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From arcade to house play

Many of the games we play on consoles and even computers have had their debut in arcades. Here is a glimpse of some past arcade games at home via our consoles or PC. Of course, this "review" is not exhaustive and may even evolve through your comments.


It is almost obvious to start with Pong marketed from November 1972. Encouraging a standard of interest, the game is inevitably found in domestic households.


Developed by Taito and released in 1978 on an arcade machine. Space Invaders is a fixed shoot 'em up and one of the most iconic arcade games of all time and also one of the most stressful. Its adaptation contributed to the success of the Atari 2600.


Asteroids dit par Atari Inc. was released in 1979 on an arcade machine. The game was very successful in the United States and Japan. He too has contributed to the success of the Atari 2600.


Galaxian is a Namco shoot 'em up video game, released in 1979 on an arcade machine. Inspired by Space Invader, Galaxian has achieved a standard of success with players and has been adapted on many personal computers and consoles


Released in Japan in 1980, Pac-Man is a video game created by Tōru Iwatani for the Japanese company Namco. Everyone knows about Pac-Man multi adapt on different supports.

Its adaptation contributed to the success of the Atari 2600.


Founded by Nintendo in 1981, Donkey Kong was very successful in arcades. Port on several supports, its version on Colecovision was, for the time, remarkable.


Centipede is a video game developed by Atari Inc., released in 1981 on an arcade machine. He has experienced multiple adaptations.


Defender is a video game developed by Williams Electronics, released in 1981 on an arcade machine. It is the shoot 'em up which inaugurates horizontal scrolling. This very popular game was one of those that made the Atari 2600 a success.

Developed by Konami and released in 1981, Frogger is a very addictive game that has seen many adaptations.


Joust is a video game created by the American company Williams Electronics, released in 1982 on an arcade machine. Its first console adaptation was made on the Atari 2600.

Pole Position is a video racing game developed by Namco and said by Atari, released in 1982 on an arcade machine. Its adaptation made the heyday of the Atari 2600.


Dragon's Lair is a game which has the particularity of being released on arcade on Laserdisc in 1983. It was adapted, among others, on Colecovision but it was necessary to have the extension "Adam".

Star Wars is a game developed and told by Atari Inc. in 1983 on an arcade machine. He has experienced multiple adaptations.


1942 is a video game developed by Capcom and told by Williams which was released in 1984 on an arcade machine.

The adaptations are quite numerous.


Developed in 1985 by Atari on an arcade machine, Gauntlet is a game that counts in the video game world.

Having the distinction of being playable four simultaneously, it was ported to many family media.


Out Run is a Sega classic released on an arcade machine in 1986. It has been ported to many media.

Bubble Bobble developed by Taito was released in 1986 on an arcade machine and then ported on many supports.

Rampage developed and said by Bally Midway was released in 1986 on an arcade machine. This game playable three simultaneously offers to embody gigantic monsters trying to survive in a city against the weapon. It was multi adapt.


Developed by the Japanese company SNK and marketed in 1986 on an arcade machine, Ikari Warriors is a video game of run and gun type. Two mini Rambos make their way through enemy territory to the village of Ikari. This other "successor" to Commando was quite an arduous game.


Released on arcade machine in 1987, R Type is a shoot them up horizontal scroll. It has been ported on many supports and everyone who has played it often has the difficulty of this game.

Also released on an arcade machine in 1987, After Burner allows you to steer a fighter plane (an F 14).


Lots of adaptations on consoles and microcomputers.

Edited by Taito on an arcade machine in 1987, Opration Wolf is a video pistol shooting game. You play as a soldier trying to free prisoners of war from a camp in South America. It is still a game that has been adapted on multiple supports.

I remember playing there on Commodore 64 and not very comfortable at the time, I often found myself in the conditions of the image below after, in addition, having suffered the endless loadings on K7 …


Double Dragon is a beat them all video game developed by Technos, released on an arcade machine in 1987, and adapted on various consoles and computers of the time.


Golden Ax is a velopp action video game told by Sega, released in 1989 on an arcade machine. It was multi adapt.


said by Capcom in March 1990, Mercs is a scrolling 2D action and shooter video game. Port on multiple supports. Mercs is the sequel to Commando.


Released in 1991 on the CP System and developed by Capcom, Street Fighter 2 is considered by many to be the best fighting game ever.

This fighting video game has had various adaptations, the most famous of which is the one on Super Nintendo.

Cowboy games are few.

Sunset Riders developed and said by Konami and released in 1991 on an arcade machine is one of them. It was adapted on Mega Drive in 1992 and on Super Nintendo in 1993


Mortal Kombat is a video fighting game released on an arcade machine in 1992. This game developed by Midway and published by Acclaim was, from the start, very popular but also considered quite violent by certain institutions. It was multi adapt.


Released in 1993 (from other sources quotes 1994) and said by Sega, Daytona USA holds a respectable place in the field of racing games. It was multi-adapt including of course on Sega consoles.


Virtua Fighter, said by Sega, was released in 1993 on an arcade machine. Its adaptation participated in 1994 in the launch of the new Sega console: The Saturn.


Sega Rally Championship is a video racing game said by Sega on an arcade machine in 1995. Sega's biggest commercial success in the arcade, it was ported to Saturn.


Developed and said by Namco, Tekken (first of the name) was released on an arcade machine in 1994. Ideal game for "Bruce Lee of the controller" (Marshall Law, one of the characters, is a follower of Jeet Kune Do) has been adapted on several supports.


Metal Slug is a run and gun video game developed by Nazca and said by SNK in 1996 on an arcade machine.

It has been adapted, among others, on Neo Geo.


The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a Sega arcade game released in 1997 based on the movie of the same name. It has been adapted, among others, on the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn.

Time Crisis II is a rail gun shooter video game developed and told by Namco port on PS2 in 2001.


Let's finish, for now, with Crazy Taxi developed by Hitmaker, said by Sega and released in 1999 on an arcade machine. It has been adapted on several consoles including of course the Dreamcast.


That's all for the moment …

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