50 Best Arcade Games - Donkeys and Bubbles and Robots, Oh My!
by Michele Christopher
Welcome to Day 2 of the nominating process for The Almost Final Countdown - Arcade games edition.
These are the four from yesterday that the FTTW started the process off with:
And now, six more, culled from yesterday's reader nominations:
Based on scenes from the Walt Disney movie of the same name, this game has four distinct games per level: Lightcycles, Grid Bugs, Tanks, and the MPC Cone. All four games must be completed before you can advance to the next level.
A small, triangular fighter ship is maneuvered by the player through a series of "Zones" in the galaxy. The player must blast Sinisite crystals out of planetoids while fending off attacking enemy drones and Warrior ships. Collect enough crystals to destroy the evil Sinistar before he kills you.
8. Robotron 2084
Each level, or “wave” of Robotron consists of a small humanoid mutant ("the last hope of mankind"), representing the player, in the center of a swarm of enemy robots. The player uses the two joysticks to simultaneously move away from the enemies and dodge their shots, while firing back at them. Once all the destructible enemies are eliminated, the player progresses to the next wave, facing increasingly faster and more numerous enemies.
Play Robotron online (and Defender and Joust and Sinistar and a bunch of other Midway games)
(ed note: this game ate ever single cent I made in 1982)
Trivia: This game was one of the choices presented to Bally/Midway from Namco for sublicensing. Bally/Midway chose Mappy while Atari was left with Pole Position. Pole Position went on to become the biggest game of 1983 .
10. Donkey Kong
But....where's the donkey?
So that's the first 10 out of 50. Don't worry if the one you nominated isn't listed. There's always tomorrow.
And if your favorite game isn't listed at all, nominations are open til Friday, and this is the place to do it. And the more people that nominate a game, the more likely it is to get into the final poll. So even if your game is already mentioned, throw it in there.
I have the sudden urge to fill my pocket with quarters.