Chase H.Q. (1988)
This hit from the late 80s provided a new spin on the usual racing game. Ramming into the back of criminals' cars in high speed pursuits had never been so much fun!
Double Dragon (1987)
This instant classic was the first to feature two player co-operative gameplay, meaning you could share all the fun of beating up those villains with a friend. It was such a successful game that a live-action movie version was released in 1994.
Track & Field (1983)
We get all misty-eyed with this one… Must be all those childhood memories of bashing the hell out of buttons to make our athlete run as fast as possible! The follow-up, Hyper Sports, featured archery, weight lifting and skeet shooting, and was even more fun.
This groundbreaking hack and slash game could allow up to four of you to play simultaneously. We fondly remember the narrator's voice and his random exclamations, such as "Wizard needs food badly!" and "Elf shot the food!".
Spy Hunter (1983)
With its Peter Gunn theme tune and machine gun-armed sportscars, this vertical scroller was a massive arcade favourite. Pedal (or button) to the metal.
We loved this highly popular boxing game from Nintendo for its cartoon-style challengers and memorable digitised speech. The game was unusual for using two monitors - the top one for all the statistics and the bottom for gameplay.
Sega Rally Championship (1995)
With its variety of road surfaces and crazy handling, Sega Rally provided a new race gaming experience that got us hooked. We love it most for its "Game Over - YEAHHH!" moment sung by Sega composer Takenobu Mitsuyoshi.
Street Fighter II (1991)
One of the very best arcade games of all time set the benchmark for fighting games in the future. The big selection of characters, as well as the wide array of attacks, blocks and special moves, was unprecedented in the early 90s. Just don’t ask us about its predecessor…
After Burner (1987)
This classic flight simulator saw you in control of an F-14 Tomcat jet, fighting to bring down waves of enemy jets. The best arcade versions had you actually sat in a mock cockpit. Finally, our Top Gun dreams could come true!
Despite its difficult gameplay and even more tricky controls, Defender has become an icon of arcade gaming from the 80s. So much so in fact, that the Beastie Boys namecheck Defender in the song Body Movin'!
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