Classic Arcade Gaming Quiz!

If you’re a regular Arcade Blogger reader, you might recall that back in November 2018, I made my annual trip to The Free Play Florida event in Orlando – read my review here.

Each year, I am asked to get involved with the event organisation in some way. This year we decided to try out a panel quiz, where gamers, collectors and developers could pit their wits against each other and answer questions relating to the Golden Age of Classic Arcade Gaming.

So I came up with just under 100 questions in a variety of formats. The panelists had to answer general knowledge arcade questions, and identify arcade cabinets and games from images of screenshots and artwork.

The quiz was a great success! We delivered it in a very informal and irreverent style, and managed to keep a lid on the chaos for the most part. I wanted something that was fun for everyone involved, and to give those people in the audience a chance to not only paticipate, but also perhaps learn something along the way too.

So this week I thought I’d share two things: The slides for the quiz itself that were used to pose the questions on the day, so that you guys can have a go at testing your own knowledge of Classic Arcade Gaming. And then further down this page is the video of the quiz itself – if you don’t fancy challenging yourself, jump straight to that and have a watch.

So here are the questions. You might want to make them full screen in your browser – click the box bottom right of the frame to do this. Simply navigate using the arrows at the base of the frame, or you can just click on the image to get to the next slide. In each case, one slide will have the question, screenshot or artwork, and the next will give you the answer:

If you manage to keep a running score, let us know in the comments below how you got on.

But if that feels like too much hard work, just sit back and check out how our panelists got on below:

Many thanks to the two teams who were great sports and delivered a few laughs along the way: Nathan Barnatt, Warren Davis, Jenn May and Billy Mitchell.

Watching back, I’ve noticed a couple of factual errors made (mostly by me) – see if you can spot them!

Feedback on the day was very positive and we plan to roll this format out further in future, so keep an eye out for the next one at this year’s event in Florida.

Have fun – let me know your scores in the comments below!

See you next time.


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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Bryan says:

    I got 53, which seems very low.

    I saw the factual error of “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out” which of course, was not Mike Tyson’s until the game was ported to the NES.

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  2. Tony says:

    Well spotted sir!

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  3. Chris Mansfield says:

    I got 66 out of the 91.
    Regarding “a couple of factual errors” only one jumped out at me immediately, the boxing game released in 1987 — both year and title were wrong. Not sure what the other one is but here’s my vote…
    Technically this one is incorrect as well:
    “Name the only arcade game which features Pac-Man, but doesn’t have the word Pac-Man in its title.”
    Answer given is Kick (a.k.a. Kickman). There are three more official releases that fit this criteria, one from Namco (1983), one from Bally/Midway (1984), and one from Atari under license from Namco (1987). I’ll leave it to you to find the titles. 🙂

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  4. Jim Cain says:

    A measly 31 from me!

    Great quiz… Although too many missile command questions for my liking! 😁

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  5. Tony says:

    66 is good going Chris!


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