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Arcade1Up: Galaga Hands-On Impressions

Posted by: Nick on December 9, 2018 at 01:15 PM CST

For those of you not familiar with Arcade1Up, they are the first company to produce large scale replicas of classic arcade cabinets for the mass market. This cabinets launched in September at most major retailers and have since found their way into the holiday shopping frenzy. Check out our hands-on impressions with this units to know why you should consider grabbing one for under your tree, especially when there are several promotional sales right now.

Walmart-Exclusive Galaga Cabinet

Initially retailing for $299 (which we picked up on Black Friday for $250), this amazing little unit allows you to relive the glory days of Galaxian and its more fun sequel, Galaga! Featuring original artwork and authentic controls it gives you that sensation of being back in the arcade and trying to 1Up your buddy's high score or just top the leader boards for bragging rights.

What We Love About It

The cabinet features continuous play, so no quarters needed. However, it remains true to the original game so you cannot just keep adding live with more quarters. One play through per virtual quarter.

The artwork is amazing and lends that real feel sensation. As does the control scheme. The LCD screen lends bright vibrant colors and prevents the unit from weighing a ton, so you can easily move it around.

Assembly was quick and easy, about 20 minutes for an adult that has experience assembling an IKEA bookshelf. Probably and hour if you do not consider yourself handy.

The high scores remain on the game eve after you turn it off. The high score on display will be the latest one achieved from the top five board.

What We Wish Would Improve

We found the artwork fading on the control deck from continuous use after only one week. Arcade1Up has acknowledged this is a problem they did not foresee during production and plan to incorporate a plastic cover for the controls in the future. For now, if you have an issue and write to them with a picture, receipt, and your name and address, they will send you a protective cover with fresh artwork. We are still waiting on ours as of this post but were told it could take up to eight weeks. This is likely a result of the manufacturing process of these panels, as the company attempts to catch up to the demand of customers experiencing this problem.

As is the case with any early adapter, you will incur the issues with the materials until the company can figure out a way to improve the manufacturing process to meet the demands of actual wear and tear.

Outside of materials issues, the only other thing that would take this over the top for us would be if the marquee lit up. Just and extra little dynamic that would lend to that arcade feel and probably be cost efficient via and LED light.

Our Recommendations

This is a must have for your at home arcade collection if you are looking to 1Up your game room. We highly recommend you purchase a riser to give the unit that extra foot of height for stand up play. These can be incredibly hard to find. We have managed to secure several through Walmart, which not only has the best price ($40 vice Gamestop's $50) but they get the most stock on a weekly basis. Tip: While it may not be available for online shipping, you can check to see if it is available via your local stores for pick up. I suggest playing around with the zip codes on the site to see if there is one in a neighboring town. We have found frequent shipments of large quantities to Walmart stores, so it may be easier to get in general very soon but if you see one, get it because they sell as fast as they arrive.

That's all for now. Check back for more review, next up Pac Man!

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