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Retro Game of the Day! Joust

Retro Game of the Day is a daily look back at some of the games we loved - and some that we didn't - during the formative years. Today's entry is Joust.
Retro Game of the Day! Joust
 

Joust by Williams, arcade release in 1982.

 

One of the more well-remembered classics of the modern age, Joust pits you against your fellow lance-wielding opponents as you take to the air on a flying steed; the goal is to knock your all of your opponents off of their winged rided before they can get the chance to do the same to you.

 

Produced in a time when single-game playfields were the norm, this title used an interesting mechanic to enlarge the space; similar to games like Asteroids, the area would warp you around if you passed from one off-screen side to the other. Overall the game was very simplistic - fly, dodge, and charge. Occasionally other dangers would appear (pterodactyls, fireballs) to increase the challenge.

 

A tough game, but still an enjoyable one to appreciate solo or with your buddies. Pick up Joust and kill some Ostriches!

 

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