There was this bowling alley on my way home from Salk middle school called Diamond Bowl, and they always had pretty good taste in games. over the years I played a lot of Xenophobe and Xybots there, as you can well imagine - the second Spy Hunter wasn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon, either. But I always came back to their battered Black Tiger and Rygar machines, two action platformers with an insatiable thirst for my money.
Almost everything else about each game is different, but both of their protagonists swing a dangerous chain thingy - a sort of angry yo-yo. I’ve read such good things about the modern update to Rygar that I think I may have to pick that one up.