10 Greatest ’80s Games, Ranked

The 1980s was the time of the greatest of games – Zaxxon, Paperboy, Rampage, Defender, Shadow Dancer, and many more. Then, finally, there are the tried-and-true favorites that never disappointed — and still don’t today. Here is the list of the 10 Greatest ’80s games.


1. SUPER HANG-ON (1987)

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Super Hang-On is a racing game published and developed by Sega. It uses a fully bracing motorcycle arcade cabinet. The games give you the opportunity to experience the thrill of street bike racing and earn your position at the top of the scoreboards.

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2. ZAXXON (1981)

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Zaxxon is a cubic shooter arcade game developed and released by Sega in 1981. There are nine levels in total, and the player pilots a Zaxxon aircraft through all the nine levels of the Vargan Space Fortress. The Aircraft of the player emits a shadow to indicate its height. Sega followed it with SUPER ZAXXON IN 1982.

3. PAPERBOY (1984)

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Paperboy is a game developed and released by Atari Games And Midway Games in 1984. In the game, the player plays the character of a paperboy who supplies a fictional newspaper called THE DAILY SUN on his bicycle. The sequel of Paperboy got released in 1991 for home computers.

4. FANTASY ZONE (1986)

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Fantasy Zone is the first game in the Fantasy Zone Series developed and released by Sega in 1986. It was a very famous scrolling shooter game back then. In total, there are eights stages of the game, and in the first seven stages, the scroll is not flexible. The player can move either to the left or to the right.


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Pole Position is an arcade racing game developed and released by Namco in 1982. The game consists of two races: the qualifying and THE GRAND PRIX. In both the races, the player drives against time and other cars. The extended your race is, the more cars you pass, and more points you score.

6. RAMPAGE (1986)

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Rampage is an arcade game released and developed by Bally Midway in 1986. It is one of the very famous fighting games of the later ’80s. Players control a huge monster and survive against the huge military force. Each round gives a count when the whole city is in the wreckage.

7. DEFENDER (1981)

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Defender is one of the very famous scrolling shooter video games released in 1980 and re-released in 1981 for arcade gaming by Williams Electronics. However, the game plots on an unnamed planet where the player must defeat the aliens and protect the astronauts. Also, it was the most important title of the Golden Age Of Arcade Video Games.

8. DONKEY KONG (1981)

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Donkey Kong is the most excellent gaming series composed by David Wise and designed by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981. The player jumps from one station to the other, climbs the ladders up and down to escape the giant ape (DONKEY KONG), and also swings the ropes to reach the final destination.


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Shadow Dancer is a scrolling hack-and-slash action game produced and released by Sega in 1989. In the shinobi series, it is the second and also the final arcade game. The game consists of four rounds with three stages in the first round and four stages in the bands. The player controls a ninja who smashes terrorists plotting bombings in the city.

10. VIGILANTE (1988)

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Vigilante is an arcade game developed and published by Irem in 1988. The game is on the outskirts of New York City. The player controls a martial artist who becomes a vigilante to fight an evil gang called the Skinheads and also saves a female hostage kidnapped by them.

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