Play 80s Arcade Games Online
Paul Neave of Neave
Interactive has done a very good thing. He has created flash-based
clone versions of some of our favorite early 80s video games. You can
play these games on his site for free using the links below.
In making my way through the games on his site I am struck with how
shamefully out of practice I am. It is clear that I have neglected
Frogger for far too long. The online high scores for that particular
game are in the 67,000 point range. In my first
several attempts, I
averaged a whopping 810. Ouch. One thing is
clear; I need to devote the rest of my afternoon to improving that
One of the great things about these games is the
three-deaths-and-the-game-is-over-standard. Today’s gaming options lack
this finality. In watching my son play on the Xbox, I see him crash or
die many more times than three and continue on. The stakes were higher
for us in the 80s. You could die three times (as my recent re-entry into
Frogger demonstrates) within fewer than 10 seconds. And, in the early
80s, that 10 seconds cost you a quarter!
Enjoy the games, and thanks, Paul! It’s an awesome good time.
Thank you, Atari!
In addition, we found some great games on the Atari website (thanks to
reader Jeff E. for sending these awesome links). Jeff has tested the
games and share that, “the games themselves are good, but the fullscreen
option on most of them is kind of crappy, except for centipede and
missile command.” So, skip the fullscreen option and enjoy!