homes4u’s top 4 arcade games

It has been over a decade since I last took a trip in to a ‘real’ arcade. Of course I’ve been to the odd smaller one from time to time but they can hardly be classified as ‘arcades’. You know the ones, claw and slot machines scattered all around with dance dance revolution stuck in the far corner. With National Video Games Day having just passed us, it reminded me of the arcade adventures of my youth. So here are my personal top arcade games, in no particular order!

The Simpsons (1991)

The Simpsons Arcade is a four-player beat 'em up. You may think that this would be an unusual genre especially for a series such as the Simpsons, but this was common place for games of the time. You play as the lovable Simpson family featuring Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa as they set off on their journey to save Maggie who has been kidnapped by Smithers. Each stage involves beating up any villains that seemingly want to get in your way as well as its own boss that you must face at the end of each stage.

The Simpsons Arcade is a lot of fun especially with friends, but expect to lose some coin as the game is seriously tough even for arcade veterans.

Crazy Taxi (1999)

Crazy Taxi is a game that seemingly oozes personality, from its fast-paced action packed gameplay, colourful cast of characters and incredible soundtrack featuring the Offspring and Bad Religion. The game involves you racing around town picking up customers and driving them to their destination in the quickest time possible.

The timer is constantly against you, not only does it never stop counting down as you scatter to find your next customer, but the customers themselves will expect to arrive at a location in a specific time frame before they humorously dive out of your taxi. Talk about stressful!  

Daytona USA (1993)

The sight of a Daytona USA machine fills me with untold nostalgia. From the icon Team Hornet’s number 41 car racing around in the demo screen to the iconic “Dayyytonnaa!!” you just can’t help but love it!  While Daytona USA’s visuals seem primitive by today’s standards, the technology behind the game was an incredible feat for the time. Daytona’s gameplay involves racing around a choice of three tracks against forty other racers, while also battling to keep the game timer going with a variety of checkpoints scattered around set points on the course.

Like many arcade games of the time it’s not only tough but can turn into a real coin eater if you’re not too careful.

Time Crisis II (1997)

One of the first light gun arcade machines I ever played Time Crisis 2 is a game you will come back to time and time again. The story involves the cliché 90’s crime scenario involving mastermind criminals who want to take over the world and the seemingly untouchable hero out to stop them. It’s generic and super cheesy but I love every second of it. The second game in the series switches things up and puts you together with a partner this time round. Although don’t breath that sigh of relief just yet because he appears to have skipped basic training. We are talking about Stormtrooper levels of aim here (he’s really bad).   You can however have your friend join in on the fun and take control of your partner.