Browsing all articles tagged with arcade.

Arkanoid

This game offered me something of a revelation, which I don’t think is listed among its official product features. But it occurred nonetheless. You see, I think part of the reason The Man approves of 70+ year copyright terms is because he can still make money off of simple arcade games like this. Tiny amounts […]

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Kung Fu

As far as classics go, Kung Fu is one high up there in terms of leaving an indelible impression. Even if you’ve never played the game itself, you’ve doubtlessly played a game inspired by its elementary concept – punch and kick through armies of martial arts foes, and fight a boss with a life bar […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game

I usually try to write unbiased reviews, but I’ve gotta admit some bias on this one. Being a child of the 80s made being a Ninja Turtle fan mandatory, and I used to play this game constantly back in the day. So there’s a heavy sense of nostalgia for me here, and luckily it’s not […]

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NARC

Just say no – or else! If you were an 80s gamer, you’ve probably heard of this arcade classic. Or, you might remember its three-second cameo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (I, for some reason, do). The plot is simple: NARC casts you in the role of the world’s two most badassed […]

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1942

The year is 1942, and the world is at war. You play as an American fighter ace who embarks on a solo mission to defeat the entire Japanese air force. Hmm… a Japanese company making a game about a lone American single-handedly destroying all of Japan’s national defense? Well, I suppose it’s like Takagi said […]

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Arch Rivals

Sports games in the arcades basically fell into two categories, neither of which ever attempted to be simulations. The first, and the first to come along, were the games like Ice Hockey and Soccer that offered loose simulations of the actual sports. Complicated or time-consuming rules were dropped or lessened to promote faster gameplay. Building […]

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