The golden age of arcade video games was the era of greatest popularity and technological for arcade video games. The key moments, were the release of the first arcade machine in 1971, the release of “space invaders” in 1978 and the first use of vector display technology in 1979.
BurgerTime (1982) Is an arcade game created by Data East. You play as chef Peter Pepper, who has to walk through a “maze of platforms” and walk over some hamburger ingredients (lettuce, burger, bread) but at the same time avoid some characters such as an egg or a hotdog that are there to destroy you in order for you to win.
Basically, you have to step on the burger ingredients, when you step on them they will fall on top of the other ingredients until you complete a hamburger; once you have completed all of them you’ll win the level.
You move using the left, up, right and down keys. When you step on an ingredient and they fall on top of the pursuing characters you will win 100; in some occasions different kind of foods appeared (for example an ice cream) and when you grab them they will give you like 500 points.
Once you win the level, you go to another one which is harder.
The game is located in the middle of the screen, your score is in the upper right part of the screen and the amount of pepper (which I really don’t get the point of that) is in the upper left side. In the bottom left side of the screen are the life you have (is represented by 4 chef heads), and also the spots where the final completed burgers had to be.
You can play the game here:
The next game I played is Rally-x
This is a driving game that takes place in a maze. According to Wikipedia, it was the first game with background music and the first one to feature a bonus round. In this game you control a rally car, and you have to drive through a maze and collect 10 flags before you run out of fuel, this flags increase their value as they are collected. But that’s not all!!! You have to avoid the red cars and rocks that appeared in your way because they will destroy you!!!!!
When you start running out of fuel you will start slowing down, and if you press the spacebar you will blow smoke that can stop the red cars, the bad side is that this use fuel as well.
On the right side of the screen you can see the score, how many lives you have, the fuel (which is consumed as you drive), but also you can see a map that shows where are the flags located as well as the red cars.
You control the car with the up, down, left, right key and spacebar for the smoke, however if you are about to crash into a wall, the car will automatically turn around on the opposite direction, I don’t know if it was my keyboard or the specific website where I found the game, but it didn’t work so well, sometimes followed my instructions, but on other occasions, when I pressed to go left for example it didn’t turn, and instead went some other direction that led me to lose the game.
You can play the game here:
The final game that I played is Dig Dug, which is a Japanese game developed in 1982 by Namco. You control a character named Dig Dug who basically dig through the earth trying to eliminate some monsters that are in the underground. You have two kind of monsters, which will destroy you if you touch them, one of them apparently can fire fire?? And also kind of flies through the underground. I didn’t actually understand the game, you can dig near a rock and they can fall and with this you are able to kill your enemies, however you have to be careful because it can kill you as well. I read that you can also “inflate them with an air pump until they explode”, but I never knew how to do it.
You control this character and using the up, down, left, right on the keyboard you can start digging. The game is located in the center, and on the bottom you have your score, and the lifes you have left.
After a while I got tired and bored of the dynamic of the game, and also because I was losing all the time!!!
You can play this game here:
In all the three games, you control a character using the up, down, left, right keys, but also you get some special features, such as shooting something or doing something to distract your enemies, which you can use by pressing other keys. All the games had enemies, which is I think the main point of every game, not only enemies, but facing difficulties that makes you either lose and get tired of playing or win and make you happy about it.
Also, every time you win a level, the next level things get harder, you get more enemies, more obstacles; but this goes according to your skills; which means that every time you pass a level you get better at it.
Some games are easier to understand than others, for example the car game was the easiest, then in second place is BurgerTime and finally Dig Dug (which I never understood). In the case of the driving game, you can attack directly to your enemies, in the case of the other two, you had to do something to destroy them; for example do something so an object would fell on top of them and in that way you can win.
Only in the case of Rally-x you had a limit amount of time, which was the time your fuel was going to last, this creates pressure in the player and make you feel more nervous.
Most of the games, had an instructions menu, that easily shows you how to play the game.