4. Missile Command
This 1980 Atari arcade shooter is a fan favorite and a true perennial. The game lets players defend six cities from an infinite volley of ballistic missiles. It’s essentially a losing battle, as all the cities are eventually destroyed. Players simply rack up points as the speed increases. Missile Command was ported to the 2600 and remained immensely popular as an arcade game until the 1990s. The game morphed into 3D and hi-def spinoffs later.
3. Donkey Kong
The original Donkey Kong arcade game is the stuff of legends. The 1981 Nintendo release that features “Jumpman,” the tiny character dodging Kong’s barrels, who would later become, none other than the infamous man in red overalls, Mario.