Old School Arcade & Table Games That Are Still Popular

Old School Arcade & Table Games That Are Still Popular

The gaming world has changed massively over the years. For instance, video games have transitioned significantly, thanks to technological advancement. But there are the tabletop games that have not changed as such. They have the same rules, the strategies are similar too. Tabletop games are quite beneficial in many ways.

Even in the video game world, some retro arcade and table games are still available today. In this article, we will be looking at the old-school games that are still popular. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

  1. Street Fighter II Turbo

We kick off our list with Street Fighter II Turbo, which is an arcade game that was introduced to the world in 1992. This game features smoky arcades that are filled with plenty of old cabinets scarred from the cigarette burns. Some unused credits slide down onto the floors. These credits are sticky with cheap booze. Generally, the game is meant to teach the players how to do the dragon punch motion perfectly.

This game unlocks one unique character, Akuma, and then half of your life bar is gone in just a few seconds. You’ll have to showcase your fighting prowess and stay alive for long enough.

  1. Tetris

Who doesn’t know the Tetris game? This is one of the leading retro games of all time. Even if the game has been around since the 19th century, it is still available on mobile phones from leading game providers. The game comes with the same playing strategy, and you have to know how to arrange the falling blocks before they fill up the platform. The only difference that has changed in the Tetris game is the graphics.

  1. Air Hockey

Now, this is a type of tabletop game that has been around since 1969. The game was introduced to the world by some engineers from Brunswick Billiards. The game became even more popular in the 70s and 80s.

Air Hockey is a table game, where two players play against each other. It is played on a dedicated low-friction table, along with two player-held strikers, and puck. Usually, the air hockey table will come with an extra smooth and slippery surface. It will reduce the friction of the surface by suspending the pock on a cushion of air. The motion of the puck will then be altered by friction, which will cause it to glide in a straight line at a constant velocity across the table.

A standard air hockey table is around 8ft long, and each player stands on either side of the table. There are plenty of air hockey tables out there, and you just have to find one that is perfectly designed for the game.

And, by the way, there are also virtual air hockey tables online if you want to improve your gaming skills further wherever you go.

  1. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

This is an arcade video game that comes with plenty of special features. One of the special features includes the perfectly detailed isometric graphics, as well as the depth of gameplay. There’s also the challenge of developing the best strategies to run the theme park. Nonetheless, what appeals most to the player is the breathtaking roller-coaster designs that you will be expected to build. Today, the game is available on tablets and phones.

  1. Pac-Man

Pac-Man has been around for many years now, dating back in 1980. And no, we’re not talking about Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao. Rather, we’re talking about the retro arcade game that involves guiding the Pac-Man to eat the dots and fruits. However, you should be careful not to eat the ghosts, lest you lose a life. Plus, the pace increases as you proceed further in the game. Therefore, you have to keep up with it. You can find this retro game today on the popular app stores. The best part is that the current version still features the original graphics and music. This way, you can have the authentic experience of the old-school game.

  1. Foosball

If you have been involved in the game nights with the fellas or at home with the family back in the day, you probably know about foosball. Well, this is a table game that is remotely based on football (soccer). This game aims to control the knobs that are designed like players on the pitch. You should pass the ball from one player to another and proceed to score a goal against your opponent.

This game can be players by two or four people. You will need to have some skills for you to be good at foosball. If you’re not that good, you will always lose against a skilled opponent. Besides that, you must ensure that you find a good foosball table to help you enjoy the game even better.

  1. Mega Man

This one is a retro arcade video game that was introduced back in 1987. In this game, you will be playing the titular humanoid robot, where you will be fighting through the six levels. In each level, you will find different enemies and obstacles. Furthermore, each level will finalize with a boss match, which gives you the opportunity of picking up a new attack mode to get to the grand finale. And yes, the gameplay is still as interesting and addictive as it was in the 80s.

  1. Pool

Seriously, who doesn’t know about the pool game? You might not know how to play it, but you know about it. Pool dates back in the late 15th century when it was initially called Billiards. Later on, in the 18th century, the name changed to ‘pool’. What most people don’t know is that the pool game was introduced as a game of ‘killing time’. Billiards tables were set up in betting parlors to push time between horse races. During those breaks between horse races, people would go to play some pool game. The game later changed and people started playing it with all the focus. Today, pool comes with different games including the 8-ball, 9-ball, bumper pool, as well as cutthroat. You must understand the rules and know how to shoot the ball for you to win a pool game.

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