MATT CASWELL'S TOP TEN COIN-OP VIDEOGAMES|
This is the game that started me on the road to video game addiction- I
was maybe 9 or 10 the first time I played it. I'll never forget how the
voice made me want to play and keep at it.
Although I sucked at it, I kept playing. Everything about it was cool-
the graphics, sounds, action. Like nothing I've ever seen.
8. Robotron: 2084
I wasn't all that good at this one either, but when you're hooked,
you're hooked. Williams had some sick game concepts back then, and still
I might have sucked at Robotron and Defender, but I kicked ass at this
one- this is what I meant by Williams having SICK game concepts and
design. The ultimate game for paranoid megalomaniacs.
6. S.T.U.N. Runner
Even though I was never a big fan of the racing games, I loved this one.
A psychedelic sci-fi shoot em up.
5. M.A.C.H. 3
The only reasons for the laser games dying as quick as they came in were
unreliability of the scanners, and because the playing sucked. MACH 3
had the best concept, scenery, and play out of them all save for Star
4. Pit Fighter
This was the precursor to all the fighting games we're seeing all over
the place now, but unlike them, the combo moves were simple, and even
the simplest ones worked well.
3. Primal Rage
Now here was a fighting game with some originality and simple enough
control. Absolutely hilarious "finish 'em off" deaths. I always play
either of the Ape characters- Chaos has the funniest and the grossest
2. Terminator 2
Like the movie, the game was non-stop action, taking digitized graphics
and animation to the limits. Only once did I destroy both Cyberdyne and the T-1000.
The cyber-grandchild of Battlezone. Too bad it came out during the
Mortal Kombat craze, it could've caught on even more than it did, especially with
those old enough to remember Battlezone. Try defeating Nazrac in an Assault Mek- a
pain in the ass, but it can be done.
I, Robot (Atari)
Star Rider (Williams)
Star Wars (Atari)
Ataxx (Leland)...it should be noted that it takes a certain amount of
guts to try a strategy game in a saturated market of super-violence
Smash TV (Williams)