Surprisingly striking 3D vector graphics, seriously enhanced by the sit-down cabinet and faithful reproduction of both soundtrack and voice samples. Now, I thought those little plastic character models you could buy in woolies were good, but this was like being IN THE FILM. Three skill levels to choose from, the highest granting more points for that inevitable perspective scrolling high score table.
Track and Field
The original, never-to-be-forgotten innovator of that time-honoured gamers’ pursuit: button-bashing. Atmospheric audio samples accompanied up to four players as they became sweaty wrecks in order to beat each others’ athletics records. With buttons quickly smashed through underhand techniques such as the ‘t-shirt wrapped around fist swipe’, or well-prepared ‘ping-pong ball holder’, later cabinets had shields placed around the vital switches to avoid abuse. Spoil-sports...
Forget joysticks... think bike: mutant, arcade-mounted push-bike. The Paperboy cabinet slotted in neatly to the world of real-life paperboys in the fashionable E.T. era. In tricky isometric 3D, you would frisbee papers conveniently at customers’ houses, while trashing those residences that didn’t subscribe with well-placed shots at windows and cars. A funky soundtrack and end-of-level stunt section topped off this thoroughly enjoyable title.
Next page: Gauntlet
This is an outrage
No Afterburner on the list? For shame, sir!
Bestest Game Evar!
I suspect the 'best' coin-ops were the popular ones when you were 12-16 years old, however old you are.
(unless you're under 20, in which case you can just f*ck off back to your console)
Space invaders, yes, of course
But where was Galaxians? Space invaders that attacked you from behind - spent far too much money on that one.
And Gorf: "SOME GALACTIC COMMANDER *YOU* MAKE"
Showing my age, I know. I got bored with video games after then, never got into PC/console gaming at all.
And where's Galaxian?
The definitive list will never be agreed on, but here are my faves from the era:
Bubble Bobble (I mean, come on! 100 levels, hidden portals, easter eggs galore)
Wonder Boy (I can still hum the music)