Midway’s Space Zap Arcade Flyer (1980)

During the Retroist Arcade Meet Up last week, our very own Plcary asked the gurus of 1984 if they remembered an arcade game where you were positioned in the center of the screen and had to defeat wave after wave of enemies as they came rushing at you, not using a joystick but four directional buttons and a firing button. The gang at 1984 and myself were stumped on this one, but Plcary kept at it and found out the name of the arcade game and it is Midway’s Space Zap from back in 1980.


Sadly this is yet another arcade title that I didn’t have the opportunity to ever play in wilds of Showbiz Pizza or Games People Play in my Youth. Looking at the video below, it sure looks like I missed out on a good one.

A huge thanks as always to The Arcade Flyer Archive for the wonderful scanned Flyers above as well to We Love 80s 2 over on YouTube for uploading his video on YouTube. Of course another big thanks to Plcary for passing on the name of the game in the first place!

Last Mission Flyer (1986)

A big thanks to fellow Retroist fan and writer, Doug, for the heads up on this Data East arcade game from back in 1986 entitled Last Mission. This is an arcade game that I sadly didn’t get a chance to play in my youth…much less know of it’s existence. A big thanks of course to not only Doug but to the Arcade Flyer Archive for the scanned flyer below.

Thanks to Wikipedia:
“The players assume the role of an alien-humanoid space pilot who has been exiled from their home galaxy for committing an unlearned crime. The only way the player character can return is to restore their honor; the only way to do so is to invade and defeat the alien invaders who have been known to frequently attack the player character’s people using a ship called the Main Fighter.”

Thanks to Data East Gamer for uploading this video of the gameplay over on YouTube!

Class of 1812 Flyer (1991)

Released by Gottlieb in 1991, the Class of 1981 Pinball table is something I really wished I could have played in my youth. A big thanks as always to the Arcade Flyer Archive for the wonderful scanned flyers you see posted below!


Thanks to the White Spot for this charming walkthrough of the table. I particularly enjoyed the bagpipes that accompanied Zom. B’s Countdown Bonus.