STEVEN DE TONI'S TOP TEN COIN-OP VIDEOGAMES|
10. Daytona USA
While game play is fairly basic -- drive around a circuit and come in first --
It has the ability to allow you to apply your own style of driving and has fast
paced graphics. A pioneer in third generation 3D graphics and on-screen action
when connected to 4 machines, especially when you drive backward around the
track and piss off the other racers.
9. Ikari Warriors
Another great combination game. Either fight with a friend by foot or with
tanks, and varying fire power. Tatics could be applied depending upon your
current weapon (i.e. in a tank, on foot with red hand grenades).
Good shooter that added more variety than Space Invaders, and I was quite
good at a version of it (can't remember which, there were many).
7. Gauntlet I/II
Great multi-player game where a group can plan moves and help others
through the game or not (Elf shot the food)! Game that capitalized on the
role-playing type theme, but this type of game was surpassed by classics
like Dungeon Master (Atari ST/Amiga).
Great two player game that wasn't always hectic so you could
coordinate with your game partner on you future moves, or help
out in bad situations.
5. Bubble Bobble
A real team action game where you really do need your gaming partner in
some of its levels. Cutesy but addictive game play, and one of the
few platform games that I liked.
4. Star Force
One of the rare few games I was good at, it had decent graphics for
its time and was quite challenging. Still is an enjoyable game play on an
3. Black Widow
Very much like Robotron but with added twists, it's also
a game that makes you work out in later levels.
2. Robotron: 2084
Very simple game design. Get them before they get you -- very quick game
play. A game you can enjoy if you have a spare few minutes and work up a
1. Star Wars
Fast-paced action that really gets you going, especially in the later stages.
The guys at Atari really pulled finger in designing custom hardware (Math box)
and vector monitors to provide us with the super quick frame rate that you
just did not see at the time. Definitely a pioneering game of the time, I used
to play it lots. Emulated Star Wars does not do it justice, especially without
the control yoke of the original.
Worst Top 3
3) Donkey Kong
Darr boring, multi-screen games are boring, no variety.
Cool graphics, its just too hard!
It just sucks!
Most of the Atari games -- Most had original ideas behind them
(e.g. Asteriods, I-Robot, Gauntlet) and used custom hardware
to achieve required game play (BattleZone, Star Wars, I-Robot).
Atari is definitely the arcade game developer of the last