Commodore Arcade

These games are not the Commodore versions, rather they are the real arcade versions which have been recoded in Adobe Flash, and should play in your browser.   On the off chance you do not have Flash, you can get it for free HERE.   After many discussions about getting a Commodore emulator to work in a web page (i.e. Java VICE), and finding no such tool, we have given up and this is the best we can provide.   Unfortunately these games require a modern browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox.

In April 2013, I validated that all of these had core functionality using Internet Explorer 10.


ASTEROIDS – Click Here to Play  

In the years after  Star Wars, anything involving outer space, speedy interstellar craft and  dangerous battles was considered golden. Into this arena of sci-fi fantasy  came Atari’s Asteroids, one of the most enduring hits in video game history.    Atari’s recipe for addiction consisted of the following: one screen, five  buttons, one ship, a few UFO’s, and several ship-smashing asteroids. Smack  dab in the center of the action was your triangle-shaped spacecraft, adrift  in a sea of space rocks. The Blasting large, slow-moving asteroids turned  them into two medium-sized, speedier asteroids. Another blast at the medium  asteroids split them into small, fast-moving asteroids, which could be  vaporized with one more shot. For a generation of  video game addicts, Asteroids will always mean simple graphics, stressful  and addictive game play, and dreams of high-scoring glory. Now Featuring     High Scores! Instructions : Use your mouse to click start, Space bar = Fire , Up arrow key to thrust, Left/Right arrow  keys to move left/right


PACMAN – Click Here to Play

Click here to playIf you haven’t  played this all time classic game it must be because you’ve been hiding out  in a shack on top of a mountain in Montana for the last 20+ years. The  object of the game is to move around the small yellow blob (PAC MAN) and  chomp up the white dots. Oh, and watch out for Blinky, Pinky, Inkey, and  Clyde (the spooky ghosts). Now Featuring High Scores! Instructions : Use mouse to click  ‘Start’ , Use your arrow keys to move Up/Down Left an Right. Press “M” to  Mute/Unmute sound, and “P” to Pause/Unpause the game.


SPACE INVADERS – Click Here to Play  

You can’t get anymore retro than this classic shoot’em up game. Yes, the graphics are chunky – a far cry from X-Box or PS2 standards – but at the time it seemed like ‘space-age’ technology 🙂 . Now Featuring High Scores! Instructions : Space Bar = Fire, Move Left / Right using your arrow keys.




FROGER – Click Here to Play    

Strangely addictive game that I remember playing  on my old Amstrad PC back in the day when Windows and MS-DOS was still in  its embryonic stages. You are the frog and your task is to make it across  the road without being hit by traffic, and finally make it across the river  by skillfully hitching a ride on the floating logs. Sounds simple enough,  but it’s the end pockets which are the hardest – and watch out for those  pesky crocodiles! Instructions : Left/Right : User your  left/right arrows. To move up/forward – use Up arrow


DONKEY KONG – Click Here to Play

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This classic game first appeared at the arcades  in 1981, and was the first to introduce such characters as Mario, Donkey  Kong and Peach. Donkey Kong was the product of a Nintendo artist named  Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto did the entire game himself (even the music), the  only help he got was with the name. He and a manager decided they’d call it  “Donkey Kong” because “Kong” would imply a gorilla was involved, and  “donkey” was used because their Japanese-to-English dictionary said it meant  “stubborn, wily, and goofy.” The story : Donkey Kong has stolen Mario’s  girlfriend and taken her to the top of a steel structure. You move Mario  over girders and up ladders, leap over tumbling barrels, dodge lethal  fireballs and jump onto fast-moving elevators, trying to rescue Mario’s  girlfriend from Donkey Kong Instructions : Space Bar to jump; Use your left/right arrow keys ON YOUR NUMBER PAD to move from left to right, etc. To climb ladders  use your Up arrow ON YOUR NUMBER PAD


MOON PATROL – Click Here to Play

Classic ‘left-to-right’ shoot’em up game that I  remember playing vividly on my old Atari 2600. An impressive yet quite  challenging action/shooter game with its unique 3D graphics, funky techno  background music – and its revolutionary game play, that’s still good even  by today’s standards – Ok, maybe not – but Moon Patrol excels in so many  areas that it’s sure to please diehard Atari 2600 fans 🙂 Instructions : Move left/right : use  your Left/Right arrow keys, Jump : Up arrow , Fire : Space Bar



TERIS – Click Here to Play

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Tetris is life. Think about it : As time passes, life’s little problems incessantly pour down in chunks. Somehow, someway, you must conquer these hurdles, fitting them together so you can move on. Ok, maybe I’m taking the metaphor too far. In any case, this is one of the all time classic games and it was Alexey Pajitnov who created Tetris on an Electronica 60 while working for the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Tetris was released in the United States in 1986. The game’s popularity was tremendous, and many were instantly hooked – it was a software blockbuster. Now Featuring High Scores! Instructions : Use your mouse to click ‘Play’, then choose a level to start at. Up arrow to rotate shapes, Down/Left/Right arrow keys to move shapes, press P to pause


SIMON – Click  Here to Play

This game will  test your memory, and, ultimately, your sanity. The object of the game is to  memorize Simon’s sequence of lights. On that note, does anyone remember  those Simon commercials in the ’80s? How could you forget! 🙂 Instructions : Use your mouse to  click start and click the color bars. 




DUCK HUNT – Click Here to Play

Released in 1984 by Nintendo, Duck Hunt was one  of the first games on the NES platform to use the ‘light gun’. The basic  idea of this game is pretty simple – you’re a duck hunter armed with a  pistol and your trusty dog. You have three shots to shoot one or two ducks  each round. After ten rounds of duck hunting (you’ll probably be rather  bored of shooting duck at this point), you go to the shooting range and  shoot at clay pigeons for another ten rounds – although the dog is absent.   The game is rather fun and satisfying initially but gets old quickly. The  sound effects are pretty much what you’d expect for a game from the early  1980s – that is, awful by today’s standards – game play and graphics are  simple – but it remains a classic and is fun to play every once in a while.    Instructions : Be patient for this  game to load. To fire your pistol click your mouse button.


PONG – Click Here to Play    

Pong, while not the first videogame, was the  first coin-op arcade game and the first mainstream videogame that was  available to almost everyone. The origins of Pong lie with an abstract  tennis game created with an old oscilloscope and some vacuum tubes by Willy  Higinbotham way back in 1958. What eventually became “Pong” was a pretty  simple game with simple rules – hit the ball across the playing field and  try your best to hit it past your opponents paddle on the other side. Instructions : Use your mouse to  guide your paddle up and down.



STAR CASTLE – Click Here to Play

You may not remember Star Castle – actually, I  didn’t either – but visually this game (released in 1980) uses the same  ‘vector graphics’ that are seen in games such as Asteroids and Battlezone.  Vector graphics are, as seen in the screen shot to the right, simple lines  to create objects – and while it may seem cheesy compared to present day graphics, they were considered cutting edge stuff back in the ’70s and early ’80s. This was also one of the first games to use an experimental artificial  intelligence to harass the game player’s ship. A barely noticeable feature of the game from our perspective, but a fundamental element of all video games today. Your task in Star Castle is to break through the three layers of walls and destroy the central behemoth. Success in this game is primarily determined by how well you can control your ship. Instructions : Use the space bar to fire, move around using your arrows keys.


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19 Comments on Commodore Arcade

this was a great game for my class to play and learn the games that people had to play back in the day?

this is a great website for kids to lurn about all the games that people played back in the day like what my class is doing

Yes! Thanks for this blast from the past. These are still the best games ever created.

cool place, I don’t know how I found this site. I was on my and in the games folder there was pacman and another game and that’s how I found this website.

Thanks for sharing these video games but there is a problem with Donkey Kong controls

    Ian Matthews

    Yes, I am aware the some browsers have some problems with DK. Unfortunately I did not write them and can not update them 🙁

I bought a VIC20 in 1981. Later replaced that with a C-16 and then a Plus/4.

I learnt to program in BASIC and machine code. Shame that commodore failed. They were ahead of Apple and others in innovation.

Thanks for the memories.

My very first computer was a Vic 20. Besides playing the cassette games posted here, I use to type in basic code from Compute! Gazette for other games and edit them to modify how they looked and played. Great stuff, thanks.

Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
It will always be interesting to read through content from other authors and use something from their websites.

I can remember going to the bowling ally and playing most of these games for two to three hours dropping in quarters till I ran out of money and then watched other people lose their money.
It was a great way to enjoy myself but I wasn’t really losing much weight just standing there having fun.

Would love to see Midway Campaign, Nuke war or Beyond Castle Wolfenstein. Great site though.

        Ian Matthews

        This is a good question which I cannot answer. I did not write the game but I had noticed it myself.

This site is great! I loved playing these games! Thanks!

What a great site
I use to love playing all these games
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to play them all again for free

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