Top 10 Arcade Games Of The 1980s

Top 10 Arcade Games Of The 1980s

With the groundwork set in the previous decade, the 1980s saw vast improvements in technology and gameplay, ushering in the golden age of arcade games. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we continue our series on the Top Arcade Games per Decade, with the Top 10 Arcade Games of the 1980’s Subscribe►►http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=watchmojo Facebook►►http://www.Facebook.com/WatchMojo. Twitter►►http://www.Twitter.com/WatchMojo Suggestion Tool►►http://www.WatchMojo.com/suggest Channel Page►►http://www.youtube.com/watchmojo

For this list, we’re looking at the best arcade games of the decade in terms of popularity, critical acclaim, longevity, and the impact they’ve made on the video gaming medium. We’re focusing on games that saw popularity primarily in the arcades so while there was indeed a port of Super Mario Bros for coin-op use, you won’t find it here.

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50 Comments

  1. Transform N' Rollout on March 28, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Time Pilot should’ve been an honorable mention

  2. Philip Defibaugh on March 28, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    You hit the nail on the head, Ms. Pacman is the best!!!!!

  3. Nathan D Logos Music on March 28, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Come on, no Tempest? Tempest is the single game that’s gotten me into exploring the classics.

  4. Tyler Durden on March 28, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Black Tiger, Tempest, Bosconian, Defender/StarGate, Track & Field/Hyper Sports, Crazy Climber, Moon Patrol, Asteroids (Deluxe), Outrun, Spy Hunter, Tron, Robotron 2084, Mr. Do/Mr. Do’s Castle/Mr. Do’s Wild Ride, APB, Punch Out/Super Punch Out, Food Fight, 10 Yard Fight, 1942, Pole Position and last but not least, the arcade game versions of Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi

  5. Todd Roy on March 28, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    No I don’t agree!!!! Your missing a lot of much better games. Two right off the bat is Mortal Combat and Street Fighter

  6. Andy Watson on March 28, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    It’s Mario, not Mary-O!!!!!! That is not the first time I’ve heard someone pronounce the name that way. I don’t know why it hit’s a nerve, it just does.

  7. robert thomas on March 28, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Rampage was Awesome

  8. nick lambert on March 28, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Arcade machines are still wonderfully amazing… Outrun in the sit down machine was fantastic and Atari Star Wars was equally playable and enjoyable.. Great days sorely missed ..

  9. richard ross on March 28, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    So many top hits in that decade that it’s hard not to see why that was the golden age of arcade games. With such simple yet addictive designs it’s brilliant.

  10. Fabrice Tremblay on March 28, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    1979 : Atari Asteroids! Back in the old days, this arcade sensation was my forte! i remember my
    biggest record : Doing 17 times the maximum score of 10000 points. All
    in the same game with one quarter!

  11. Rafael Caetano Neves on March 28, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Bom demais da conta

  12. terrance gregory on March 28, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    My List Of The Top Games Of The 80’s:
    Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong Jr. – Amazing Game Play & Super Popular
    Pac-Man, Super & Plus & Ms. – All Amazing Game Play & Super Popular
    Joust – Challenging
    Centipede – Amazing Concept
    Phoenix – Keeps you Entertained For A Long Time.
    Tron – Amazing Cabinet Graphics & Controls( Same as Gorf)
    Tempest – Amazing , Challenging GamePlay With Extreme Levels.
    Robotron – Intense & Very Challenging
    Burgertime – Fun, Goofy Game.
    Galaga & Galaxian – Popular Just like Pac-Man
    GORF – Amazing Controls ( Same as Tron) & Game Play
    Pole Position – Best Driving Game For its Time.
    Dig Dug – Always a Line To Play This One.
    Frogger – Huge Popular Game With Amazing Game Play
    Defender & Stargate – Both Challenging
    q-Bert – Amazing Concept & Very Popular
    Battlezone – Amazing Visual Game Play For its Time. Controls Are Incredible.
    and last but not least ASTRO BLASTER – Should Be At The Top Of This List.
    One More Honorable Mention Would Have To Be Popeye.

  13. Yazmina Melendez on March 28, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Ooh, i remember playing #4, 2 & 1 in the past^^
    Good times

  14. Ray Chang on March 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Did anyone play "Reactor", by Gottlieb? I loved that and think I did pretty well at it.

  15. jefferee2002 on March 28, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    You might wanna learn how to pronounce "Mario" before you do a video on 80s video games

  16. Mr. Jimbo1969 on March 28, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    So many classics from the 80’s: Final Fight, Ghouls and Ghosts, Rolling Thunder, Golden Axe, Shinobi, Altered Beast, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bad Dudes, Missile Command, 1943, Centipede, Zaxxon, Outrun, Star Wars, Karate Champ, Yie Air Kung Fu, Robotron 2084, Pole Position, Super Contra, Tempest, Strider, Ikari Warriors – just to name a few.

  17. Georga Chase on March 28, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Number is Super Mario bros not Mrs Pac man don’t subscribe to this lier

  18. Peter Krug on March 28, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Space Ace
    Punch-Out!
    Golden Axe
    Burger Time

  19. Tadpole Slamp on March 28, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Can’t forgive joust only got honorable mention 1 of my 2 favorite electronic games of all time.

  20. thundercookie on March 28, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Robotron is #1 your list is wrong!!!

  21. Matthew Strand on March 28, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Defender was my favorite

  22. che liu on March 28, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Tetris? Street Fighters?
    No credibility. Don’t know why still so many subscribers.

  23. Dream Guardian on March 28, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Dragon’s Lair, created in 1983, the year I was born. I wish Don Bluth’s animation was more successful, then we’d have more of his cool 2D animated movies and video games, and not have so much 3D and live action remakes today.

  24. Through Harry's Eyes on March 28, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    7:49

  25. Apple Forever on March 28, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    TRON, PONPOKO, and Vanguard were my three top favorite!

  26. Wendy Winchester on March 28, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    How the Hell do you mispronounce Mario, dude?

  27. SRWOtaku on March 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    No Sinistar? Run, cowards!

  28. The Original 80's Gamer on March 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Still love playing the arcade games

  29. Seattles_Gaming on March 28, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    "Mary-O" Wtf

  30. David Grey on March 28, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Star Force. Levels of the Greek alphabet, great graphics, rapid fire with double ships, green question marks that flip, multiple array of enemy ships going in multiple directions and the best music ever, especially when you got a double ship, then everything ramped up and I got huge scores of up to 2 million +. I always had hoards of people surrounding me when I played. There’s examples of it being played on YouTube people. Look it up.

  31. XaNaX_ThE_CLoWn on March 28, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Top 4 is pretty on point

  32. Ben Jones on March 28, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Freedom Fighter is seriously underrated.

  33. Lamar danom on March 28, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Md pac man is the best

  34. James sullivan on March 28, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Anyone else play Track and Field with a black hair comb for added speed?

  35. Tyler Durden on March 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Wizard needs food badly!
    Warrior is about to die!

  36. Vault Ceeper on March 28, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    In the 80s you play more in the arcade cause that’s where the best stuff is

  37. skynetsworld on March 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Where is Defender, dude?!?!

  38. Gheechie Dan on March 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    This is an OUTRAGE! 🤣 I demand Asteroids , Defender, Phoenix, Joust and GORF be added to the list!

  39. DemiGodX on March 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    not having teenage mutant ninja turtles in here is a crime. other games like space harrier, punch out, contra, the Legend of Valkyrie, Athena, and a lot of Capcom games like Strider, Willow, Ghouls’n Ghosts, Final Fight are pretty cool too

  40. Mathew Woods on March 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    What about Spyhunter

  41. Juan Elorriaga on March 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Gauntlet was a fav me and my friends would all run for that cab and then years later getting that 4 player adapter for the genesis version was great

  42. amihan on March 28, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    C’mon, we all knew PacMan would be no. 1

  43. Mike Brzoska on March 28, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I am quite surprised Tron didn’t make the list or even an honorable mention.

  44. El Conquistador on March 28, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    ‘’Mareo’’? Really? How old is this kid?

  45. Ian Bailey on March 28, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    learn to count

  46. *PeZ* on March 28, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    List is kinda lame IMO only a few on here deserve to be here , no defender?! .. no tempest, battlezone, star castle berzerk , really?! And Pac-Man is still played today in some shape or form and it’s barely mentioned

  47. mustaffa1611 on March 28, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Gaplus aka Galaga 3 was the overall best of all.

  48. Steven Pitchford on March 28, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    No Street Fighter ???

  49. Toxically Masculine on March 28, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    No R-Type?

  50. John Lake on March 28, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Asteroids, Joust, Q-bert and Arkanoid were my favorites

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