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I'm planning on building a MAME cab, and I already know that I don't want an endless list of thousands of games that aren't really worth playing anyway. So I thought I would get your guys favorite arcade games and start to build my game-list from there. I didn't grow up in the glory days of arcades, so much of my experience with arcade games comes from ports. As such, I have some personal favorites such as Galaga, Asteroids, Centipede, Street Fighter II, Pole Position (I know, not fun to play without a wheel). But beyond those I'm ignorant of many of the great games, so I was hoping those with more experience than myself could give me their favorites so I have an idea of where to start.

 

 

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-TPA5

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In addition to all of the fine games mentioned already, I also really like these:

 

Frogger

Star Wars

Warlords

Tapper

BurgerTime

Super Cobra

Moon Patrol

Dig Dug

Tempest

Xevious

Berzerk

Battlezone

Missile Command

Gyruss

Rally-X

Turbo

Defender

Jungle Hunt

Crystal Castles

Congo Bongo

Bump ‘n Jump

Q*bert

Jr. Pac-Man

Zoo Keeper

Galaxian

Zaxxon

Discs of TRON

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Huh, that could be an endless list for me but my initial top games are -

 

Tempest

Red Baron

Xevious

Star Trek: SOS

Space Duel

Space Wars

Rip-Off

Centipede

Space Firebird

Rally-X

Armor..Attack!

Bosconian

Wizard Of Wor

Warlorlds

Major Havoc

Black Widow

Missile Command

Berzerk

 

I'm sure I'm forgetting some.

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I don't want to discourage discussion here on AA, but you might want to head over to arcadecontrols.com and have a look in the "main forum". There is a series of ongoing threads where a guy is taking various genres of game (shooters, fighters, classics, etc.) and making lists that he calls "all killer and no filler". Obviously, you have the other forum members chiming in with their thoughts as well.

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I'm planning on building a MAME cab, and I already know that I don't want an endless list of thousands of games that aren't really worth playing anyway.

 

 

Arcade games are like Pokemon. Gotta catch 'em all!

 

But seriously, do the newer versions of MAME allow for sorting and creating "playlists"? I use an older version of MacMAME that allowed you to create sort files. So even if you have 2000+ ROMs you can always hide what you don't like and focus on favorites. This method allows you to discover new titles which is half the fun I think.

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Games I enjoyed as a kid and keep coming back to:

 

Assault
Gyruss
Tempest
Missile Command
Defender
Tac/Scan
Zaxxon
Road Blasters
I, Robot
Liberator
Lunar Lander
Time Pilot
Sprint 2
Asteroids
Earth Friend Mission
Discs of Tron (environmental edition)
Blasteroids
Star Wars
Super Space Invaders '91
S.T.U.N. Runner
Star Jacker
Centipede
1942
Star Trek
Moon Patrol
Crystal Castles
Time Pilot '84
Pole Position
Xevious
Earth Friend Mission

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Space Fury

Mappy

Marble Madness

Rolling Thunder

Gorf

Galaxian

Mega Man: The Power Battle

Mega Man: The Power Fighters

Red Baron

Speed Racer

Play Choice 10 Mega Man 3

Discs of TRON enviromental

TRON

Wizard of Wor

Space Race

Asteroids

Sinistar

Star Wars

Victory Road

Sonic Championship

KiKi KaiKai

R-Type

Gauntlet

Astro Blaster

Space Harrier

Sea Wolf

Sub-Roc 3D

Wing War R360

G-Loc Air Battle R360

Dark Escape 4D

Luigi's Mansion Arcade

Pac-Man

Ms. Pac-Man

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This ought to save you some time:

 

Vector Games:

Tac/Scan
Tempest
Major Havoc
Space Fury
Asteroids Deluxe
Star Trek (1982)
Star Wars
Tail Gunner
Gravitar
Space Duel
Missile Command
Star Castle
Zektor
Omega Race
Armor Attack
Battlezone
Space Wars

Raster Games:

Gauntlet
Gauntlet II
Galaga
Gaplus
Super Pacman
Donkey Kong Jr.
Centipede
Mr. Do!
Mr Do's Castle
Ms Pac-Man
Jr. Pac-Man
Crystal Castles
Venture
Satan's Hollow
TRON
Sinistar
Robotron
Defender
Stargate (Defender II)
Tutankham
Spy Hunter
Time Pilot
Time Pilot 84
Gyruss
Q*Bert
Marble Madness
Mappy
Rolling Thunder
Contra
Double Dragon II
Ghosts n' Goblins
Rampage
Xybots
Space Harrier
After Burner
Xenophobe
Joust
Congo Bongo
Qix
Moon Patrol
Out Zone
Front Line
Turtles
Frogger
Vindicators
Astro Blaster
Star Force / Mega Force
Discs of Tron
Roc'n Rope
Scramble
Cosmic Avenger
1942
1943
Bosconian
Bubble Bobble
Frenzy
Top Gunner / Jackal
Strong X
The Glob
Two Tigers
Vanguard
Xevious
Zaxxon

 

 

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