As a guy who is…. Let’s just say on the wrong side of 30. I grew up in the heyday of the arcades.
I vividly remember playing games in the arcade like Star Wars, Double Dragon, Ninja Turtles, WWF Wrestlefest, Street Fighter II and so on and one other weird game that I had a lot of attachment to in my early days of arcade gaming was actually Pac-Man Land!
Back then the majority of big arcade games would make the transition home. In the 8 and 16-bit days some sacrifices would have to be made, but as we moved into the PlayStation and Dreamcast era of gaming the line between arcade power and what you could experience at home started to get blurred and before long you did not need to venture to the arcade to play a game as the version you got at home 9/10 was identical and most of the time had extra content.
Arcades went a weird way for a long time dancing and racing games and a bunch of ticket redemption games were all you got, but I think in the last 5 -10 years, arcades have started to make a bit of a comeback.
Now the days of going to an arcade and a brand new game that has a joystick to control it are long gone. However, Raw Thrills have made a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game that is clearly inspired by the old Konami classics.
Recently I went to a new arcade in my area and was very pleased with the selection. In order to bring in the customers, arcades need a gimmick. So you will mostly see big arcade cabinets, dancing games, racing games and shooters and I am fine with that. This is an experience you cannot get at home so it makes it worthwhile.
The new arcade I checked out had two games I had been waiting for ages to play, Luigi's Mansion and The Walking Dead. Luigi’s Mansion has been out for a while, but this game is awesome. The cabinet sees you enclosed inside it and you have to use the Poltergust 5000 to trap the ghosts. It is a lot of fun and uses the game Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon as its base. My son and I played through this game and it was a blast. Not only was it fun, the difficulty I felt was just right and we managed to get all the way through the game.
The Walking Dead was a bit of a disappointment. This is a game made by the folks at Raw Thrills and so far I have loved nearly everything these guys have put out, but The Walking Dead was far too difficult. Using a crossbow and having to hit Walkers in the head is great as it picking up a wrench and other weapons. What I did not like about it was how when you had to save people you lose health if you fail. Sometimes this was very, very hard to do and I would say nearly all the health I lost was from not being quick enough at these mini-games.
I know that this has been a long blog post today, but I wanted to tell people that there are still some good arcades out there. You just have to accept that the way an arcade is now is completely different to how they were in the 80’s and early 90’s.