Favorite Arcade Games?

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Nuss

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Hello. My name is Nuss and I love old arcade games and I want to be able to create games that call back to the days where Coin-Op arcades were big.
I was curious to know what your favorite arcade game might be! It can be new or it can be as old as pong!

My favorite arcade games are Sunset Riders, Bonanza Bros, and Guardians.
 
Bonanza Bros was an arcade game? Nice! Loved that game.
My favourites are Virtual On, Die Hard Arcade, PropCycle, TMNT, and Time Crisis 2.
There are probably plenty more but these are the ones that come to mind right now.
 
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Bonanza Bros was an arcade game? Nice! Loved that game.
My favourites are Virtual On, Die Hard Arcade, PropCycle, TMNT, and Time Crisis 2.
There are probably plenty more but these are the ones that come to mind right now.
Yeah, before it was ported to the Genesis, it was an arcade game. It's really hard to find the actual arcade cabinet itself because the game itself was stored on a Floppy Disk (I think) and I think it was swappable with other games that used the Sega System 24 cabinet (not sure if this is the case, it's just my speculation) but I managed to find a few pictures of it.
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I've played the Die Hard Arcade and Time Crisis 2 and those games were a blast, but I've never heard of PropCycle or Virtual On.
I remember seeing the TMNT at an arcade out of town. Never got to play it though (but I wanted to) because my brother and his friend wanted to play The Simpsons Arcade and we spent about half of our money on that. We spent the rest of our money on Gauntlet and the X-men arcade game.
Those are pretty nice games and I'll have to check out PropCycle and Virtual On!
 
That's awesome about Bonanza Bros, played that so much on Mega Drive, so I can totally see that in arcades.
Virtual On was a mech battle game with weird controls. You had two joysticks and they together controlled movement which was tricky to get used to but cool.
Propcycle was a game where you controlled a flying bicycle and popped giant balloons. It was third person and you controlled it by pedalling an actual bicycle.
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That's awesome about Bonanza Bros, played that so much on Mega Drive, so I can totally see that in arcades.
Virtual On was a mech battle game with weird controls. You had two joysticks and they together controlled movement which was tricky to get used to but cool.
Propcycle was a game where you controlled a flying bicycle and popped giant balloons. It was third person and you controlled it by pedalling an actual bicycle.
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That's really cool!
I hope I can find it in an arcade someday so I can try it out.
 

dannyjenn

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Let's see...
The Ocean Hunter (undersea rail shooter)
Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA
Ms. Pac-Man / Galaga (two games in the same cabinet... I like them both)
Star Wars Episode I Racer (it's like the N64 version but more real)
 
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Nuss

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Let's see...
The Ocean Hunter (undersea rail shooter)
Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA
Ms. Pac-Man / Galaga (two games in the same cabinet... I like them both)
Star Wars Episode I Racer (it's like the N64 version but more real)
I would play DDR but uhhh
I am very out of shape lmao.
And I never knew there was a Star Wars Episode 1 Racer arcade! I have the N64 version but I've never heard of an arcade version! I need to check it out.
 

dannyjenn

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And I never knew there was a Star Wars Episode 1 Racer arcade! I have the N64 version but I've never heard of an arcade version! I need to check it out.
Yeah, I played it at Disney World several years ago. I don't believe I've ever seen it near where I live, but, then again, there aren't a whole lot of arcades where I live. It was a lot of fun though.
 
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Nuss

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I LOVED ROBOTRON 2084

Oh YeS rObOtRoN!
My first experience with the game was actually on a Midway GBA game that was a compilation of a few arcade games from Midway. I can't remember what the game was called though.
 

chance

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I liked most of the classic arcade games. I was glad when they came to PC, because I never liked the arcade rooms themselves. Stale air and poor ventilation. Too noisy. Greasy control knobs and dirty screens. bleh...

I like what people are doing with homemade arcades. There's some nice craftsmanship in the cabinets. And good use of Raspberry Pi and other single-board computers.
 

Bearman_18

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20180921_184856.jpg I found this in a casino in a state that I can't remember. I guess it was Arksnsas. It had a huge swaths of vertical shooters and other cool stuff. 194X, Xevious, dig dug, mappy, etc. Etc. Etc. And it was only a quarter per credit!
 
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Nuss

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Oh yes! I love Metal Slug!
Funny enough, the first time I ever saw or played the game was at a laundromat near our place. While we were there, me and my brother played it until it was time to leave.
 
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View attachment 21351 I found this in a casino in a state that I can't remember. I guess it was Arksnsas. It had a huge swaths of vertical shooters and other cool stuff. 194X, Xevious, dig dug, mappy, etc. Etc. Etc. And it was only a quarter per credit!
Wow! That is an interesting cabinet. I've never seen it before but the art and designs on it look like they were made by the staff who worked at the casino, so the cabinet may be a custom made one or an old compilation arcade that needed the art to be replaced. I could be (EXTREMELY) wrong on this though. Also, I usually expect the normal 2 or 3 quarters per credit so having one is really cool and it could encourage people to spend a few more quarters to get further in a game.
 
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I liked most of the classic arcade games. I was glad when they came to PC, because I never liked the arcade rooms themselves. Stale air and poor ventilation. Too noisy. Greasy control knobs and dirty screens. bleh...

I like what people are doing with homemade arcades. There's some nice craftsmanship in the cabinets. And good use of Raspberry Pi and other single-board computers.
I've heard of the Raspberry Pi but I've never seen one myself, so I'll check it out soon,
and yeah, it's neat that they came to PC so that you can play them in the comfort of your home.
Although to me, it loses that challenge that an original arcade machine would have because with a home port, you can just start over at any time, but in the arcades you had to make every quarter count.
But the one thing I don't really miss about old arcades, like you said, were the greasy buttons and/or joysticks and the dirty screens. I usually had to wipe my hands off after every arcade I played haha.
 
I won a custom built cabinet a few years ago in a competition, came with an Xbox 360 and Street Fighter 5. Plan to eventually put a retropir PC or something in there. I have a raspberry pi too and it's great for anything pre-N64.
 

JackTurbo

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Me and a friend actually completed Metal Slug 1 in an arcade on Brighton beach when I was about 10 or 11.
It was 30p a go, but must have been set up wrong as it gave you unlimited continues for one 30p credit :D
 

Pfap

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I liked most of the classic arcade games. I was glad when they came to PC, because I never liked the arcade rooms themselves. Stale air and poor ventilation. Too noisy. Greasy control knobs and dirty screens. bleh...

I like what people are doing with homemade arcades. There's some nice craftsmanship in the cabinets. And good use of Raspberry Pi and other single-board computers.
What about the potential hot girls? I mean
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meant something when you were young right? I still enjoy visiting "retro" arcades when I visit big cities.


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To specifically answer your question, to get me as a customer you would need to capture the 90's in an arcade unit.
 

Bearman_18

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Wow! That is an interesting cabinet. I've never seen it before but the art and designs on it look like they were made by the staff who worked at the casino, so the cabinet may be a custom made one or an old compilation arcade that needed the art to be replaced. I could be (EXTREMELY) wrong on this though. Also, I usually expect the normal 2 or 3 quarters per credit so having one is really cool and it could encourage people to spend a few more quarters to get further in a game.
I think youre right. It's definitely a super old machine, cause the screen was dim and the interfaces style feels old. But the art has to be new, because it says "classic" on there. I didn't consider the possibility that the casino staff did the art. Though they may be the ones who replaced the machines cabinet.
 
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Nuss

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I think youre right. It's definitely a super old machine, cause the screen was dim and the interfaces style feels old. But the art has to be new, because it says "classic" on there. I didn't consider the possibility that the casino staff did the art. Though they may be the ones who replaced the machines cabinet.
Yeah. I figured the art can't be an official picture because, well, unless it's Super Smash Bros, Nintendo wouldn't really be willing to put Mario and Donkey Kong's art on an arcade with Dig Dug and Galaga installed in it.
 

NeonBits

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TheouAegis

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As a kid, I liked Dig Dug, as that was the only game at the local supermarket (Safeway, for those of you in the Western USA).
In my teens, I played World Heroes and Cabal at the local 7-11. Only got to stage 3 in Cabal eventually, I think I at least made it to the boss of World Heroes.
I also played TMNT like nearly everyone back then.
At the local pizzeria, I always played Art Of Fighting, X-Men, Bubble Bobble, Aero Fighters, Ninja Baseball Bat Man, and some others I can't remember.
At the small town arcade I played a lot of NARC during my early teens, as well as Tecmo Knight -- the goriest game at my arcade. lol
Oh and I loved King Of Monsters and Art Of Fighting. I didn't know who SNK was at the time, but I liked them.
And at the skating rink I'd play Rampage.

Post-arcade years using emulators, I extensively played King Of Fighter '98, The Last Blade 2, Samurai Showdown 3 and 4, Waku Waku 7, Metal Slug 1 and 2, both Capcom Dungeons & Dragons games, Strikers 194X, and Magical Drop 3.

The last time I went to an arcade, I dumped about $5 into The Simpsons.

Once or twice a year my fiance and I go down to Seattle or Tacoma to play pinball all day for $15-$35 (depending on the venue).

I used to have 3 pinball machines when I was a kid. My dad had a bunch of pinball tables after he got his own house. As well as Ms. Pac-Man (he still has it, I don't like it), Robotron (he doesn't have it anymore, but he and I loved that game), Bagman (I loved that game but never got past the first level, even on the Commodore64), and Commando (my stepbrother was good at that game, I'm better than my dad but that's not saying much).

One of the few NES games I owned was the adaptation of PinBot. I loved the crap out of that game, even though I could only get to stage 3. Consequently I get butterflies in my belly every time I see a real PinBot table.


I have Virtual On for the Saturn. I've beaten it on easy mode. Can't remember if I beat it on normal difficulty. I loved that game since the day I got it.

My dad also has a jukebox. I hope he leaves me the jukebox and a pinball table.
 
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I love arcade games! My first projects have been arcade inspired games. I would say Pac-Man is my favorite but Asteroids, Centipede, and Crystal Castles are some of my favorites as well. How come no one ever talks about Crystal Castles?
 

Changgi

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Millipede was a favourite old school arcade game for me, but if there was one thing I was bothered by it's the attack wave cycle, kinda wish it went on longer, but I loved pretty much everything else about it. I enjoy the sophistication of all the enemies resulting in a specific event when shot (such as the mushrooms moving up one row) or otherwise having a function (such as that annoying spider eating mushrooms).

Beamrider (on the Atari 8-bit home computers) and Klax were also among my top arcade games. Unpopular opinion here but I was never a fan of tetris due to how repeitive it is to me. Klax on the other hand gives you different goals each level rather than "just make as many lines as you can until the screen fills up".

On the newer end, I enjoyed Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ (on the DS), which was a scrolling shoot 'em up with multiple weapons to choose from (although they're powerups only and therefore aren't long-term weapons). Fairy Tales have always been a fascination of mine so it was nice getting a good arcade game based on fairy tale characters (plus Riding Hood looks very cool in the game too)
 
I've never played the actual cabinet, but Out Run is super fun and relaxing. The 3DS version of it is fantastic. It even does a simulation of the cabinet, tilting and all. I'm a big fan of rythym games, so naturally I love all the quirky Japanese arcade rythym games -- especially the Konami ones. Had the opportunity to play on a Pop'n Music cabinet near me and it was a blast. Hard as heck, though.
 

TheouAegis

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I've never played the actual cabinet, but Out Run is super fun and relaxing. The 3DS version of it is fantastic. It even does a simulation of the cabinet, tilting and all. I'm a big fan of rythym games, so naturally I love all the quirky Japanese arcade rythym games -- especially the Konami ones. Had the opportunity to play on a Pop'n Music cabinet near me and it was a blast. Hard as heck, though.
Outrun Arcade was one of my favorite machines growing up. I played it on the Genesis, which wasn't bad, but nowhere near the fun of the arcade. The elevation effects I always felt were more pronounced on the arcade version. I always loved how you'd flip your car, get thrown out because you're not wearing seatbelts, roll along the asphalt, then just shrug the whole thing off without a scratch. If the game had been more realistic, crashing would have been super gory in that game. lol
 

MaGicBush

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Golden Axe!
They opened up a retro arcade in my town last year and it has Golden Axe, and a few of my favorites like Rampage, Gauntlet, Dig Dug, and Paper Boy. They have a room full of old pinball machines as well. I took my son there last friday for his birthday with his friend and I managed to get the high score on asteroids lol.

I think it's cool they are bringing arcades back so our kids can enjoy them. Maybe most towns are not doing that? But at least we got one here lol.
 
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