Print Page | Close Window

Top 50 Arcade Games for 10p Podcast

Printed From:
Category: Arcade
Forum Name: General Arcade Discussion
Forum Description: All General Arcade Chat here
Printed Date: 16 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm

Topic: Top 50 Arcade Games for 10p Podcast
Posted By: virtvic
Subject: Top 50 Arcade Games for 10p Podcast
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2017 at 10:21pm
After a great heads up from Chuckie Egg - Alex - NIntendo Arcade...

Shaun and I will be doing a top 50 arcade games podcast in the future, with a bunch of our mates and other podcasting buddies.

It will be a long podcast, or a few smaller ones - dependant on how long we/they waffle for...

We want YOU lot to tell us your favourite games - we don't want all 50, but your favourite(s) and why/opinions/first played/ports to consoles/computers. We would also like audio submissions too, which will be played on the podcast. Get your voice and opinions on t'internet radio!



Check out the podcast

Posted By: J69
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2017 at 10:31pm
SF2 - Discovered it in an arcade in Palma Nova and fell in love
Outrun - Another game that I played on holiday in Majorca amongst other places
Chase HQ - They had one in my local pub. Spent lots of 20p's waiting for my Sunday dinner
Double Dragon
R Type
SF3.3 - I was a late comer to this game. Owned it a few years back and thought it was a perfect upgrade to SF2
Simpsons - There was one in the arcade at Prinose Valley caravan park in Scarborough
Operation Wolf
Wonderboy - There was one in our hotel in Alcudia. Spent a fortune on it
Space Invaders - My dads favourite game and grew up playing it because of him

In short most of these are a list of my childhood! I was born in 1982 and caught the tail end of the arcade scene. They were still littered around pubs and cafes prior to dying out in the early 90s

Posted By: RolyRetro
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2017 at 10:35pm
First up, just happen to be browsing while on my holiday in Tenerife, which reminds me of my first proper arcade experience....

1982, a hotel in Majorca, and the game was Phoenix. Spent 2 weeks and lots of 25 peseta pieces trying to master that one.

Then back to the UK and Friday evenings and summer holidays in Southend on Sea and the huge arcades there, where I discovered over several years....

Star Wars - still the best arcade game ever and my most treasured possession
Track & Field - a brilliant idea and so well executed, spawned a generation of home computer clones
Gyruss - the music! The rotating gameplay! Such a great shooter
Nemesis / Gradius - loved every minute of this vertical shooter, the power up mechanic was so good
Outrun - on everyone's list, the music and the driving was just so much fun
Double Dragon - best 2 player brawler, had to play to the end, ate a lot of 10p pieces
Hot Rod - Unique 4 player top down racer, impossible to replicate the experience at home
Gauntlet - 4 player action and really got the chance to see who your friends were!

I could go on but you wanted favourites and they are mine. I'm sure I could do 50 but these are the games I really loved and still do today.


Star Wars/Outrun/Battlezone Cabaret/Asteroids & Moon Cresta Cocktail/Zaccaria Invader/Snow Bros/Addams Family Pin/BAS
Twitter" rel="nofollow - @retrogamesnow

Posted By: Bensonrad
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2017 at 10:51pm
Great stuff

Outrun - because I love it, one of those games I first saw at Butlins, Bognor on a scout weekend, I had no money to play it, but stood watching mesmorised by the scrolling and music. Then had to own it on pretty much every computer/console I ever have had....and now the machine.

Gauntlet - first game I really played on an arcade machine, the crowd and demand at the youth club on school lunch break to be able to get in and put your 10p in and hope to last....again then had to own it on pretty much all systems I ever had, and been gutted that it never came out on the Amiga (only GII did).

Final Fight - To me, the best side scrolling fighter, the good bass thumping sounds, whilst I grew up and loved Double Dragon, this to me beat the pants off it.

Space Invaders - I was very late to the party with this game, always dismissed it, till I played on it at one of the arcade events and then later on Boneheads cab at one of his meets, really feel for the game then and its simplicity and much so I had to have one.

Centipede - just so addictive, very simple game again, but a joy to play.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Just one of those games of an era, the sound of the theme tune blasting out, great fun with 4 players and even better if you knew the trick to get loads of credits for free. :)

Street Fighter 2 - Championship Edition - When the fair came to town it was the first time I'd see them have more than one of the same machine, I think they had 3 or 4 SF2's because it was just so popular, and then when the Turbo edition came to the Snes, it was happy days for me & my mates.

Also...Warlords (4 Player) cocktail - such an awesome competitive game to play, first encountered this game at the South Coast Slam, and a group of us (Retro Gamer Forumites)had a mini tourno. One game I'd love to own one day.

Additionally I would also add Paperboy, Bubble Bobble & Track and Field.

Wanted: Super Pacman Bezel, Millipede Euro inner Bezel. Asteroids Cabaret Cab, Exterminator & Arkanoid set ups. Always after Millipede/Paperboy/Super Pacman/Outrun/Taito S.I PCBs

Posted By: Flinnster
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 12:29am
Outrun for me too. Utterly blew my mind when I first saw it in DLX form back in 1986, possibly the first game I saw that puked colourful chunks of pixellage directly into my face, rather than just scrolling it about sideways. And then I went up a hill and the cabinet tilted. And the music. And the multiple routes. And the waves crashing when you put your name in. I still want one!

Wonderboy. Will remind me of hot summer holidays in the med, since 1987. Even my other half can sing the music! This is where my love of chucking axes at bees comes from, I'm sure.

Space Harrier. Probably discovered at the same time as Outrun, again in DLX moving cab form. I thought this was slick as hell, and a great game to watch people play with the big bosses.

R-Type. First played on the humble speccy which was a fantastic home version, then discovered in the arcade. In my view no R-Type sequel ever bettered the gameplay of the original version, it was somehow pure and not overly complicated.

Chase HQ. Not as impressive as Outrun really, but I loved the car bashing gameplay. Again I loved the home speccy version first, but the arcade was far better when I saw it in the flesh. I'm just a sucker for big flashy lights, clearly!

Bomb Jack. No idea why I keep going back to it? Maybe I like the annoying music and I'm just addicted to collecting things! It was another little cab hidden at the back of the arcade in a dark corner costing 10p. I still swear at the dubious collision detection decades later mind...

Puyo Puyo. Another oddball one. I first played a rip-off of this on the Apple Mac of all things, which lead me to the SNES and finally the Mame version. It's always been there as a 5 minute coffee-break game, and great in 2 player mode battling against eachother.

Tiger Heli. This was a 'yoof club' cocktail cab, that was battered beyond belief. Somehow this ropey shooter took all our money alongside cans of coke and packets of crisps. Later it was upgraded to Flying Shark which was much better ;)

Choplifter. Kids were not allowed in the local pub, but we were allowed in the bowling alley / games room. And there sat a choplifter cab. I loved the concept of the 'save-em-up' combined with a traditional shooter, as well as what I thought at the time were amazingly detailed graphics.

Power Drift. No it's not as good as Outrun. No it made no bloody sense. But I loved the over-the-top-in-yer-face of it all, the music, graphics, characters giving eachother aggro, and rotatey chunky sprite madness. Sega arcade energy turned to the top of the dial.

Riiiiiiiiidddge Raaaaacer. Jawdropped when I first saw it, and happily pumped in the money to experience the 3D of it all. But it was back at home where I hammered the PlayStation version, until it killed the CD laser on my first console.

Time Crisis 1 & 2. I'd played Virtua Cop but much prefered the pedal to duck and reload than the shoot-away stuff that other games did. The little cut-scenes and time-totals between levels seemed nicely spaced for swigging beer too. Nice one Namco Wink The second game then blew my mind with the co-op stuff, where each player did their own thing for a bit and then regrouped. Still brilliant.

Pac Mania Not sure why but when I first saw it this cab felt huuuuge! Huge sprites, big bright colourful marquee. Loved the whole Pac-Man on lego bricks thing.


Wanted: - PCBs: Rainbow Islands, Rolling Thunder, Original Wonderboy PCB
- Parts needed: Naomi non-swivel castor / wheel, coin mech metal clip for Dino King Door

Posted By: virtvic
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 5:18am
Excellent stuff! I'll be getting in contact with a few of you about doing some audio, if you'd like to be in the podcast?


Check out the podcast

Posted By: J69
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 8:23am
I'm happy to if you need anything

Posted By: edget2000
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 8:49am
My Arcade Experience kind of comes in 2 parts .. 

Aged about 11/12 I discovered

1)Moon Cresta
3)Space invaders

these were all outside the cafe area at my local swimming pool "BeechDale Baths" but were in clone cabinets or cocktails, nothing original. There are times even today when I play those games that I get a wiff of chlorine. Funny how the mind associates thing with the different senses.

Then a few years later I started to travel into Nottingham the arcade is called "OAK Amusements" on St James Street now not sure if that was its name back in the 80's. There was another arcade on the corner of Heathcote St near the Palais as well but I've forgotten the name... That is where I encountered

7)Dragons Lair
10)Buck Rogers!!!!!!!!!!

I have to sneak Star Wars in at 11!!! but I could never get on it though....

I can already hear you all say "Buck Rogers!!!!". This game has great meaning for me, mainly because I was only 13/14 and the bigger kids/Men always got on Tron/Dragons Lair and I could only play them if I got to the arcade rarely early. 

But my best mate "Buck" was always there free waiting for me when the bigger kids were dominating all the cooler games. Me a Buck spent many hours together with 100's of 10p passing between us and now he sits proudly in the middle of my collection.. 

great memories..........


Posted By: virtvic
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 8:56am
These are great so far!

Maybe limit to 5 faves each? Poor old Shaun has to insert these into a spread sheet (he loves spread sheets)

Get in contact with me to do some audio submissions - I can Skype you to do the recordings etc if you aren't confident doing them yourself.


Check out the podcast

Posted By: Bensonrad
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 9:27am
Are you going to Kdoes meet, you could bring your microphone along then, I'll talk to you :)

Wanted: Super Pacman Bezel, Millipede Euro inner Bezel. Asteroids Cabaret Cab, Exterminator & Arkanoid set ups. Always after Millipede/Paperboy/Super Pacman/Outrun/Taito S.I PCBs

Posted By: phillv85
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 11:04am
Good shout on a top 50!

Mine are:

Deathsmiles - a well balanced, difficult but fair bullet he'll shooter. It was the first arcade games I 1CC'd.

Elevator Action Returns - the sequel to Elevator Action, it's a great action game that takes some planning and timing for jumps.

Espgaluda - Another bullet he'll shooter, probably ones of Cave's easier games, it doesn't feel unfair which is more than can be said for some others.

Guilty Gear X - A great free flowing fighting game with a final boss you can actually beat.

Street Fighter 3 3rd Strike - I was also a late comer to this game, but to me it's the best street fighter game ever. It feels quite different to all of the other games in the franchise.

The oldest game in my list is mid-90's

Posted By: miner2049er
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 12:03pm
Burger Time
Star Force

(UK Mike, Retro Gaming Roundup)

Posted By: frothmeister
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 12:05pm
I've chopped any changed mine so many times over the years, but the ones that hold the greatest memories for me are the following. 

I was spoiled as a kid growing up in a seaside town with several arcades so got to play them all pretty often. My main era was 83-87 I guess.

I have a few of these as dedicated cabs, mainly the ones with unique controls - as it's impossible to emulate them in the way you can with standard joystick/button games.

Paperboy - not many people play the Medium Road and Hard Way levels, which add so much extra to the game imo over the Easy Street.

Pacland - The best scrolling, platform game.

Nemesis - the first and best shooter using this type of power up system

Super Sprint - often late back to school after playing this with 2 mates for the whole lunchtime......many times we didn't even have time to get anything to eat.

Spy Hunter - the music at full volume still sends shivers down my spine.

Tehkan World Cup - spinning the trackball as fast as humanly possible to be able to beat the team in the final never gets boring.

Centipede - for me the most iconic sounds of the arcade, but also a fantastic shooter. Could always hear this being played from a fair distance away.

Track & Field - just so much fun hammering the buttons as fast as possible. Fond memories of many a 2p, or even 3p co-op game. Two men running and one man doing the jump/throw.

Hyper Sports - Track and Field but possibly even better.

Bubble Bobble - the best 2player co-op game imo. Still as good today as when it first came out

EDIT: Ooops that's 10 already. I better stop there - absolutely loads more I could mention, but I'd say that's close to my favourite 10 of all time

Posted By: Nes4life
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 12:42pm
Asteroids - early vector and so iconic

Centipede - everyone knows it's awesome

Timepilot - I feel like i've had a full workout every time i play it

Pac-Man - Classic.

Space Invaders - Classic.

Bonus: Gyruss, Burgertime.

Owner of ... too many cabs!

Posted By: t-m
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 1:35pm
Ok these are mine...

Joust - flap, flap, flap.  what a great game idea. Excellent cooperative two player mode and you can still kill the other player LOL   Bonus points to Williams for actually developing and releasing the game when everyone else was making space shooters.
Gyruss - great gameplay and fabulous music when most other games had none.  Inspired by Galaga and Tempest maybe but better than both IMO.
Bagman - rock hard game and i'm so rubbish at most that this would normally put me off, but the way it works with simple game play idea but hard to master brings me back again.  Bonus marks for being developed by a french company who started by making control systems for concrete plants.
Street Fighter II - I wan't a big player of this back in the arcades but the SNES port was excellent and a 2 player battle with your mates is hard to beat.
R-type - simple, hard, but somehow brooding and rewarding.  I'm rubbish at it but could play the first level again and again.

Special mentions to: Outrun, Track and Field, Asteroids.

Posted By: TWB
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 2:17pm
Five of my favourites probably not the top five but these ones hold some fond memories for me.

Asteroids: This was the first game I ever rolled the score on. I was still at school and like most day’s we had gone down to the local café to spend our dinner money on the couple of vid’s they had in there. Myself and half a dozen others that stayed to see it ended up with detention for missing afternoon registration.

Space Invaders: This was the first game I ever played. The local fish & chip shop had it installed that was it whenever I had cash as kid I would be hanging around my local chippy.

Track & Field: All through the 80’s my brothers and I would often go to arcade’s but were never competitive on any of the games even though we would play doubles until it came to Track & Field.

Hang on: I’ve never really been a fan of racing games but when I saw this one summer at an arcade while on holiday in Blackpool I couldn’t believe it a bike that you could sit on and lean to corner, a real throttle and brakes, I was blown away.

Scramble: When it came down to my last 10p and deciding which machine to put it into before the long walk home, this was usually the one it went in.

Leisure 2000 | Asteroids
PCBs: Starforce | Super Cobra or Scramble

Posted By: shaunholley
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 6:32pm
Thanks guys. Please limit to 5 choices if you can. Smile

Shooting stuff right in't face.

Co-host of

Posted By: edget2000
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 6:53pm
Originally posted by shaunholley shaunholley wrote:

Thanks guys. Please limit to 5 choices if you can. Smile

Isn't that like trying to pick one favourite type of biscuit??? LOL

Posted By: Flinnster
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 7:22pm
True. And I forgot Ordyne .... and Rainbow Islands Tongue


Wanted: - PCBs: Rainbow Islands, Rolling Thunder, Original Wonderboy PCB
- Parts needed: Naomi non-swivel castor / wheel, coin mech metal clip for Dino King Door

Posted By: Del Griffith
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 8:41pm
My 5 have always pretty much been the same.

Star Wars - My fav arcade game, Still great to play now and was everywhere bitd...although mostly out of order :)

Space harrier - fantastic game and for me yu suzuki's best, If this was in an arcade you could here it from anywhere in the room

Wonderboy - Still enjoy playing as much now as when I was a kid

Street fighter 1 - not everyone's cup over tea but so iconic of the time and I love it

Double dragon - blew me away when I first played it, Awesome soundtrack

Posted By: silversmurfer
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 10:10pm
My top 5 ....

1) Star Wars - hell I was an xwing pilot and they always had a crowd of kids peering from behind through the smokey perspex - Audio is awesome here - use the force luke !

2) Outrun - I can't play this with anything other than magical sound shower - also the way the roads rose and fell really moved felt like this was the next level - this was the seaside driver of choice

3) Ridge Racer - played the mx5 version in the Trocadero back in the day - now I have the slightly smaller sitdown - still love this

4) Frogger - first played this at a family wedding way back - took me a few goes to figure out you didn't dodge the logs - duh !

5) Daytona - this together with a load of mates around beer o'clock - in lahndon toon really set the night up for games of killer pool!

list does seem to be driver heavy but these are probably the ones I played most - and kind of mapped out my arcade path through those formative years of 11 - 25 ! 

Posted By: Sinisteve
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 10:29pm
My top 5 are...
Chase HQ
Time pilot
Street fighter 2

Bonus game is pole position the sounds are so epic and are what take me back to spending time at the arcades...

Posted By: iamjimmi
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2017 at 11:54pm
Great idea for the podcast guys - really look forward to hearing the result. Not sure it's fair to limit selection to just 5?! I mean there is Scramble, Defender, Space Invaders, Galaxian, PacMan, Star Wars, Space Harrier Deluxe, Out Run, Dragons Lair, Chase HQ, Centipede, Slap Fight aaarghhh!

Well, I hope that they all make you podcast but for the purpose of this thread I am going to be very disciplined and nominate just the three games listed below that all make it to my favourite list for very different reasons....

Favourite ye olde school: Boot Hill

Space Invader was the game changer but for me, this old black and white shooter is where it all started.

It's the first video arcade game that I remember playing - aged around 7 or 8 at Martin Mere caravan park, near Blackpool.

The game is a head to head 2 player shooter – gun slinger against gun slinger - or more accurately bitd sibling against sibling.

You control your cowboy’s movement with a joystick and aim using a second stick. This ability to move and aim independently was quite ground breaking – you can trace the wonderful control mechanics of Robotron right back to this game.

It's a great example of how imaginative and innovative game design could overcome the limited tech of the time – what seemed to be a massive cabinet with a western theme, a two way mirror allowing for a colourful background and a realistic pistol for your trigger hand.

Head em up... move em on...

Favourite underrated game: Return of the Jedi

I love Star Wars – without doubt one of the all-time arcade classics.

However, just like the films, Jedi is seemed by most as weak in comparison.

But despite sharing the same licence lineage and controller, the games are so different that’s it’s not really fair to compare.

Jedi takes you on a journey through the Endor forest on your speeder bike, before climbing into AT-AT to knock out the death star shield. A brief cut scene sees you dog fighting over a background of Star Fighters before launching a solo mission in the Falcon to destroy the Death Star.

Seriously, what’s not to love about that?

The isometric perspective takes some getting used to – but who says games are supposed to be easy? There are very few repeated attack patterns and almost no safe zones – you have to keeping moving, anticipating and reacting – you basically need the force.

You also need a good yoke. Star Wars can be much more forgiving if your controller is tired, but the accuracy needed in Jedi requires a Yoke in tip top condition. I suspect a lot of bad gamer experience is down to poorly maintained yokes. And don’t think about playing this game in Mame – it’s awful.

This is probably the game I played most in the Arcades bitd. I could typically make my 20p (it was never 10p!) last a good 20 minutes – way longer than I could manage on most games. And because it was never that popular, I could usually get well up the leader board.

Atari used the same cab design for a number of games, but none of them look as good as Jedi – a cracking looking and sounding game.

Favourite game to have just one more go: Bomb Jack

I think this game might well be perfect. The concept is similar to Pac Man, in that you have to gobble up items (bombs instead of dots), whilst avoiding them bad guys. And like Pac Man you can get a power pill to turn the table and give you the chance to gobble up the bad guys.

But there is hidden depth that deepens the risk reward strategy for each screen... get the bombs in the correct order and you land a big bonus, change the colour of the power pill to increase the points for eating the bad dudes, maximise the multiplier for bigger scores and make sure that your capture enough multipliers in order to increase your chances of landing an extra man.

The attack patterns of the bad dudes changes from game to game, so it’s hard to learn a set pattern, so each new game feels fresh. And perhaps most importantly the game feels fair… yeah the collision detection isn’t perfect, but for the most part when you die you are left feeling that it was your own fault and if you did something differently you could have avoided the death. Without that lesson learnt, time to have one more go…

I first encountered this game in our school common room. I played it a fair bit and played the cracking home versions on the Atari ST, but it wasn’t until I went over to the New Frontier that I re-discovered my love for this game. And I genuinely don’t think a week has gone by for the last two years when I haven’t had at least one game of Bomb Jack.

Just one more game that is...

Posted By: Nik73
Date Posted: 05 Aug 2017 at 3:01pm
I was lucky growing up that my small, rural town had an arcade with about 30 games that changed regularly. Every night on the way home from school and a good chunk of Saturday afternoons spent in there. Amazing how far my £2 pocket money went at first, but once I got my first weekend job I lived like a king! They did a cracking job of getting the latest games in as well.
One of the great things for me about arcades then compared to gaming now was how there was no internet and not a lot of coverage in magazines. You found stuff out by word of mouth. I loved making new friends as people watched you play and chipped in with tips and secrets or you picked things up from just watching other people play. If anyone was good at a game, there was always a crowd round them. Even at Arcade Club people don't seem to be interested and just move to a free machine if someone is on the one they want to play. Guilty of it myself and just the way of the world now I guess. Instant gratification......... Wow, sound like a right old fart.
Another big influence was the annual summer trip to Blackpool where you got to play anything and everything. Always spent way more time on the front than in the pleasure beach, dragging my poor parents round until I was old enough to be let loose.

Really hard to keep it to 5 favourites, but no. 1 is easy

Out Run
As a petrol head from a young age, I was always drawn to racers, but seeing the deluxe version off this for the first time in Blackpool blew my 13yr old mind. 50p a go though! The movement, ffb, etc was amazing and, as a 13yr old, felt like you were driving a real car. Not to mention that music! I couldn't believe it when my local arcade got an upright version a few weeks later. Played nothing else, even when it disappeared we tracked it to the other side of town to the truck stop to keep playing it and Gauntlet. Seemed a really shady place at the time, with rumours of it being the towns red light district!! I even loved that god awful spectrum version where you had to load each stage and it came with a soundtrack tape. Was finally able to replace that dodgy copy we made by putting a tape recorder up to the speaker in the arcade in an 80's top 40 style.
Weirdly, none of the other racers of the time grabbed me the same, even the sequels. Everything paled to Out Run, and still does. I have decent sim racing setup now with VR on pc, but still love playing this and Sega Rally. Sadly I don't have the reactions to be able to thread it between cars at full chat through a corner now, but am still pretty decent. I remember playing it in mame for the first time after what must have been 15 years and I could still remember every corner on what was the easiest route. R, L, R, R, R to D. Actually doing it took a bit more time though.

Sega Rally
A close second, but predictable with the petrolhead thing and rallying being my favourite motorsport. By this time I was a man of the world at Uni in Manchester. Arcades were a dying breed by now, but seeing the deluxe version in one of my favourite pubs had a similar effect to Out Run. I love it for all the same reasons too. Blew part of my student loan on a Saturn and the wait for this after it kept getting delayed killed me. Worth the wait though.
Again, the sequels never grabbed me the same, or any arcade racer since. Another one I still play a lot now.

Star Wars
Put simply, Star Wars was my childhood. I was absolutely obsessed. I was so easy to buy presents for, just anything Star Wars and usually the figures. Every birthday and Christmas without fail. Another game I played for the first time in Blackpool and this time it was my 10yr old mind that was blown. What? I get to sit in an X-wing? It has the music and speech? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?? *BOOM*
Again, sequels pale in comparison for me. Even stuff like the trilogy game with it's better graphics, etc. I remember loving 3D Starstrike on the Spectrum as it was as close as I could get at the time. An upright version was a permanent fixture in my local arcade as well, outlasting nearly everything else. I've got it sort of playable in mame with a flight stick.

Getting harder to choose now............

Bubble Bobble
I think catchy music attracts me to games and I love the plinky plonky tune in this. I first played this in my local arcade and loved it, but when me and a mate started playing it together we were never off it. As a team, we could regularly 1 CC it, but that was using the warps, especially the one getting to lvl 40 without dying. We knew all the patterns and where to head to on each level before the baddies moved. This is rare for me as I normally don't have the patience for this, which is why I'm pants at stuff like Pac Man and Donkey Kong.
Only problem was I always played Bob, so was, and still am, knackered playing on my own past level 30. Still love playing it though.

Rastan Saga
Another one from my local arcade and more catchy music. Weirdly we had the Japanese version with more of a story and the intro screen. Not sure what exactly appeals to me about it as I'm not a huge fan of horizontal scrolling fighters, but for me this is the best by a mile with Rygar second. I remember thinking it looked and sounded amazing. I still love the art style, colours, etc and the music is one of my favourites. I never 1 CCd this, but could get to the last stage. Haven't been able to get past lvl 5 since coming back to it on mame, but it's one of my most played games now. Probably the extra bats in the Rastan version. The spectrum version was absolutely atrocious, couldn't play it. I remember being gutted paying my £7.95 for that dross.
Amazing how your brain stores things. This was another I didn't play for about 15 years, but could remember all the tricks and timings like it was yesterday.

There's so many others I could say that I loved, but in the end went with what I played most then and now. The next cheeky 5 would probably be Rygar, Double Dragon, Daytona USA, Streetfighter II and a toss up between Track and Field and Hypersports. One that jumps out as not standing up to the test of time is Gauntlet. I loved it back in the day, but it's only good for a quick blast every now and again. Gets boring really quickly.
I obviously love the classics as well, but they never grabbed me like these games did.

As it's raining outside, I know exactly what I'll be doing this afternoon.

Posted By: Chuckie egg
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 9:37am
Extremely difficult question to ask,so many I've got nostalgia with and so many I've been getting into over the years of being in this hobby.

Donkey Kong jr
Great f**king game and a real thinking mans game where you can take your time and plan your next move.
Beautiful cabenit and creative lvl design.
Love it

Donkey Kong
Love hate relationship but you can't help coming back for more,so addictive and so much depth once you no the rules.

Paper boy
Great fun to play love the music and forget mame you have to play on a dedicated its the only way.

I robot
Way ahead of its time with its pologon graphics this game was far to good to be appreciated by many.
Play it now and your find a game with deep game play and fast shooting action.

I've got to include sheriff as I love this game so much,unique controls with charming characters and fun shooting game play.

Honourable mentions
Juno first
Q Bert
Space invaders
Black widow
Punch out
Lunar lander

Posted By: shaunholley
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 11:22am
We now have a website form, if you'd prefer to fill that in." rel="nofollow -

Shooting stuff right in't face.

Co-host of

Posted By: Chuckie egg
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 11:25am
Originally posted by shaunholley shaunholley wrote:

We now have a website form, if you'd prefer to fill that in." rel="nofollow -

Done that mate

Posted By: Chuckie egg
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 11:33am
Blimey Ian didn't think anyone would remember this classic
Great game beautiful cab
Good choice

Favourite ye olde school: Boot Hill

Space Invader was the game changer but for me, this old black and white shooter is where it all started.

It's the first video arcade game that I remember playing - aged around 7 or 8 at Martin Mere caravan park, near Blackpool.


Posted By: Rog69
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 11:37am
My Top five would be -

1. Gyruss - I remember playing this for the first time on a school trip to Solihull ice rink and I was blown away by the sound and gameplay. Brilliant game and still my all time arcade fave.

2. Space Invaders - One of the first arcade games I ever played, my Dad would make my brother and I share a credit, he steered and I fired. It took my brain a long time to adjust to playing it on my own.

3. Donkey Kong - This passed me by a little back in the day but I have come to love it through playing in in emulation, such a classic game and so bloody hard.

4. Defender - I love this game but I absolutely suck at it. I still think this has the best sound of any video game all these years later.

5. Polybius - I played this on holiday in Portland when I was a kid, it was very addictive, and despite it giving me headaches and making me hear voices, I was still compelled to keep playing Wink.

Posted By: Milky
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 11:50am
Dead Eye
Boot Hill
Bank Panic
Sunset Riders

...and I am only missing 1 of those...

------------- IS a good game, but it needs more cowboys...

Posted By: virtvic
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 2:44pm
Milky - there may be some sort of theme there...



Check out the podcast

Posted By: virtvic
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 2:49pm

I have pm'd a few people with a generic type message asking if you'd like to contribute a small audio submission. We will probably use them all, as we and our listeners like to hear ither peoples's stories, but quite possibly we may get overwhelmed with audio Shocked and might not get to use all of them...

I will more than likely be going to Kdoes meet on 19th August and can record some stuff (as long as it's not full and he's ok with me being there and doing that)



Check out the podcast

Posted By: Vamino
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 4:14pm
5 games that I have nostalgia for:

Gradius II / Vulcan Venture
Spartan X / Kung Fu Master
Time Pilot

Special Mention R-Type

There are loads of other games that I like, but I'd be very happy with these in my own Arcade. Smile

Insert Coin[s]

Posted By: Milky
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 at 5:45pm
Originally posted by virtvic virtvic wrote:

Milky - there may be some sort of theme there...


Nonsense! Oh, wait...

------------- IS a good game, but it needs more cowboys...

Posted By: Fantazia2
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2017 at 9:47pm
Is there a cut off date for submissions, might have to put some thought into it with so many greats to choose from?

Posted By: Mark H
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2017 at 10:02pm
Hi - mine are :

Asteroids - a cold & calculated game - and beautiful vector crisp clear graphics
Tempest - same but in colour - this game draws you in.
Viewpoint - (Neo-Geo MVS) - one of the hardest shoot 'em ups. Brilliant graphics & a mind blowing sound track from 1992 (C) Sammy !!!
Space Invaders - simple but very very addictive
Out Run 2 - yes I know it's new-ish but what a beautiful game - i love to drift again and again.



"The Future Is Now"

Posted By: maskeddev
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2017 at 7:49am
Sticking to vids, here some games:

Pole Positon
Daytona USA
OutRun 2

Street Fighter 2

The Punisher
Final Fight


Ms Pac-Man
Bubble Bobble
Rainbow Islands

Time Crisis
Point Blank
Operation Wolf

Space Invaders
Donkey Kong

Did I miss a genre... I'll come back and edit this with reasons when I'm on dextop

Ah yeah, running and shooting type games..

Sunset Riders

Them my contenders. I'll pick just five, promise!

My top five right now is:
Ms. Pac-Man
Bubble Bobble
Daytona USA
The Punisher
Basically, the best game in the genres I like the most. Ms Pac-Man took the most successful arcade game and made it better. Bubble Bobble is the most lovable arch typical arcade game. R-Type the most adored shmup, Daytona the bench mark for every driver since. And, f**k it, The Punisher edges out the better known Final Fight.

Posted By: shaunholley
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2017 at 6:26pm
Originally posted by Fantazia2 Fantazia2 wrote:

Is there a cut off date for submissions, might have to put some thought into it with so many greats to choose from?

Not strictly. We thought we'd keep it open for at least a month, and then see.

Shooting stuff right in't face.

Co-host of

Posted By: Spivak
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2017 at 11:31pm

Instead of taking in consideration factors as innovation, originality, play-ability and so on, I will be quite simple in my criteria, the games spent more coins in my childhood: 

1. Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja
2. Hammerin harry
3. Joe & Mac Cave-Man Ninja
4. Shadow Dancer
5. Golden Axe

Digging in my memories of my early childhood, I will mention a couple of games that beside not to be able to play them (almost a baby), they impacted me, by their visuals, music, etc.  

1. Spy Hunter - I was amazed when first saw in my village public swimming pool bar, that big cabinet with seat; what to say about that music that still have in my mind.
2. Vanguard - Impressive the synthesized voice used.

Posted By: Shinydaz
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 12:26am
It's hard to narrow it down to 5 but here you go:

1. Pole position
2. Outrun
3. Track and field
4. Paperboy
5. Double dragon

So many brilliant games left out but these are the ones I'd look for in the arcade at Yarmouth in the 80's on my hols. I kind of wish I'd expanded my mind a little and played different ones, but I had to choose to spend my 10p's wisely, as I only had 50p pocket money each day. Then Outrun came along and at 50p a go, I had to beg for more

Hunting for a pole position !!

Posted By: shaunholley
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2017 at 12:15pm
Anyone else want to share their top 5? We've had around 200 participants now, but we'd like more so the results can be as balanced as possible. Voting form link below, Thanks dudes Smile" rel="nofollow -

Shooting stuff right in't face.

Co-host of

Posted By: shaunholley
Date Posted: 20 Oct 2017 at 2:47pm
UPDATE - we have enough votes now so we're aiming for the Top 50 podcast to be #100, which should be around Christmas time. Smile

Shooting stuff right in't face.

Co-host of

Posted By: cNp
Date Posted: 20 Oct 2017 at 3:14pm
Yay!  Look forward to that bumper episode.

Maybe the 10p Orchestra can record a festive version of The Holley & The Marland to mark the centennial episode.


Wanted: SEGA Power Drift PCB, Arkanoid Upright

Posted By: Steveylou
Date Posted: 20 Oct 2017 at 4:30pm
Given the bad rap it gets on the podcast it would be amazing if Teenage Mutant Hero / Ninja Turtles won this. Am I too late to collude with the Russians to make that happen? Wink

Posted By: Flinnster
Date Posted: 20 Oct 2017 at 7:04pm
Yes, for audio sample repetition alone it can't win.
Cowabunga. Cowabunga...... Cowabunga... Cowabunga.Cowabunga.Cowabunga.... Cowabunga.
Fun for a little while, but not to be stood next to all weekend at Revival Wink


Wanted: - PCBs: Rainbow Islands, Rolling Thunder, Original Wonderboy PCB
- Parts needed: Naomi non-swivel castor / wheel, coin mech metal clip for Dino King Door

Posted By: shaunholley
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 11:17am
Originally posted by cNp cNp wrote:

Yay!  Look forward to that bumper episode.

Maybe the 10p Orchestra can record a festive version of The Holley & The Marland to mark the centennial episode.


Haha! You've got me thinking now...

Shooting stuff right in't face.

Co-host of

Print Page | Close Window