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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 853

Title / Release date
  • 2.62
    26
    1971 nov 1971 Multidirectional shooter Space
  • 1.00
    1
    1972 1972 Light gun shooter
  • 0.50
    1
    1972 sep 1972 Science fiction Multidirectional shooter
  • 2.62
    551
    5
    1972 29 nov 1972 Ball and paddle Table tennis
  • 2.95
    9
    1
    1974 1974 Ball and paddle Arcade
  • 2.50
    2
    1974 1974 Memory Arcade
  • 2.00
    1
    1974 nov 1974 Light gun shooter Hunting
  • 2.24
    8
    1
    1975 29 apr 1975 Arcade Driving
  • 1.96
    8
    1
    1975 25 sep 1975 Action Arcade
  • 2.00
    1
    1976 jan 1976 Multidirectional shooter Arcade
  • 1.00
    1
    1976 mar 1976 Flight combat Arcade
  • 2.25
    18
    2
    1976 apr 1976 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.67
    169
    3
    1976 13 apr 1976 Block-breaking game Arcade
  • 1976 may 1976 Multidirectional shooter Arcade
  • 2.35
    44
    2
    1976 29 oct 1976 Driving Arcade racing
  • 2.47
    46
    1
    1977 jan 1977 Block-breaking game Arcade
  • 2.11
    26
    1977 nov 1977 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 1.50
    1
    1978 jan 1978 Multidirectional shooter War
  • 1978 1978 Arcade Block-breaking game
  • 1.78
    16
    1978 jun 1978 Driving Action
  • 2.93
    483
    3
    1978 jun 1978 Fixed shooter Alien
  • 2.00
    6
    1979 1979 Arcade Fixed shooter
  • 3.03
    13
    1
    1979 jul 1979 Fixed shooter Space
  • 2.66
    50
    1
    1979 aug 1979 Space flight simulation Space
  • 2.84
    190
    4
    1979 oct 1979 Fixed shooter Space
  • 2.91
    315
    4
    1979 nov 1979 Multidirectional shooter Space
  • 3.11
    16
    1980 apr 1980 Maze Arcade
  • 2.31
    5
    1
    1980 may 1980 Fixed shooter Space
  • 2.54
    8
    Heiankyo Alien [平安京エイリアン]
    1980 may 1980 Maze Arcade
  • 3.20
    1,111
    5
    1980 22 may 1980 Maze chase Arcade
  • 3.09
    123
    3
    1980 jun 1980 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.72
    20
    1
    1980 jun 1980 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 1.97
    19
    1980 sep 1980 Maze chase Car combat
  • 2.62
    18
    1
    1980 oct 1980 Vertical platformer Arcade
  • 1.75
    2
    Alien Fall [エイリアンフォール]
    1980 oct 1980 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 2.92
    67
    2
    1980 nov 1980 Tank combat Science fiction
  • 2.97
    104
    3
    1980 nov 1980 Science fiction Scrolling shooter
  • 2.01
    11
    1980 nov 1980 Fixed shooter Space
  • 2.92
    52
    2
    1980 nov 1980 Maze chase Arcade
  • 3.13
    96
    1
    1980 12 nov 1980 Maze Multidirectional shooter
  • 3.04
    29
    1981 1981 Multidirectional shooter Space
  • 1.25
    2
    1981 1981 Maze chase
  • 2.00
    1
    1981 1981 Arcade Maze chase
  • 1.72
    2
    1981 1981 Maze chase Arcade
  • 2.75
    2
    1981 1981 Fixed shooter Arcade
  • 1.90
    4
    1981 1981 Maze chase Ghost
  • 2.84
    183
    1
    1981 jun 1981 Fixed shooter Bug
  • 2.82
    332
    2
    1981 05 jun 1981 Arcade Obstacle course
  • 2.45
    10
    1981 19 jun 1981 Crime Arcade
  • 2.61
    22
    1
    1981 jul 1981 Arcade Obstacle course
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