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:

28031001Space 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! Everybody loves this game!

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21004601Gee Bee (by Namco) – 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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11018401Super 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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11016801Sky 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!

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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 rpg, which was even more basic (blocks and dots)

Pirate Adventure – one of the first graphical adventure games

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

BEST HOME CONSOLE VIDEO GAMES IN 1978 — May 13, 2015

BEST HOME CONSOLE VIDEO GAMES 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:

45315_frontBasketball – 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_color_pal_cart_2Breakout – 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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2600-outlaw-vgoOutlaw – 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!

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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:

Red_Baron_Panzer_Attack_1981_Astrovision_2003Red Baron / Panzer Attack – is a multi cartridge with two wondelful 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_19xx_BallyClowns / 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 12, 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

A new beginning for the modified/rebuilt console resurrected 21 old games previously released for 1292 console (between 1976-1977) and gave birth to 19 new (most of them were just slightly modified) titles in 1978-1979. It is possible to find the list of all games what 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!

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:

65681_frontMG1010: Ufo, Sea Monsters, Break It Down, Rebuild, Shoot – 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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apf_mp1000_boxing_boxMG1012: Boxing (Variations) – 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.

APF MP1000 —

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 three dimensional space shooter, 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!