The only thing better than playing arcade games is talking about them. Here are the ten most important arcade games of all time, in my own completely biased opinion (and as always I’m sure that you agree with me).

#10 – Pac-Man

Pac-Man is a classic arcade game. Pac-Man was created by Namco and released in 1980. Pac-Man is a maze game, where you must eat all the dots while avoiding ghosts. The gameplay is similar to other maze games such as Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Land, but it adds an additional player as well as new obstacles to avoid like ghosts or fruit that can change your behavior if eaten.

#9 – Mortal Kombat

This fighting game was released in 1992 and created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Mortal Kombat was released for over 20 different platforms, making it a huge hit. The game is still popular today because of its fun gameplay, engaging story line and brutal violence that we all love so much!

The franchise has spawned one movie which is pretty bad, but hey at least they tried! If you want to see one of the worst movies ever made then check out this link here: https://movies-and-tv/worst-movies/. It’s truly amazing how bad it is!

#8 – Metal Slug

Metal Slug is a classic side-scrolling arcade game that follows the adventures of Marco and Tarma, two soldiers on a mission to rescue their kidnapped comrades. Along the way, you must fight your way through enemy soldiers and bosses in order to save them. While this may sound like a generic story for an arcade game, it’s actually quite fun!

The best part about Metal Slug is how satisfying it feels when you shoot an enemy or blow up an enemy vehicle with your gun. The worst part about Metal Slug is how hard it can be sometimes, especially when you’re trying to avoid getting hit by bullets or falling into lava pits while making jumps from platform to platform on top of speeding trains with no rails nearby (although those are just some examples).

#7 – Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II is a fighting game from Capcom. It was released in 1991 and was one of the most popular arcade games during that era. Street Fighter II is a sequel to Street Fighter, which was also very popular among gamers back then; this means that Street Fighter II has become one of the best selling arcade games of all time!

Street Fighter II’s popularity can be attributed to its high level of competitiveness among players. You can play it with just one quarter or two quarters if you’re looking for more action (like me). As such, this game will keep you busy while waiting for your friends who are late for lunch/dinner/meeting at work so they could go home early on Friday nights like usual because they don’t want their spouses finding out about their secret affairs with some sexy waitress at Applebee’s on Thursday nights after work hours when she comes over after her shift ends around 11 pm every Thursday night until 1 am Friday mornings—you know what I mean 😉

#6 – Space Invaders

  • Space Invaders was released in 1978, and it was the first game to use a microprocessor.
  • It also used a laserdisc for graphics, which is something that had never been done before.
  • It was also the first game to use voice synthesis, since it featured speech that read off your score at the end of each level.

#5 – Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is an arcade game that was released by Nintendo in 1981. The game was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, who is also responsible for creating other famous games like Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros. Donkey Kong is considered to be one of the first games to use a level-select feature, as well as being one of the first video games to feature multiple levels within the same game.

In Donkey Kong, you play as Jumpman (who would later be known as Mario), who must rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong after he stole her away from Jumpman’s construction site.

#4 – Golden Axe

Golden Axe is a side-scrolling hack and slash arcade video game developed and published by Sega in 1989. It was subsequently ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis console. The game was known for its fantasy-based setting, which was uncommon at the time; it also featured cooperative gameplay, with up to three players fighting against evil forces in a medieval environment.

The player controls one of three characters: Ax Battler (a warrior), Tyris Flare (a dwarf) or Gilius Thunderhead (a barbarian). Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses, with Ax Battler being slow but powerful, Tyris Flare being fast but weak while Gilius Thunderhead is average at everything. Once you have chosen your character, you must fight through eight levels filled with enemies that range from goblins to giant spiders as well as several bosses such as Death Adder and Fire Leo before facing off against Dark Guld who controls all of the other enemies below him on this list!

#3 – OutRun

OutRun is a racing game released in 1986. The game was developed by Yu Suzuki, and it was ported to many home systems as well. OutRun is notable for being one of the first arcade games to feature large, colorful graphics and for its catchy music (which has been remixed many times over). OutRun follows an unnamed driver as he drives through various parts of the United States in order to rescue his girlfriend from gangsters who want her dead. The player’s goal is to reach each destination safely before time expires, while avoiding cops and other traffic along the way.

The original arcade version of OutRun came out during a period where most video games were still 8-bit or 16-bit; this made it stand out visually compared with other titles at the time. It also featured digitized voice acting as well as prerendered visuals that were quite advanced for their time (though some have complained about how unrealistic they look today).

#2 – Double Dragon

Double Dragon is a side-scrolling beat-’em-up game developed and published by Technos Japan in 1987. The game is part of the Double Dragon franchise and follows the story of Billy and Jimmy Lee, twin brothers trained in the martial art of Sou-Setsu-Ken.

#1 – Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Game

Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Game is the best arcade game ever. It was made by Sega and released in 1993, based on the original Star Wars trilogy. The player got to play as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia or Han Solo in one of four levels (the Death Star attack, Hoth battle, Dagobah swamp and Millennium Falcon escape). At that moment this was a 3D game with a first-person perspective but now it looks more like an old school 2D shooting game.

Arcade games are very fun, and I wish they still existed.

It’s time for another top ten list. This time, it’s not about number one but about number two—two of the best arcade games that ever existed. Before we get started, I want to make something clear: I love arcades and everything they stand for. They were a great way to spend time with friends, kill some time when you had nothing else to do, and even pass away a boring afternoon or two. The only thing better than playing an arcade game was watching someone play an arcade game while you waited in line or sat nearby waiting for your turn at pinball or air hockey (or whatever). Sadly, they’re no longer around today—but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of other options available!


I hope you enjoyed reading about these arcade games. I know that many of them are old, but I think it is important to remember the classics!

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