Top 10 Best Arcade Games of The 80s

Gaming wasn't that much popular back in days as compared to these days. In the present days, you can play games on PC, laptop, mobiles etc. You can even buy gaming console like PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch etc. that has a sole purpose to run games.

When the gaming industry was just started, people used to play arcade games. In this list, we'll tell you about the best arcade games of all time. The games that we'll mention in the list are from the 80s.


Best Arcade Games of The 80s

So without any further delay, let's get started with the Top 10 Best Arcade Games of The 80s.



Context

  • Best Arcade Games of The 80s
      • Street Fighter
      • Pole Position
      • Tetris
      • Frogger
      • 1942
      • Donkey Kong
      • Vs. Super Mario Bros.
      • Pac-Man
      • Double Dragon
      • Galaga
  • Conclusion

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Best Arcade Games of The 80s



10. Street Fighter

Street Fighter

First best arcade game of the 80s is the Street Fighter. Everyone is familiar with the name Street Fighter. In 1987, this awesome gaming series was just started. This one of the best arcade game is developed and published by Capcom and is the first instalment of Street Fighter series.

The game itself didn't get fame like the second instalment Street Fighter II, after all, it was just a start. The gameplay was simple, the player has to combat with other computer operated opponents and win the match.


  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: August 30, 1987
  • Genre: Fighting



9. Pole Position

Pole Position

Next best arcade game from our list is the Pole Position. The genre of this game is racing, and it was released by Namco in 1982. This game is considered to be one of the best game of arcade's golden age. This game was a big hit, in North America, it had become the highest-grossing arcade game by 1983.

The gameplay was simple, the player has to turn his Formula One race car right and left. By turning the car in two sides, he/she has to complete the lap before other computer-operated cars. The player also has to avoid billboard and other obstacles on both sides of the road to prevent any crash.


  • Developer: Namco
  • Publisher: JP: Namco, WW: Atari, Inc.
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: JP: September 1982, NA: November 1982, EU: March 1983
  • Genre: Racing

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8. Tetris

Tetris

At the 8th position, best arcade game of the 80s is the Tetris. This game is a tile-matching video game that was first released in 1984 in USSR. Tetris is developed by Alexey Pajitnov who was a Russian software engineer.

Tetris is one of the most well-known games of all times. It is available on a lot of platforms to play. The player has to complete lines by moving differently shaped pieces. These pieces descend from above and the player has to adjust them in a way that makes a line.


  • Developer: Alexey Pajitnov
  • Publisher: Infogrames
  • Release: USSR: 1984
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Genre: Puzzle, tile-matching



7. Frogger

Frogger

Coming up next, we have the Frogger as 80s arcade game. This game is developed by Konami and originally published by Sega. It was released in Japan on June 5, 1981, and later in North America on October 23, 1981, and in Europe on August 6, 1982.

The game was really fun to play. The gameplay includes multiple frogs based on player's settings. The player has to take these frogs to their home while crossing a busy road that is full of traffic and a river that is full of wild sea animals.


  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: JP: June 5, 1981, NA: October 23, 1981, EU: August 6, 1982
  • Genre: Overhead

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6. 1942

1942

Next best arcade game of the 80s is 1942. This is the vertically scrolling shooter game made and published by Capcom. This game was released for the arcade in 1984 and was the first game of series 19XX.

This arcade game is set in the Pacific theatre of World War II where the main objective is to enter Tokyo city and destroy the Japanese fleet. I don't know why they make such game where they're destroying their own fleet with a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, but here it is.


  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom (WW)
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: December 1984
  • Genre: Scrolling shooter



5. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

Moving on to the next position, we have the Donkey Kong as one of the best classic arcade game and one of the most popular arcade games of all time. This game was published by Nintendo in Japan on July 9, 1981, and later in North America and Europe.

The main character is world-famous Mario. Mario has to save his girlfriend from Donkey Kong. Mario can only move left-right and can climb ladders. The player has to reach his girlfriend by avoiding or jumping over obstacles thrown by Donkey Kong.


  • Developer: Nintendo R&D1, Ikegami Tsushinki
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: 1981
  • Genre: Platform

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4. Vs. Super Mario Bros.

Vs. Super Mario Bros.

Everyone is well aware of the name Super Mario Bros. This game is a platform game that was released in 1986. This game is developed and published by Nintendo. Vs. Super Mario Bros. is the exact replica of Super Mario Bros. but was published for Arcade.

This game is the next instalment of 1983's game Mario Bros. The gameplay of Super Mario Bros. follows Mario who embarks on a journey in the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue his Princess from the monster.


  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: 1986
  • Genre: Platform



3. Pac-Man

Pac-Man

Here comes the other best arcade game of the 80s. Pac-Man is a maze arcade game that was released in 1980. This game is developed and published by Namco in Japan and in NA by Midway Games. The original name of Pac-Man was Puck-Man, but it got changed for international release for some reasons.

In this puzzle type game, the player controls the Pac-Man who has to eat all dots within the maze. While eating the dots player has to avoid coloured ghosts. If these ghosts touch Pac-Man, the Pac-Man will die. Pac-Man can also eat these ghosts for a short time by eating a large dot.


  • Developer: Namco
  • Publisher: Namco (JP), Midway Games (NA)
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: 1980
  • Genre: Maze

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2. Double Dragon

Double Dragon

Second best classic arcade game from our list is the Double Dragon. This game is the beat 'em up video game that was released on July 10, 1987. Double Dragon is developed by Technōs Japan and published by Taito. Double Dragon is thought to be the leading successful game of beat' em-up genre

The game can be played by single or two-players. In the game, players who are martial artists have to fight the Black Warriors gang to save Billy's love, Marian. You can throw punches etc. on enemies and can also throw obstacles like barrels on them.


  • Developer: Technōs Japan
  • Publisher: Taito
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: July 10, 1987
  • Genre: Beat 'em up



1. Galaga

Galaga

Finally, in the list of top 10 best arcade games of the 80s, number one is Galaga. It is a fixed shooter arcade game that was released in 1981. Galaga is developed and published by Namco. Midway Games published this game in North America.

It is the next and upgraded instalment of 1979 game Galaxian that was a major hit. The player can control a starship to destroy the Galaga forces while avoiding enemy attacks. Enemies can also capture a player's ship that can be saved to change the player into a “dual fighter” with additional firepower.


  • Developer: Namco
  • Publisher: Namco (JP), Midway (NA)
  • Platform: Arcade
  • Release: 1981
  • Genre: Fixed shooter



Conclusion

These are the best arcades games of the 80s. All these games bring back old memories of the '80s. Now we see a lot of games with good graphics, visuals, controls but nothing can beat those feeling that most of us have with these old games.

The best arcade games of the 80s that we mentioned above are:


  • Street Fighter
  • Pole Position
  • Tetris
  • Frogger
  • 1942
  • Donkey Kong
  • Vs. Super Mario Bros.
  • Pac-Man
  • Double Dragon
  • Galaga

I hope you find your favourite games on the list. If you find any mistake in the article, please let us know in the comment section.


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