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Must Play Arcade Games

by SpaceBooger Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:37 pm

Now that I have my MAME PC back up and running (thanks to everyone on the Slack chat for the help - who knew a bad wireless pci card could crash a whole computer) what are some must-play arcade games to play. The family and I play games before breakfast, so arcade games would be perfect for that short time. So help me find some awesome new games that playable on MAME and the more hidden gems the better.

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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by marurun Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:54 pm

What kind of age appropriate-ness range are we talking?
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by SpaceBooger Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:07 pm

marurun wrote:What kind of age appropriate-ness range are we talking?

Good question. Mainly for me... Dragging me kids away from Roblox, which is a stupid game to me, is a struggle.
So all games are in play for this.
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by PresidentLeever Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:15 pm

Fantasy Zone II DX
Alien vs. Predator
Mystic Warriors
Batsugun
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
Blood Bros.
Daytona USA
Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Typing of the Dead or PC ver.
Tekken 3 or PS1 ver.

Street Fighter II or some later ver.
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Metal Slug X
Willow
Battle Garegga or SAT ver.
Raiden II
Cotton Boomerang
R-Type
Out Zone
Soul Edge or PS1 ver.

Aliens
Donpachi
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom
Fantasy Zone
Sunset Riders
Salamander 2
Sega Rally or SAT ver.
Detana!! Twinbee/Bells & Whistles
Galaxy Force II

Valkyrie no Densetsu
Blue's Journey
Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder
Hammerin' Harry
Bubble Bobble
Black Tiger
Xexex
Bomberman/Dynablaster/Atomic Punk (1991)
Metal Slug
Toki

Hyper Duel
Outrun or Turbo Outrun
Magic Sword
Final Fight
STUN Runner
Magical Crystals
J.J. Squawkers
Shinobi or SMS ver.
Virtua Cop
R-Type II

Marble Madness
Osman
Chiki Chiki Boys
Golden Axe or MD ver.
Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Mercs
Growl
Sly Spy
King of Dragons

Jurassic Park
Wonder Boy in Monster Land
Tank Force (ARC, 1991)
Wolf Fang: Kuhga 2001 (ARC, 1991)
FixEight/Fix Eight (ARC, 1992)
Nitro Ball (ARC, 1992)
The Simpsons
Rastan or SMS ver.
Legend of Hero Tonma
X-Men
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by SpaceBooger Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:32 pm

PresidentLeever wrote:
Fantasy Zone II DX
Alien vs. Predator
Mystic Warriors
Batsugun
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
Blood Bros.
Daytona USA
Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Typing of the Dead or PC ver.
Tekken 3 or PS1 ver.

Street Fighter II or some later ver.
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Metal Slug X
Willow
Battle Garegga or SAT ver.
Raiden II
Cotton Boomerang
R-Type
Out Zone
Soul Edge or PS1 ver.

Aliens
Donpachi
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom
Fantasy Zone
Sunset Riders
Salamander 2
Sega Rally or SAT ver.
Detana!! Twinbee/Bells & Whistles
Galaxy Force II

Valkyrie no Densetsu
Blue's Journey
Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder
Hammerin' Harry
Bubble Bobble
Black Tiger
Xexex
Bomberman/Dynablaster/Atomic Punk (1991)
Metal Slug
Toki

Hyper Duel
Outrun or Turbo Outrun
Magic Sword
Final Fight
STUN Runner
Magical Crystals
J.J. Squawkers
Shinobi or SMS ver.
Virtua Cop
R-Type II

Marble Madness
Osman
Chiki Chiki Boys
Golden Axe or MD ver.
Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Mercs
Growl
Sly Spy
King of Dragons

Jurassic Park
Wonder Boy in Monster Land
Tank Force (ARC, 1991)
Wolf Fang: Kuhga 2001 (ARC, 1991)
FixEight/Fix Eight (ARC, 1992)
Nitro Ball (ARC, 1992)
The Simpsons
Rastan or SMS ver.
Legend of Hero Tonma
X-Men

Sweet there are some on this I've never tried.
PresidentLeever, is your list broken down into tiers?
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by PresidentLeever Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:03 pm

No I just tend to break longer lists into batches of 10 out of habit. I tried to do a rough ranking too but haven't played some games in quite a while.
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by dsheinem Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:38 am

I once started this thread and think it is especially helpful for your question:

viewtopic.php?p=470203#p470203

There's also a link there to best Arcade trackball games...
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by Anapan Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:44 am

Was gonna suggest a few games not mentioned, but was trying to remember the names... Finally remembered The Outfoxies, and it's on the dsheinem list. I fully agree with both lists, and my other suggestions are only notable for starting genres - the two lists have more refined games with better gameplay of older 80's classics.
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by SpaceBooger Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:51 am

These lists are great. Thank you.

I hate to admit they are soooooo large I can not seem to focus on a game. As I read these giant lists I think "I should play that game. Oh, now this game looks great." This goes on throughout the list and by the end, I have not narrowed down a game to play.

So, I'm going to change the question: What is your number one must-play arcade game?
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Re: Must Play Arcade Games

by marurun Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:25 am

Capcom's Willow. Never ported. Actually a pretty fun licensed platformer.
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