Hello and welcome to another new feature here at Red Parsley! As is usually the case, the title is fairly self-explanatory, so instead of explaining that, let me instead tell you why I decided to start covering games that almost every self-respecting gamer in the world has probably already played to death, or gamers of a certain ‘maturity’, at least.
The late 70’s were of course when videogames were born as a popular and affordable entertainment medium and they really hit their stride in the early 80’s. This automatically means I missed out on some of the earliest ones as I was barely able to walk, nevermind play any hardcore coin-guzzlers! Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but I did get into gaming a bit later than others of a similar age. Anyway, the point is – there are still plenty of really early arcade games I never had a chance to play; a situation easily remedied and documented on this very blog! So, as is often the case with my tomfoolery here, these posts will be more for my own benefit than that of you splendid readers, but if any of you enjoy reading about my exploits anyway, all the better!
To start with, I thought I’d refresh my mind (as well as my reflexes) by playing the five games which are arguably considered the five most iconic classics of all-time. Surprisingly, these five are included among the classics that I have actually played before, but not for a good few years so I wonder if they’re still as hectic and addictive as once they were…
Space Invaders (1978)
Robotron 2084 (1982)
These five games were surely the five biggest names of their day and have remained five of the most well-known games of all-time. Remarkably, as already mentioned, they’re also five games that I’ve played before, though not necessarily around the time of their release – I’d have been 3 years old when Space Invaders was released, for example! Many other arcade titles that are regarded as classics are not among those I’ve previously played, however, so once again Red Parsley comes to the rescue and gives me the push I’ve been needing to give them a try. So, look out for the first of these soon which will be one of the first ever scrolling shmups…