The period between the 1970s and the 1980s is called the golden age of arcade video games, because the technology literally boomed during these years and as a result many new games appeared. Shooters, adventure games, action games of all kinds and in all possible themes that could be made then - considering the technical limitations - quickly gained popularity among various populations.

Considering how many people living today grew up playing those arcade video games, no one is surprised that the mere soundtracks of those games cause acute nostalgia in every second person older than 40. Obviously it is extremely hard to find those games today to play them, and only the most lucky fans of the 80s have all the necessary equipment to enjoy their collection of the arcade games. However, some of those legendary games are mimicked by modern software providers; in fact, it is possible to find similar games among slots at a real money online casino Canada or for other countries.

In this post, we will provide both the list of the most popular arcade games of the 80s and the list of modern slot games that feel somewhat like arcade action games.

List of the Best Action Games of the '80s

Some of the most popular and enjoyed action games include the following titles:

  • Galaxian (1979)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • Ms. Pac-Man (1982)
  • Frogger (1981)
  • 1942 (1984)
  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Street Fighter (1987)
  • Dig Dug (1982)
  • Dragon’s Lair (1983)
  • Gauntlet (1985)
  • After Burner (1987)
  • Berzerk (1980)
  • Joust (1982)
  • Tron (1982)
  • Zaxxon (1982)
  • Kung Fu Master (1984)
  • Double Dragon (1987)
  • Spy Hunter (1983)
  • Lode Runner (1983)
  • Elevator Action (1983)
  • Shinobi (1987)
  • Rolling Thunder (1986)
  • Qix (1981)
  • Rally-X (1980)
  • Space Ace (1983)

Action games were famous not only due to interesting themes and designs, but also due to the intriguing game levels, characters, the concepts of life and health of the characters, scoring concepts, etc.

Modern video games offered to gamers by so many different developers are perhaps better designed and the technologies are obviously better. However, the point is that those old action games had this specific feel about them that modern games can rarely provide.

However, some more primitive - in terms of mechanics - modern games can be compared with the old action games, if not in the action needed to be taken to play, then in the general mood and feel. Some online casino software providers do make slot games that seem like arcade action games of the 80s.

Online Casino Slots Similar to '80s Action Games

The first thing that needs to be said right away is that the majority of arcade-like slots are offline machines that are placed in brick and mortar casinos houses and betting facilities. However, some online casinos also have similar products for gambling online.

At the time of writing, some of the most popular modern slots that remind arcade games of the '80s include the following titles:

  • Arkanoid
  • Asteroids (based on Asteroids 1979)
  • Bust-a-Move
  • ZForce (based on Galaga 1981)
  • Arcade Slot
  • Space Invaders
  • Centipede
  • Danger Arena
  • Street Fighter
  • The Goonies
  • Tetris
  • Monopoly

The best thing about online casino arcade-style slots is that, compared to traditional arcade action games, they can be played on mobile devices, meaning anytime and anywhere. In contrast to offline slots in arcade style that can be found in land based casinos, online games are more convenient, and even more affordable, because the bets are usually smaller and the house edge is lower.

Someone may be wondering why even modern software providers make online games that look and feel like those old arcade games? The point is they try to bring both younger and more adult players together, and meet the needs of a bigger audience with one product. Older gamblers will enjoy the feel, the design, the music, and the themes similar to those in games they used to play as children. At the same time, younger gamblers will enjoy the mechanics, the unusual approach, or even somewhat trashy design, combined with fast and sleek technology.

As for traditional arcade games, many of them - in newer versions, of course - can still be found in many offline betting facilities and casino houses.