Arcade Game Types and How They Fit in Your Location
Adding an arcade gaming room to your business is a great way to increase revenue from dwell time and give customers an experience that increases replay and return visits. With the correct game mix, a game room can be the most profitable part of your business. But there are a variety of options to choose from like Ticket Cranes, Premium Video, and Hot Redemption, so where do you start?
With the wide variety of types of arcade games on the market today, no two game rooms are ever the same. Some are filled with exciting virtual reality experiences, while others are reinventing classic arcade games with pinball, skee-ball or The World’s Largest Pac-Man. Carefully adding these types of games that may be missing or light in the mix will create excitement and repeat customers.
Of course, if you are interested in adding arcade machines, it is always helpful to have a full understanding of the games and machines that are available to you. Carefully analyzing categories that are missing or under-equipped is the knowledge that will help you decide which options will best appeal to your customers.
There are three basic categories of typical arcade games with many more subcategories: Video, Redemption, Merchandiser. We’ll go through each one in more detail, but an important part of the decision-making process is what percentage of your space will be allocated to the specific types.
Let’s take a closer look now at the arcade game types and subcategories.
Arcade Video Games are what most people are familiar with and include driving games, fighting games and are played for fun, competition, and high scores. There are no tickets or prizes. These have typically been coin-operated but as technologies have changed most games are moving to card readers.
Video Game Types: Premium, Air Hockey/Competitive, Driving, Shooting, Environmental, Fighting, Simulators, Pinball.
Redemption games are generally games of skill that reward players for achieving higher scores. The player plays for experience and competition, but mostly for E-Ticket accumulation to redeem for high-quality prizes at the redemption center.
Redemption Types: Stop the Wheel/Light, Sports, Video Redemption, App to Arcade, Carnival/Alley/Ball, Coin Pusher/ Collectable Card, Ticket Bundle RFID, Water Gun, Whacking.
• Stop the Light / Wheel: Spin n Win, Pop the Lock, Big Bass Wheel
• Ball Drop Games: Fishbowl Frenzy, Quik Drop
As the trend of moving from cash to payment systems took full effect over the years, the traditional coin pusher has been replaced by new Self-Contained Pushers like Willy Wonka, DC Superheroes, and The Wizard of Oz.
Merchandiser Games are a version of redemption games where you can win a prize directly from the machine. Players play for the experience of testing their skills, but mostly for a direct high-quality prize, photo, or product dispensed.
Now that we walked through the main categories, let's take a look at some popular subcategories:
These games have been around for decades and are always a hit with kids and adults alike. Their interactivity means that it is easy for guests to become fully immersed in the action. Before long, they will be so focused on scoring the next goal and forget about anything else that might be going on around them.
BASKETBALL ARCADE GAMES
Basketball is not just one of America's most popular sports, it is also one of its favorite arcade games. Some guests will want nothing more than to beat their friends in a one-on-one game, while others will want to get in the zone and try to set a new high score. There really is no wrong way to play these awesome games.
ARCADE BOXING GAMES
Just about every group of friends has one person who thinks they are stronger and tougher than everyone else. These boxing arcade games can determine who’s correct. You are likely to hear quite a few cheers, jeers, and braggadocious claims from guests enjoying these machines.
Billiard tables have always been a popular fixture in bars and arcades across the nation. This fantastic game is easy for beginners to play but can take years to truly master. The best part is that guests can have a lot of fun with their friends while they are perfecting their skills.
The competition of winning stuffed animals or
toys means claw machines are always one of the most popular attractions in any
arcade. You'll find guests pointing out prizes they would love to win and
directing each other on which direction to move the claw in. When they win,
huge cheers are sure to follow.
ELECTRONIC DART BOARDS
Guests love showing off their steady hand and eagle-eye with a friendly game of darts. Electronic dartboards can take their enjoyment to a whole new level. For a traditional game, the board can keep track of their scores without the need for napkin-math. If your guests want to mix things up a little, they can also opt to play one of the other dart games that come built into the electronic board.
These wonderful rides give kids the ability to
escape into a world of adventure and excitement without ever needing to leave
the arcade. From cars to trains and everything in between, a child's
imagination truly knows no bounds when they are sitting on one of these rides.
Don't be surprised if you hear them asking their Mom or Dad if they can go
For a fully immersive and interactive arcade experience, a laser maze is a fantastic option. Popular with both children and adults, this game is an exhilarating test of skill, strategy, and flexibility. Guests can work as a team to help each other complete the course or race against each other to see who can make it to the other side in the quickest time.
Bowling has long been one of the most popular amusements in the United States. By installing mini-bowling in your arcade, you can allow guests to recreate the excitement of a traditional bowling alley without needing to take up a huge amount of square footage. Though the game is smaller, the fun and excitement are bigger and better than ever!
When guests think of arcades, pinball machines are usually one of the first games that come to mind. Of course, awesome games are not just popular and nostalgia-inducing. They are also a lot of fun to play. Don't be surprised to see guests spending a lot of time on these machines as they try to set a new high score.
Photo booths are the perfect way for your guests to commemorate a first date or a great night out with the family. They are likely to smile, laugh, and make funny faces for the camera. Modern photo booths now have the ability to transport you into fun and exciting backgrounds – favorite movies, locations around the world, space, and even comic books (Marvel Adventure Lab). Most new photo booths also allow guests to upload their photos to social media or save them on their phones – showing their friends and followers without having to scan and upload. Check out our post on the benefits of adding a photo booth.
Racing games are usually one of the first arcade experiences we have as children sitting on mommy or daddy's lap and spinning the wheel. The feeling of speed and competition always makes these games popular. Newer racing games allow guests to compete against players all over the world in real-time, rather than racing against characters in a game.
This arcade classic is always a hit with guests who are in search of some interactive fun. This wonderful game is accessible for beginners yet still provides a challenge to more experienced players. You are likely to hear a lot of cheering in the skee-ball area as guests try to win tickets or beat their friends in a one-on-one game.
Dance Arcade Machines
Arcade Dance Games are a fun and physical way to enjoy time at the arcade. Not only are you playing a classic dance arcade machine but exercising your way to a new high score. Dance arcade machines work in any location. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Andamiro’s Pump It Up will get customers moving with a whole new collection of songs, a brilliant light show, and a wall of sound with 4 speakers and 2 subwoofers. StepManiaX utilizes a LED pressure-based platform that users step on to match displayed instructions to the beat of music.
Virtual reality systems give guests the opportunity to escape into a whole new world from the comfort of your arcade. This advanced technology truly is the next evolution in the arcade experience. Although virtual reality is something that can be used at home, VR games like King Kong of Skull Island™, Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride, Hologate and Chaos Jump is more than just putting on the goggles – it simulates motion as if you were on an actual roller coaster, giving a truly unique experience.
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