FRED PIERSON'S TOP TEN COIN-OP VIDEOGAMES|
Man, this list was hard to do. The way I did it was I narrowed down the
games I devoted vast amounts of time to both in the past and present.
Many of these I have not played as an arcade for close to a decade, but
thanx to the home ports, I play away. Also, I did it as if I had all the
actual arcade machines right in front of me. I had to do away with a few
dozen of other games I remember consuming my leisure time way back when.
But here are the takers of those I can spend all day in front of a monitor
playing, and with some, I still do.
10. Mr. Do's Castle
This title is just plain fun. Though I have the 2600
version, I just can't get into it, because I have been greatly
spoiled by the gem of a version on the C64. Man, it rocks!
9. Crazy Climber
I remember plunking quarters into this at a pizza shop when I
was years old. That was about 15 years ago. I haven't seen it
since. I do not even have the 2600 version yet, let alone the SFC
Nichi cart. Anyone have any spare carts to offer. Heh.
8. Donkey Kong 3
This one played the heck out of along with my brother.
Again, one I haven't seen in close to 15 years. It is available
on the NES, but I have yet to come across a copy in my area. I'm
still looking though. Hopefully soon.
I remember when this first came out. My pockets were emptied
of their contents wanting to continue the ongoing devastation
taking place in this game. As well, I always played with my two
close buddies. Try eating your friend's player when their damage
meter is gone. I've had a few obscenities thrown my way. But
hey, that's gaming. Thanx to the C64 version, I can still play.
Still need the 2600, 7800, NES, and SMS versions though. I know
someone who has 'em, and I'll get 'em eventually.
Run, Coward! Run! Man, I do miss playing this as a coin-up.
I have played it on the PC WAC disc, and if I can a come across
it, will pick it up for my Genny. Yes, I still get goosebumps
from hearing the Sinista(e)r voice. My fear ends when I finally
defeat him, but it returns when it is time for the next level.
Beware, I live! (me trembling.)
IMO, probably the best 'alien shooters' I have ever played.
With the commonplace of the 7800 version, I can enjoy it. But
over that, I spend my time with the NES that I luckily came
across last season. That double-ship feature really kicks! Too
bad you can't have triple-ships. THAT would rip!
4. Track & Field/Hyper Sports
Out of the two, I can still play T&F as a coin-op, and with
the trackball too. I just like seeing how far I can get, even
after cycling through the events a number of times. With the C64
versions, I can happily take up time setting world records. I
turn it off only when it really becomes a little dragged out.
But then I find myself loading them up again at a later date. Go
3. Final Lap Series
I remember continually plunking coins into this bugger. And
that was as a linked machine that allowed up to 8 players. Me
along with about 4 of my buds would play, then a couple other
dudez would join. Now THAT is true racing! Sometimes I would win
or either place high, others I would finish down at the bottom
slots. I guess it all depended on my adrenaline rush (which I
actually did have playing this game. I also had this rush while
doing 130 in Camaro many years ago, but that is another story.)
I wish the TG16 version allowed more than just 2 players. It
still good though.
2. Satan's Hollow
I think this is my all-time fave shooter, even more so than
Galaga, that is why I have it as #2. I haven't seen or played
this as a coin-op for about 12 years, but I have had this as a
C64 port since I first got involved in the C= scene back in '84.
I still fire this up every once in a while, just to see how far
I can get. Last time, I believe I made it to somewhere in the
stage 80s, then I just called it quits. Those frenzy, frantic
stages really give it a go, except when I still have the bridge
complete, but will still take some time to finish the stage. The
only way though is to have all three cannons. I have always
enjoyed the use of Rise of the Valkyries in this game. It
1. Discs of Tron
I could spend pages mentioning the reasons why this is my
all-time favorite game ever, coin-op or home, though I will keep
it short. I used to play this at my local arcade for a number of
years, I never played anything else. I used only one token,
cause I would usually stop in the midst of running errands, and
time always called for my duties. Well, that ended about two
months ago when I stopped in and found out it went on a blitz,
and just two weeks ago, the owner told me he sold it to some
collector who is still in my area but not the immediate
surroundings. Maybe I still have a chance.
Games I love to death...
I enjoyed this game for many reasons, but I will wrap all those
up into just one. KICKIN' FUN! From the cockpit you step into to
give you that ambient feeling on through to the controls and
actual gameplay. Just trying to defeat Tron in a disc throwing
contest in ever changing platform layouts is definitely cool.
The last time I played this, I got to stages I never been to
before ever. I still wonder what is beyond where I reached. I
am definitely going to contact this guy who has it. Too bad
there never was a port of this title. It didn't even make it to
the C64, which got almost EVERY arcade coin-op. (Why couldn't a
company take time to convert this. MAN!) Some may say play Tron
Deadly Discs on the 2600 or Intelly. Yea, it has to do with
disc throwing, but not the same type as this rockin, kickin,
top-notch title has. Someday, I will play it again. Relive the
experience. Oh yeah!
Black Knight Pinball -- This would take a spot in the top 10,
maybe as a .5 somewhere in the list, so to speak. I remember playing
this at a local pool hall where I used to live when I was 7 years
old. The way this was layed out definitely attracted my attention.
While playing, I remember that I found it kickin that this was a
multi-ball game. 3, 4, 5, I think even 6 balls on the play field
simultaneously. It even had a cool soundtrack, as I recall. The
lights even blinked on and off when you have been doing successfully
in racking up the points. Man, I haven't seen this in close to 16-17
years, but the memories still carry me on. Wait! I think I might have
seen it at an arcade I stopped in one time. Now, where was it?!
Maybe I didn't and I am getting delusional. This pin can do that to
me. BTW, anyone remember who released this jammer. I was thinking
Midway, but an actual confirmation will be appreciated.