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Arcade games are video games commonly installed in cabinets and placed in bars; they were very common in the '80s. Many arcade games were ported to home computers and consoles, even if the conversion sometimes required the removal of some features due to different hardware. However, in this case, we are not really talking about actual arcades but more about the genre. Arcade games are often simple titles based on skills and speed. Initially, they were based on single screens - think about Pac-Man and Space Invaders, for example, but then they started to feature scrolling screens.

In this group, you can find some of the most popular titles in the history of video games, such as Taito's Bubble Bobble or CAPCOM's Ghosts 'N Goblins. Some of the best beat-em-ups have been born as arcades, like Street Fighter or Double Dragon. SEGA's Golden Axe was a fantastic example of a hack-and-slash theme with cooperative action for two players (that could choose between 3 different characters). We should also not forget OutRun, an arcade that revolutionized racing games, and Irem's R-Type, a title that set the standard for horizontal scrolling space shooters. And let's not forget Arkanoid, the successor of Breakout. The list is long, but we cannot end this overview without mentioning one of the cutest platformers ever created, Taito's The New Zealand Story. In the list below, you will also find some games not originally born as coin-ops but only inspired by the classic arcades of the past. If you are interested in this genre, we suggest you also check the group coin-op conversion.

Penguin Adventure msx

Penguin Adventure is a platformer/arcade game developed and published by Konami for MSX in 1986 as a sequel to Antarctic Adventure. The game was designed by Ryouhei Shogaki, but on...

Year: 1986 Genre: Arcade

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Bonk's Revenge pc-engine

Bonk's Revenge (also known as PC Kid 2) is the second episode of the series of platformers created by Hudson Soft. The first game was called Bonk's Adventure or B.C. Kid. It's ...

Year: 1991 Genre: Platformer

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Blazing Lazers pc-engine

Blazing Lazers (also known as Gunhed) is a sci-fi vertical scrolling shooter created by Hudson Soft for the TurboGrafx-16. The game, released in 1989, is considered one of the best...

Year: 1989 Genre: Shooter

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 genesis

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting game developed and published by Midway Games in 1995. It is an improved and slightly different version of Mortal Kombat 3. The original thi...

Year: 1996 Genre: Brawler

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Arcade Fruit Machine amiga

Arcade Fruit Machine is a gambling - fruit/slot machine simulator initially created for the ZX Spectrum in 1990 and then ported to several home computers, including Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, and more.

Year: 1992 Genre: Arcade

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After Burner II amiga

After Burner II (also known as After Burner SEGA) is an enhanced re-release for Commodore 64 and Amiga of the popular arcade After Burner. The official sequel of the arcade, Afte...

Year: 1989 Genre: Arcade

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Space Taxi commodore-64

Space Taxi is a platformer arcade created by Muse Software for the Commodore 64 and released in 1984. In this game, you must drive your sci-fi taxi and take your clients to their destinations as fast as possible.

Year: 1984 Genre: Arcade

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T2: The Arcade Game amiga

Terminator 2: Judgment Day, renamed T2: The Arcade Game for the home conversions, is a coin-op created by Midway and later ported to several home computers and consoles. The Amiga ...

Year: 1993 Genre: Shooter

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Tiger Road amiga

Tiger Road is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Capcom in 1987. The game was designed by Tokuro Fujiwara, who directed also the Ghosts 'n Goblins series and many other arcades.

Year: 1989 Genre: Brawler

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Lady Bug commodore-64

Lady Bug is a conversion for Commodore 64 of the popular arcade released by Universal in 1981, similar to Pac-Man. The game was designed by Kazutoshi Ueda, also the author of Mr. Do.

Year: 1984 Genre: Arcade

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Choplifter! commodore-64sega-master-systemapple-iiatari-5200

Choplifter! is a helicopter simulator/action-adventure created by Dan Gorlin for the Apple II and published in 1982 by Brøderbund. The game was converted to Atari 8-bit, VIC-20, C...

Year: 1983 Genre: Arcade

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Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters amiga

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters is an Atari coin-op released in 1989, ported to Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, and other platforms. The game was desi...

Year: 1990 Genre: Shooter

2 players arcade co-op coin-op conversion isometric multi-directional science fiction shooter

Paperboy amiganes

Paperboy is a popular arcade created by Atari and released originally in 1985. In this game, you are a paperboy that has to deliver the newspapers with his bicycle. You have to del...

Year: 1988 Genre: Arcade

arcade coin-op conversion isometric transport

Cave Runner amiga

Cave Runner is a Boulder Dash variant released in the public domain in 1989. It was created by Gaz Dickson, Neil Cooper and Rudi Martin..

Year: 1989 Genre: Arcade

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