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2012-07-20 11:09:08 AM
Me and a buddy loved Mat Mania, but no one else did. We actually went and had planning sessions at a coffee shop, working out how to beat CoCo Savage.
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Then one day, we came in, and it was gone. Replaced by a Pacman Jr. or somesuch.

/csb
 
2012-07-20 11:32:05 AM
When we used to go to Chuck E. Cheese, back in the early '80s, I never had to wait to play this game.

And this is another of my favorite games that no one else has seems to have heard about.
 
2012-07-20 11:35:34 AM
I played and loved "Bubbles." Simple concept, hard as hell to play. My kind of game.

/List needs more "Tapper."
 
2012-07-20 12:07:32 PM
Why would we. 90% of those games are bad Street Fighter or Double Dragon rip offs.
 
2012-07-20 12:09:46 PM
I don't remember any of those games. Must have been the decade I was hopped up on goofballs.
 
2012-07-20 12:24:51 PM
I was a kid in the 90s, we had classic like Lucky and Wild, Ski simulator and that awesome shooter whit the mechanical guns that kicked and the cover footpedal (time crisis?) So I never played any of those and probably never will.

Lucky and Wild kicked serious ass though.
 
2012-07-20 12:25:25 PM
The twelve best arcade games nobody bothered playing could have played if they wanted to, because they did not exist in the local arcade

/FTFS
 
2012-07-20 12:32:23 PM

Egoy3k: time crisis


So many dollars wasted.
 
2012-07-20 12:34:19 PM
Great list. Some of these games are real gems.

Most arcade enthusiasts have already played them :P but it's a great list nonetheless.
 
2012-07-20 12:35:22 PM

BKITU: I played and loved "Bubbles." Simple concept, hard as hell to play. My kind of game.

/List needs more "Tapper."


C'mon, everybody played Tapper. At least the Root Beer version.
 
2012-07-20 12:36:40 PM

Egoy3k: I was a kid in the 90s, we had classic like Lucky and Wild, Ski simulator and that awesome shooter whit the mechanical guns that kicked and the cover footpedal (time crisis?) So I never played any of those and probably never will.

Lucky and Wild kicked serious ass though.


Definitely Time Crisis probably the greatest shooter ever from the Arcade days. When I was in Hong Kong I found a giant arcade that had 2 player Time Crisis but you used plastic submachine guns instead of pistols.

The Simpsons Arcade if you could find it was usually open.

/I miss arcades...
 
2012-07-20 12:37:28 PM
Well looks like I'm adding some games to my Mame emulator folder!

/better get going on my dream to build a mame cabinet, they aren't gonna make crts forever...
 
2012-07-20 12:38:30 PM
The arcade in the mall I grew up near had three games that would eat our quarters alive. Gauntlet Legends, Dungeons and Dragons : The Tower of Doom, and Cybersled.
 
2012-07-20 12:40:05 PM
i'd only heard of one of those game, R-Type Leo. some of those really looked quite awesome. Ninja Baseball Bat Man? that looked really fun. Bubbles also looked like the games i remember growing up. Those sounds bring back tons of memories.

decently written article. poorly written headline, subby.
 
2012-07-20 12:46:48 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Why would we. 90% of those games are bad Street Fighter or Double Dragon rip offs.


That's what I was thinking too. Oh look Street Fighter:Gundam, Street Fighter 36 etc.
 
2012-07-20 12:48:54 PM
There was one game that I absolutely LOVED that was always open at the arcade in the short time that they had it:

Escape From the Planet of the Robot Monsters.

It was a hoot--a tongue-in-cheek game that seemed to pull every B-movie cliché into a distilled form of awesomeness. It was only in the arcade for a month or two and then I never saw it again. It probably didn't help that they released it right when the entire industry was starting to nose-dive. Damn I miss that game.
 
2012-07-20 12:49:35 PM
Oh crap, Bubbles. I was the Bubbles Master. I actually won a 2 liter of Mountain Dew for having the high score on Bubbles at my hometown's short-lived arcade.
 
2012-07-20 12:49:48 PM
Time crisis was and is the only arcade game worth playing.
 
2012-07-20 12:53:27 PM
Jailbreak is another classic arcade that I don't often see get mentioned. I always sucked at it, but I knew guys in my hometown that could roll over this game literally all day.
 
2012-07-20 12:54:40 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Why would we. 90% of those games are bad Street Fighter or Double Dragon rip offs.


...that were only released in three arcades in Japan for six months in 1993.
 
2012-07-20 12:58:29 PM
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I loved the arcade version of Time Killers, the most graphically violent arcade game I remember. It was so rare to find in the wild.
 
2012-07-20 01:01:49 PM
The only one I played was Bubbles, and I think it was at a Circle K in Ohio.
 
2012-07-20 01:03:36 PM

PainInTheASP: Escape From the Planet of the Robot Monsters.


I was starting to think I was the only person who ever played that game. Still one of the most entertaining games ever made.
 
2012-07-20 01:03:40 PM

BKITU: I played and loved "Bubbles." Simple concept, hard as hell to play. My kind of game.

/List needs more "Tapper."


I have a Williams home stand up arcade game that has both of those on it as well as Defender 1 and 2, Sinistar, Satan's Hollow, Robotron and a few others I can't think of right now. I bought the game off Craigslist for $100 and it has given me hours of fun. My teenage son likes to play it because the games are so hard.

/csb
 
2012-07-20 01:03:49 PM
I liked Quantum so much that I bought Klik & Play for the sole purpose of designing a clone.
 
2012-07-20 01:04:12 PM
that's a rather misleading headline, they weren't played in north america because they never made it here
 
2012-07-20 01:05:07 PM

BKITU: I played and loved "Bubbles." Simple concept, hard as hell to play. My kind of game.

/List needs more "Tapper."


Bingo.
 
2012-07-20 01:06:05 PM

Hunter4242: The arcade in the mall I grew up near had three games that would eat our quarters alive. Gauntlet Legends, Dungeons and Dragons : The Tower of Doom, and Cybersled.


This!

I have a local 5-cent arcade that used to have this game (or maybe it was Shadow over Mystara. I don't remember). It was awesome, but was removed from the arcade about a month after I had discovered it.

I played Ninja Baseball Bat Man at a friend's who had gotten a ROM of it. It was fun, but nothing too great.
 
2012-07-20 01:06:07 PM
Seems like most of my favorites were one-off's that I saw in one place, for a short period of time, then dissappeared. Black Widow, Crazy Climber, Scramble, and one I cannot remember the name of. It was like a cross between Commando and Ikari Warriors, but really early 80's. You could throw grenades & shoot in any direction as well as get into tanks (a small or large one) when you found one. Oh, and Vindicators. Damn I loved me some Vindicators.
 
2012-07-20 01:09:07 PM
Cyberbots may be my very favorite fighting game outside Street Fighter 2...

It gets a TON of play on my MAME cab. That game rules.
 
2012-07-20 01:11:11 PM

wildcardjack: [26.media.tumblr.com image 500x389]

I loved the arcade version of Time Killers, the most graphically violent arcade game I remember. It was so rare to find in the wild.


You never played Chiller or Carnevil yet, have you?



And for rarest, got one that only a single unit exists today. Look up Cybertank sometime...

(and for game collector types, am presently auctioning off the prototype motherboard to ghosts & goblins and kageki. Look on gamegavel for those auctions as well as virtual combat, the world's first arcade virtual reality game)
 
2012-07-20 01:12:28 PM

wildcardjack: [26.media.tumblr.com image 500x389]

I loved the arcade version of Time Killers, the most graphically violent arcade game I remember. It was so rare to find in the wild.


Look up the follow up, Blood Storm ...you could get cut in half and crawl around with your guts hanging out ..and still fight!
 
2012-07-20 01:12:39 PM
I played some Time Crisis in the day but I always preferred Point Blank, which is pretty hard to find these days.
 
2012-07-20 01:14:25 PM

wildcardjack: [26.media.tumblr.com image 500x389]

I loved the arcade version of Time Killers, the most graphically violent arcade game I remember. It was so rare to find in the wild.


OOOOODDDDIIIIINNNNN!!!!
 
2012-07-20 01:16:08 PM

TsarTom: Me and a buddy loved Mat Mania, but no one else did. We actually went and had planning sessions at a coffee shop, working out how to beat CoCo Savage.
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Then one day, we came in, and it was gone. Replaced by a Pacman Jr. or somesuch.

/csb


I played the crap out of that game. Coco Savage was pretty damn tough to wear down.
 
2012-07-20 01:18:14 PM
Coolest arcade game I never played: Networked Panaromic Mech Fighter

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2012-07-20 01:18:31 PM

HotWingConspiracy: The only one I played was Bubbles, and I think it was at a Circle K in Ohio.


Were there strange things afoot?
 
2012-07-20 01:19:48 PM

FooDog: Coolest arcade game I never played: Networked Panaromic Mech Fighter

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back in the day I would've killed a small village to play those
 
2012-07-20 01:32:21 PM
Jack and the Beanstalk, but that was because it was terrible
 
2012-07-20 01:32:32 PM

HeartBurnKid: BKITU: I played and loved "Bubbles." Simple concept, hard as hell to play. My kind of game.

/List needs more "Tapper."

C'mon, everybody played Tapper. At least the Root Beer version.


I played the original Bud version for hours on end as a kid at the Edgewater casino in Laughlin. goddam that was a great game.
 
2012-07-20 01:33:44 PM

FooDog: Coolest arcade game I never played: Networked Panaromic Mech Fighter

[www.geekation.com image 495x348]


I remember seeing a thread about this Gundam game awhile back. It looks awesome. I hear it was like $5 a game, but the matches were supposed to be pretty long, and awesome.
 
2012-07-20 01:35:24 PM

FooDog: Coolest arcade game I never played: Networked Panaromic Mech Fighter

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Dave in Busters in Chicago had those still in the mid-2000's. CSB I got to play them with the girl who did all the original artwork and graphic design for them
 
2012-07-20 01:38:58 PM
Atari I ROBOT

Proto-3D coolitude!
 
2012-07-20 01:42:17 PM

PacManDreaming: When we used to go to Chuck E. Cheese, back in the early '80s, I never had to wait to play this game.

And this is another of my favorite games that no one else has seems to have heard about.


Space Fury and Omega Race were two of my favorite games for my Colecovision.

Havent thought about either of them in a LONG time.

Thank you for that.
 
2012-07-20 01:43:03 PM
I came looking for T-Mek and leave disappointed.

/www.arcade-museum.com
 
2012-07-20 01:47:08 PM

Hawnkee: Seems like most of my favorites were one-off's that I saw in one place, for a short period of time, then dissappeared. Black Widow, Crazy Climber, Scramble, and one I cannot remember the name of. It was like a cross between Commando and Ikari Warriors, but really early 80's. You could throw grenades & shoot in any direction as well as get into tanks (a small or large one) when you found one. Oh, and Vindicators. Damn I loved me some Vindicators.


What was the other one that came out around the same time as Vindicators? Xeno-something? It was very similar in game play of I recall. May have even had the same control setup.

To the googles!
 
2012-07-20 01:54:08 PM
Not a bad list, but I knew many of them from BigBangBlitz's (Youtube Channel series "Criminally Overlooked Games". A pretty good channel to check out if you like seeing games. "What the hell is wrong with...?" is also another good series.

The Outfoxies I'd love to play in particular, but I found a flash game some months ago called Superfighters that emulates it pretty well.
 
2012-07-20 01:54:34 PM
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Xenophobe! I was thinking it was similar to Vindicators but maybe not. Looks more like Rolling Thunder.

I guess I just associate them because I played both of them regularly.
 
2012-07-20 01:55:02 PM
I thought that I was the only person who played Battle Balls for a while in college until I actually saw someone else's name on the leader board. It appears that I had just set all of the high scores too high for anyone else to be on the top scores screen.
 
2012-07-20 01:55:51 PM

Jesus the 33rd: I came looking for T-Mek and leave disappointed.

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was about to comment on T-Mek. LOVED that game. Impossible to recreate the feel in MAME, it just doesn't translate at all.

I think it was my local lazer tag place (Q-ZAR) that had it. double blast from the past.
 
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