What are the best Classic Arcade Games?

From shooting down aliens to munching ghost, many arcade games revolutionized the industry. These games made the arcade a wonderland to anyone throughout the 80s and 90s. Here is a list of our best classic arcade games. Don't agree, add a game you think deserves to be here.

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    #1Sinistar

    Sinistar

    Players are a spacecraft in Sinistar trying to stop the enemies from building the evil Sinistar. The classic Williams Electronics arcade is one of the pioneers to utilize digitized voice to the game's antagonist.

    Games

    Web

    Free

    Roger Schmidt
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Forget five nights or silent hills. Sinistar is so creepy and sinister that he gets my blood pumping and my sweat pouring. "
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    #2Pac-Man

    Pac-Man

    Pac-Man is a maze-themed arcade game designed by Toru Iwatani of Namco. It was first released in Japan as Puck-Man in May 1980. Players navigate Pac-Man through a maze containing dots, known as Pac-Dots.

    Games

    iOS, Android, Online, PlayStation Store

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Yang Xia
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Still remember playing this game with my dad. While ninja turtles and silent score are my fave classic arcade games, pac-man gets a special place in my heart."
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    #3Space Invaders

    Space Invaders

    Space Invaders is a free shooting mobile application game wherein the player must defend the Earth from the descending alien invaders. This has three control methods, four screen modes, and extras.

    Games

    Android, Online, iOS

    Free

    Adriana Cisneros
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Shooting aliens will never go out of style. Space invaders might be a bit slow, but it is still exciting to get that pesky ufo at the top. "
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    #4Daytona USA

    Daytona USA

    Sega's first game to make use of the Sega Model 2 arcade board is Daytona USA. Players race across three different tracks with multiple players. The game also features different camera views.

    Games

    Web

    Free

    Guo Hu
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "DAYTOOOOONA. LETS GO AWAY. You can never get that song out of your head. The music and rumbling seats makes this one of the great arcade racing games on the block. With more tracks, it would have topped every racing arcades."
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    #5Super Street Fighter II

    Super Street Fighter II

    Super Street Fighter II is a head-to-head fighting game for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo SNES. In it, you can choose from a variety of characters and fight the computer or another player.

    Games

    Web

    Free

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    #6Dance Dance Revolution

    Dance Dance Revolution

    Join the party with this classic dancing game where you can compete against your friends and enjoy an evening of fun. Step to the beat that appears on the screen, stepping on the arrows of the dance stage in the perfect timing for the best performance. Enjoy the music!



    Games

    Web

    Free

    Heather Kennedy
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "My feet appreciate getting dance revolution be part of the classic arcade game list. So many tokens spent on butterfly and max 300. I do remember that the first DDR was crap until the third one came out."
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    #7Galaga

    Galaga

    Galaga is a Japanese arcade game by Namco and puts the player in an 8-bit spacecraft placed at the bottom of the screen. The game's goal is to fight off multiple waves of aliens coming in from the top.

    Games

    Online

    Free

    Rakesh Lobo
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Galaga got it going with the mothership taking your ship and letting you retake it. but I will still pick galaxian over this arcade cabinet since taking back the ship becomes too hard in later levels."
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    #8Pong Arcade

    Pong Arcade

    The simple table tennis game of Pong came out in 1972 from Atari by Nolan Bushnell. Pong's success at the arcade leads to the creation of small console versions that allow anyone to play at home.

    Games

    Web

    Free

    Barbara Williamson
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Well its pong. every gaming's granddaddy. Nothing more nothing less. "

Summary

Best What are the best Classic Arcade Games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SinistarGames 17 Free
2Pac-ManGames 11 Free
3Space InvadersGames 10 Free
4Daytona USAGames 4 Free
5Super Street Fighter IIGames 3 Free
6Dance Dance RevolutionGames 2 Free
7GalagaGames 2 Free
8Pong ArcadeGames 1 Free
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