The Best Classic Arcade Games

29k votes 2.6k voters 235k views 146 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Games that were released in arcade first from 1970 to 1995.

The best classic arcade games include not only the big, big, BEEG cabinet coin-op arcade games from the crazy 80s, but also many of the best video games of all time. Now played on tiny portable handheld consoles or popular home consoles with wireless controllers and Internet compatibility, modern video games evolved from these classic favorites. The best arcade games are still around today - albeit in updated forms - in game centers and arcades. 

These are the games that many of us remember pumping quarters into as a child as we vowed to beat that high score in the likes of 80s arcade games like Frogger or Ms. Pac-Man or sought to reach the final castle in 90s games like Super Mario Bros.

Many of the classic games here left such a lasting impression from their time in the giant arcade versions that they were later released on smaller platforms like the original Nintendo Entertainment System or remade decades later for platforms like the Nintendo Wii.

Similarly, many top arcade game titles like Paperboy and Donkey Kong spawned sequels or full series of games. Though 1980s arcade games were a far cry from today's games with 3D graphics and graphic violence, these classic games remind us of a simpler time when titles like Pong or Asteroids were enough to entertain us for a few hours. Ah, the good old days!

Vote for the famous arcade games that 
  • 28 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 850
    - 174

    the people's #1 & most listed
    1980

    ;
  2. 2
    + 741
    - 173


    1981

    ;
  3. 3
    + 682
    - 151


    1978

    ;
  4. 4
    + 693
    - 126
    Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games


    Galaga 1981

  5. 5
    + 546
    - 172


    June 06, 1984

    ;
  6. 6
    + 504
    - 155


    1979

    ;
  7. 7
    + 502
    - 182


    1982

    ;
  8. 8
    + 424
    - 159


    1980

    ;
  9. 9
    + 429
    - 157


    1983

    ;
  10. 10
    + 416
    - 169


    1982

    ;
  11. 11
    + 347
    - 156


    1980

    ;
  12. 12
    + 304
    - 175


    1982

    ;
  13. 13
    + 298
    - 177


    1982

    ;
  14. 14
    + 307
    - 139


    Jan 01 1979

    ;
  15. 15
    + 278
    - 171


    1972

    ;
  16. 16
    + 246
    - 139


    1982

    ;
  17. 17
    + 244
    - 150
    Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Missile Command 1980

  18. 18
    + 274
    - 127


    1984

    ;
  19. 19
    + 245
    - 157

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Apr 20 1982

    ;
  20. 20
    + 307
    - 153


    1985

    ;
  21. 21
    + 273
    - 130
    1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

    ranked low on reranks
    1942 1984

  22. 22
    + 253
    - 159


    1982

    ;
  23. 23
    + 262
    - 95
    Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

    ranked low on reranks
    Mortal Kombat 1992

  24. 24
    + 252
    - 141


    1987

    ;
  25. 25
    + 269
    - 148


    1982

    ;
  26. 26
    + 245
    - 124


    1987

    ;
  27. 27
    + 217
    - 151


    1980

    ;
  28. 28
    + 194
    - 157

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1983

    ;
  29. 29
    + 232
    - 129


    1983

    ;
  30. 30
    + 209
    - 142
    BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games


    BurgerTime Jan 01 1982

  31. 31
    + 236
    - 133
    Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games


    Paperboy 1984

  32. 32
    + 222
    - 127


    1986

    ;
  33. 33
    + 219
    - 128


    1983

    ;
  34. 34
    + 158
    - 55

    added by RyuKang1995
    1992

    ;
  35. 35
    + 193
    - 143
    Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games


    Bubble Bobble 1986

  36. 36
    + 139
    - 124

    often listed
    Jan 01 1976

    ;
  37. 37
    + 161
    - 82

    added by stokified
    1989

    ;
  38. 38
    + 167
    - 161
    Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Moon Patrol Jan 01 1982

  39. 39
    + 167
    - 129


    1985

    ;
  40. 40
    + 164
    - 112


    1983

    ;
  41. 41
    + 168
    - 105
    1943 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games


    1943 June, 1987

  42. 42
    + 126
    - 130


    Jan 01 1980

    ;
  43. 43
    + 116
    - 134


    1982

    ;
  44. 44
    + 149
    - 101

    ranked low on reranks
    Jan 01 1991

    ;
  45. 45
    + 119
    - 129


    1982

    ;
  46. 46
    + 128
    - 126


    1980

    ;
  47. 47
    + 121
    - 57
    Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

    ranked low on reranks
    Pac Man

  48. 48
    + 132
    - 124


    1986

    ;
  49. 49
    + 142
    - 146


    1983

    ;
  50. 50
    + 121
    - 121


    1982

    ;
147 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >