Unless otherwise mentioned, all screen scenes are from the arcade. In addition, many of these games were available on numerous home systems but I see no point in compiling such an exhaustive list so I've chosen the appropriate format.
|Congo Bongo, Sega 1983|
|Congo Bongo (SG-1000)|
|Donkey Kong, Nintendo 1981|
|Chuckie Egg, A & F Software 1983 (Spectrum)|
Look at this next swirling shit storm.
|China Miner, Interceptor Software 1984 (C64)|
|Manic Miner, Bug-Byte 1983 (Spectrum)|
To me, Taito's Operation Wolf in 1987 is the original lightgun monster. This is an example of an enemy solider living and then dying...
We move on further proving that law suits didn't really happen in the 8-bit era...
|Wizard's Lair, Bubble Bus Software 1985 (Spectrum)|
|Sabre Wulf, Ultimate Play the Game 1984 (Spectrum)|
The sprite of Atic Atac in 1983 practically looks identical to the one seen in Sabre Wulf but it's okay because that was also by Ultimate.
|S.C.A.T, Natsume 1991 (NES)|
|Forgotten Worlds, Capcom 1988|
|Sidewize, Firebird 1987 (Spectrum)|
|Side Arms, Capcom 1986|
|Delta, Thalamus 1987 (C64)|
|Section Z, Capcom 1985|
A simple clone now.
|Predator 2, Image Works 1991 (C64)|
|The Punisher, Beam Software 1990 (NES)|
|Chocky! Chocky! SemiCom 1995|
|Pang, Capcom 1989|
|Cannon Ball, Hudson Soft 1983 (MSX). Me thinks that the stupidly titled Chocky! Chocky! was the rip off and Pang was inspired.|
|ESWAT, Sega 1990|
|Robocop, Data East 1988|
|Shinobi, Sega 1987|
Both of the above games are part of the same series (hence the sprite).
|Vampire, Codemasters 1987|
Space Fire Bird, Nintendo 1980 vs Galaxian, Namco 1979
Naughty, naughty Nintendo...
Smash Tennis, Namco 1993 vs Super Tennis, Nintendo 1991
|Flimbo's Quest, System 3 1990|
|Hawkeye, Thalamus 1988|
Primal Rage, Atari 1994 vs Dino Rex, Taito 1992
You'd be forgiven for not knowing that Dino Rex even existed and Primal Rage was inexplicably made more famous due to numerous home conversions including SNES, 3DO, Amiga, Playstation and Saturn.
The next will fall like an angry blizzard (at some point).