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'Arcade' is a style of gameplay that was developed in the '70s and gained widespread popularity in the '80s. Most of the notable early examples of arcades were released in the form of coin-operated machines in amusement arcades. Titles such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat, Metal Slug, Mario Bros., and Sonic the Hedgehog helped define and popularize the genre early on.

As time progressed, amusement arcades were de-emphasized and home consoles rose in popularity. Many arcade games adopted more modern gameplay styles in their transition to console gaming, while others retained their arcade gameplay. Modern styles of gameplay quickly began to eclipse 'arcade' in popularity, ditching points, timers, and levels altogether. 'Arcade' is still used today, but it's not as popular as it used to be.

'Arcade' game design is defined by numerous characteristics. Players can earn point by killing enemies, collecting items, completing levels in a short amount of time, or in the case of a game like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, performing tricks. This score can be saved and subsequently posted locally or publicly on a leaderboard (depending on the game) once the game is over. These points serve a competitive function, driving players to earn as many points as possible.

'Arcade' games typically have little or no plot, and as a result, the game doesn't always have a 'proper' end. If there is no ending, the game will be over either when a time limit has expired or the player has lost a set number of lives. Permanent death is a common consequence of running out of lives, stripping player's of earned progress and forcing them to return to the first level after running completely out of lives. 'Arcade' games are also extremely linear, split into separate, distinct levels, which are either played chronologically or selected via a menu or hub world.

Note: 'Arcade' doesn't literally mean any video games released for amusement arcades. The term is referring strictly to the gameplay style. Console games will be tagged with 'arcade' if they feature the styles outlined here.
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Games 421

Title / Release date
  • 2.63
    405
    4
    1972 29 nov 1972 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 2.98
    1
    1974 1974 Arcade Ball and paddle
  • 3.00
    1
    1975 29 apr 1975 Driving Arcade
  • 2.74
    2
    1975 25 sep 1975 Arcade Action
  • 2.60
    11
    1
    1976 1976 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.72
    123
    2
    1976 13 apr 1976 Block-breaking game Arcade
  • 2.51
    27
    1977 jan 1977 Block-breaking game Arcade
  • 2.11
    13
    1977 nov 1977 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.92
    366
    2
    1978 jun 1978 Fixed shooter Alien
  • 2.44
    2
    1979 1979 Arcade
  • 2.62
    30
    1
    1979 aug 1979 Space flight simulation Arcade
  • 2.81
    148
    3
    1979 oct 1979 Fixed shooter Space
  • 2.85
    241
    3
    1979 nov 1979 Multidirectional shooter Space
  • 2.55
    14
    1
    1980 1980 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 3.19
    12
    1980 apr 1980 Maze Arcade
  • 2.50
    1
    1
    1980 may 1980 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.83
    2
    Heiankyo Alien [平安京エイリアン]
    1980 may 1980 Maze Arcade
  • 3.20
    819
    4
    1980 22 may 1980 Maze chase Arcade
  • 2.89
    81
    2
    1980 jun 1980 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.72
    12
    1
    1980 oct 1980 Vertical platformer Arcade
  • 2.91
    32
    2
    1980 nov 1980 Maze chase Arcade
  • 2.97
    71
    1
    1980 12 nov 1980 Maze Multidirectional shooter
  • 2.93
    15
    1981 1981 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 3.06
    13
    2
    1981 1981 Fixed shooter Science fiction
  • 2.53
    16
    1
    1981 1981 Arcade Obstacle course
  • 1.50
    1
    1981 1981 Arcade Maze chase
  • 1981 1981 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 3.50
    328
    2
    1981 13 jan 1981 Maze chase Arcade
  • 2.84
    268
    2
    1981 05 jun 1981 Arcade Action
  • 2.84
    661
    3
    1981 09 jul 1981 Vertical platformer Single-screen platformer
  • 3.51
    439
    4
    1981 sep 1981 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.20
    13
    1
    1981 oct 1981 Grid capture Arcade
  • 3.01
    65
    2
    1981 oct 1981 Grid capture Arcade
  • 2.13
    4
    1981 05 oct 1981 Maze chase Arcade
  • 3.24
    32
    1981 nov 1981 Multidirectional shooter Arcade
  • 1.74
    5
    1982 jan 1982 Arcade Skiing
  • 2.07
    3
    1
    1982 1982 Science fiction Alien
  • 1.76
    7
    1982 1982 Arcade Maze chase
  • 2.88
    4
    1982 1982 Vertical platformer Arcade
  • 2.60
    17
    1982 1982 Arcade Action
  • 1
    1982 1982 Adult Arcade
  • 3.41
    5
    1982 1982 Action Arcade
  • 3.46
    13
    1982 1982 Arcade
  • 2.49
    13
    1982 1982 Vertical platformer Arcade
  • 3.52
    106
    3
    1982 1982 Twin-stick shooter Dystopian
  • 2.54
    2
    1982 1982 Arcade
  • 2.05
    7
    1
    1982 13 mar 1982 Maze chase Arcade
  • 3.02
    2
    1
    1982 apr 1982 Puzzle Arcade
  • 3.28
    263
    4
    1982 19 apr 1982 Arcade Action
  • 2.52
    20
    1982 may 1982 Shoot 'em up Arcade
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