25 Best Arcade Games Of All Time

The best arcade games of all time usually have the same qualities. They’re simple, clever, difficult, and insanely addictive. In the 80’s and 90’s, they kept us glued to the screen, popping in quarters one after another in a desperate attempt to defeat the enemy or obtain the high score. But, it wasn’t easy. These games were incredibly frustrating and that only intensified our desire to win. So, out of all the arcade games, which ones did we keep coming back to? Get ready to press start because here are the 25 Best Arcade Games Of All Time.

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Defender

defenderSource: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7547

This classic released in 1981 by Williams Electronics, Inc. was considered a flop even though it was incredibly popular. In the game, you’re defending the human population from a swarm of aliens. It’s noted for its considerable difficulty, making it rather addictive.

24

Dig Dug

dig dugSource: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7581

This game released in 1982 by Atari had the player digging through the ground and destroying their enemies with an air pump or by dropping rocks on them.

23

Mercs

mercsSource: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8667

This military action game by Capcom was released in 1990 and had one to three soldiers fighting their way through rough terrain to rescue the President of the United States. You could easily use up your cup full of quarters playing this action packed game.

22

Cruis'n' World

cruisin worldSource: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7451

A 1996 racing game by Midway Games, it included up to four seats, letting you race against other players or just the computer. The number of cars, locations, and gameplay combined made this a top attraction at many arcades at the time.

21

Primal Rage

primal rageSource: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9124

This Mortal Kombat-esque arcade game saw dinosaurs fight each other in a brutal and bloody battle to the death. With fun graphics, a variety of moves, and a fun premise, this game released by Atari was a blast to play with friends.



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