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Action Games from the eighties


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  1. Ikari III: The Rescue

    By MrEighties

    The presidential candidate's daughter has been kidnapped! It is your job to get past enemy lines and rescue her. This is the third game in the Ikari Warriors series, and features similar arcade/action gameplay. The screen is a top down view which scrolls vertically, with numerous bad guys to defeat. You start the game with just your fists, and as the levels progress you can find weapons and other objects to help you out.
    • Genres: Shooter

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  2. After Burner II

    By MrEighties

    After Burner II is an arcade-style flight game released by Sega in 1987. It is the second game in the After Burner series. In the game, players fly a F-14 Tomcat jet fighter, gunning down enemies while avoiding incoming fire.
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player
    • Perspectives: First person

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  3. Alien Syndrome

    By MrEighties

    The time bomb is set. It's the only sure way to get rid of these aliens. For good. They're vile. Vicious. And villainous. And they've infested our outcolony. They're holding hundreds of inhabitants hostage. Some of them your friends. So get in there. And get blasting. Inside, you'll find state-of-the-art weaponry. It's yours for the taking. There's sector after sector to purge. Each more intricate than the one before it. And there are Super Aliens to confront. Each more hideous than the one befo
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Co-operative
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  4. Forgotten Worlds

    By MrEighties

    Forgotten Worlds can be played by up to two players simultaneously. The player controls a flying muscle-bound soldier armed with a rifle with unlimited ammo. The Player 1 character is equipped with a long-range automatic rifle, while Player 2 has a short-range wide shot. The controls in the original coin-op version consists of an eight-way joystick for moving the character in the air while flying and a unique rotatable button known as the "roll switch".Rotating the switch left or right allows th
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player, Multiplayer and Co-operative
    • Perspectives: Side view

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  5. Battle Shark

    By MrEighties

    Use periscope to attack enemies' submarines.
    • Genres: Shooter

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  6. Vulgus

    By MrEighties

    This was Capcom's first arcade game. The player controls a spaceship with a single objective: destroy incoming enemies. The vessel has two different weapons: a primary weapon with infinite ammunition and a limited supply of bombs. By picking up the "Pow" icons, which sporadically appear throughout the levels, the player can replenish supplies. 
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  7. Tac-Scan

    By MrEighties

    Fly your squadron of five ships around shooting down the enemy pilots. When you get hit, you simply lose one of your ships. After each round, you'll get a replacement ship which you have to maneuver into your formation or it's lost forever. In Tac-Scan, you control which direction you fly, though your planes stay in the same location of the screen.
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Third person

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  8. Defender

    By MrEighties

    Defender is an arcade video game developed released by Williams Electronics in 1980. A shooting game featuring two-dimensional (2D) graphics, the game is set on a fictional planet where the player must defeat waves of invading aliens while protecting astronauts. Development was led by Eugene Jarvis, a pinball programmer at Williams; Defender was Jarvis's first video game project, and drew inspiration from Space Invaders and Asteroids. Williams planned to display the game at the Amusement & M
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Side view

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  9. Balloon Fight

    By MrEighties

    Balloon Fight was developed and released by Nintendo, originally for an Arcade cabinet-and shortly after for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was ported onto numerous other systems, and has more recently been released on the Nintendo Wii U. The game allowed for 1 player and 2 player gameplay, providing cooperative play to get past each stage.
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    • Gameplay: Single player, Multiplayer and Split screen
    • Perspectives: Side view

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  10. Juno First

    By MrEighties

    Juno First is a shoot 'em up originally developed and published by Konami Corporation for Arcades. The game was later published by Mylstar Electronics (US arcades), Datasoft Inc. (Atari 8-bit, PC Booter, and Commodore 64), and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (MSX). Juno First is a top down, vertical scrolling shooter in which there is a limited amount of time to defeat the enemies in each wave. The players spaceship starts out with a laser that has a longer reach than the enemy weapons. The en
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Third person and Bird view / Isometric

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  11. Blasteroids

    By MrEighties

    The Player controls a spaceship viewed from "above" in a 2D representation of space, by rotating the ship, and using thrust to give the ship momentum. To slow down or completely stop moving, the player has to rotate the ship to face the direction it came from, and generate the right amount of thrust to nullify its momentum. The ship has a limited amount of fuel to generate thrust with. This fuel comes in the form of "Energy" that is also used for the ship's Shields which protect it against colli
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  12. Sinistar

    By MrEighties

    The player pilots a lone spacecraft, and must create "Sinibombs" by shooting at drifting planetoids and catching the crystals that are thereby released. Sinibombs are needed to defeat the game boss, Sinistar, an animated spacecraft with a demonic skull face. Sinistar does not exist at the start of the game, and is continuously under construction by enemy worker ships. Though time is crucial, attempting to mine too quickly will destroy a planetoid without releasing any crystals. Enemy worker ship
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Third person

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  13. Venture

    By MrEighties

    In Venture you control the adventurer Winky who sets out to collect treasure. You start out on an overview map of a dungeon which shows several rooms containing treasure. Since you cannot kill any enemies while rummaging through the dungeon corridors you have to dodge them on your way to the treasure rooms since they will kill you instantly. After entering one of the rooms you are able to fight the various monsters lurking in the rooms while you collect the treasure. Be careful not to linger to
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  14. Twin Eagle

    By MrEighties

    A helicopter vertical shoot 'em up that debuted in the Arcades in 1988 before being ported to the NES the following year.
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  15. Krull

    By MrEighties

    Tied in with the movie "Krull". Playing Prince Colwyn, you must survive five events which repeat after completion. Increasing difficulty. It uses a dual joystick control panel.
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    • Gameplay: Single player
    • Perspectives: Third person

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  16. Frenzy

    By MrEighties

    Frenzy followed the basic paradigm set by Berzerk: the player must navigate a maze full of hostile robots. The goal of the game is to survive as long as possible and score points by killing robots and travelling from room to room. The game has no end other than the player losing all of his or her lives. The player has a gun with which to shoot the robots, and simple intelligence of the robots means that they can often be tricked into shooting one another. If the player lingers too long in a room
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  17. Space Odyssey

    By MrEighties

    Space Odyssey is about exploring the sci-fi universe, enjoy the pleasable graphics along with amazing soundtracks. Available for both PC, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users!
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Side view

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  18. Zaxxon

    By MrEighties

    Unofficial Amiga port of the C64 version, which is based on the 1982 Sega coin-op. Zaxxon is a 1982 isometric shooter arcade game developed and released by Sega. The game gives the player the experience of flying a fighter craft through a fortress while shooting at enemy entities (missiles, enemy gunfire, etc.) The object of the game is to hit as many targets as possible without being shot down or running out of fuel—which can be replenished, paradoxically, by blowing up fuel drums.
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Third person and Bird view / Isometric

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  19. Gorf

    By MrEighties

    Gorf actually consists in the Arcade version of five different types of space shooters. The first one ist basically is a Space Invaders clone. In the second one a formation of space ships is hovering at the top of the screen while single space ships will disengage from the formation and dive down at you. The third variant is a Glaxian clone and only available in the Arcade version. In the fourth mini-game the enemy will come out of a circular hyperspace field and attack you. After having destroy
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Side view

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  20. Tutankham

    By MrEighties

    Tutankham is a combination of the maze, action and shoot 'em up genres. Taking on the role of an explorer grave robbing Tutankhamun's tomb, the player is chased by creatures such as asps, vultures, parrots, bats, dragons, and even curses, all that kill the player on contact. The explorer can fight back by firing lasers at the creatures, but he can only cover the left and right directions. The player is also endowed with a single screen-clearing "flash bomb" per level or life. Finally, each level
    • Genres: Shooter, Platform and Puzzle
    • Gameplay: Single player, Multiplayer and Split screen
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  21. Wizard of Wor

    By MrEighties

    Wizard of Wor is an action-oriented game for one or two players. The game takes the form of several maze-like dungeons infested with monsters. The players' characters, called Worriors, have to kill all the monsters. Player one has yellow Worriors, on the right, and player two has blue Worriors, on the left. In a two-player game, the players are also able to shoot each other's Worriors, earning bonus points and causing the other player to lose a life. Team-oriented players can successfully advanc
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player, Multiplayer and Co-operative
    • Perspectives: Bird view / Isometric

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  22. Roc 'N Rope

    By MrEighties

    Your player is a mountain climber who must avoid cavemen, dinosaurs and pterodactyls as he climbs up the cliff-sides. Your goal in each level is to climb up and reach a mystical bird with great plumage, while staying one step above the bonus timer which determines how long you may stay on each level. The mountain climber has only one ability; to shoot rope at 45 degree angles which he may then climb up to other platforms. His other action is a stun beam which will allow him to walk past enemies
    • Genres: Platform
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Side view

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  23. Pooyan

    By MrEighties

    Pooyan (プーヤン) is a classic arcade game manufactured by Stern Electronics under license from Konami in 1982. In it, the player controls "Mama", a pig whose babies have been kidnapped by a group of wolves.
    • Genres: Shooter and Puzzle
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer
    • Perspectives: Side view

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  24. Final Fight

    By MrEighties

    Final Fight is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up produced by Capcom. Final Fight can be played by up to two players simultaneously. Before the game begins, the player chooses between the three main characters: Haggar, Cody, and Guy. Each has his own fighting style and attributes. Health gauges are displayed for both player and enemy characters. The controls for Final Fight consist of an eight-way joystick and two buttons for attacking and jumping respectively. Pressing the attack button repeatedly wh
    • Genres: Fighting
    • Gameplay: Single player and Co-operative
    • Perspectives: Third person and Side view

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  25. Desert Falcon

    By MrEighties

    Desert Falcon is a 3D (isometric) flying shooter game that was developed and published in 1987 by Atari. The game was released for the Atari 2600, 7800, and XE Game Systems of the Atari 8-bit family.
    • Genres: Shooter
    • Gameplay: Single player and Multiplayer

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