Definitive List of Arcade Games that Benefit from a 4-way Joystick

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Thanks to the work of some gentlemen here, I was able to compile my own version of games that work best with a 4-way limit joystick under MAME. All-time personal favorites Pooyan (really a 2-way) and Satan's Hollow are of course on there...

Here's the list of 208 matches, with each game hopefully only listed once (anything missing or corrections? Let me know!):


001 . Ali Baba and 40 Thieves
002 . Alpha Fighter / Head On
003 . Amidar
004 . Anteater
005 . Arm Wrestling
006 . Armored Car
007 . Astro Blaster
008 . Astro Fighter
009 . Astro Invader
010 . Bagman
011 . Balloon Bomber
012 . Barrier
013 . Black Hole
014 . Blasto
015 . Blockade
016 . Burger Time
017 . Car Jamboree
018 . Carnival
019 . Cavelon
020 . Chameleon
021 . Checkman
022 . Chinese Hero
023 . Circus Charlie
024 . Commando
025 . Comotion
026 . Congo Bongo
027 . Cops'n Robbers
028 . Cosmic Guerilla
029 . Cosmos1981
030 . Crash
031 . Crazy Kong (set 1)
032 . Crush Roller
033 . Dazzler
034 . Defend the Terra Attack on the Red UFO (bootleg)
035 . Devil Fish
036 . Diamond Run
037 . Dig Dug
038 . Dig Dug II
039 . Digger
040 . Disco No.1
041 . Do! Run Run (set 1)
042 . Dominos
043 . Dommy
044 . Donkey Kong
045 . Donkey Kong 3
046 . Donkey Kong Junior
047 . Dorodon (set 1)
048 . Dr. Micro
049 . Dragon Buster
050 . Dream Shopper
051 . Elevator Action
052 . Eyes
053 . Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert (prototype)
054 . Fire Trap (US)
055 . Forty-Love
056 . Frogger
057 . Galaga
058 . Galaxian
059 . Galaxy Wars
060 . Gals Panic
061 . Gun Dealer (set 1)
062 . Guzzler
063 . Hard Hat
064 . Head On (2 players)
065 . Head On 2
066 . Heiankyo Alien
067 . Hexa
068 . Hustle
069 . Intrepid
070 . Invader's Revenge
071 . Invinco / Head On 2
072 . Iron Horse
073 . Joust 2 - Survival of the Fittest
074 . Jr. Pac-Man
075 . Jump Coaster
076 . Jumping Jack
077 . Jungler
078 . Karate Champ (US)
079 . Karian Cross (Rev. 1.0)
080 . Kicker
081 . King & Balloon
082 . Kung-Fu Master
083 . Lady Bug
084 . Las Vegas Girl (Girl '94)
085 . Lasso
086 . Levers
087 . Lock'n'Chase
088 . Loco-Motion
089 . Logger
090 . Logic Pro (Japan)
091 . Logic Pro 2 (Japan)
092 . Lunar Rescue
093 . Lupin III
094 . Mahjong Satsujin Jiken (Japan 881017)
095 . Mappy
096 . Marvin's Maze
097 . Meikyu Jima (Japan)
098 . Mikie
099 . Minesweeper
100 . Minky Monkey
101 . Monster Bash
102 . Moon Alien Part 2
103 . Moon Quasar
104 . Mouse Trap (version 5)
105 . Mr. Do!
106 . Mr. Do's Castle
107 . Mr. Do's Wild Ride
108 . Mr. F. Lea
109 . Mr. Goemon (Japan)
110 . Mr. Jong
111 . Mr. TNT
112 . Ms. Pac-Man
113 . Mysterious Stones
114 . NATO Defense
115 . Naughty Boy
116 . Net Wars
117 . New Rally X
118 . Oli-Boo-Chu
119 . Ozma Wars
120 . Pac & Pal
121 . Pac-Man
122 . Pac-Man Plus
123 . Pairs (System Ten) (Japan 890826)
124 . Pengo
125 . Pepper II
126 . Perestroika Girls
127 . Pettan Pyuu (Japan)
128 . Pickin'
129 . Pig Newton (version C)
130 . Pirate Ship HigeMaru
131 . Pisces
132 . Pleiads
133 . Pooyan
134 . Pop Flamer
135 . Popeye (revision D)
136 . Pulsar
137 . Punch-Out!!
138 . Q*bert
139 . Q*bert's Qubes
140 . Qix
141 . Radar Scope
142 . Raiders5
143 . Rally X
144 . Rampage (revision 3)
145 . Reikai Doushi (Japan)
146 . Return of the Invaders
147 . Robby Roto
148 . Roc'n Rope
149 . Rolling Thunder (new version)
150 . Route 16
151 . Route 16
152 . Samurai
153 . Samurai Nihon-ichi
154 . Satan's Hollow
155 . Scrambled Egg
156 . Side Track
157 . Sindbad Mystery
158 . Solar Fox
159 . Son of Phoenix
160 . Space Chaser
161 . Space Invaders
162 . Space Invaders Part II
163 . Space Laser
164 . Space Panic
165 . Space Zap
166 . Spectar (revision 3)
167 . Springer
168 . Stratovox
169 . Streaking
170 . Super Bagman
171 . Super Invader Attack
172 . Super Pac-Man
173 . Super Punch-Out!!
174 . Super Qix
175 . Super Space Invaders '91
176 . SWAT
177 . Tactician (set 1)
178 . Tank Battalion
179 . Tapper (Budweiser)
180 . Targ
181 . Taxi Driver
182 . Telephone Mahjong (Japan 890111)
183 . The Amazing Adventures of Mr. F. Lea
184 . The Electric Yo-Yo
185 . The Electric Yo-Yo (set 1)
186 . The End
187 . The Glob
188 . Thief
189 . Timber
190 . Time Limit
191 . Tomahawk 777
192 . Tower of Druaga
193 . Toypop
194 . Tranquilizer Gun
195 . Triple Punch
196 . Tutankham
197 . Van Van Car
198 . Volfied (World)
199 . VS Gong Fight
200 . Wai Wai Jockey Gate-In!
201 . Warp & Warp
202 . Wiping
203 . Wonder Momo
204 . Yam! Yam!?
205 . Zero Zone
206 . Zig Zag (Galaxian hardware, set 1)
207 . Zoo Keeper (set 1)
208 . Zzyzzyxx

I have every version of the Pooyan game I can get my hands-on, including this little seen board game!
I have every version of the Pooyan game I can get my hands-on, including this little seen "action" board game!

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Matt Barton
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What's the advantage of a 4-way controller?

I guess I just don't understand the whole 4-way joystick thing. I've never had any problem running these games with my X-Arcade. What am I missing here? Why does a 4-way joystick make these games more fun?

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Bill Loguidice
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Not necessarily more fun,

Not necessarily more fun, not necessarily better, but you're controlling them the way they were meant to be controlled. As rare as it is, diagonals do measure as mishits or no movement at times. Having a true 4 way eliminates that. It's not a big deal, it's just nice if you have the option.

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Drew (not verified)
Email

Hi Bill,

Do you have an email address I could contact you at I need some arcade advice and questions answered.

Thanks!

Bill Loguidice
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I believe you already

I believe you already contacted me at my personal e-mail, but we can continue any further discussion here, as I'm sure it might be helpful for others as well.

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Anonymous (not verified)
I suppose you could also slip

I suppose you could also slip Asteroids onto the list,as it could be played with 4 way joystick and 3 buttons.... or even 1 button if you want to utilize the up and down moves.

ibdone (not verified)
Two 4-ways

Hi Bill, thanks for this list. I'm wondering if I'll need (two) 4-way sticks for any of these? For instance, if PacMan was simultaneous two-player. Thanks much...

Bill Loguidice
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4-way games

ibdone wrote:
Hi Bill, thanks for this list. I'm wondering if I'll need (two) 4-way sticks for any of these? For instance, if PacMan was simultaneous two-player. Thanks much...

No, they're all pretty much one player alternating, so only one joystick is needed.

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