Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong was created by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo and is one of best-selling arcade machines of the early 1980s. In the game, Mario must ascend a construction site while avoiding obstacles to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong.

Controls:
Cursor keys to walk and climb
Space to jump

Ghost and Goblins

Ghost and Goblins
Ghost and Goblins

Ghost and Goblins was originally written by Capcom and was the start of a franchise. The game is known for being difficult. The player controls Sir Arthur, who must defeat zombies, ogres, demons, cyclopes, dragons, and other monsters in order to rescue Princess Prin Prin.

Enter to Start
Arrows Keys to Walk and Climb
Shift = Jump
Ctrl = Fire

Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia is a video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner, originally developed for the Apple II Computer. It was known for its state of art graphics. The franchise continues today, and most recently Disney released a movie Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

Controls:
Arrows keys to move character

Micro Machines

Micro Machines
Micro Machines

Micro Machines is a series of computer and video games, developed by Codemasters and published on several platforms between 1991 and 2006. The series is based on the Micro Machines toy line of miniature vehicles produced by Hasbro.

Controls:
Arrow Keys to move

Tron

Tron
Tron

The Tron game was inspired by the Disney movie where Flynn is taken into the computer world where programs compete in computer games. The light cycle game objective is to avoid the light wall produced by the opponents light cycle. If you hit the wall then die.

Controls:
Arrow keys to move the light cycle

Rick Dangerous

 

Rick Dangerous
Rick Dangerous

A classic platform game which inspired a slurry of other platform games. The game is largely based on the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Rick can jump and climb, and carry a limited amount of bombs and ammunition for his gun. The gun is mostly used to shoot enemies, although most traps that can kill Rick can also kill his enemies if used correctly. The bombs are generally used for puzzle solving, such as blowing out certain blocks. Rick is also armed with a pogo stick that allows him to paralyze enemies with split-second timing.

Unusually, many of the traps in Rick Dangerous have no visible warning, which means that a player’s initial progress through the game can be a nail-biting ordeal of trial and error, I should warn you that this can be frustrating

Controls:
Arrows to move
ctrl and up to fire gun
ctrl and down to bomb
ctrl and left to stick
ctrl and right to stick
home key to cheat
ESC to reset
Tab/P to pause

Raiden X

Raiden
Raiden

Raiden was a 1990 vertical scrolling shooter arcade game which was developed by Seibu Kaihatsu. It was the first game in the popular Raiden series of scrolling shooter arcade games. Your objective is to shoot the enemy spaceships.

Controls:
Arrow keys to move the ship
Z and X keys to fire

Pong

Pong
Pong

Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games, and is a tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. It was originally released by Atari Incorporated (Atari) in 1972. Just keep the ball bouncing back and forth.

Controls:
Use the mouse to control the paddle.

Duck Hunt

Duck Hunt
Duck Hunt

Duck Hunt was a video game developed and published by Nintendo, and was released in 1984 in Japan. The player shoot ducks on screen for points. The ducks appear one or two at a time, and the player is given three shots to shoot them down.

Controls:
Control the cursor with mouse
Click to shoot

Tetris

Tetris
Tetris

One of my favorite games, Tetris is a puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pazhitnov in the Soviet Union. The Tetris game is a popular use of tetrominoes, the four element special case of polyominoes. The game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network music players and even as an Easter egg on non-media products like oscilloscopes.

Controls:
Arrow Keys

Asteroids

Asteroids
Asteroids

I love the classic game of Asteroids. At the time it was released in 1979 it introduced vector graphics to the world.  It was one of the most popular and influential games of all time and one of Atari’s first games. Asteroids uses vector graphics and a two-dimensional view that wraps around.

Controls:
Use the mouse to click Start.
Arrows to move.
space bar to shoot.

Xevious

Xevious
Xevious

Xevious is a classic side scrolling shoot ’em up. It was released by Namco in 1982 and was one of the first vertical scrolling shooters.

The original Xevious was the first arcade game to actually have a television commercial aired for it in the U.S. and Atari promoted the game with the slogan “Are you devious enough to beat Xevious?” and closed the commercial with a tag line branding it “the arcade game you can’t play at home.” It inspired numerous similar games.

Controls:
Mouse click to start.
Z key to fire
X key to bomb
Arrow keys to move

Controls:

Mouse click to start.
Z key to fire
X key to bomb
Arrow keys to move

Defender

Defender
Defender
Defender is a classic shooting game featuring two-dimensional (2D) graphics, the game is set on a fictional planet where the player must defeat waves of invading aliens while protecting astronauts.
Defender is a classic shooting game featuring two-dimensional (2D) graphics, the game is set on a fictional planet where the player must defeat waves of invading aliens while protecting astronauts.

Controls:

Click start using the mouse
Move with the cursor/arrow keys
Space bar to fire

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog (Click on the image to play)

Play as sonic or knuckles in one of the most famous video games ever, the alternative to Nintendo’s Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog was a classic game which became the number 1 game for Sega back in 1991.

Controls:

Click start to play.
Space bar to jump.
Arrow keys to move.
Hold down Space bar to speed up.

Puzzle Bobble

Puzzle Bobble
Puzzle Bobble (Click on the image to play)

The classic Puzzle Bobble arcade game is also known as Bust a Move. Puzzle bobble was released in 1994 and spawned numerous sequels and bought in the popular characters Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble to shot the bubbles. The idea of the game is to shoot bubbles and connect 4 bubbles of the same color and burst them before the time runs out or before they reach the level at the bottom of the screen. Anyone who loves the game Tetris will love this game which in the most recent incarnations included two player versions. An awesome game with numerous clones, but the original is still the best.

Controls:

Click the ‘push 1p to start’ flashing text to start.
Arrow keys to move and space bar to fire bubbles.

International Karate Plus

International Karate Plus
International Karate Plus (Click on the image to play)

International Karate Plus (IK+) was released in 1988 and was a massive hit on the Commodore 64, Amiga and Atari ST. I remember playing it on the C64 against my brother. It was one of the best karate games because besides the two players, there was always a third cpu player to go up against. The graphics were great for the Commodore 64 which only had a small palette of colors available and the graphic detail was great; the water would ripple in the background and birds would fly across the sky. The detail reminded me of California Games.

Controls:
Press 1 to start and reset.
Use the arrow keys to move and attack.
Down is leg sweep.
Down and towards at the same time to low kick
Up and towards to punch