Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits: Volume 1
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Joust is one of those titles fondly remembered from childhood visits to arcades, and it's long been a favourite of games developers and designers for its simple playability. It's only when you come around to revisiting the game that you begin to wonder why. The aim of the game is to fly around a single screen, bounce off platforms and try to clear the baddies by jousting with them. A joust consists of bashing an opponent at a higher level than yourself. If you're lower, they win and you lose a life. Once successfully bashed, they drop an egg, which can be collected for bonus points.
While there are only three kinds of opponent, further levels alter the screen layout, inserting occasional fixed obstacles, such as flames at the end of platforms. It's fast, it's simple, but without someone to rebound your top scores off of, it's ultimately pointless.