Arcade Games has become popular since the ’80s and even more popular now! There were many games developed in the 1980s and they are still going popular now, let me introduce some of them!
Release Date : June 6, 1984
Tetris is a tile-matching puzzle video games. The piece of the game is “tetriminos”, which is composed of 4 blocks with the same colour (Fig 1.1.4) and they will drop from the top of the board. When the pieces are falling, players can rotate the pieces and move the pieces laterally. The falling speed can be accelerated but can not be stopped. (Fig 1.1.2) The main objective of the game is to use the pieces to create as many horizontal lines of blocks as possible. When a line is completed, it disappears, and the blocks placed above fall one level and the player will be scored. In most Tetris games, the speed of the falling pieces increase down the “levels”.
There are over 30 versions of “Tetris” released from 1984 until now. The game is widely exists in game consoles and it is still going popular now. It is second best selling paid-downloaded game behind Minecraft.
According to a study, playing Tetris can treat old people with lazy eyes! Of course, playing too much Tetris will cause Tetris effect, which causes the brain to dream up Tetris combination, which is very annoying sometimes!
Play the Game in:
- Tertis.com – https://tetris.com (Fig 1.1.1)
Release Date: 1960s (Appear in the ’60s and becoming popular in the ’80s)
Minesweeper is a single-player simple arcade game. The objective of the game is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden “mines” without “detonating” any of them, with the help from clues about the number (1/2/3/4…) of neighboring mines in each field (The total number of mines of the 8 squares surrounded it) . The player can also put a “flag” in the square they think there is a mine under it, if the player goes through the game without detonating any mines and reveals all the square that do not have a mine under it, he wins the game.
There are officially four different levels of the game, Beginner, Intermediate, Expert, Custom. The game is still very popular now and there are many people who try to beat the game with the least time and there are many people who can do the expert under 100 seconds now. The games are becoming slightly less popular now and it sometimes appear in computer virus!
Play the game in:
- Minesweeper Online – http://minesweeperonline.com/
- Google Minesweeper – https://www.google.com/search?q=play+minesweeper (Fig 1.2.1 and 1.2.2)
Let’s embrace yourself for the last one…
Release Date: May 22, 1980
Pac-Man is a maze arcade game. The main objective of the game is eating the “ghosts” when the Pac-Man is under the energizers’ effect , “orange dots”, “fruit” to earn points to level up. Players also need to navigate the Game Character “Pac-Man” in a maze to prevent ghosts from eating them when the Pac-Man is not under the “power pellet” (large orange dots) effect. When a ghost touches the Pac-Man, the Pac-Man will die and lose a life. Extra life can be obtained when the player reaches a certain amount of points. An eight-year-old boy got 6,131,940 points in 1982 by playing Pac-Man for hours and he received a letter from a US president congratulating him to break the world record! A man even offered to give US $100,000 to anyone who could complete all the possible level of Pac-Man!
Pac-Man had been very popular throughout the years. In 2016, it generates more than $14 Billion dollars in revenue. Pac-Man is always being defined as the greatest video game of all time! There are many spin-offs and remakes of Pac-Man, including Ms. Pac-Man(1981), Pac-Man Plus, Professor Pac-Man and Baby Pac-Man…
Play the Game in:
- PAC-MAN Doodle by Google (Pac-Man 30th Anniversary) – https://www.google.com/search?q=play+pacman+doodle
Of course, there are many popular games in the past that have not been listed here. Many of the old games (Those from the ’80s) are created by Nintendo. (The company who created Mario and Pokemon) They are fun and easy-to-play, not like the games nowadays. Why not you try one of them? Comment below and share your thought about old arcade games!
- Wikipedia – https://wikipedia.org
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