Week 3 Arcade Cabinet Design:
Games located at Barcade – 6 St. Marks Place
THE GOLDEN AGE GAMES:
Game 1: GYRUSS
Style: Flying shooter
Control: 360 degree Joystick
Motion of Control: Circular
Perspective: forced 3D perspective
Orientation: Flying forward through space
Final Thoughts: Firstly, the music in this game is awesome. Super catchy and makes you want to progress further into the game. The controls are intuitive but it can get complicated when you are forced to fly upside down. I’d rather be restrained to the lower half of the screen like in Galaga.
Game 2: CENTIPEDE
Style: Vertical shooter
Motion of Control: Side to Side with limited up and down movement
Orientation: Shooting upwards at enemies
Final Thoughts: A classic game, and you can feel it. The trigger felt sluggish and stiff, however that could have been due to upkeep of the machine. Personally not a game that would keep me pumping in the quarters to achieve highscores or personal satisfaction. Overall I didn’t feel very satisfied to progress and was looking forward to a more fast paced game like Gyruss of Galaga. The trackball control was the most enjoyable experience of the game as it was surprisingly fluid and responsive. I would like to experiment with a trackball for in my personal projects.
Game 3: GALAGA
Style: Fixed Shooter
Motion of Control: Side to Side only
Orientation: fixed to the bottom of the screen and shooting upwards at enemies
Final Thoughts: Easily my favorite golden age arcade game. Fell in love with this at a tavern in Port Jefferson, Long Island. No music but good sound effects. Satisfying as any game could be. The enemies have great patterns which are challenging but do not feel unfair, even at the most difficult stages. The fact orientation of this game is perfect as you are limited to the x axis of the bottom of the screen. The joystick moves quickly and is very responsive. Having limitations on movement allows you to evade enemies with with reflex, rather than guesswork. Overall, this is my favorite classic arcade game and I don’t imagine that changing any time soon.