One of my favorite video games came into this world at the same time that I did. The Atari classic Missile Command first appeared in arcades 40 years ago in July, 1980. The game is played with a three button panel on the left and a trackball on the right. The trackball is used to set a target, and pressing each button will fire a missile from one of three bases at the bottom of the screen (left, center and right). The goal of the game is to use your missiles to intercept a missile attack from an off-screen enemy before they destroy one of your cities. When all of the cities are destroyed, the game is over.
|Click to watch a playthrough by Edd Ray on YouTube.|
I've played many home ports of this game, but none capture the true arcade experience. The only place I've ever been able to play on the original arcade cabinet since I was a kid in the 80's is at the Timeline Arcade in York, PA. I believe they replaced the monitor with an LCD, but aside from that, it's an authentic experience of what it was like to play Missile Command back in the day when it made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year - one quarter at a time.