Enter the exciting world of Arcade ownership! Play through the 1980's arcade revolution by buying arcade machines for your customers to play! Customize your arcade to increase its popularity! Manage your finances, capitalize on newly released games, but beware the pitfalls that could bankrupt you!
User reviews: Mixed (86 reviews)
Release Date: May 22, 2014
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Enter the exciting world of Arcade ownership! Play through the start of the 1980's arcade revolution by buying and placing video games for your customers to play! Customize your arcade to increase its popularity! Modify machine parameters, manage your finances, capitalize on newly released games, but beware of the events and pitfalls that could bankrupt you!

Features:

Over 100 unique arcade machines to buy and place in your arcade.
Machines come in Standup, Cocktail, Sitdown, Import, and Pinball configurations.
Multiple game genres include Shooter, Platformer, Action, Sports, Racing, Maze, Fighting, Pinball, and Puzzle.
Customize the colors of the Walls, Pillars, Floor, and neon of your arcade.
Buy seasonal decorations for short term popularity boosts.
Hire an employee to help empty cash from machines.
Twelve playable characters to choose from.
Variety of events from broken machines, jammed coin slots, and blackouts.
Visitors such as the Game Collector, Import Salesman, and Super Gamer.
6 Hours of gameplay simulating the rise, fall, and rebirth of the arcade between 1980-1986.


16:9 resolution support between 1280x720 to 1920x1080
Xbox Gamepad, Mouse, and Keyboard support.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 250 GTS / ATI Radeon 4800 Series
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Direct X10, or higher video card.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 6 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 250 GTS / ATI Radeon 4800 Series
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Direct X10, or higher video card.
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This is a fantastic game! Until about 3 hours go by, and you realize that there are no more upgrades for anything and you have to spend literally 100% of your time just holding the space bar to empty coins from machines. I kept playing, waiting for a larger space/arcade to unlock, something. I actually came to the forums to see what I was doing wrong because nothing was progressing- but then I found out that it's just how the game is.

It feels very incomplete. If the game simply progressed to unlock a bigger space (and therefore more machines, which you can only have 30 of) it would be a big thumbs up but still feel lacking. As is, this feels like about 1/4th of a game. It's sad, because the 1/4th that's there is REALLY good.

This is a difficult thumbs down, but...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
ArcadeCraft is a fun casual strategic game you get a loan of 12k when you start and you are supposed to pay it back after a few years. The game is enjoyable and fun to play you can customize your walls,pillars and graphics. I rate this game 7.5 out of 10 on a price of 2.49$ and 6 out of 10 for full price. I would recommend you buy it on a sale as the cheapest price you can get it for is 2.49$.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Given its less than average notes and reviews, this game is one of the very best surprises I had in my 35 years span of gaming. First, the opportunity to manage a video arcade in the 80's is already an excellent idea. It's true the game gets a bit repetitive and lacks real goals once you refund your initial loan. I still love the game for itself, the atmosphere, the mechanic, the arcade games, and moreover, for the music that's not in it: play the game with some carefully chosen 80's music, and the whole becomes a tremendous experience. With the 80's arcade room background, you can find music that fits the game so well, that you'll end up launching the game just for the pair it forms with the music.

This music can easily be found: just launch Spotify and search playlists named "arcadecraft". You'll find 32 of them, going along the 8 years timeline of the game (1980-1987) each in 4 genres: beats, guitars, synths and voices. More infos here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/297330/discussions/0/598198356195356927/
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103 of 130 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2014
Is this really a complete game? I thought it was early access but it is not listed there..... I would recommend wait until more content is added or it is on sale for 99cents..

I did a complete playthrough and it is just a time management clickfest, there is only 1 single strategy you need to figure out at the beginning; and then the entire game consists of nothing but clicking a machines to collect coins or occassionally repair and purchasing new games every couple of months until it ends. Essentially there is no story or endgame to be had.

There are some in game notes on implementing some future additional features, but as they are selling this as a complete game and not early access I'll keep my fingers crossed.

There is a core here to build a fun little game around but needs a lot more content to be more than a single playthrough disappointment.

Also, no edge scrolling for the mouse is supremely annoying.

The one positive I can think of is the jukebox will play "your songs" from music files found on your computer, that made the tedium slightly more bearable.

3 out of 10 as of the current build on 5/22/2014

Edit 1: I went back and looked at the store page , and they do say "6 hours of gameplay" so while they forgot to preface that with " mind numbingly boring " I guess they did deliver what they promised... I think I must not be the target audience although my 7 year old nephew might be. Oh well, if you were hoping for something more like "game dev tycoon" or slightly 'simulation like' stay away from this one. Less depth than the Facebook games my wife plays.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Good game but feels incomplete. I made it to 1987 with 30 games and $120K in funds. Then the game announces that I can play through 1987 but no new games will be available which basically means that you arcade has nowhere to go but down. The base gameplay is solid but is lacking details. During my play session, I did find a few things annoying and a few things I would add:

1. There is a "clunk" sound that seems to be reused too much. It sounds like the same sound when your machine is full of money or some kid is bashing on it or the coin slot is jammed. The problem is you have some kid running around breaking your games (that you have to pay to fix) but that sound could also be something else far less serious. It should be a unique sound like a kid yelling or something.

2. The one employee you can hire is almost useless (but still costs you $800/mo). He will stand around while your machines are full of coins and unable to accept more. You will still have to run around 30 machines emptying the coin boxes over and over and over and over. The jerk won't even re-fill the soda machine. I should be able to pay an emlpoyee more money and have him do a better job. Where are the security guards? Repair techs? By the way, what does the guy at the counter actually do besides nothing?

3. Time passes too fast. True in real life too I suppose.

4. Not enough games or variety of games. There really is no reason this game should end in 1987. Arcades were still viable up through the mid-1990s. The game should start out in 1970 with pinballs then b&w paddle games then on through the 80s with videos and laser-disc games, and end in the 90s with fighting and gun games. It would be nice to see the evolution of the arcade over a 25-year arc. All games over 6-7 years old should be considered classics.

5. There are no redemption-type machines.

6. Why am I limited to 30 games? There is floor space for more as it is but you should the option to expand your space.

7. Why can't I advertise? Even lemonade stand on the Apple II had this feature. Radio? TV? Flyers? I want to spend some of my scrilla to promote my arcade to make...more...scrilla. How about holding tournaments?

8. There should be an option to set the games to free play or nickel play and maybe an option to charge an admission.

9. When I saved my game (oh yeah.. why only 1 save game slot?) I had a 5-star arcade. When I loaded it back, I had a 3-star arcade. WTF? I am anxiously awaiting the day when a computer game can have multiple save slots. If only that technology existed. I tell ya, we can put a man on the moon...

10. Where is the air hockey table? Seriously guys, there is no such thing as a respectible arcade without an air hockey table.

11. Why so few pinball machines and cocktail games? Should not be hard to change the textures to make more. While on the subject, there should be several newly released games to choose from each month including uprights, cocktails, cockpit, pinballs, etc. One measly new game option per month (or some months, none) is not compelling.

Anyhow, this is a good game. It is fun but ultimately the lack of content and very limited flexibility (oh boy I can buy a pumpkin head and a christmas tree) does let it down. In my case, once I got to 1987 and had a successful arcade, there really is no compelling reason to play it again. Recommnded but just barely.
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