Circus

Circus

Arcade game maker Exidy sent in the clowns for a very different kind of Breakout game in 1977. The name of the quarter-munching machine was Circus, and true to its title, it gave players control of a high-flying big top act, live and without a net. Continue reading...

Airball

Airball

As the arcade industry began to blossom in the early 70s, game manufacturers scrambled to develop any machine that would stand out in a sea of competition and suck in those coveted quarters. And when it came to unique ideas, there was nothing remotely close to Airball. Continue reading...

Arkanoid

Arkanoid

After revolutionizing the world with a video game called Pong, Atari followed up with a similar hit called Breakout. The paddle and ball were still there, which the player now used to knock down a wall of bricks. Imitators followed in droves but one game stands out as a worthy competitor – Taito’s Arkanoid, released a decade later and full of interesting variations. Continue reading...

Journey-Game

Journey Game

Two forms of entertainment dominated the lives of teenagers in the 80s - video arcades and MTV. Game manufacturer Bally/Midway pondered the riches they might receive by merging the two. To that end, they took one of the most popular bands of the era and plopped them into their very own video adventure. The result was Journey, a rocking arcade game that, despite the novelty, left almost as quickly as it arrived. Continue reading...

Pong

Pong

Pong wasn't the first commercial video game but it sure was the most successful, ushering in the first generation of electronic arcade games. Developed by video game guru Nolan Bushnell, Pong became the foundation for Bushnell's legendary Atari company and ground zero for an industry about to explode. Continue reading...

Skee-Ball

Skee-Ball

Oh, to hold that wooden ball in your palm and ponder the possibilities. You've studied the prize case carefully. You've smudged the glass and maybe endured a weary eye-roll from the arcade attendant. No matter. Be it the candy necklace or the magic card trick or the baton or the kazoo, you know how many tickets it will take to claim your prize and you know what you have to do. Roll up your sleeves, say a little prayer to the aiming gods and take a deep breath. It's time to roll some Skee-Balls. Continue reading...

Afterburner

Afterburner

At the tail end of the Cold War, and with films like Top Gun and Iron Eagle enjoying enormous popularity, it only made sense to make the thrill of air combat available at the local arcade. Perhaps one of the most advanced games of the genre was Sega’s Afterburner, released in 1987. Offering thrills like no other, there were actually versions of the game that required the player to strap in for safety purposes. Now, that’s some serious gaming! Continue reading...

Berzerk

Berzerk

Battling herds of enemy robots was an interesting enough premise for a video game. And without any sound effects, Berzerk, released in 1980, would likely have still been popular simply for being an action-packed shooting game. But add in a talking robot voice and suddenly the game stands out from all the others surrounding it, beckoning one to play. Continue reading...