My Classics List
1) Space Invaders. The Original. The First. The Best.
2) Asteroids - even when you had a strategy it was hard. Must've spent hundreds of quid on this game.
3) Galaxian - Wait WHAT? Those mosquito things are dive bombing me!
4) Pac Man - Nomnomnomnomnom
5) Pengo - great game with killer cut-scene animations and a sound track by Beethoven
6) Burning Rubber - a daft game but fun
7) Spy Hunter - though it could get a bit samey after a bit.
8) Mad Planets - Stupidly pointless but addictive
9) Clowns - a very early Pong-era game that was very challenging
10) Donkey Kong - spawned a bunch of imitators, only the one with the boxing kangaroo came close
Honorable mention: Joust. Lost out because there was a secret to "beating" it that involved not using the one thing that differentiated the game from anything else - flying.
My anti-list: 1 through 10)That stupid cartoon laser disc-based swords and sorcery thing that had no instructions or tutorial splash screen. Game play was: put coins in slot, grab joystick, get killed by something you didn't understand even after watching the death scene re-run because the intercuts were so choppy.