Glossary

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

Release date: 1986

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Sega Master System, Arcade

Publishers: Sega

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars (アレックスキッド ザ・ロストスターズ, Arekkusu Kiddo Ze Rosuto Sutāzu) is a platform arcade game released by Sega in 1986. It was ported to the Master System in 1987. It was also released on the Wii Virtual Console in North America on March 9, 2009, and in the PAL regions on April 17, 2009.

Alien Syndrome

Alien Syndrome

Release date: 1987

Genres: Action, Shooter

Platforms: Amiga, Atari ST, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Nintendo Nes, Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: Sega

Alien Syndrome (エイリアンシンドローム, Eirian Shindorōmu) is a run and gun game developed by Sega and released in arcades in 1987.

Alien vs. Predator

Release date: 1994

Genres: Beat'em-up

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Capcom

Alien vs. Predator (エイリアンVSプレデター) is a 1994 beat 'em up video game developed and released by Capcom for the CPS-2 arcade game system. It is based on the science fiction franchise of the same name. In the game, the players take control of up to three out of four cyborg and Predator characters in a battle against the Alien hordes and rogue human soldiers. The game was very well received by the public and by media publications, becoming a classic title for many fans of the beat 'em up genre.

Asteroids

Asteroids

Release date: 1979

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Nintendo GameBoy, Atari 2600, Arcade

Publishers: Atari, Inc.Taito, Atari Corporation

Asteroids is a space-themed multidirectional shooter arcade game designed by Lyle Rains, Ed Logg, and Dominic Walsh and released in November 1979 by Atari, Inc. The player controls a single spaceship in an asteroid field which is periodically traversed by flying saucers. The object of the game is to shoot and destroy the asteroids and saucers, while not colliding with either, or being hit by the saucers' counter-fire. The game becomes harder as the number of asteroids increases. Asteroids was on…

Area 51: Site 4

Area 51: Site 4

Release date: 1998

Genres: Shooting

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Atari Games

Area 51: Site 4 is a light gun arcade game developed by Atari Games in 1998. It is a sequel to the original Area 51, picking up where that game left off. Though the graphics have been improved, they rely on the same FMV streaming technology as the original, and the gameplay remains largely the same as the original game.

Asterix (arcade video game)

Asterix (arcade video game)

Release date: 1992

Genres: Action, Platform

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Konami

Asterix is a horizontal-scrolling beat'em up arcade game released in 1992 by Konami. It is based on the French comic series Asterix and Obelix. The player fights as either Asterix the Gaul or his best friend, Obelix, as they take on the 'might' of the oppressive Roman Empire. Asterix includes a variety of humorous fighting moves, which are demonstrated in the game's attract mode. The artwork and feel of Asterix remains true to its French source material, and the game's many humorous touches (suc…

Alien 3: The Gun

Alien 3: The Gun

Release date: 1993

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Sega

Alien 3: The Gun is a 1993 rail shooter arcade game released by Sega. It is based on the film Alien 3, but focuses on two space Marines.

Area 51

Area 51

Release date: 1995

Genres: First-person, Shooter

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Sega Saturn, Arcade

Publishers:

Area 51 is a light gun arcade game released by Atari Games in 1995. It takes its name from the eponymous military facility. The plot of the game involves the player taking part in a Strategic Tactical Advanced Alien Response (STAAR) military incursion to prevent aliens, known as the Kronn, and alien-created zombies from taking over the Area 51 military facility. Produced as a last-ditch effort to reverse Atari's struggling fortunes, Area 51 largely underwhelmed critics, who compared it unfavorab…

Air Inferno

Air Inferno

Release date: 1990

Genres: Flight, Simulation

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Air Inferno is a 1990 flight simulation arcade video game, developed and released by Taito, in Japan, North America, and the United Kingdom.Like its predecessor Top Landing (1988), Air Inferno used flat-shaded, 3D polygon graphics. Both games ran on the Taito Air System hardware, which used 68000 (12 MHz) and Z80 (4 MHz) microprocessors as CPU and a TMS320C25 (24 MHz) digital signal processor as GPU.

Chelnov

Release date: 1988

Genres: Platform, Shooter

Platforms: Sega Mega Drive, Arcade

Publishers:

Atomic Runner Chelnov is a Japanese runner arcade game developed and published by Data East in 1988.

Aqua Jack

Release date: 1989

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Aqua Jack (also released as Aquattack) is a 3D shoot 'em up arcade game released by Taito in 1989. A hovercraft is piloted over water and land while dodging bullets and avoiding objects by shooting or jumping over them. Enemies are shot in the air and on water or land to advance levels. The game has eight levels.

Alley Master

Release date: 1986

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Cinematronics

Alley Master is a ten-pin bowling arcade game released by Cinematronics in 1986.

Alpine Racer

Release date: 1995

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Alpine Racer is a 1995 racing arcade game developed and published by Namco. The player uses a handlebar controller to move a skier down a course situated on a snow-covered mountain, the objective being to make it to the end of the course without falling off the slope or colliding with obstacles. It features three different courses to select, alongside a standard race mode and a time-attack mode where the player must pass through gates to replenish a time limit. It ran on the Namco System 22 arca…

Akai Katana

Akai Katana

Release date: 2010

Genres: Bullet hell

Platforms: XBox 360, Arcade

Publishers: CaveRising Star Games

Akai Katana (赤い刀, Red Katana) is a bullet hell shooter video game developed by Cave that was released on August 20, 2010 in arcades. A video game console port, Akai Katana Shin (赤い刀 真), was released on the Xbox 360 on May 26, 2011 in Japan. Rising Star Games released the game in North America and Europe on May 15, 2012. It is the fourth horizontal shoot 'em up game from the company, the prior three being Progear, Deathsmiles, and Deathsmiles II. The game's soundtrack was composed by Ryu Umemoto…

Armor Attack

Armor Attack

Release date: 1980

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: CinematronicsRock-Ola, Sega

Armor Attack is a vector graphics multidirectional shooter designed by Tim Skelly and released in arcades by Cinematronics in 1980. It was licensed to Sega in Japan. In Armor Attack, the player controls a jeep in an overhead, maze-like view of a town. The buildings are not drawn in the game, but are an overlay that sits on top of the monitor. The overlay also tints the vectors green. Armor Attack was released for the Vectrex in 1982.

Anteater

Anteater

Release date: 1982

Genres: Adventure, Maze

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Tago Electronics

Anteater (The Anteater in Britain; Ameisenbär in Germany) is an arcade game designed by Chris Oberth and released in 1982 by Tago Electronics. Though the arcade game was not a hit, it spawned a number of direct clones for home computers, some of which became better known than the original. The current high score holder is Maria Blasucci.

Ace Driver

Ace Driver

Release date: 1994

Genres: Racing

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Ace Driver is a 1994 racing arcade game developed and published by Namco. The player controls a Formula One racer, with the objective being to complete three laps of a race course and to avoid a collision with opponents and other obstacles. Three difficulty levels are available, as is a mode to enable a gear shift. Similar to Namco's own Final Lap series, the arcade cabinet can be linked together with another unit to enable eight-person multiplayer. It ran on the Namco System 22 arcade hardware.…

Acrobat Mission

Acrobat Mission

Release date: 1991

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Super Nes, Arcade

Publishers:

Acrobat Mission is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game released by UPL in 1991, licensed to Taito for manufacture and distribution. It was ported to Super Famicom in 1992.

Alien Storm

Alien Storm

Release date: 1990

Genres: Beat'em-up

Platforms: Amiga, Atari ST, Sega Master System, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: SegaU.S. Gold

Alien Storm (エイリアンストーム) is a 1990 beat 'em up shooter arcade game by Sega. It was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System. The Mega Drive version was released on Wii's Virtual Console in 2007 and was also included on Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Astro Invader

Astro Invader

Release date: 1980

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers:

Astro Invader, originally released in Japan as Kamikaze (カミカゼ, Kamikaze) lit. Divine Wind, is an arcade fixed shooter developed by Konami, and the first arcade game published by Stern Electronics. Astro Invader was ported to the Emerson Arcadia 2001 in 1982.