To make a popular arcade game, it needs to be engaging, memorable and fun. A large number of arcade titles have come and gone over the past few decades. However, only a fraction of them has attained legendary status. Here are some of the most famous examples:
When people think of the Donkey Kong series, they will often consider the titular character to be the main hero. In actuality, this was not the case for the first-ever game in the franchise. He was the villain who threw barrels at the main character. The first Donkey Kong ended up being such a hit that it spawned a plethora of sequels and spin-offs.
Street Fighter 2
Street Fighter 2 became one of the biggest fighting games featured in arcades. Players get to pick from a range of exciting characters and fight all of the others one by one. Solo games involve battling AI bots. There is also the option for two players to compete against each other in a match.
Frogger became a hit thanks to its fast-paced nature and interesting concept. Players take control of a frog that must make its way across a busy road. Timing is everything in Frogger. The game ended up being very addictive for arcade patrons.
Time Crisis was a shooting game where players got to use imitation firearms and shoot them at the action on the screen. The cover is an integral part of the gameplay. Gamers need to know when to take cover and when to shoot their enemies quickly.
The movie Tron is about a character who gets sucked into a virtual game world. There was also a real-life tie-in game released for arcades. It was originally made to market the movie but soon became popular in its own right.