How Multiplayer Games Have Evolved

In today’s technological world, a lot of games are taken for granted. With the high-quality graphics and the realistic game scenarios, the technology we have today is far more advanced than we realise. This has taken a lot of years to develop. In particular, a lot of people take multiplayer games for granted. Now can play against people that are half way across the world. Of course, multiplayer games had to start somewhere and we can see that a lot of the most popular arcade game machines features multiplayer settings. In fact, this was what made some of those retro games the best games ever. Plus, a lot of them inspired the games we see today too.

So, let’s have a look at the evolution of multiplayer games and some of the retro arcade machines that are still fantastic to play even now.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Arcade Machine

It is no surprise that one of the biggest movie franchises of all time is also one of the biggest games of all time! The Lost World: Jurassic Park Arcade Machine is an extremely popular game with lovers of the movie, as well as those that enjoy shooting games. This game has fantastic graphics plus a good sound system to match, which makes playing it a joy. Of course, two players can pick up their own gun and see if they can neutralise the dinosaurs on an infected island. This is definitely a challenging game and one that will test your aim and reactions. One thing’s for sure, it is great fun and being a multiplayer game means you can work as a team!

Time Crisis II Twin Arcade Machine

Definitely one of the most famous shooting games that serious gamers will know is the Time Crisis II Twin Arcade Machine. During the 1990s and 2000s, this arcade machine was in ever arcade and bowling alley across the world and it still continues to be a thrilling and action-packed game that people enjoy. You play the role of a special agent and it is your job to defeat the enemies and save the world. Of course, you don’t have to do it all on your own. This is a multiplayer game where two people can play together. There are two shooting guns and each player can pick up their own and work as a team to progress through the different levels. Whether you are a beginner or advanced gamer, this is a fun one to play.

Dance SuperNOVA Arcade Machine

If there was one game that everyone loved when they went to the arcade it was Dance SuperNOVA Arcade Machine. Everyone of all ages enjoyed dancing to their favourite songs and this arcade machine is a blast from the past. Of course, it was a popular game because you could step onto your own dancefloor and dance following the light up arrows. Of course, everyone loved to challenge their friends to a dance-off and this multiplayer machine was innovative at the time. In fact, there are not many games like it today! This is a classic with an amazing selection of tracks to dance to and endless fun.

Sega Rally 1 Arcade Machine

When driving games started to take off, out came Sega Rally 1 Arcade Machine in the 1990s. This was a fantastic arcade machine that is still a hit today because of its fun driving aspects that let you sit behind the wheel and race around the different tracks of the world. Players can take their seats in one of the racing chairs and see if they can win the race. Of course, what really makes this game great is the ability to race against another player. You can race against your friends and family in the same race and see who takes home the crown. All you have to do is floor it and hit the checkpoints before the time runs out, whilst overtaking opponents. This game is still competitive today!

House of the Dead Arcade Machine

The House of the Dead Arcade Machine was one of Sega’s most popular creations in the 1990s. In fact, it is safe to say that this retro multiplayer game is still a hit today! This is a shooting arcade machine that lets players pick up their own guns and see if they can kill the zombies. This one definitely tests your shooting skills, as well as your reactions. What makes it fun is that you can play along on the mission with your friend. You both have your own guns and have got to battle together for survival. There are several chapters to play and they have varying difficulties for a challenge. This is definitely a game that horror fans will love, with a zombie theme that is still popular today.

Mark Jackson

About Mark Jackson - Founder & Arcade Advisor

Mark is the founder of Arcade Direct and has over 16 years experience helping to advise customers and share his knowledge in the retro arcade market.

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