It was the golden age of arcade games. Growing up as a teen in the late 80s, I was among the countless teens obsessed with arcade games. I spent hours at the arcade attempting to get high score on Pac Man, Miss Pac Man, Frogger and Space invaders, just a few of my favorites. I recall the countless quarters I put into those games. Now I get to bring that fun into my home thanks to Super Impulse and their pocket-sized arcade cabinets which are miniature versions of the classics we all know and love. And even better, the Boardwalk Arcade line from Super Impulse takes no quarters. That is most likely a good thing as you will need to save your quarters for the endless supply of coffee you are going to need.
The tiny arcade games are small enough they fit in the palm of your hand. They feature a screen size of 1.5 inches. The new games recently launched are TMNT electronic pinball, Skee-Ball and my personal favorite Whac-A-Mole. Each game features electronic game play on high resolution, high definition LCD screens. The games also include digital score screens, game sounds, multi-level play, and more!
And the best part? You can take the entire arcade experience with you, wherever you go. For $20 they make great stocking stuffers.
Boardwalk Arcade Whac-a-mole
If you are a child of the late 70’s or 80’s you may be familiar with whac-a-mole, an arcade game in which players use a mallet to hit toy moles. I have the pleasure of playing Super Impulse’s incredibly small retro arcade version of whac-a-mole. That is when I can get it out of my six year old daughter’s playing hands. I think she is obsessed with the game as much as I am. In fact she says that we need to purchase a second whac-a-mole cabinet so she doesn’t have to share.
With Whac-a-mole, I love how easy the game is to play, and how easy the joystick and buttons are to use. I must admit it is an addicting little game. The screen is very bright and sharp, although the resolution could be a little better. The tiny objects on such a small screen can be straining on the eyes. The sound is also quite loud with no option to turn it down.Therefore, I don’t recommend playing the game at work or when you are suppose to be doing homework. The game does have an off button on the back.
Overall, the Boardwalk Arcade line get a thumbs up from me. Sure, you can find mobile versions of all these games on smartphones, but you miss out on the retro feeling that these classic games from Super Impulse brings back.
Super Impulse also has a new and exciting ways to play classic arcade games with Micro Arcade – arcade games the size of a credit card. Be sure to check those out as well!
Good things do come in small packages. Super Impulse is well know for shrinking down classic playthings. Their catalog includes everything from these tiny arcade games to the World’s Smallest Elf on the Shelf, World’s Smallest Mr. Potato Head and more.
What do you think about Boardwalk Arcade?
If you need me I’ll be hiding in the bathroom playing Whac-a-mole.