This weekend millions of people all over the world will be tuning in to see the World Cup final of Russia 2018.
It’s been an epic month of football with England making it to the Semi Finals for the first time in 28 years! So although football won’t be coming home this year, to celebrate another great world cup we’ve complied a list of our top 5 football and world cup themed arcade games to continue the football fever.
A true arcade classic of the late 90s, Crazy Taxi is set on the sunny American coast and follows the daily life of taxi drivers. The open world game involved picking up customers and delivering them to their destination ASAP.
Last week Bespoke Arcades took on a new member to the team for work experience. Over the course of the week, Flyn learned how to build his own gaming PC as well as our top-of-the-range arcades!
Whilst he was here, Flyn wrote a blog post for us talking all about his favourite retro games series – Hitman. He first played Hitman: Blood Money on his original Xbox at home and has played most of the games in the series since! You can read Flyn’s review of this epic series below…
Following on from the arcade classics Gauntlet (1985) and Gauntlet II (1986), Legends expanded on the mythos around the fantasy world. Interestingly, the arcade version of the game included save points in the forms of passwords which allowed players to come back and keep playing from their last game.
Alike the other games in the Marvel VS Capcom series, the game took on tag team game play. The player would have picked two players who would go against the computer or another competitor. Using a series of joystick moves and buttons – the player would have had to knock out both opposing characters, have had the highest amount of health before the timer ran out.
Modelled on the hit film of the same name, Die Hard Arcade follows John McClane and Kris Thompson as they attempt to save the President’s daughter from terrorists. The game was part of the beat-em-up genre with 2-player capabilities. Fighting their way through waves of minions, players could have used weapons that ranged from a salt and pepper shaker to a missile launcher. At the end of each level, the players would face a boss character.
Atari’s critically acclaimed Area 51 still stands today as an arcade hit. Development started on the classic light gun game when Atari really needed a breakthrough after a series of failing games and losing staff to their rival – Electronic Arts (EA). The company reached out to 3rd party developers to help create Area 51, which went on to sell over 20,000 arcade cabinets whilst being ported to multiple consoles.
Sega’s Jurassic Park is based off of the blockbuster film with the same title. In the ‘Rail Shooter’ genre, players would have had to shoot attacking dinosaurs out of the car they travelled in. Combining 2D sprites with 3D polygon graphics and a moving seat that reacted to what was happening on screen, the car appeared to be moving forward. It was the first game within the genre to have a 3D environment as its background.