Best Arcade Games

The Top Ten

1 Pac-Man

It's a game that is enjoyed by all people

Iconic - 23windomt


Pac-Man. enough said.

2 Donkey Kong

Donkey kong is my favorite arcade game it's a classic I have two t-shirts of it one is of Mario and it says the original since 1981 and what's so cool about it's when Mario was first introduce and I've been learning the history of donkey kong It all started with space shooting called radar scope and people hated it so shigeru miyamoto got a job at Nintendo and made it better the original idea was the arcade game of popeye but Nintendo didn't had right to do it so shigeru miyamoto looked up in the dictionary for the word stubborn like mule for a kong type ape who is donkey stubborn and kong means gorilla to combined the words donkey kong he was a gorilla beaks free out of his cage and kidnaps his keepers girlfriend and first Mario was carpenter that was a little man with a big nose and an even bigger heart

The reasons that I like donkey kong because it was the first arcade game that Mario appeared in he changed his name from jumpman to Mario and Pauline was first love interest and it's been around since I was born and I believe it's the number one arcade game

This game started MARIO. MARIO saved gaming. This game was also the first game with jumping - Ilikegames

Started the mario franchise

3 Galaga
4 Space Invaders

I thought it was on atari 2600

5 Mortal Kombat ll

This is the best game ever hands down!

6 Pong

Ping. Pong. Ping. Pong

This wasn't even on arcade it was on the 2600. - myusernameisthis

It's just Pong...

7 Frogger
8 Dig Dug

I love dig dug it's very easy and fun

9 Galaxian
10 Robotron: 2084

The Contenders

11 Tetris

I LOVE TETRIS - 23windomt

It's really upsetting to see today's arcades lacking so much in puzzle games such as this timeless gem. I could play Tetris for hours! - Entranced98

12 Mortal Kombat
13 Pole Position II Pole Position II
14 Mario Bros.

Mario and Luigi will grip you in a compelling adventure. - refep

15 Dr. Mario
16 Killer Instinct
17 Asteroids

I love this game, just can get enough of it, spent too many a coin, only complaint is the bad controls

18 Joust

You'll only realize how many quarters you lost AFTER playing this game! - refep

19 Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

The best video game. It has the weirdest villains, best soundtrack, and most Michael Jackson like goal-save the children that are tied up in corners. The classic white suit and fedora outfit appears in this and when there are multiple players, there are different colors. It is so entertain because it is both fun and hilarious. Best dance breaks! - Coatsy

20 Q*bert
21 Lunar Lander
22 Paperboy
23 Altered Beast
24 Street Fighter II

Street Fighter is underrated nowadays, nobody ever talks about it. - myusernameisthis

This game was insanely popular when I was 10 years old. I remember kids dropping $20 in half an hour on this game. That says a lot! They must have made millions.

25 Centipede

This game is my favorite arcade game, and the box is not creepy on the Sega dreamcast box which is creepy on the Q*bert PlayStation box.

26 Defender

The best of the more complex games which required acute multitasking skills.

27 Dance Dance Revolution

My favorite!

Still a huge fan of this fun little game. Such a shame I don't see many DDR machines in arcades nowadays (I blame the chavs who randomly jump around on them and break the arrow buttons). Luckily I have a couple of PS2 versions so I can still enjoy it whenever I want to. - Entranced98

28 Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Good Game - VideoGamefan5

29 NBA Jam
30 Breakout
31 Battlezone
32 Dragon's Lair

A game where making decisions controls the ending. Sounds great. But do you know of any modern console games like that? - Skullkid755

33 Berzerk
34 Metal Slug 3

Come on! Only 39? And where is snow bros? - enzocarranza

35 Mappy

Mappy is the best

Of Course, mappy is the best! - CasinLetsGoBowling

36 Burger Time

I think that it is cool

37 Tempest

Tempest is so addictively fun, it should be way higher on the list. - NuMetalManiak

38 Daytona USA

Wish there were more cabinets around nowadays - I was once lucky enough to find one in excellent condition and dumped like five credits in it in a row. - Entranced98

39 Ms. Pac-Man
40 1945
41 Star Wars
42 Time Crisis
43 Jurassic Park
44 Millipede

Very hard game but quite the classic! Much better than centipede

45 Missile Command
46 Rally-X
47 Tekken
48 Street Fighter
49 Donkey Kong Jr.
50 1942

Of course it made the list! And you thought I forgot! - refep

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Updated 3 Aug 2019

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