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The Best '80s Arcade Games

Updated January 29, 2021 52.5k votes 4.1k voters 154.3k views78 items

List RulesVote up the best 80s video games that you spent all your coins and tokens on.

Nothing beats a little nostalgia, and ranking the best '80s arcade games is a great way to bring back such fond memories. It may also remind us how many quarters and tokens we've lost trying to beat a game. Nonetheless, some of the greatest arcade games to date came out in the 1980s and, whether you were around at the time or not, we've all come to know and love these classic games. From the top beat 'em up arcade games to the best shooters, you really can't beat the arcades of the '80s.

When it comes to the best and most popular arcade games of the '80s, we're talking the original Ms. Pac Man, Street Fighter, and Star Wars games here—all of which have been remade and reimagined for a range of proceeding game systems. For many, the side-scrolling days of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were simply the greatest, and the same could be said for so many other awesome games from the '80s. In short, many of these classics hit during the golden age of arcade games (though the timeline is often disputed) and they've become mainstays in gaming history. But which single game should top the list?

Check out the top '80s arcade games below and vote up the ones you think were the most fun to play. You can also vote games down the list, and add any classics that are missing.

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    Galaga

    1981

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  • 2
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  • 3
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  • 4
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  • 5
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    1942

    1984

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  • 8
    315
    87

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  • 9
    528
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  • 10
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    Tetris

    1985

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  • 11
    750
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  • 12
    790
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  • 13
    722
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  • 14
    536
    252

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  • 15
    705
    354

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  • 16
    340
    147

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  • 17
    708
    365

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  • 18
    737
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  • 19
    367
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  • 20
    709
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  • 21

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  • 22
    634
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    Joust

    1982
  • 23
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    Tron

    1982

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  • 24
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    Zaxxon

    1982
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    Q*bert

    1982