Arcade Games - Round 1c
(1) Ms. Pac-Man v (16) Gauntlet
Pac-Man's wife is the star of this sequel, which featured more colors, more tunnels, and semi-random ghosts. For many, this is the definite version of a defining arcade game.
As a warrior, wizard, valkyrie, or elf, hack your way through a fantasy maze. Warrior need food badly!
(8) Q*bert v (9) Pong
Q*Bert is a funny, swearing creature who hops on a pyramid of cubes (hence the name) while avoiding a coiled snake. The 3-D effect was clever, and the character became iconic.
In some ways, we owe it all to Pong. It was the very first commercially successful arcage game. Released in 1972, Pong is simple but surprisingly entertaining.
(5) Centipede v (12) Tron
Centipede's trackball turned heads as players aimed for the head of the ever-lengthening menace in its field of mushrooms.
Though one might think the movie was inspired by the arcade game, it was the other way around. Tron featured four compelling subgames based on Disney's sci-fi film.
(4) Joust v (13) NBA Jam
Why are the knights riding flying ostriches and storks? Don't ask, just make sure your lance is higher than your opponent's. Joust innovated with a two-way joystick and flapping mechanism.