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Most popular games since 1976

BEST VIDEO GAMES ON ARCADE AND APPLE II HOME COMPUTER 1978 — May 15, 2015

BEST VIDEO GAMES ON ARCADE AND APPLE II HOME COMPUTER 1978

ARCADES

1978 was a huge year for the Arcades! One of the all time greatest – Space Invaders was released by Taito (and by Midway in North-America). It marked the beginning of the Golden Age of Arcade video games (1978-1983). Here are the best Arcade games released in 1978:

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Space Invaders
Space Invaders is one of the most important video games of all time! It is a space shooter, where you take control of a laser cannon and your aim is to defeat the waves of aliens, scoring as many points as possible! Everyone loves this game!

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Gee Bee (by Namco)
Gee Bee is a pinball-breakout-type game, where your aim is to score as many points as possible! Is a fun time killer!!!

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Super Breakout
Super Breakout is a sequel to original Breakout (released 1976). Unlike the original, this game has microprocessor and is possible to emulate! There are three different and more advanced game types: Double, Cavity and Progressive. You can read more here: Super Breakout

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Sky Raider
Sky Raider is a sky shooter (quite advanced for the time). Your mission is to shoot everything and score as many points as possible! For the time this game was like a gift from the future (no blocks and dots). A fun game to play even today!

APPLE II HOME COMPUTER

Computer games these days were different! They were meant to be intelligent. Many text adventure games were released (which I am not a huge fan of), but also first graphical adventure games appeared. And the first dungeon crawler games were made. There is really hard to mention any of these games, all of them have aged a lot and there are not too many people who would like to play these! But if you must, I am going to name few games quickly and write why it was important!

Beneath Apple Manor – one of the first rogue-like dungeon crawler games.

Dungeon Campaign – another rogue-like dungeon crawler, which was even more basic (blocks and dots)

And that’s it! In my next post I will take you into the next year, the one and only, 1979

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BEST HOME CONSOLE GAMES FOR ATARI 2600 AND BALLY ASTROCADE IN 1978 — May 14, 2015

BEST HOME CONSOLE GAMES FOR ATARI 2600 AND BALLY ASTROCADE IN 1978

ATARI 2600

1978 was not a huge year for Atari 2600, 17 games were released and most of them were not very good! Many boring educational games were released what these days have aged horribly! But here are few games that you could try:

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Basketball
Basketball is a basic basketball game (squares and blocks) but the gameplay is quite fun! Unfortunately it doesn’t offer a team play as you play one against one, but you can play against the computer or against your friend!

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Breakout
Breakout is a decent port (for the time) of an arcade game. Gameplay is not the smoothest but graphics are quite okay. You can play alone or with your friends.

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Outlaw
Outlaw is another port of an arcade game (Gun Fight 1975 / Boot Hill 1977). Game plays well, graphics are okay (for the time). Unfortunately it is just two players game so you can not try your skills against cpu. Still a fun cartridge to own on any console!

BALLY ASTROCADE

It wasn’t very strong year for Astrocade either, but the best graphics still delivered! Unfortunately only 5 cartridges were released and here are the best of them:

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Red Baron / Panzer Attack
Red Baron / Panzer Attack is a multi cartridge with two wonderful games! Red Baron is a flight game, where your mission is to shoot down your opponent! Simple game but the graphics were better than anything else at this time! Panzer Attack is a decent tank-type game, good graphics and plays well. A fun cartridge to own!

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Clowns / Brickyard
Clowns / Brickyard is a multi cartridge containing two arcade ports. Brickyard is a decent port of Breakout and Clowns is Clowns! A fun cartridge to kill some time!

INTERTON VC 4000 — May 13, 2015

INTERTON VC 4000

1280px-VC-4000-Console-SetVC 4000 – is a home video games console released by Interton. It belongs to 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System family. It is not clear if Interton built the console from the scratch or modified and redesigned the previous 1292 console. To read more about the 1292 family, please search for my previous post about 1292 console or just click on the following link: 1292 family consoles

It is possible to find the list of all games that were released (and re-released) for the system here: list of vc4000 games

As already mentioned, most of the titles were just re-released or slightly modified old games. Only few completely new titles were released and none of them is worth to mention! In my next post I will write about the other games released in 1978.

See you in my next post!

GAMES: 1292 ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE VIDEO SYSTEM — May 12, 2015

GAMES: 1292 ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE VIDEO SYSTEM

This is the selection of best games released on the 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System console compatibles around 1978. To be honest, most of the games on this console are quite bad! But here are some games you may enjoy even today!

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Cartridge 22: Spider’s Web / Monster-Man (1978)

Spider’s Web is a dark but fun Pac-Man-like game, but instead of you take control of a spider in the dark maze, where you hunt or get hunted by the other monsters! It is just one of a few games I really enjoyed on the system: fast paced action with nice atmosphere! A must cartridge to own for 1292 family consoles!

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Cartridge 25: Electronic Pinball (1978)

Must be honest, I am not a huge fan of pinball games, but for that time period of video games, Electronic Pinball is quite okay! It has some decent graphics for the time, has fast paced and fun gameplay. Recommended for pinball fans!

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Cartridge 27: Invaders (1978)

Invaders is another version of Space Invaders, and to be honest, not bad at all! It may have less sprites on the screen than some other versions but rows of the invaders are diagonal to compensate the gameplay and it came out quite okay. For sure you should at least give this game a chance, you may end up satisfied!

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Cartridge 31: Laser Attack (1978)

Laser Attack might not be the best game made, but it offers you some decent fun. In this game you take control of a group of super spaceships in the outer galaxy, flying on the hostile unnamed planet. There is a war going on and you must avoid the enemy fire and take down the laser cannons placed on the planet. Atmosphere in this game is one of the best for the whole system, gameplay is okay. Recommended for everybody!

1292 ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE VIDEO SYSTEM (FAMILY) —

1292 ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE VIDEO SYSTEM (FAMILY)

Radofin_1292_bigThe 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System is a home video games console produced by Radofin in 1976 (the exact date is unavailable in the internet, but it is believed to be produced in December 1976 and then quickly licensed by many companies). In coming years we saw the release of many software-compatible consoles like: Interton VC-4000, Acetronic MPU-1000, Voltmace Database and others). There is a complete list of home consoles released in 1292 family and you can find it here: 1292 family

There is not much information about the release dates of the cartridges, but the total number of the games should be 59 (33 games released by Radofin between 1977-1978, 19 games for the Interton VC-4000 and compatibles after 1978 and 7 more games released around 1980). You can find more information here: 1292 games

In my next post I will write about games (worth to play) released for the 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System family around 1978 (if you know more about the exact release dates, please let me know – I couldn’t find much information).

If any of the previous information is not correct, please send me an email: predrulez@gmail.com

See you in the next post!

APF MP-1000 GAMES — May 11, 2015

APF MP-1000 GAMES

After trying out these games I was positively surprised! Even though the console is relatively unknown it has quite decent titles. Maybe the console lacked original titles but at least what they had were well made. Definitely worth to try!!!

Here are few of the best cartridges on MP1000 console:

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MG1010: Ufo, Sea Monsters, Break It Down, Rebuild, Shoot (with variations)
MG1010 is a shooting games collection cartridge! Has a lot of different variations, a must have for all shooting game fans! Some of the games have an original look and gameplay even for today!

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MG1012: Boxing (Variations)
MG1012 is a variation of boxing games! For the first time it was possible to play a boxing video game what was truly fun! A must have game for all the MP1000 owners!!! Much better than boxing games on other consoles at this time.

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APF MP1000

apf_m1000_side_1APF MP1000 – is a home video games console released by APF Electronics in 1978! The console has a built-in game called Rocket Patrol and total of 14 cartridges. Only thing that sets this console apart from the others is that it is a part of APF Imagination Machine – hybrid computer, combination of MP1000 and M1000 consoles (conjoined into one unit). This way you could have a keyboard, Basic Programming and Cassett Recorder. Very high price and lack of original titles didn’t help this console in sales and it disappeared quite soon after the release.

ODYSSEY 2 GAMES 1978 —

ODYSSEY 2 GAMES 1978

s_po_games_11_box1bTo be honest, first 11 titles released in 1978 for the Odyssey 2 / Videopac G7000 sucked! The only game you should try would be Cosmic Conflict! Its kind of 2D space shooter (in first-person view), plays well and the graphics are quite okay for the time.

Lets get to the next post!

MAGNAVOX ODYSSEY 2 (PHILIPS VIDEOPAC G7000 IN EUROPE) —

MAGNAVOX ODYSSEY 2 (PHILIPS VIDEOPAC G7000 IN EUROPE)

1280px-Magnavox-Odyssey-2-Console-SetMagnavox Odyssey 2 (known also as Philips Videopac G7000) – is a home video games console released in 1978! Not to get confused, Magnavox released the first Odyssey (which was in fact the first video games console in all time – if not to count the “brown box” prototype) in 1972 followed by series of Pong-type consoles (Odyssey series) between 1975-1977. Odyssey 2 was like a new fresh beginning, entering to the second generation!

In Europe the console was released as Philips Videopac G7000 because in 1974 Magnavox Company was acquired by Philips! Philips decided to keep the name for the United States market in the first place.

Unlike any other system at this time, Odyssey 2 included a full keyboard to be used with educational games. It also had basic joystick controllers with action button. One of the strongest sides of the console was speech synthesis unit. The weakest side of the console were its colors and graphics (but the image was sharp and clear)! Odyssey 2 lacked third-party games but sold moderately well in the United States. In Europe the system was very popular!

Total number of 11 games were released in 1978 and in my next post I will write about the best of these 11.

See you in my next post!

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1978

2a4d817cf3faafb51a1b7e70f4d08ee9-page-001Welcome to the year 1978! The year which marked the beginning of the Golden Age of Arcade video games! It brought Arcade Coin-Op Machines back to the top of video gaming market. The most important release for the Arcades was of course the Space Invaders by Taito! This worldwide video game hit brought many young and older people into the video gaming world and helped the video games industry to get through the hard times after the home consoles crash of 1977!

If you want to read more about the Golden Age of Arcade video games, please press here: Golden Age of Arcade video games

Other than that, few new video game consoles were released: the release of Odyssey 2 (Philips Videopac G7000 in Europe) brought Magnavox back into the video game consoles competition. But there were also some less known consoles (what almost nobody knows) that entered the market: APF-M1000 by APF Electronics and VC 4000 by Interton (which is a part of 1292 consoles family).

In my next posts I will take closer look at the consoles and games released in 1978 and I plan to finish the year with the best games released to Apple II home computer and Arcade Coin-Op Machines!

See you in my next posts!