From Pac Man to Tetris: Classic arcade games
Throughout the last few decades, colourful arcade machines have delighted the young and young at heart with a range of flashing lights, energetic beeps, funky sounds and yells of victory (or cries of anguish!).
Before we reach the next gaming level, let's take a stroll down memory lane to some of the most classic arcade games over time!
Nobody can forget this hungry, happy character as it nom nom nommed its way through each game level! Designed by Namco, the game was first introduced to the world back in 1980, originally in Japan. Once it reached American shores, it was a huge hit and sold more than 100,000 units in its first year alone!
The name for the game was inspired by the Japanese word 'pakku' which means 'to chomp'. The bright dots it eats as it travels around the video game board were inspired by round cookies. Feeling peckish after seeing this little man munch his way through mazes? Check out our food menu and unleash your inner Pac-Man!
This was also first launched in Japan, but by gaming company Taito, several decades ago in 1978. Space Invaders became such a rip-roaring success that there was a shortage of the 100-Yen coin used to operate the game, and minters had to quadruple production!
Shooting down the aliens and protecting our planet from these other-worldly monsters captured hearts all over the world, and the game has generated over 500 million dollars in revenue throughout its lifetime.
Puzzles don't get cooler than this. Tetriminos need to be moved, spun, rotated or dropped into the Matrix along the bottom of the screen, aiming to never leave a space in between as you lose when the Tetriminos pass the Skyline. Tetris was designed in 1984 by a man named Alexey Pajitnov, and he named it based on the Greek word "tetra", meaning four, and his favourite sport tennis.
Come on down to ZONE BOWLING to experience the joy of the latest and greatest arcade games, a perfect family or school holiday activity!