The Ultimate ’80s Video Games Quiz

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Do you remember playing video games in the 1980s? The ’80s is when video gaming really kicked off, some great games were released including Pac-Man, Missile Command, Battlezone and many more! Think you know everything about all the classic video games? Well, insert a coin and show us how good your gaming memory is! Can you name these classic video games released in the 1980s? Test your knowledge of with this 30-question ’80s Video Games quiz!

The ultimate ’80s video games quiz

1. This classic game was the first to use a spacecraft flying through a fortress and isometric projection.
Zaxxon.
Zaxxon was developed and released by Sega in 1982.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
2. This 1980 character's game in the begging wasn't as popular as the 1982 sequel with his wife.
Pac Man.
Pac Man was designed by Namco and first released in Japan as Puck Man in May 1980.

The ultimate ’80s video games quiz

3. The classic game Galaxian came out in 1979, and the sequel came out in 1981. Name the sequel.
Galaga.
Galaga was developed and published by Namco Japan and by Midway in North America in 1981.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
4. What 1982 video game is this picture from?
Pole Position.
Pole Position was released in 1982 by Namco and licensed to Atari for U.S. distribution.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
5. If you are jumping from one cube to another, and those cubes change colors, what are you playing?
Q-Bert.
Q-Bert is an arcade game developed and published in 1982 by Gottlieb.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
6. You are playing a space-themed video game from 1980, and you have to wait seven seconds to use your shield again. Name the game you are playing.
Phoenix.
Phoenix is an fixed shooter video game similar to Taito’s Space Invaders and released in 1980.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
7. It is 1987, and you are a barbarian, destroying mythological creatures. Name the game!
Rastan.
Rastan is s a fantasy-themed side-scrolling action game originally released for the arcades in 1987 by Taito.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
8. This video game from 1981 came before the board game and movie with the same name.
Mousetrap.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
9. In which 1983 video game do you work in a bar, serving beer?
Tapper.
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10. Which 1980 game involves a car and a maze?
Rally X.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
11. Which 1981 video game involved drawing a lot of boxes without touching the floating lines?
Qix.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
12. In which 1982 game do you get to drive a moon buggy?
Moon Patrol.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
13. Who were the four ghosts who chased Pac-Man?
Clyde, Blinky, Pinky, Inky.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
14. What's the name of this classic rescue game?
Donkey Kong.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
15. This game stands out as being the first to be designed by a woman. What is the name of this game?
Centipede.
Dona Bailey designed this game in 1980. This game can easily be converted to play “Millipede,” the follow up to “Centipede.”
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
16. What is the name of the game where you battle tanks, missiles and the occasional saucer by looking through a periscope and controlling two joysticks to maneuver and shoot?
Battlezone.
The “1812 Overture” plays in the background when you achieve a high score. The myth goes that there was a military version of this game that simulated the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
17. Which of the following phrases does Evil Otto from the video game Berzerk NOT say?
Humanoid destroyed.
This was one of the first “talking” games. As with many successful games of the era, a follow-up the game to “Berzerk” was created, “Frenzy” was basically the same as “Berzerk” but with a few more features.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
18. This game can be played with either one or two players simultaneously. The object is to shoot as many Burwors, Garwors and Thorwors as you can. Plus the occasional Worluk and Wizard. What is the name of this game?
Wizard of Wor.
One of the bugs with this game was that if you turned them off and then on real quick, you could get almost an endless supply of players. This game was also one of the first to have the option of two players playing at the same time.
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19. Which game was another laserdisc game created by Don Bluth, following hot on the heels of the hugely successful Dragon's Lair?
Space Ace.
Don Bluth used to be an animator for Disney but left to form his own animation company in the early 1980s. Like “Dragon’s Lair,” the animation staff once again provided their own voices for their own characters, to keep the costs down. It included Don Bluth himself who did the voice of Commander Borf (synthesized). The scantily-clad heroine Kimberly was named after one of the people of the animation staff whose name was Kimberly Coy.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
20. What was the sequel to Tron?
Discs of Tron.
The game that became “Discs Of Tron” was supposed to be included in “Tron,” but the programming was not completed in time. This game also featured an enclosed cabinet where the player would enter and stand on a disc. When the player died, sounds and lights would flash all around the player.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
21. In the video game Robotron 2084, the object was to save a human family and destroy everything else. The programmers named the female Mommy and the male Daddy. What was the name of the child?
Mikey.
Mikey was inspired by the Life cereal commercial of the 1970s. The enemies in the game are called Robotrons and there are five different kinds of them: Grunts, Brains, Enforcers, Tanks and Hulks. There are also three different kinds of human family members who must be rescued including women in pink dresses, men in blue suits and boys in red shirts.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
22. What is the name of the game where you are a knight that rides on a flying ostrich and your goal is to bop your opponent on the head and then collect the egg that falls from his mount?
Joust.
The enemy knights are known as Bounders (red), hunters (silver) and Shadow Lords (blue). This game can easily be converted to play “Robotron” as well.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
23. Which game contained the following phrases - run coward! and beware, I live?
Sinistar.
The code name for this game was “Opie-Star.” Why? The joke inside Williams was that it sounded like “Sinistar” was saying “Ron Howard” (Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” or Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days”) instead of “Run Coward!”
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24. What popular rock group of the late '70s & early '80s had a video game created about them?
Journey.
The band members were big video game fans. I believe they also had a pinball machine created for them as well. Some of Journey’s songs were featured in the game, including: “Chain Reaction,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Lights,” “Still They Ride,” “Stone In Love” and “Wheel In The Sky.”
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
25. In 1976, a video game called Death Race hit the scene. Why was it so controversial?
In Death Race, you drove a car and tried to run over little human like figures. When you hit one it would squeal and a cross would replace it on the screen. Many people were not amused.
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26. How many dots are there on a Pac-Man board?
240.
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27. What does the word Atari mean in Japanese?
PREPARE TO BE ATTACKED!
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28. What classic video game has the same name as a play by William Shakespeare?
Tempest.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
29. Name the most popular classic game designed by a woman?
Atari's Centipede was designed by Dona Bailey.
The ultimate ’80s video games quiz
30. What are the names of the three missile bases in Missle Command?
Alpha, Delta, and Omega.

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