Mark's away and no-one else feels like singing for SingTaku today, especially after Lullyph immediately cracked Friday's effort (it was Wonder Boy In Monster World — well done!). So this is a one-off revival of a previous lunchtime favourite: HaiTaku. But why solve one HaiTaku when you could solve eight?
Here is an octet of HaiTakus on a common theme: they all refer to well-known classic 8-bit arcade games of the 1980s.
#1 I eat endlessly in endless corridors of dark blinking terror. #2 My feet become cold. Those diamonds take forever. What's that buzzing noise? #3 This looks familiar. This reminds me of something. Batteries are fine. #4 Jumping and jumping, some leaping, lots of scorching. Don't monkey around. #5 Pulling over lose energy, push on speed it's the issue of now. #6 Closing in on me Dark forces cold and unseen Oh my hip pocket #7 The layers of dirt connect with my openings — Watch out for the rocks! #8 Get to two hundred and fifty-six and you'll find every thing stops.
Some of these are obvious; some are more cryptic. Have at it, retro citizens! Let's hear your solutions (to one or to all) in the comments.