Friday, December 14, 2007

Arcade Quiz (The Power Of Assisted Flight)

With this post I revisit a feature I left off way back when (May 2007 for those keeping track). Yes, it's time for another arcade sound quiz!

All of these games share a common theme.

In each game, you pilot some kind of flying craft (airship/spaceship/etc.).

I'll give you the year the game came out, to make it very slightly easier. Even if you're not really into arcade games, I find the sounds themselves quite pleasing, in an experimental kinda way.

Ship 1 (1979)
A classic vector graphics game, and still a lot of fun after all these years.

Ship 2 (1981)
A game for all you cool "weekend warrior" arcade game players. For many casual gamers, it would be a choice between this game or Ms. Pacman -- in most bars you could probably find both.

Ship 3 (1982)
Wow, do I suck at this game. It was one of the first to introduce a 3D-like perspective. Oh, and I sucked and continue to suck at it.

Ship 4 (1983)
This game is a little reminiscent of Tempest in that your ship rotates in a circle shooting at oncoming ships. The game's background music actually uses some snippets from a Bach piece, to excellent effect.

Ship 5 (1982)
I wasn't so good at this game, but it was quite a bit of fun. Plus, you got to fight all sorts of interesting aircraft, from biplanes to UFOs.

Quiz answers have been posted!


Manx said...

1. Asteroids

2. Galaga

3. Zaxxon

4. Some Aphex Twin song

5. ?

Splotchy said...

Nicely done on 1-3, Manx!

Re: 4, it's just like I've heard it said, Aphex Twin is like Bach with video game sounds.