What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Tue. May 21st, 2024

Play Joust – 1980s Classic Arcade Game

Free Web Browser Online Play of 1982’s Classic Video Game Joust

Game History:
Joust was released in arcades in 1982. While not the first two-player cooperative video game, Joust‘s success and polished implementation popularized the concept. Player 1 rides an ostrich, player 2 a stork. Repeatedly pressing the flap button gains altitude, while a two-directional joystick controls direction. In a collision with enemy knights riding buzzards—or the other player—the higher rider dismounts the other.

Emulator instructions and keyboard controls towards bottom of page.
Click the Zoom buttons to make the gameplay larger.

Click Game Window Size Button to Zoom Game Size between default, 1.5X and 2X

Online Game Controls
Gamepad Button Keyboard Button
Left Left Arrow
Right Right Arrow
Up Up Arrow
Down Down Arrow
Start Enter
Select Ctrl

Video game will automatically load in your browser. Click on the game window and hit the ENTER key to start the game. You can click on Zoom to expand the game to a larger size. You can click on Enable Sound to turn on the game's sound. Arcade game's keyboard controls are listed in above table. If you grew up in the 80's you shouldn't need additional gameplay instructions. Enjoy! No tokens required to play this free online video game.

Joust Platform(s) and Game Systems:
Williams Electronics Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800
Single-player, multiplayer (simultaneously)