Arcade Fun

An arcade often refers to an entertainment establishment or an area within an amusement park that houses different coin-operated machines and video games. It is a popular hangout for many teenagers and young adults alike. However, there are still a number of adults who still enjoy a game or two when visiting arcades. The different types of arcade games include video games, pinball machines, shooting galleries, ball toss games, crane machines, dance and music games, and simulated games, among many others. Most, if not all, arcade games are coin, token or magnetic card operated, and you can get a prize immediately or collect tickets or points for redemption of various items depending on the number of tickets or points.

Arcade and video games’ origins can be traced back in early 20th century and grew in popularity in the 1970s with machines built mostly by Japanese companies such as Atari. However, coin operated games can actually be traced back as early as 350 BC during the time of Alexander the Great. According to one story, there was a man who presented Alexander the Great a game that once you placed a coin in it, the players would be able to bring balls up and down to disappear in several holes as controlled by the players. The winner could get twice what was given as a bet. Another coin operated machine used as a game of chance and to win some money was a slot machine invented by a jester in 1108. It was described similarly to the slot machines we know today – put in a coin, operate the level and get a chance to double your money.

Subsequently, other coin operated games were invented and introduced to the public with intention of providing entertainment and multiple chances of winning more than they betted. The rise in producing different kinds and types of coin operated machines for entertainment started around the late 1800s but reached its highest peak, including other arcade and video games, in early 2000. However, from 2004 until pretty much today, there was a decline in arcade games with the rise in popularity of portable video game gadgets such as Play Station and PSP, Xbox, Wii, PCs, and even mobile phones, among many others.

Nevertheless, arcades in different parts of the country still have considerable following especially as part of amusement parks and inside shopping malls. Young kids and teenagers can still be seen hanging out in arcades to meet friends and to compete with others who have the same interest on playing arcade and video games. Nowadays, the most popular arcade and video games include Sega’s Extreme Hunting 2 Tournament (video kit), JVL’s Retro (countertop), Raw Thrills-Betson’s Fast & Furious (video dedicated), Raw Thrills-Betson’s Fast & Furious Super Bikes (video simulators), Stern Pinball’s Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean (pinball game), Skee-Ball’s Skee-Ball Too! (alley bowlers), Skee-Ball’s Super Shot (sports games), Rainbow’s Rainbow (cranes & rotaries), Betson’s Sponge Bob Jellyfish (children’s games), ICE’s Deal or No Deal (novelty games), Family Fun Co.’s Football Fortune (coin drop), Benchmark’s Wheel Deal (coin drop), Andamiro’s Hammer (bopping/stomping games), and LAI Games’ Stacker (prize vendors), among many others.

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Arcade Games Online For Free

The term Arcade games usually symbolizes games that are coin operated. These videogames are available on a machine that is coin operated and can be played once the coin is inserted. Such machines are usually found in public places like malls, restaurants, video arcades and such places. Most of these are video games and pinball machine games and of the likes. The ones that were available to be played as video games were made available as arcade, coin operated games. The famous Spacewar computer game was set up as a coin operated arcade game known as Galaxy Game. However with the advancement of technology, the fame of this coin operated games started to fade out and Arcade games started becoming available online. Almost all of the famous arcade games have their online versions available on all gaming sites. In this article we have put together some free ones.

There are several websites like miniclip.com, bgames.com, freeonlinegames.com, freearcade.com and much more that offers several free online arcade games. There are several new editions added almost every day at these websites.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong was the game that was a debut for the most loved video game character Mario. It was first released by Nintendo as an arcade game. It is all about Mario having to rescue a beautiful damsel, Pauline from the gigantic ape called Donkey Kong. Game starts with the lady crying out for help and Donkey Kong dropping goblets of fire to kill Mario. Mario must jump over these balls and climb the ladders and rescue Pauline. This game requires a lot of patience and perfect timing. The game has four levels. Mario is killed if a fireball or barrel that Donkey Kong hurls at him hits him and the player would have to start the game all over again. This game of the 80’s is available to be played free online on several websites like freeonlinegames.com, fetchfido.co.uk, bigmoneyarcade.com and much more.

Super Mario Bros

Anyone who has had access to video games or arcade games while growing up would have definitely at some point of time or the other played this game called Super Mario Bros. This addictive game was first released by Nintendo and was a famous game that broke all sales records. Following its phenomenal success, there were several other versions of Super Mario that was released which are all different from the original game. The main character could either be Mario or Lugi, Mario’s brother. This choice has to be made by the player. In this game Mario or Lugi has to cross several worlds in the Mushroom kingdom killing enemies, collecting coins and bonuses and survive the evil monsters and finally save Princess Toadstool. Mario or Lugi has to collect several goodies and especially the multi colored mushroom that helps Mario grow and the stars that offer Mario Special powers. Today Super Mario the famous arcade game can be played for free online on several websites. Some of them are mariogame.info, tripletsandus.com, classic-consoles.com and several other websites of the likes.

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