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1980's Arcade board games

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11 Mar 2021 09:04 #320362 by salimkhop89
Who has/had a board game from a video game?

I used to own this Pac-Man game. Wish I still had it, even though it was quite a clumsy game. You had to use Pac-Man to eat the marbles, but they rolled away before you had it.
Basically had to force feed him, or just dump it through the hole in the top.

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11 Mar 2021 10:15 #320365 by Michael Barnes
I had that! I loved it! I also had Zaxxon, Frogger,
And Donkey Kong.

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11 Mar 2021 11:21 #320370 by Shellhead
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I was addicted to arcade video games from 1977 to 1984, but I wasn't even aware of the existence of board games based on those video games.

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11 Mar 2021 11:56 #320371 by Josh Look
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I do not own any of the old ones, but the newer Pac-Man game (which I'm seeing for as low as > $10 these days) is much better than it has any right to be.
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11 Mar 2021 12:04 #320372 by Gary Sax
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^yes, we have that one too and it's actually quite fun.

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11 Mar 2021 12:13 #320374 by jason10mm
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I like the new pac-man one as well.

It wouldn't be too hard to boardgamify a lot of the early ones but im not sure they would be that fun since they were just fast twitch exercises in pattern recognition.

A 2 player trick taking bluffing game based on Joust could be thematically fun.

A dungeon crawl wrapped around the zaniness of Gauntlet would be awesome, especially if the rules REQUIRED you to say "The elf is about to die..."
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11 Mar 2021 12:51 #320379 by drewcula
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Josh Look wrote: I do not own any of the old ones, but the newer Pac-Man game (which I'm seeing for as low as > $10 these days) is much better than it has any right to be.


I'm glad someone has reported on this. I see it at Target all the time. I'm tempted, because I *#$ing love Pac-Man. But when I think about a board game version, I usually default to, "Meh. I'd rather just play the video game."

If I see it on sale, I'll grab it.

Is it okay with 2 players?

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11 Mar 2021 13:24 #320387 by Gary Sax
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It's basically only good with 2.
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11 Mar 2021 13:25 #320388 by jason10mm
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If we are all talking about the same pacman game, the buffalo games one, then yes, it plays very well with 2. In fact, I'm not sure divvying up the ghosts to multiple players would help at all, though I've only ever played with my kid. Ghosts go in a card driven order for specific distances IIRC so one player being strategic with them is way harder
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11 Mar 2021 13:56 #320394 by drewcula
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My wife may kill me, but it's my birthday next week. I just bought myself a present for Target pick-up.

Pac-Man in less than 2 hours. $7.75
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11 Mar 2021 13:57 #320395 by Josh Look
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That's the one. Great with 2.

It's under $10 at Target, $12 on Amazon. It was $20. It's probably on its way out, so I'd just grab it if you're that interested

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11 Mar 2021 14:25 #320397 by dysjunct
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I had the old Pac-Man game; it was terrible.

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12 Mar 2021 04:05 #320434 by Matt Thrower
My god, I'd forgotten these existed. I had pac-man and donkey-kong and even after playing them and finding out they were terrible, I still wanted the others. That's the power of marketing to kids.

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12 Mar 2021 07:30 #320440 by jason10mm
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Matt Thrower wrote: My god, I'd forgotten these existed. I had pac-man and donkey-kong and even after playing them and finding out they were terrible, I still wanted the others. That's the power of marketing to kids.


Yeah, most of the games kinda sucked. A lot of the appeal for me was having those arcade games stuck away in the corner of pizza joints, gas stations, and beach front surf shops.

I always had a few quarters in my pocket in case i stumbled across Dragons Lair or Operation Wolf while dad was pumping gas or getting take out, or at least a pac-man or defender with really low top scores so i could brand it with my initials for all to admire.

Much less the "youth gone wild" vibe of a full blown 80's arcade that didn't have a 50:50 mix of parents hovering over their kids like a chucky cheese does today.

Dammit, time to build a mame cabinet!

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12 Mar 2021 09:28 #320446 by Shellhead
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I'm still in Facebook jail for another two days (tempers are running high in discussions about the Chauvin trial) so I am avoiding the site, but I recently saw a post there from a friend about a bar that is basically an arcade that serves drinks. No charge to play the games, but they probably make up for it with overpriced drinks. Back in the old Broad Ripple scene, my friends and I would go to a certain bar shortly before closing time and play Night Driver to determine who was safe to drive home and who needed a ride.
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