Don’t let the 8-bit graphics fool you. This is not easy to play. And damn near impossible to master.

 

Just because you love your Xbox One and your PS4 doesn’t mean you can’t show some love for 8-bit old school gems from a bygone era. One such classic that has been ported to work on current consoles is one of my all-time favorites: Joust. This arcade classic was a popular arcade game developed by Williams Electronics that released in 1982. It wasn’t just fun and challenging to play, it was one of the first and most successful two-player co-op games ever create. It works like this: The players control (or at least try to) two knights riding a flying ostrich and a stork, flying around a three level map, or playing field, in which AI generated riders and their steeds try to give you a beat down. You can stop them by flying higher than they are and summarily dropping down on them, causing them to vanish – but not before dropping an egg which will although the AI baddy to respawn and await the arrival of another mount. Unless you get there to swoop on the egg first. Then they’re gone until the next level starts, which happens after  all the AI enemies are defeated in each level. As further proof of its popularity, Joust was ported to many platforms including NES, Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, Apple II, Macintosh and many others. And now on current gen consoles. Which is freakin’ awesome.

 

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