Gaming

Top Five: Underrated Vintage Arcade Games

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5. GORF (1981) GORF stood for Galactic Orbiting Robot Force. It was also the word "frog" spelled backwards, but never mind. It was one of the first arcade games to include a primitive voice chip, which allowed its GORFian overlord to mock you in gulping electronic speech, with such taunts as "Long live GORF!" and "Got you, spaaaaaace ca-det!" What's interesting about GORF is that it's essentially five rip-offs of different games all crammed together to make one new game. With levels that aped Space Invaders, Galaga, Galaxian, and Phoenix, GORF managed to one-up them all by being the only game at the time that allowed you to purchase more lives before you even started playing. Sure, it's not all that creative a game, but with five games combined into one, it definitely gave you the best bang for your buck.

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