- Debut: 1995
Atari Games did not stop with some of their other games. In 1995, they released Area 51. At the time, it was not thought to be something that would be a hit. In fact, it was often slammed by critics who knew Atari was in a last-ditch attempt to stay alive. Thus made a thrown-together game that didn’t land. A lot of other light gun games had been released by then that was thought to be better. However, Area 51 landed very well with gamers across most American arcades. In fact, it ended up becoming a now-iconic hit, and one of the best arcade games of the 1990s as a result. The game’s story is clear. You’re part of the Strategic Tactical Advanced Alien Response (STARR) military. Your job is to rid the Area 51 facility of the zombies, created by the Kronn alien race.