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The Top Ten Popular Classic Video Games (Lavie's Picks)

Updated on August 30, 2014

The Top Ten Classic Video Games:

1. Pac-Man

2. Tetris

3. Street Fighter

4. Super Mario Bros.

5. Mega Man

6. Donkey Kong

7. Sonic The Hedgehog

8. Frogger

9. Crash Bandicoot

10. Rayman


The video game industry took off in the mid-1970s, the computer and video game outlets have gone mainstream and is now a billion dollar business.

For some of us the interest for playing video games started at the arcade. Pac-man fever took millions by storm.

The Atari started (from a Japanese verb meaning "to hit the target") Brought the video games into the homes of millions. founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and home computers.

Atari Is Where It All Began For Home Counsels And From There Other Outlets Followed

1. Pac-Man Arcade

The North American Pac-Mancabinet design (left) differs significantly from the Japanese Puck Man design (right).
The North American Pac-Mancabinet design (left) differs significantly from the Japanese Puck Man design (right). | Source

About Pac-Man

The art of the game: Pac-Man was and still is an simple yet complex game. Simple involving that you the task in which the player/geared by the subject Pac-Man must gobble up all of the dots in a maze-like journey without being gobbled up by one of the ghost. The opportunity to devour the ghost by eating a power pellet. The complex part of the game is being able to discern which route to take, which makes the game and enjoyable challenge.

I think We All May Have Had Pac-Man Fever At One Point

2. About Tetris

Tetris has been on the map for 30-years.

Tetris involves skill and concentration, I have never played the game, however every so often I stumble across plenty of interest and chatter that surrounds this classic concept.

Tetriminos are game pieces shaped like tetrominoes, geometric shapes composed of four square blocks each. A random sequence of Tetriminos fall down the playing field (a rectangular vertical shaft, called the "well" or "matrix"). The objective of the game is to manipulate these Tetriminos, by moving each one sideways and rotating it by 90 degree units, with the aim of creating a horizontal line of ten blocks without gaps. When such a line is created, it disappears, and any block above the deleted line will fall. When a certain number of lines are cleared, the game enters a new level. As the game progresses, each level causes the Tetriminos to fall faster, and the game ends when the stack of Tetriminos reaches the top of the playing field and no new Tetriminos are able to enter. Some games also end after a finite number of levels or lines.

Game Boy Tetris-999,999 Points

3. Street Fighter

Ryu vs. Retsu in Street Fighter
Ryu vs. Retsu in Street Fighter | Source

About Street Fighter

I remember playing this game, and let's just say that Street Fighter is not my thing. I did not enoy being kicked and thrown all over the place. I found it difficult to work the controls, so I kept punching myself in the face as well.

In this game, the player takes control of martial artist Ryu, who competes in a worldwide martial arts tournament, spanning five countries and ten opponents. A second player can join in at any time and take control of Ryu's rival, Ken.

The player can perform three types of punch and kick attacks, each varying in speed and strength, and three special attacks: the Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku. These are performed by executing special button combinations with the controls.

Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Documentary

4. Super Mario Bros.

North American box art
North American box art | Source

Super Mario Bros.

I commend Super Mario Bros. for being a kid friendly video game. Kids ranging for 5 and up seem to take to the characters without being scared of the villains.

The concept of the game is to save the Princess from Bowser. Racing through the mushroom kingdom and fighting against Bowser's forces makes this a compelling concept. Mario's brother, Luigi, is only playable by the second player in the game's multiplayer mode,

DS Super Mario Bros

5. About Mega Man

Mega Man is an android called Rock, created as a lab assistant by the scientist Dr. Light. Following treachery by Dr. Wily, Rock was converted into a battle robot to defend the world from Wily's violent robotic threats.

I have never played Mega Man however, I have heard about the games unique settings and levels which keep fans intrigued. I have viewed the site and game, the visual effects are amazing!

Mega Man

Mega Man

5 stars for Mega Man

6. Donkey Kong

The most common logo in the franchise.
The most common logo in the franchise. | Source

About Donkey Kong

I've attempted to play the game Donkey Kong perhaps once or twice, in which I found it to be entertaining. The concept is simple to grasp which makes this game appealing to fans of all ages.

The original version of D.K. began in 1981 as an arcade game. Donkey Kong alongside protagonist Mario (then known as "Jumpman") and damsel in distress, the Lady (later renamed Pauline). As Jumpman, the player must reach Donkey Kong at the top of each stage, where he is holding the Lady captive. Donkey Kong attempts to hinder the player's progress by throwing barrels, springs, and other objects towards Jumpman.

Donkey Kong Country Returns Playthrough

7. Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I by Sega of America
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I by Sega of America | Source

About Sonic The Hedgehog

The original game featured protagonist Sonic running through the game's levels in order to stop Doctor Robotnik from taking over the world.The game focused Sonic's ability to run and to jump at high speeds with the use of springs, checkpoints, and loops.

I have never played Sonic, however I have watched vicariously through other players as they whip the character throughout the colorful scene. It appears to be very entertaining and whimsical.

Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary Video

8. Frogger

Screenshot of Frogger Video Game
Screenshot of Frogger Video Game | Source

About Frogger

I can remember my parents buying the Frogger hand held game for my brother and I, and it was very entertaining! The concept was for the frog to hop across the street without becoming the victim of a hit and run accident. As the levels progress the maze like street became more complex.

Frogger Arcade Game

9. Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot | Source

About Crash Bandicoot

I enjoyed playing Crash Bandicoot with my daughter in the mid 1990's. The levels were inviting, consisting of tropical scenery which would transform into a space environment or underwater adventure.

Crash, whose quiet life on the Wumpa Islands is often interrupted by the games' main antagonist, Doctor Neo Cortex, who created Crash and now wants nothing less than his demise. In most games, Crash must defeat Cortex.

Aw...Sweet Memories! Crash Bandicoot

10. Rayman

Current Rayman logo used since Rayman Origins
Current Rayman logo used since Rayman Origins | Source

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About Rayman

I have never played a Rayman game however, it looks very interesting and I heard that this game also provides an outlet for educational resources.

Rayman has no arms, legs, or neck, though he has hands, feet, and a head that are able to move independently from his body. Rayman is able to launch long range punches at his enemies, and in some games, eject lums from his gloves. He has the ability to use his hair to glide and float by spinning it at a rapid speed. He is typically found wearing white gloves, a red neckerchief on a purple shirt and a white ring on the chest, (which was replaced with a red and purple hoodie), and he wears yellow trainers. The concept is to defeat various levels.



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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      It's nice to see that the games we loved to play have classic appeal. Tetris is a great classic! Thanks for stopping by! Tell Teddy I said Hi!:)

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      Marie 3 years ago from Canada

      This is a fun hub! I was pretty good at playing tetris when I was younger. Awesome and thumbs up!