We've written about Arcade Paradise a few times this year, and now publisher Wired Productions - along with developer Nosebleed Interactive - has released a new trailer and confirmed more details. For one thing it's due in Spring 2022, having at one point been planned for late this year.
It's a game that leans heavily on '90s arcade culture - which could definitely be rather fun - as you try to run a laundromat while simultaneously converting it into a rad arcade. A big part of the game, seemingly, is that you'll be able to play the 30+ arcades, which will be games riffing on that era.
Welcome to Arcade Paradise, the 90s-fuelled retro arcade adventure. Playing as Ashley, your father, Gerald (voiced by The Witcher’s Geralt, Doug Cockle), has gone to the Riviera and given you the keys to his laundry business tasking you to run the tedious day-to-day. Rather than washing rags for a living, you decide to turn the family laundromat into the ultimate arcade. Play, profit and purchase new arcade machines, with over 35 to choose from, inspired by a generation of Arcade games from the 80s and 90s. Arcade Paradise will feature newly created ‘classics’ such as Knuckles and Knees, Zombat 2, Woodgals Adventure, Vostok 2093, Gravichase and the bodacious Racer Chaser in FULL 3D and many more.
Get your face melted by insane graphics, experience skull shaking extreme stereo sound as you smash your rivals, dominate the high score table and become a legend. But don’t forget, there’s still the matter of a laundromat to run!
In addition it's been confirmed that there'll be a physical version that'll include "a folded double-sided poster, graffiti sticker set, reversable King Wash sleeve and digital EP download". It'll cost £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 ($5 / €5 / £5 higher than the PlayStation equivalents), through the publisher's own store or a range of retailers.
Are you intrigued by Arcade Paradise ahead of its release next year? Let us know in the comments.
I appreciate knowing about the existence of the physical edition up front. I'm more inclined to check it out that way, instead of waiting around like "this game looks good, but I'll wait for physical" and then the physical never comes.
"Gravichase" looks like a Super Hexagon clone, but using vector graphics.
And titles like "Blockchain" and "Stack Overflow" are a bit on the nose.
It looks neat but I'm worried that when you strip away the arcade venue aspect, that this is just a mini-game compilation where individual games are unlikely to stand out on their own merits.
Does anyone know the digital price of this game?
Yep…. Buying this. I absolutely love the idea of an arcade sim but that alone doesn’t do it for me even. It’s the fact that you can actually play the arcades that sells this for me.
It’s sort of like how you used to be able to play the NES classics in Animal Crossing, a feature I dearly miss.
(Why couldn’t Nintendo have connected your NSO account to the subscription and then to animal crossing to have your animal crossing link in to play your subscription games in-game?)
Anyway… yep… and probably springing for the physical version too!
@CharlieGirl I feel the exact same way… I’ve probably missed out on a few great games because of that. I go so long without it waiting for the physical that when it finally does release it’s like.. “we’ll, I’ve gone this long without it… forget it.”
@dadrester that’s great!! Really looking forward to this (now even more!)
@ChromaticDracula one day I'll get around to playing Raji. one day.
Looks exciting, but while I salute the fact that they're releasing it physically too (and that they're announcing it before launch, which is a whole different story), I can't understand why these indie games do have physical versions and other much more expected and by more important companies don't, such as Ghosts'n Goblins Resurrection.
I mean...I like the idea of a virtual arcade but not interested in playing a collection of knock-offs and the nostalgia bait vaporwave esthetic has worn thin by now.
@CharlieGirl I liked that one a lot. And I think it had an update recently with some new features.
I was intrigued by this arcade sim when I first saw a trailer here on NL back in June. At the time I lamented how the arcade games were homages rather than the genuine articles, but one the devs actually replied to me very kindly with their perspective how using the homages gives them more creative freedom and will make for a better game.
It's still looking good, and I just may preorder a physical copy, though I may have to import from the UK as I didn't see any US retailers listed.
What I'd really love is someone going to WB Games and giving them whatever to make a Midway/Williams/Atari Games compilation for the Switch. WB Games last revisited those retro franchises for some Lego game in 2012.
That and Rare Replay. Once those are on the Switch, then pretty much all my retro needs will be met.
@ChromaticDracula Yesss. I loved that about Animal Crossing on GameCube. And that you could load them onto a Gameboy advance too.
I'm on of the Devs by the way. As an aside, we have a "Daily to do" list in the game which is directly inspired by the Nook Miles system from New Horizons.
@RupeeClock I'd argue Blockchain is worth the entry by itself (but as one g the Devs I'm a little biased).
It's heavily inspired by a mobile game called Drop7 but with our own twist. Some of the games are definitely bigger than others, and the proof will be in the pudding as it were, but I think you'd be pleasantly surprised at the depth and breadth of not only some of the individual games, but also the main management metagame when we launch.
We did a steamfest demo a few month back (which was quite out of date at the time) and the reaction was really positive.
@Teksetter thank you
No Dance Dance Revolution arcade cabinet ?
That was from year 1998.
A collection of arcade ripoff games? Sure I'll try, not like I couldn't afford the real deals.
Cheesy *****. Love it.
If there's more to it than simply wandering the venue and sampling the cabinets, and you reckon the Blockchain game is worth a go, I'll give the game a chance then.
@RupeeClock Not really wanting to divert away from NL, but here's an interview I gave to Eurogamer which goes into things a bit more... There was also a good gameplay preview IGN did a few months ago... https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-04-29-taking-the-arcade-to-new-heights-with-arcade-paradise
@Teksetter All that is listed right now is the Wired Productions shop (in the UK) for physical for the consoles and Steam for the PC for Digital.
I think I'd be more interested if I could just play the games without having to worry about management.
I was hoping the physical edition would be several arcade cabinet replicas shipped to your home.
Absolute day 1 if not sooner purchase. I've been waiting for someone to make a game like this forever, despite having my own arcade.
Thank you! I looked on the Wired Pro website at lunch today and that’s what I thought (no US source for the physical edition yet).
But for a fun-looking game like this, I won’t mind importing across the pond if needed. 😁
I already imported a fine British physical copy of Goat Simulator for a Christmas gift for my sis this year. (We Yanks only have it digitally over here, and can’t gift that!)
No no, thank you for returning with some more insider knowledge of the game! I’m glad to see you back. 😁
What you’ve shared here and in the Eurogamer interview you linked really has me interested now. I think I’ll place that preorder tonight, and no doubt Arcade Paradise will be a nice treat in dreary February.
I wonder if your game will arrive before the Castlevania Anniversary Collection I ordered from Limited Run Games in May of 2021? The race is on!
Really, now you've got me thinking about some of my first arcades as a kid in the 80s - there were so many over the years! I think The Arcades of Our Youth would be a great forum topic for us “elderly gamers,” as your friend put it. 😊
That game with the colored balls was a Pico-8 game. And a really good one at that.
This is from the Vostok Inc devs?
Spotted the Easter egg.
If Arcade paradise is as addictive as Vostok I’m screwed
Ordered. Absolutely stoked for this
I would have been interested in this concept if it was from a company like SEGA or Capcom who were fairly prolific with their arcade games in the 90's.
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