Joust
    20. Vanguard
    21. Track And Field
    22. Rally X
    23. RadarScope
    24. Robotron-2084
    25. Jungle King/Jungle Hunt
    26. Q-Bert
    27. Frogger
    28. Space Invaders
    29. Moon Patrol
    30. Tapper
    31. Asteroids
    32. Pac & Pal
    33. Jr. Pac-Man
    34. Galaga-88
    35. Pac-Mania
    36. Space Zap
    37. Pong
    38. Berserk
    39. Ms. Pac-Man
    40. Qix
    41. Galaxian
    42. Marble Madness
    43. Super Punch Out!!
    44. BurgerTime
    45. Mappy
    46. Asteroids Deluxe
    47. Star Wars
    48. Mr. Do
    49. Frenzy
    50. Xevoius

  25. Complete fighter Stages&Music in Ultimate Smash Bros.

  26. Green Beret was called Russin' Attack. And what?! No Time Pilot?

  27. Frontline 1982 and Gladiator 1986 were a couple of my favorites that didn’t make the list.

  28. My favorite game of the 80s was Hustler Magazine.

  29. Memories!!!! Actually are several I never saw back in the day

  30. Loving how un-PC the old school games were…super interesting seeing the origins of all the genres still being used to this day

  31. Thank you for this, some of these games I didn't even remember until now. Time Pilot was a real favourite, but my absolute favourite was Robotron. I actually played at a fully-operational console of Robotron a couple of years ago in a mall in Syracuse. What great memories of years bygone!

  32. I want to thank you guys for all your feedback. These videos were made a long time ago before I was an experienced Youtuber. This rankings also reflected my opinions at the time but I have also expanded my knowledge and taste since then. Maybe some 2.0 versions of these are due in the future.

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