What games from your local arcade ate your money

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  • Fletche 14 Dec 2009 08:16:59 3,418 posts
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    In the sense that you pumped more money into it at the time than you care to remember just to either get to that next level or see your name at the top of the high-score table (ahh I remember a time when you just had the top ten on that machine, instead of the thousands you can compare yourself with now)

    I think the main game for that in my life has to be Gauntlet, when I first saw it I was just captivated by the sounds coming out of the ("Valkyrie shot the food" in the saddest voice ever heard in a video game) and when I started playing I couldn't stop, ten pence pieces went it like there was an endless supply, school lunchtimes were spent playing as was time after school, I just had to get to the next level.

    Games like Pac-Land, Galaga and a relatively unknown game called '99 had their moments, but Gauntlet took so much money from me at the time that it makes me almost shudder.
  • FWB 14 Dec 2009 08:18:06 41,909 posts
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    The two and ten penny pushing machines - probably have a proper name but I don't know what that is. Total crack.
  • bigshot316 14 Dec 2009 08:24:10 23,397 posts
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    Shinobi, Double Dragon, Wrestlefest and Final Fight sucked in my money like there was no tomorrow.
  • khaz 14 Dec 2009 08:26:04 2,572 posts
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    Soul Calibur 2 and Marvel vs Capcom 2.

    I spent a LOT of money on these two games. Worth every penny.
  • Blaketown 14 Dec 2009 08:28:59 4,630 posts
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    First one I remember was Double Dragon. Then I figured out you could kick the plate on the front and money came out so it stopped eating my money and started recycling somebody elses.

    Then Street Fighter II came and destroyed my pocket money and school attendences for a very long time.

    Brap, brap, old chap.

  • DUFFMAN5 14 Dec 2009 08:33:37 13,798 posts
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    720/Space harrier/G&G/Gauntlet/Akari warriors/Return of the jedi/Pac-land/I can't think of the name, but a grand prix game, it had a tiny steering wheel, you would drive in the night on ice (the car would faux skid from time to time) I loved that game and was good at it. Continental circus was another huge fav. I'm sure someone told me you can get that on a retro collection, any ideas boys ?

    No point me trying to tell you all I'm in my 20's then!

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  • paul_haine 14 Dec 2009 08:35:09 4,205 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    The two and ten penny pushing machines - probably have a proper name but I don't know what that is. Total crack.

    Penny Falls I believe. I also used them a lot - you'd put in 10 in pennies and be thrilled when you got 30p out.

    Street Fighter II was my only other machine.
  • monkeyspasm 14 Dec 2009 08:36:53 2,769 posts
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    Spent most of my youth in arcades, while the rest of the family was on the beach (usually at Blackpool!).

    There was an ace arcade next to Louis Tussaud's (Bierkeller I think), all the games were 10p, row after row of cabs. It's still there, but it's a shadow of it's former self. Coral Island is still good though.

    The one that sucked the most cash was probably Double Dragon, although I just used the elbow cheat all the time.

    Also 1942, Ghosts 'n' Goblins, Kung Fu Master, Outrun, Robotron, Bomb Jack, Galaxian, Chase HQ, Star Wars and Commando.

    I played Mexico 86 a fair bit as well (a reskinned Kick and Run).
  • estoo 14 Dec 2009 08:51:46 2,702 posts
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    Double Dragon, Robocop, Strider and Race Drivin (with full cockpit) were the main money eaters for me back in the early 90s.
  • Dougs 14 Dec 2009 08:53:04 64,887 posts
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    Fruit machines mainly. And pinball, loved proper pinball.
  • morriss 14 Dec 2009 08:53:45 70,748 posts
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    Double Dragon and WWF.
  • malteaserhead 14 Dec 2009 08:55:40 13,444 posts
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    Shinobi, Splatterhouse, Salamander, kung fu master (well remembered Duffman5) and a host of shonky world cup games.
  • speedofthepuma 14 Dec 2009 08:56:55 13,246 posts
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    Double dragon, Star Wars, Space Harrier.

    I've turned off all the avatars and crap, so don't expect me to be impressed by yours.

  • pistol 14 Dec 2009 09:04:51 13,019 posts
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    Pacman, Space Invaders and Asteroids.

  • Fletche 14 Dec 2009 09:06:32 3,418 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Fruit machines mainly. And pinball, loved proper pinball.

    Pinbot, every time I was in an arcade I had to play this, an awesome pinball machine.

    When I walk into an arcade now I do feel a pang of sadness, is like my youth never happened.
  • TechnoHippy 14 Dec 2009 09:08:29 14,636 posts
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    Space Invaders, TMNT, Final Fight, Pit Fighter, Star Wars, Gauntlet, Outrun, Space Harrier.

    And some helicoptor game you sat in, I can't remember what it was called.

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  • monkeyspasm 14 Dec 2009 09:10:29 2,769 posts
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    Thunderblade?
  • khaz 14 Dec 2009 09:13:32 2,572 posts
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    Oh, oh, oh, Star Wars Trilogy arcade. One credit = every stage except the Yavin space battle. Yavin space battle = 57937409236586290730952345 credits. :(

    Also, the Fist of the North Star fighting mania cabinet. Holy fuck what a money sucking machine.

    Outrun 2 and Outrun 2 SP.
  • Retroid Moderator 14 Dec 2009 09:16:07 44,501 posts
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    Favourites for eating my cash were Xevious, Pacman, Battlezone, Space Harrier & Asteroids.

    If I was playing with mates it'd be Operation Thunderbolt, Space Gun, Final Fight or almost any of the Konami two/four-player beat'em-ups.

    Speaking of.... ;)
  • khaz 14 Dec 2009 09:20:08 2,572 posts
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    I would have made you my god Retroid if another friend of mine hadn't already hooked up one of his PCs inside a similar cabinet with a touchscreen facility and a fully loaded Mame set and any other emulator you care to speak of.

    That is still pretty fucking awesome though.
  • speedofthepuma 14 Dec 2009 09:22:14 13,246 posts
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    I know what Retroid's link is without clicking it. I forgot TMNT from my list.

    I've turned off all the avatars and crap, so don't expect me to be impressed by yours.

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    Rygar
  • Spanky 14 Dec 2009 09:24:37 14,448 posts
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    Double Dragon, SF2, Turtles 4 player, strider, 1942 and parodius.

    Plubs

  • sargulesh 14 Dec 2009 09:25:15 3,281 posts
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    Two Crude Dudes
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  • Retroid Moderator 14 Dec 2009 09:33:30 44,501 posts
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    /Couldn't resist :)

    At some point I'll MAME-up that cabinet but at the moment it is just a vanilla JAMMA machine.

    A local chippy had a Karate Champ machine but most of my coin-op gaming was done on day trips to either Silloth or Blackpool.
  • kingcrowbar 14 Dec 2009 10:09:17 874 posts
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    Daytona USA took the most money from me, Street Fighter 2 Turbo was the most played.
  • mad_caddy 14 Dec 2009 10:12:17 3,306 posts
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    Daytona 4 player, me and a bunch of college mates spent many a free period there. technically we spent most of our college life there.
  • nickthegun 14 Dec 2009 10:19:17 55,848 posts
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    Quite a few, but Final Fight and SF2 stand out.

    SF2 actually became quite an investment because at its peak, I could make 20p last a few hours playing winner stays on.

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  • Deleted user 14 December 2009 10:25:07
    APB, SF2, Mortal Kombat and Final Fight are the ones that immediately spring to mind

    Also, one I can't remember the name of off the top of my head - you were in a rubber ring drifting down some rapids and you had to navigate obstacles
  • nickthegun 14 Dec 2009 10:25:38 55,848 posts
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    Toobin'!

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