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The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games

Updated June 14, 2019 19.0k views41 items

Though the timeline is often disputed, the golden age of arcade games (approx. 1978-1983) brought some of the best and most memorable games to arcades everywhere. From Pac-Man and Space Invaders to Asteroids, these simple yet addicting games have become mainstays in classic arcade games, and have even since be recreated for a broad range of video game systems

For a dose of nostalgia, check out the list of popular hits from the golden age of arcade games below.

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  • 1
    Space Invaders

    DeveloperTaito Corporation

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Space combat

    Space Invaders is an arcade video game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Asteroids

    DeveloperAtari

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Space combat

    Asteroids is an arcade space shooter released in November 1979 by Atari, Inc. and designed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Galaxian

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game

    Galaxian is an arcade game that was developed by Namco and released in October 1979. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Lunar Lander
    Lunar Lander is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1979, which uses a vector monitor to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    Battlezone

    DeveloperAtari, Inc., Atari

    Genres (Video game)Simulation video game, Turn-based tactics, Vehicular combat game

    Battlezone is an arcade game from Atari released in November 1980. It displays a wireframe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    Berzerk

    DeveloperStern

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Run and gun

    Berzerk is a multi-directional shooter video arcade game, released in 1980 by Stern... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Centipede

    DeveloperAtari, Inc., Atari

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up

    Centipede is a vertically oriented shoot 'em up arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. in 1981.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Defender

    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc.

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up

    Defender is an arcade video game developed and released by Williams Electronics in February... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Missile Command

    DeveloperAtari, Inc., Atari

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game

    Missile Command is a 1980 arcade game by Atari, Inc. that was also licensed to Sega for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Pac-Man

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Maze

    Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Phoenix

    DeveloperAmstar Electronics, Taito Corporation

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game

    Phoenix is an outer space-themed, fixed shooter video game similar to Taito's Space Invaders.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Rally-X

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Racing video game

    Rally-X is a maze & driving arcade game, that was released by Namco in 1980 and licensed to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Star Castle

    DeveloperCinematronics

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up

    Star Castle is a 1980 vector arcade game by Cinematronics. The game involves obliterating a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Tempest

    Tempest

    1980

    DeveloperAtari

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game

    Tempest is a 1981 arcade game by Atari Inc., originally designed and programmed by Dave... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Wizard Of Wor

    DeveloperMidway Games

    Genres (Video game)Action game

    Wizard of Wor is an arcade game from 1981, developed by Midway. It was ported to the Atari... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    Donkey Kong

    DeveloperNintendo

    Genres (Video game)Platform game

    Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Galaga

    Galaga

    1981

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Space combat, Science Fiction

    Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan and published... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Ms. Pac-Man

    DeveloperMidway Games, General Computer Corp.

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Maze

    Ms. Pac-Man is an arcade video game from the Golden Age. It was produced by Illinois-based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Qix

    Qix

    1981

    DeveloperNintendo Research & Development 1, Taito Corporation

    Genres (Video game)Action game

    Qix is an arcade game released by Taito America Corporation in 1981.Amazon buy button
  • 20
    BurgerTime

    DeveloperData East

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle game, Platform game, Action game

    BurgerTime is a 1982 arcade game created by Data East for its DECO Cassette System. The game's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Dig Dug

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Action game

    Dig Dug is an arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan in 1982. It runs on Namco... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22
    Donkey Kong Jr.

    DeveloperNintendo

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    Donkey Kong Jr. is a 1982 arcade-style platform video game by Nintendo. It first appeared in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Joust

    Joust

    1982

    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc., Williams Entertainment Inc.

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    Joust is an arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982. It is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Moon Patrol

    Moon Patrol

    1982

    DeveloperIrem

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Run and gun, Vehicular combat game

    Moon Patrol is an arcade game by Irem that was first released in 1982. It was licensed to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Pole Position

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Simulation video game, Sports game, Racing video game

    Pole Position is an arcade racing video game which was released by Namco in 1982 and licensed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button