What are Arcade Games?

Arcade games are typically games with shorter levels, increasingly harder difficulty with each passing level, and simple but intuitive controls.


These games share the same characteristics as their coin-operated counterparts due to the type of environment built around arcades, where players would have to pay additional coins to continue playing after death. While not the same, as you can't add a coin into your PS4 slot (seriously, don't), the genre is meant to emulate the gameplay as much as possible, and encompasses a wide range of additional genres as well.


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Sonic Dream Team Announced, But It's an Apple Arcade Exclusive

Sega just announced a brand new Sonic game, titled Sonic Dream Team, but you'll need an Apple Arcade subscription to play it.  Defined as Sonic's new 3D action platformer, Dream Team is coming…

November 1, 2023 | 10:51 EDT

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Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs Is A Weird New Pac-Man Battle Royale Game

Bandai Namco has announced a brand new Pac-Man battle royale experience, and it looks...deeply odd. Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs pits 64 players (Pac-Men? Pac-People?) against each other…

October 10, 2023 | 09:47 EDT

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Big Boy Boxing Preview - A True Successor to Punch-Out

The great thing about PAX is that you often find hidden gems. To say a game is a "gem" is cliche, true, but if any game deserves that description, it's Big Boy Boxing. Since the initial debut of the…

September 3, 2023 | 09:30 EDT

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Pizza Possum Release Date Brings Arcade Hide-And-Seek Action Next Month

Publisher Raw Fury and developer Cosy Computer have announced their Pizza Possum release date. The fast-paced arcade hide-and-seek game launches across PC and current-gen consoles, including…

August 28, 2023 | 09:29 EDT

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Retro Arcade Handheld Super Pocket Announced With Classic Arcade Games Galore

The brilliantly-named HyperMegaTech has announced the Super Pocket, a new retro arcade handheld that comes complete with a bunch of classic arcade titles for you to enjoy. It comes in two editions:…

July 12, 2023 | 10:39 EDT

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Konami Announces Record-High Revenue but Profits Slump; eFootball 2023 Passes 600 Million Downloads

Today Konami announced its financial results for the full fiscal year between April 2022 and March 2023. Total revenue was 314,321 million yen, up 4.9% year-on-year, while business profit was 56,611…

May 11, 2023 | 02:36 EDT

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Everspace 2 Review

Since the earliest days of video games, developers have tried to send players into space. From the most primitive examples of the medium all the way to treasured PC classics like Freelancer, the best…

April 5, 2023 | 06:22 EDT

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Free Streets of Rage 4 Update Bring Co-Op Moves, Survival Mode, and More

Streets of Rage 4, the highly successful sequel to the classic beat-em-up franchise, has just received a new free update. This update introduces a host of new features and content to the game,…

March 10, 2023 | 02:33 EST

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Everspace 2 Release Date Finally Revealed

Space shooter-come-RPG Everspace 2 has been in development for five years and on release in Early Access for more than two, but we finally know when it's arriving in full. The Everspace 2 release…

February 6, 2023 | 09:24 EST

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is a collection of 13 TMNT games from the Game Boy, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Arcades. The full list of games is: Arcade Teenage Mutant…

December 28, 2022 | 08:00 EST

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Atari Mania

Atari Mania is a microgame adventure taking many of Atari's classic titles and mashing them together. Microgame challenges are linked together by some mild exploration and puzzle solving, as you…

December 27, 2022 | 11:54 EST

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Disney Speedstorm Delayed To Ensure Fans Are Immersed For Years to Come

We aren't off to the races yet, and sadly our time to drift around the track will be delayed a bit longer, as Disney Speedstorm has been delayed for polish and additional content to be added before…

November 30, 2022 | 02:23 EST

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McPixel 3 Review

There's a fitting absurdity to the decision to wait a full decade before following up on the success of McPixel. The original rode a wave of success that can't be duplicated in 2022. It gained an…

November 14, 2022 | 11:00 EST

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Never Meet a Lasagna You Don't Like in Garfield Lasagna Party

We are hungry, therefore we are, but not for much longer! Soon we will able to be able to take a bite out of Garfield Lasagna Party, where you get to play as one of the most well-known kitty cats…

October 25, 2022 | 01:38 EDT

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Atari Mania Review

There should be more games like WarioWare. Nintendo's microgame collections are effortlessly innovative, and few games can even approach the garlic-loving developer's gameplay madness. Perhaps this…

October 11, 2022 | 06:32 EDT

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Missile Command: Recharged Replacing Missile Command: Recharged

Atari is planning to replace Missile Command: Recharged with...uh...Missile Command: Recharged. The studio says it's planning a full 2.0 rework for the game, which launched its Atari Recharged series…

October 4, 2022 | 10:06 EDT

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection Review

At the start of the summer, Shredder's Revenge proved that there was plenty of gas left in the Turtle Van for TMNT video games. As we near the fall, Turtle fans have the opportunity to see all the…

September 7, 2022 | 10:30 EDT

A typically frenetic scene of the player shooting abstract shapes in arcade shooter Waves

Waves And Waves 2 Free To Play After Dev Passes Away

Two arcade twin-stick shooters, Waves and Waves 2: Notorious, have been made free to play after their creator sadly passed away from cancer. Squid in a Box, whose real name was Rob, died two weeks…

August 19, 2022 | 09:02 EDT

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PlayStation Plus Essential August 2022 Games Officially Revealed

Turns out the leaks were correct. The PlayStation Plus Essential August 2022 lineup has officially been revealed, and there are some very solid games indeed up for grabs this month, including a…

July 27, 2022 | 12:02 EDT

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Roll7 Reveals OlliOlli World Oxenfree Crossover

Night School Studio has announced that the long-awaited OlliOlli World Oxenfree crossover has arrived in the form of the OlliOlli World's new Void Riders DLC that released around a month ago. Turns…

July 21, 2022 | 10:34 EDT

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Skate 4 Reveal Reportedly Coming July 2022

A new report claims that Skate 4 is much further along in production than anyone might have thought and that Full Circle and EA will reveal the game next month. Electronic Arts formed a new studio…

June 21, 2022 | 03:03 EDT

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OlliOlli World Takes To The Stars In VOID Riders

The game OlliOlli World puts a colorful cartoon spin on skating and is only getting bigger. Announced previously, the expansion VOID Riders is now available for download. It adds a sci-fi theme to…

June 15, 2022 | 03:35 EDT

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McPixel 3

McPixel 3 is a game filled to the brim with crazy gameplay, by indie developer Sos Sosowski. Avert disasters at every turn using unconventional ways to stop the mayhem with McPixel, a wanna-be hero…

March 11, 2022 | 12:05 EST

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Velan Studios To Make Knockout City Free-To-Play

Velan Studios has confirmed that it's making its multiplayer dodgeball game Knockout City free-to-play. The change will go into effect as of Season 6, with Velan also moving away from publisher EA in…

February 24, 2022 | 11:28 EST

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McPixel 3 Is Chaotic Fun In A Bite-Sized Package

There's a common adage that video games and comedy just don't mix, but I don't think it's as straightforward as that. In terms of traditional comedy, the medium fails simply because it doesn't…

February 22, 2022 | 11:00 EST

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OlliOlli World

Ready for some rad skateboarding action? Then check out OlliOlli World, a new twist on the skateboarding genre from indie veterans Roll7.  The third game in the OlliOlli series, OlliOlli World is an…

February 8, 2022 | 09:16 EST

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OlliOlli World Review

Whether you're grinding a rail in real life or pulling off a 900 with a gamepad, skateboarding is all about vibes. Many of the best skating games dive into the devil may care attitude that defined…

February 3, 2022 | 09:00 EST

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Windjammers 2 Review

Released right as fighting games emerged in arcades, Data East's Windjammers was a genre mashup that was ahead of its time. With a basic gameplay loop that recalls the simplicity of Pong, this…

January 20, 2022 | 04:00 EST

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Everspace 2 Update Brings New Star System And More

A new Everspace 2 update has been released, and it's a big one. Titled Khait Nebula: Stranger Skies, the update brings the titular nebula with it, plus a new companion, a brand new faction, and lots…

November 3, 2021 | 10:38 EDT

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Batman is Returning to Rocket League for In-Game Event

Rocket League has been out for six years, but it's a pretty big deal still. Not as big as it used to be, but even small, regular events like this one will affect a lot of people, over 75 million…

October 15, 2021 | 09:22 EDT

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Focus Home Interactive Acquires Streets of Rage 4 Developer Dotemu

Streets of Rage 4 developer Dotemu has been acquired by Focus Home Interactive for €38.5 million as part of an initiative to expand its roster of game developers. Dotemu is perhaps best known for…

August 5, 2021 | 12:17 EDT

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Streets of Rage 4 - Mr. X Nightmare Review

When Streets of Rage 4 was announced, it had a lot riding on its success. It was following on from a trilogy that was (mostly) well-received, with a considerable gap between the inconsistent third…

July 28, 2021 | 10:00 EDT

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Knockout City

Ready to dodge some balls and take it to the streets against your friends? Have some fun with Knockout City, a team-based competitive multiplayer game by developer Velan studios. Your goal is simple…

May 23, 2021 | 08:57 EDT

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First Big Everspace 2 Update Brings New Companion And More

The first major Everspace 2 update has exited hyperspace and is now orbiting Steam and GOG. Union: Contracts/Heartland brings a new companion, all-new missions and gameplay, a new ship class, and…

April 28, 2021 | 08:15 EDT

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First Major Everspace 2 Update To Add New Companion And More

The first major Everspace 2 update for the game's Early Access phase has been detailed. Coming later this month, the update brings new mission types, a new companion to get to know, and a…

April 14, 2021 | 10:45 EDT

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Does the Tony Hawk DualSense Upgrade Go Far Enough?

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 has proved to be a benchmark for modern remakes, taking a beloved game from decades past and updating it to run on modern consoles with a complete graphical overhaul. It…

March 30, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Everspace 2 Roadmap for Early Access Revealed

The Everspace 2 roadmap for Early Access has been revealed, and with it comes star systems, player ships, companions, and other gameplay features in the months to come. These gameplay features…

February 19, 2021 | 12:03 EST

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Redout: Space Assault

Looking for some space combat action? Look no further than Redout: Space Assault by indie developer 34BigThings.  Redout: Space Assault puts you in control of a Super Orbital Recon Fighter Leon…

February 7, 2021 | 06:59 EST

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Disjunction is a tech noir stealth-action RPG that follows multiple narratives in a futuristic New York City. Choose your playstyle and use a diverse arsenal of futuristic tech cybernetic upgrades,…

January 30, 2021 | 04:21 EST


Disjunction Review

Cyberpunk games are the “in” thing right now. From the blockbuster tentpole releases like Cyberpunk 2077, or hidden gems like Cyber Shadow and Ghostrunner. There's no shortage of genre-pushing and…

January 28, 2021 | 03:05 EST

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Olija Review

Non-traditional methods of exploring a narrative are becoming pretty common these days. It makes you wonder at what point will these non-traditional methodologies become traditional and come full…

January 28, 2021 | 09:00 EST

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[Updated] Vicarious Visions Moves to Blizzard Entertainment

Update (1/22/2021, 8:30 PM) – More information has been revealed about Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 developer Vicarious Visions and its move from Activision to Blizzard. Bloomberg reports that the…

January 22, 2021 | 03:05 EST

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Is Everspace 2 the Beautifully Designed Spaceship Sim You've Been Waiting For?

If you’ve had dreams of exploring a large and diverse galaxy with plenty to do, you certainly have your pick of games out there, so what makes Everspace 2 different? This Everspace sequel to the 2017…

January 18, 2021 | 11:00 EST

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From Skeleton Crew Studios and developer Thomas Olsson comes a 2-D action-platformer, Olija. Olija is a game about Faraday, a man shipwrecked then trapped in the mysterious country of Terraphage.…

January 10, 2021 | 08:16 EST

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Early Access Everspace 2 Release Date Set For January 18th

We now have an Early Access Everspace 2 release date. The space shooter is coming to Steam Early Access and GOG's In Development program on January 18th, after being delayed last year due to the…

January 5, 2021 | 09:00 EST

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Olija Is An Epic Storybook Adventure

Bleak-core should probably be its own genre at this point. Games that go out of their way to create a world that seems to embody depression, decay, and in many cases, utter failure. I don't know who'…

December 28, 2020 | 01:00 EST

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Windjammers 2 Release Date Delayed to 2021

The Windjammers 2 release date has been unfortunately delayed to sometime next year, disappointing fast-paced frisbee fans around the world. Windjammers 2 is a revival of the early 90s franchise…

December 10, 2020 | 01:56 EST

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Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Delayed Until 2021

The Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course release date has been delayed until 2021, owing to a desire from the developers who don't want it to be "anything less than our best work." Cuphead is a game…

November 25, 2020 | 02:06 EST