80s Games were really awesome, the board games and arcades could entertain you for hours.
The history of 80s games is both a rocky and innovative one.
Arcades, gaming consoles, and even board games were much different in the 80s.
Some games have disappeared with the 80s, yet some other games have stood the test of time, and are as popular as they ever were.
80s Games at the Arcade
The arcade was the place of many quarters, and it was just as much a social gathering as it was about the coolest 80s games. When you played your favorite game you probaly wanted to be the one who gets the high score!
Naturally, there were tons of pinball machines complete with electronics and flashing lights, but with the age of computer chips dawning, the 80s video games were the biggest draw.
The biggest games were Pac Man and Pong, which are still huge hits. Galaga, Q*Bert, Tron, Pole Position - one of the very first car racing games, Frogger, Punch-Out and Star Wars were also big, but the biggest of them all was Donkey Kong game, which would unknowingly launch the entire Mario franchise in just a few short years.
Arcades were hugely popular, offering the most innovative and -for the time -futuristic games until gaming consoles started catching on. There are still quite a few arcades around with both retro and modern games.
80s Home Console Games
In the early 1980s, an Atari was by far the coolest piece of electronics to own. Hundreds of games, both console versions of arcade games and Atari-specific games, were entertaining the masses.
In 1983, however, a slew of sub-par games, like Atari’s E.T. and a ‘buggy’ version of Pac Man, and a saturated console market, pretty much halted production of new systems and games.
In 1985, the market rebounded when Nintendo released the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), Sega introduced the Master System, and Atari regrouped and released the new 2600 Jr.
All the arcade favorites were still available, along with exciting new games that ran much more smoothly.
Games like Pac Man, Pitfall, Centipede, Missile Command, and Space Invaders were still popular, and now joined by classic games like Excitebike, Duck Hunt, Double Dribble, Punch-Out, Tetris, Super Mario Bros., Bubble Bobble, Double Dragon, and The Legend of Zelda.
80s Board and Other Games
The 80s also brought us some classic 1980s board games that are still just as popular as they ever were. Games like Operation, Trouble, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Battleship, Mousetrap, and Connect Four all came to be, and all of them are still classic game favorites today.
Some other hugely popular games were Simon, Memory, Pictionary, Crossbows and Catapults, Trivial Pursuit and the Rubik’s Cube - which, by the way, is now available in 4x4 and 5x5 forms - as if the original 3x3 design was not maddening enough already.
Many of these 80s games, whether arcade, video or board, are still just as popular as when they first came out. New technology and 3-D gaming seem to be the wave of the future, but the classic games will remain a staple of the gaming world because of their unbeatably retro vibe and sheer simplicity of game play.