#ThrowBackThursday: Arcade games from your childhood

Who remembers going to the shop around the corner just to play on an arcade game machine?

A R1 coin could buy you hours of fun and sometimes the shop-owner would have to drag you out at closing time, after you’d been there all day.

Here are five arcade games that will make you nostalgic:

1. Pac-Man

Introduced in the 80s by a Japanese video game designer, Pac-Man was both a sensation and an ultimate hit in the arcade game industry.

For those who don’t know, the player controls Pac-Man through a maze, eating pac-dots. When all pac-dots are eaten, Pac-Man is taken to the next stage. Four enemies (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) roam the maze, trying to catch Pac-Man and steal his lives. When all lives have been lost, the game ends. Near the corners of the maze are four larger, flashing dots known as Power Pellets, which provide Pac-Man with the temporary ability to eat the enemies.

2. Pinball

Pinball was a coin-operated arcade game where players score points by shooting metal balls on a inclined playing field, hitting special targets and avoiding losing their balls. Various games of this concept have been launched but the fun remains constant.

3. Tetris

Tetris is a tile-matching puzzle video game, originally designed and programmed by Russian game designer in 1989. In order to win the game, various shaped blocks in the form of alphabets had to align to cancel that line and continue until a target for that level was reached.

4. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong first made his appearance in the 1981 arcade machine.

The game focused on manoeuvering the main character across a series of platforms, while dodging and jumping over obstacles. Mario must rescue a damsel in distress from a giant ape – Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong is one of the most important titles from the Golden Age of video arcade games, and is one of the most popular arcade games of all time.

5. Street Fighter

The player competes in a series of one-on-one matches against a series of computer-controlled opponents or in a single match against another player. Each match consists of three rounds in which the player must knock out an opponent in less than 30 seconds. If a match ends before a fighter is knocked out, then the fighter with the greater amount of energy left will be declared the round’s winner.

The player must win two rounds in order to defeat the opponent and proceed to the next battle. If the third round ends in a tie, then the computer-controlled opponent will win by default or both players will lose.

What was your favourite arcade game from your childhood – let us know in the comments section.

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