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Thread: Best Games of the Pre-Crash and Crash Eras

  1. Porky's.
    "Question the world man... I know the meaning of everything right now... it's like I can touch god." - bbobb the ggreatt

  2. #12
    always liked the XE versions the best

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Hero
    For me? I VAGUELY remember my parents owning some computer that had Goonies and an Incredible Hulk text adventure game. I liked those.
    Goonies was cool because it had co-op play (or character switching for one player) where you used multiple characters to puzzle solve.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi
    I also played the hell out of Mean 18, Hardball, 4th and Inches, and Epyx Summer Games, but no one here wants to hear about old sports games.
    I do. I loved those sports games although I had Leaderboard instead of Mean 18 for my golf fix.

    There are way too many classics to list or remember off hand but here are some greats from the early days up to around the time of NES' full launch. I won't bother listing the most popular arcade games everyone knows.

    TRON: Deadly Discs (Intellivision)
    I'm sure the picture won't wow anyone but this is quite addictive. It isn't quite the same through emulation but if you must play it that way, I recommend using a control pad in your left hand and the right side numbers on your keyboard. The 2600 and Aquarius ports don't compare either.

    Way of the Exploding Fist series (8-bit computers)
    Before Metroid and Zelda, Fist II was a groundbreaking non-linear action-adventure with an awesome soundtrack. Newcomers should be warned about the difficulty, though.

    World Karate Championship (8-bit computers)

    Infocom text adventures (8-bit computers)

    Archon series (8-bit computers)

    Impossible Mission (8-bit computers)

    Spatter (Arcade)

    Up'n Down (Arcade)

    I, Robot (Arcade)
    So ahead of its time.

    Pharaoh's Curse (8-bit computers)
    Not quite as memorable as Montezuma's Revenge but it should appeal to the same crowd. The lack of console versions helps make this one less known.

    Zenji (8-bit computers and consoles)

    Space Taxi (8-bit computers)
    Ugly but still the best Lunar Lander-style game, IMO.

    AD&D: Treasure of Tarmin (Intellivision)
    A lot of early RPGs are tough to go back to but this one holds up well probably in part to it being a one sitting game.

    Sir Lancelot (8-bit computers)
    Like most North Americans, I wasn't exposed to European computers until years later. Sir Lancelot became one of my favourite puzzle-y platformers. I prefer the Amstrad CPC version over the Speccy since you can choose the order of the levels.

    Mr. Do's Castle (Arcade and home ports)

    Lazy Jones (8-bit computers)
    Sort of the Wario Ware of 1984.

    And speaking of lazy, I will just link to my opinions on various 2600, Odyssey2, and VIC-20 games -

    Also worth noting is that some arcade games we associate with NES/SMS versions were being played in Western arcades during the console crash era, like Space Harrier, Paperboy, Gauntlet, Punch Out, Karate Champ, Ghosts 'n Goblins, etc..

  4. My first system was the 2600 and I played and loved all of the usual suspects. I got a ColecoVision and I picked up a few games with it. I really wanted Miner 2049er but they were sold out. After looking at the other games, Montezuma's Revenge looked the most like Miner 2049er so I settled for that.

    Now I really loved playing video games up to that point but Montezuma's Revenge is the game that hooked me for life. That game is still great fun to play to this day. So many great memories just thinking about the way that all played out for me as a child. Great thread!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by NeoZeedeater View Post
    Goonies was cool because it had co-op play (or character switching for one player) where you used multiple characters to puzzle solve.
    THAT'S THE ONE - what computer was that on? I can't remember for the life of me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Diff-chan View Post
    Careful. We're talking about games here. Fun isn't part of it.

  6. The first console my parents bought me was a Colecovision, and my brother and I played Venture so much we burned out the AC adapter.

  7. Berzerk/Evil Otto. It felt rather clumsy when I went back to it a few years ago but I can't think of any non-turn-based games from that era which don't.

    Skip to about a minute in to pass over the lame attract (although it does show the exploit of there not being a hitbox between the head and body).

  8. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Hero View Post
    THAT'S THE ONE - what computer was that on? I can't remember for the life of me.
    Apple II, Atari 8-bit, and C64. And some European computers but I doubt you played those versions.

  9. I always liked Frenzy better than Berzerk. I liked I, Robot at the time but the older I get the more amazing it becomes. For pure arcade happiness, though, my quarters will always go to Bosconian. I would love to see a Pac-Man CE-style update to that one. Got the high score on the PAX East machine when I played it on Saturday, too.



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