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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by 8TrackMind » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:09 pm

For some reason I've always been a huge fan of Warp Warp by Rock-Ola. Not only because it was a video game put out by a company mostly (if not only) known for making such a throwback technology as jukeboxes and record turntables (they licensed this game from Namco), but it was also a very creative game with two different screens, had a kind of whimsical flair to it with little creatures that seemed to be sticking their tongues out, and was a game I could actually do fairly well with on one quarter.

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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by Shinobi » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:45 pm

arcadez wrote:
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B. Rap. Boys

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The follow up to DJ Boy which i suppose could be considered obscure also, nice wee beat em up with a really good hip hop soundtrack.


Heavy Unit

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Similar to R-type with gameplay to match a true hidden gem.


Cannon Dancer / Osman

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Created by a few of the same team that worked on Capcom's Strider some consider this to be the best sequel
Good choices I only learnt about Cannon Dancer B Rap Boys a few years back. Yesterday I was watching Awesome games done quick and they where playing a Sega arcade platform game I’d never heard of .
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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by SpecChum81 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:41 pm

Mat Mania and Alien Sector are two of the perhaps more obscure titles that spring to mind!
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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by Bluce_Ree » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:48 pm

Bongo by Jetsoft.

It doesn’t play great and it looks worse but I always enjoyed it.
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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by BellyFullOfHell » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:55 am

Currently loving Super Burger Time on the Switch. Great update of the original.

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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by kiwimike » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:58 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:
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I dont really have a massive fondness for the arcades, its weird i'm of the right age (35) to remember them and to have visited arcades but for whatever reason didn't as a kid and dont remember any of my friends doing so either. I know our local swimming pool had a few of the common 90s arcades like Turtles, street fighter etc but I dont know of any dedicated arcades near where I lived as a kid.
I'd suggest you're a bit on the young side. At 48, I was in my teens in the 80s so was old enough and had a part time job while at school during the latter half, so had time and disposable income to throw at arcades of a weekend. By the 90s, the gap between arcade and home hardware was lessening, and the arrival of Playstation in the mid 90s really killed off any need to go there.

I'll go with Space Duel. It isn't necessarily lesser known, but it does seem to be mentioned much less than it deserves. As a colour vector game it looks great, but the Thrusty mechanics with linked ships messing with the physics and more variety in enemies than Asteroids really makes it something else. So glad we had this one locally, but in general we had a great arcade back then.

One I never came across in the arcades but played in the league was Funky Jet. Great game, quite odd, but a whole lot of fun to play. Definitely one of my most memorable MAME finds.

Yes, 51 here, and I'm thinking the age to have been really into the arcades during the golden era would have been at least 45 to late 40s. Later than that they had lost their spark as home systems kicked in to compete.
So even now despite MAME etc it's still fun for us old farts to find a retro arcade and have a go, and you find kindred spirits of a similar age usually happy to have a friendly two player and chat about the old classics!

Lesser known coin ops? Most of my favourites are also very well known. Occasionally on MAME I will have a go at a couple of older games Targ and Bio attack. Targ especially- very old, very basic but tough and addictive :)

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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by kiwimike » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:07 pm

Would Bosconian be classed as a lesser known coin op? Even though it was on an early Namco Museum? Used to love that game.

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Post by psj3809 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:08 am

Just been going through some of the games in this thread, helpful as anything.

Its amazing having so many 1000's of games via retropie but yeah i probably keep the favourites lots and dont always try to discover new ones, might be little things like the name of the game or even a screenshot which puts me off. Some great games above which are worth trying, got more to try

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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by Rev. Stuart Campbell » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:15 am

kiwimike wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:58 pm
Targ especially- very old, very basic but tough and addictive :)
And of course the grandfather of Geometry Wars Waves...

I still like a bit of Targ but its sequel Spectar is zippier and more fun.

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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by Rev. Stuart Campbell » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:32 pm

Some personal faves:

Eyes
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Pac-Man with shooting, really atmospheric. Closest thing to a home version was an aborted Ocean port for the BBC Micro, and a homebrew Speccy version.

Turpin aka Turtles
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There were LOADS of variants of this that all played quite differently, some under the same title and some like 600, a racing-car-themed version. Got a few Japanese home ports. Tricky and fun, with really cute music.

Anteater
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Better recognised by home gamers as Oil's Well.

Checkman
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Was it really by Ultimate? Was it supposed to be in those colours? Nobody really knows.

Cosmo Gang - The Video
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Got a Japan-only SNES port, but still one of the most obscure (and excellent) Galaga clones.

Space Bomber
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Similar, but funnier.

The Pit
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I wrote about this one a bit in RG. The daddy of Boulder Dash, and Gran Turismo.

Do! Run Run
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The least well-known and least-ported in the series, but also the easiest and most accessible.

Gun Force II
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Terrific all-action Metal-Slug-alike.

Jail Break
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Done a grave disservice by some truly awful home versions. If only it had been converted by the same guys who did such brilliant jobs on other Konami titles of the same era like Mikie and Green Beret.

Mag Max
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Also the victim of some stinky home ports, except the NES one. Deserved much better.

Shoot Out
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Sort of like a proto-Cabal or a very early Police 24/7. Lots of fun finding bonus stuff to shoot.

Space Dungeon
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Totes brutal, wildly addictive Robotron-meets-Berzerk.

Space Odyssey
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Varied, inventive Scramble derivative with horizontal and vertical scrolling stages.

The Electric Yo-Yo
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Another slice of weird and addictive abstract arcade action.

Time Pilot 84
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Little-known, unconverted but extremely worthy sequel to a big hit title.

And previously mentioned above:

Uni War S
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Clever multi-stage Galaxian derivative.

Spectar
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Seriously pepped-up and less minimalist Targ sequel.

Should be enough to keep you all going for a bit :D

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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by psj3809 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:36 pm

Damn. Thanks a ton fella. I’ll check out all these for sure

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Re: Minor or lesser known Arcade Coin-Ops you really liked

Post by David » Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:45 pm

Ring Rage
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