Arcade Game of the Year – 1982

This was an incredibly tough year to decide a top 5. Truth be told, I had 20 some that I really wanted in the top 5 and it was really hard to winnow that down. This was the year I was born AND one of the best years in gaming, hands down. There are 147 games this year and trust me, you will not be disappointed in my top 5 picks. Well, you better not be.

#5 – Moon Patrol

Moon Patrol requires planning, strategy, quick thinking, and multi-tasking. It doesn’t seem like it at first, but all the little tricks and traps it throws at you over time force you to constantly be thinking on your toes. Should I shoot it? CAN I shoot it? Should I slow down or speed up? Should I jump now or wait? It doesn’t sound like much, but if you’ve played it before then you know exactly what I’m getting at. If not, you owe it to yourself to try out this classic quarter muncher.

#4 – Dig Dug

In Dig Dug, you burrow down deep into the soil and hit fire-breathing dragons strange, goggled balloon creatures with a long range air pump until they explode. Yes, that’s the game. No, I’m not sure what drugs the designers were on. Despite how bizarre the synopsis is, this is one of the most classic titles you can come across. Simple concept (sorta), fast gameplay, and an ever increasing challenge. Good stuff.

#3 – BurgerTime

You are a short order cook who is apparently on the lam from overgrown, mutated sandwich toppings who can be disabled temporarily by burying them under giant sandwiches you have to throw together as well as making them sneeze with a handful of pepper. Yeah, there were a lot of drugs in the 80s. Again, there’s not much more to say other than to just encourage you to play it. BurgerTime is a great game overall that I highly recommend.

#2 – Robotron 2084

The robot apocalypse is here and you’re desperately attempting to keep them at bay as well as save the world’s last remaining family. This is a fun, challenging twin-stick shooter that was way ahead of its time. The variety of robots and constantly ramping difficulty keeps you on your toes as you shoot and rescue through a ridiculous amount of mayhem.

#1 – Sinistar

Sinistar is a complex game that takes several interesting concepts and ramps up the difficulty quick. When a level starts, Sinistar is not built yet. He is slowly put together by enemy ships that can also attack you as well. It’s a race to grab energy crystals that you get from destroying asteroids, but the enemy ships can use them to build up Sinistar as well. Once he’s fully built, he will pursue you until it’s game over…and trust me, that will be a QUICK game over.

The energy crystals you collect are used to combat this by allowing you missiles that you can use to slowly dismantle Sinistar until he’s totally gone. And once he’s finally gone…it’s the next level. Yep, that’s all the game is, but it’s challenging enough that even seasoned veterans have a tough time with this game. Fun, challenging, and require ample amounts of strategy, Sinistar is not for everyone, but those that DO enjoy it absolutely LOVE it.

Conclusion

As I said, this was an incredible year for arcade games. I know we’re not quite to that section yet, but definitely don’t count out the runner ups. There were SEVERAL underdogs that I wanted to include, but in many cases they simply could not measure up to my top 5 picks. In fact, I found a number of titles I’d never even heard of that I’ll be going back and playing later.

Runner Ups

While there were a number of shameless clones and bootlegs this year (which probably won’t change as time goes on), there were also a number of great runner ups such as Baby Pac-Man, which was a combination Pac-Man game and pinball table. Personally, I believe most of the runner ups are well worth checking out. Like I said, it was VERY hard to narrow it down to a mere top 5.

Abscam
Agent Super Bond
Ali Baba and 40 Thieves
Alpine Ski
Amazing Adventures of Mr. F. Lea
Angler Dangler
Anteater
Argus
Astro Chase
Azurian Attack
Baby Pac-Man
Bagman
Battle Cross
Beezer
Birdie King
Black Widow
Blue Print
Bounty
Bubbles
Buck Rogers – Planet of Zoom
Bump ‘N’ Jump
Burnin Rubber
Calipso
Catacomb
Cat and Mouse
Changes
Check Man
Dark Planet
Dazzler
D-Day
Demon
Desert Dan
Devil Fish
Digger
Disco No. 1
Dock Man
Domino Man
Donkey Kong Jr.
Dream Shopper
Electric Yo-Yo
El Grande – 5 Card Draw
Eyes
Fast Freddie
Fly-Boy
Food Fight
Frenzy
Front Line
Funky Bee
Gravitar
Gridlee
Hana Awase
Hard Hat
Hot Shocker
Insector
Jack the Giantkiller
Jin
Joker Poker
Jolly Jogger
Joust
Jungle Hunt
Kangaroo
Koi Koi Part 2
Kozmik Kroozr
Kram
Lasso
Leprechaun
Liberator
Loco-Motion
Logger
Looping
Lost Tomb
Macho Mouse
Marine Boy
Megadon
Mermaid
Mighty Monkey
Minky Monkey
Millipede
Mission X
Moguchan
Monster Bash
Mr. Do!
NATO Defense
Naughty Boy
Nibbler
Orbitron
Pac-Man Plus
Pengo
Pepper 2
Pioneer Balloon
Pirate Pete
Pirate Treasure
Pit
Pole Position
Ponpoko
Pooyan
Popeye
Pop Flamer
QB-3
Q*Bert
Quantum
Radar Zone
Radical Radial
Reactor
Rescue
Rougien
Scorpion
Sky Army
Sky Base
Slither
Space Duel
Splat!
Springer
Star Trek
Strike Bowling
SubRoc-3D
Super Locomotive
Super Mouse
Super Pac-Man
Super Zaxxon
Swimmer
Tac/Scan
Tazz-Mania
Teeter Torture
Time Pilot
Time Tunnel
Triple Punch
Tron
Tugboat
Tutankham
Vega
Victory
Video 8 Ball
Wacko
Wall Street
Wild Western
World Tennis
Xevious
Zaxxon
Zektor
Zoar
Zoo Keeper

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