Top 10 Classic Namco Arcade Games

A list of the most memorable arcade titles by Namco.
The Top Ten
1 Pac-Man Released in 1980 by Namco, Pac-Man is a timeless arcade classic that has captured the hearts of many players across generations. The game involves navigating the titular character through a maze to eat dots and avoid ghost adversaries. Its simple yet captivating gameplay has cemented its legacy in the history of video games.

I do like this game, but I suck at it. Maybe I will like it more if I get better. But galaga is my favorite because it's the game I've got down to a science, and I've played galaga my whole life.

This game is so addicting and fun! You gotta love it!

Yes! Pac-Man! The perfect arcade game!

2 Galaga Debuting in 1981, Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game developed by Namco. The game challenges players to control a spaceship and destroy waves of incoming alien insects. Its colorful graphics, intense gameplay, and addictive nature have made it a popular choice among arcade enthusiasts.

This game is still fun to this day you can play this on certain game systems and the controls haven't changed ever since awesome arcade shooter.

I've been playing this my whole life and no arcade game compares to this!

My mom is great at this and I inherited her skills. I honed them playing Touhou.

3 Ms. Pac-Man Launched in 1981, Ms. Pac-Man is an enhanced version of the original Pac-Man. This arcade game features the same basic maze gameplay, but with an added feminine touch to the main character, new mazes, and more challenging ghost behaviors. It remains a beloved iteration in the Pac-Man franchise.

The most influential female video game character came from this game, and in my opinion the game just plays better than pac man.

Best game ever. PacMan with 100 times more stuff!

It's way better than regular Pac-Man to me.

4 Dig Dug Introduced in 1982, Dig Dug is an innovative arcade game from Namco. The player assumes the role of the main character, Dig Dug, to dig tunnels and eliminate underground monsters by inflating them until they burst or by dropping rocks on them. Its creative concept continues to captivate gamers.

This was my favorite game when I was a kid, wow it sure brought back some good memories. How or where do I go to download the game for free? HELP!

I love this one! My high score is 154.000!

5 Mappy Mappy, a game released in 1983 by Namco, is a unique platformer where players control a mouse police officer, navigating through a house filled with stolen goods while avoiding cats. It's known for its innovative trampoline mechanic and multi-level strategy gameplay.

Mappy might just be one of, if not, THE best video game of all time... This game has truly changed my life. Without Mappy, I wouldn't be able to love. I wouldn't be able to feel true happiness... But now that I've discovered this, I can finally love myself. The trampolines, the doors, the microwaves, the balloons, the meowkies, EVERYTHING is perfect about this game. Every single person on this planet should totally consider playing this game. You guys will all love it :3

6 Rolling Thunder Released in 1986, Rolling Thunder is an action arcade game from Namco. It involves a secret agent who needs to rescue a kidnapped operative while taking down a terrorist organization. Its cover system and unique gameplay mechanics have endeared it to arcade game fans.
7 Xevious Launched in 1983, Xevious is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game from Namco. The player pilots a combat aircraft to battle various enemy forces, both air-based and ground-based. Its detailed graphics, strategic gameplay, and unique dual weapon system make it a milestone in the shooter genre.

Tetsuya Mizuguchi played this game and the SFX was like music to him. That was one of the inspirations for Rez, one of my favorite games of all time. I also like this game because it reminds me a bit of Touhou.

8 Bosconian Debuting in 1981, Bosconian is a multi-directional space shooter arcade game developed by Namco. Players take control of a spaceship to destroy enemy bases while avoiding asteroids and enemy attacks. Its free-roaming gameplay was innovative for its time and continues to be appreciated by gamers.

Very fun game, more involved than many other namco games.

9 Super Pac-Man Super Pac-Man, launched in 1982, is another exciting installment in the Pac-Man franchise by Namco. In this version, Pac-Man can become super-sized and invincible for a short period, consuming everything in his path. The introduction of new mechanics added a refreshing twist to the familiar maze format.

Easier than the original Pac Man.

10 Galaxian Released in 1979, Galaxian is a pioneering arcade game by Namco. Predating Galaga, it also involves controlling a spaceship to fend off alien invaders. With its colorful, cascading enemy formations and dynamic gameplay, Galaxian is recognized as a significant leap forward in the arcade shooter genre.
The Contenders
11 Ridge Racer First introduced in 1993, Ridge Racer is an influential racing game from Namco. It's renowned for its 3D graphics, drifting mechanics, and memorable electronic soundtrack, setting a new standard for racing games in the early era of 3D gaming.
12 Dragon Spirit Released in 1987, Dragon Spirit is a vertical-scrolling shooter where the player controls a dragon, rather than the traditional spaceship. With its unique power-up system and multi-layered gameplay, the game offered an innovative take on the shooter genre.
13 Bravoman Released in 1988, Bravoman is a side-scrolling action/beat 'em up game developed by Namco. The game has a unique sense of humor and style, featuring a hero with extendable limbs and a variety of wacky enemies.
14 Pole Position II Introduced in 1983 as a sequel to the original, Pole Position II is a racing arcade game by Namco. It offers more tracks and improved graphics, maintaining the same thrilling Formula-1 style gameplay. Its sense of speed and realism were groundbreaking at the time and continue to resonate with fans of racing games.

More races to choose and very fun for a racing game as long as you get use to the controls

15 Shadow Land Shadow Land, also known as Yokai Dochuki, was launched in 1987. This action RPG arcade game from Namco takes players through the various realms of the afterlife in Japanese mythology. It's noted for its distinctive theme and morality-based gameplay system.
16 Wonder Momo Debuted in 1987, Wonder Momo is an arcade game from Namco that stands out due to its female protagonist, a rarity at the time. Players control Momo, a heroine who battles aliens on a stage, offering a mix of platforming and fighting game mechanics.
17 Time Crisis Introduced in 1995, Time Crisis is a light-gun shooter game from Namco. It distinguished itself with a unique cover system and a timer mechanic, adding strategic elements to the fast-paced shooting action.
18 Time Crisis 2 Released in 1997, Time Crisis 2 built upon the foundation of the first game with dual-screen cooperative gameplay, improved graphics, and more intense action sequences, strengthening its reputation as a beloved arcade shooter.
19 Tekken 3 Launched in 1997, Tekken 3 is a seminal 3D fighting game from Namco. It added new characters and depth to the series with more complex moves, a sidestep mechanic, and a memorable Tekken Force side game, making it one of the most highly regarded entries in the franchise.
20 Alpine Racer Introduced in 1994, Alpine Racer is a 3D skiing arcade game from Namco. Standing on a unique platform simulating skis, players navigate downhill courses in an exhilarating race against time. Its immersive controls and competitive gameplay captured the thrill of winter sports.
21 Baraduke Debuted in 1985, Baraduke is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Namco. The game follows a space explorer fighting through various alien-filled caves, noted for its exploration elements and the mechanic of rescuing friendly creatures for bonuses.
22 Sky Kid Introduced in 1985, Sky Kid is a side-scrolling shooter game from Namco. The game features colorful, cartoonish graphics and two-player cooperative gameplay, where players control anthropomorphic birds flying biplanes on bombing missions.
23 Dragon Buster Launched in 1985, Dragon Buster is an action role-playing platform game developed by Namco. The game is remembered for being one of the first to feature a double-jump mechanic, allowing the player to overcome higher obstacles, giving a new level of depth to the genre.

Think of it as the main character looks like link from legend of Zelda with some RPG elements to it

24 Rally-X Released in 1980, Rally-X is an early maze and driving game from Namco. Players control a rally car to collect flags while avoiding enemy cars, distinguishing itself with its blend of racing and strategic maze navigation.
25 Legend of Valkyrie Legend of Valkyrie, released in 1989, is a top-down, action-adventure game from Namco. Players control the titular Valkyrie who embarks on a quest to save the world, in a game noted for its engaging storytelling, vibrant graphics, and RPG elements.
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