80s Games

The 1980′s were the golden decade of video games. The Atari 2600 brought the full range of video games into the living room, and teenagers in shell suits hung out in arcades listening to Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and… Nena.

You could play Pacman, Centipede, Q-Bert or Frogger on tabletop games consoles in bars, pubs and hotel lobbies. Two people would sit either side to play. Fun times…

We kick off our collection of great 80′s video games with 3 classics – Donkey Kong, Frogger and Pacman.

Galaga

Galaga

Galaga was the sequel to Galaxian – which in turn was a response to Space Invaders. Both games introduced ‘swooping’ aliens and featured full colour graphics (unlike Space Invaders), but Galaga gets our vote for being more fun to play. You can fire two shots at once, and the gameplay holds up well today. It’s …

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Tetris

Tetris is arguably the best game of all time. Written in Soviet era Russia by computer engineers Alexey Pajitnov (lead) and Vadim Gerasimov, and brought literally from behind the iron curtain by visionary Henk Rogers, its simple genius has often been imitated, and rarely duplicated. No other video game has crossed more borders or spoke …

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Jetpac

Jetpac is a ZX Spectrum classic. The ZX Spectrum was an immensely popular home computer system from the UK in the early 80′s, used mainly for games. The games had to be loaded from a cassette deck, would take 4-7 mins, and if you got the volume setting wrong you’d have to start again. Suffice …

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Qbert

Qbert is a classic game from 1983 that followed the Pacman tradition of completely original gameplay. It was a big hit in the arcades and the Qbert character became one of the most merchandised games characters behind Pacman and Donkey Kong. Qbert even had his own TV show and has been referenced on the Simpsons, …

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Donkey Kong

Yes we did! We finally found all levels of the original Donkey Kong game online. Most versions only have one level and it was exhausting to find this version. So here it is… the original of the Donkey Kong series and a favourite of arcade players everywhere. It introduced the world to both jumping games …

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