Best Man Cave Arcade Games

By Mr. Man Cave | Electronics

Best Man Cave Arcade Games

It's time to dodge the wooden barrels, save mankind from total destruction and deliver the paper on time. Fight the aliens, punch Shredder in the head, burn a sucker after beating him within an inch of his life. Get your testosterone running as we analyze the 5 Best Man Cave Arcade Games out there.

Pew, pew, pew! Wham, wham!” And many other pixel oriented sounds. If this is not the soundtrack coming out from your Man-Cave, then you, sir, have failed your sex. Please, pack up your testicles, ship those furry balls back to the factory, and start investing in tampons.

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Man Cave Arcade Games Q&A

When we say arcade game, we mean the type that plays “Wreck-It Ralph” that you need a crew of muscle-heads to move, arcade game. Not those new monstrosities that turn our children’s brain into mush… but the old ones that we spent countless hours playing and roped us into falling for the wife.

“Yes, junior, thank Donkey Kong and a cheap Trojan for your conception!”

Let’s address some of the common questions people have before the get an arcade game.

Why get an Arcade Game in the first place?

Simply put… BECAUSE THEY ARE F-ING COOL!!!!

Nowadays, Sony, Nintendo, Apple and Microsoft have the market cornered on video games. One better than the other, a constant grudge match over who has the best emulator and the best game.

But, there is one thing that they can never bottle, the fond memories arcade games evoke.

Four guys huddled on a sofa, looming over a screen seeing whether or not they can get to level 20 in Call of Duty, is not the same as four guys cheering at each other to beat the high-score.

Sure, there are counterparts, sure there are next-gen emulators, but, there’s a reason why you spent you first allowance at the local pizza joint trying to duke out Mike Tyson way back when.

Nothing can beat the feeling of owning a gem from your childhood. Some people collect Picasso, some people like having a box filled with trading cards, some people simply need to have a Harley in the garaje.

There are tons of us that simply want something so absolutely cool, despite their weight, despite the fact that they are a pain in the ass to move, despite repairs, and all the money and effort, to call our own.

Advantages Over Current Consoles

The truth of the matters is there are no benefits other than nostalgia and the “coolness” factor.

They are bulky, they weigh a ton and some are energy hogs. Oh, and most are file for bankruptcy expensive.

The only reason why you would want one, is because once more, THEY ARE COOL!

Why would you want a Hummer or a 75 Mustang, when you can own, for one quarter of the price, a perfectly decent Toyota (one with MP3 player, A/C units and all the comforts of the modern age)?

Because we are MEN! Logic, reason, practical thinking has nothing on us once our loins take over.

Choosing the Right Arcade Game

Here are a few things to consider whenever inspiration seizes us and we yearn for an old-time Arcade console.

The BIG Existential problems:

  • What games does it hold?
  • Will it fit through the door?
  • Will I have to sell my kidney to afford it?
  • Does it look cool?
  • Coin slot or no coin slot?

… And finally, the one true element that will ultimately make up your mind…. THE IT FACTOR. That one characteristic that sells the contraption and puts it above the rest.

All of these are valid concerns and they are the things that you have to consider when purchasing an arcade game. All of this is determined by your own preferences and weighing which of these features is most important to you, but all of these factors should be considered as you consider getting your arcade game.

To build or not to build?

In a way, arcades for a section of the populace have become the new hot-rods. Every so often you see a fella’ hauling in tons of scraps into his garage preparing to retrofit and make his own arcade console.

Search the net, and you’ll discover a score of sellers auctioning of all sorts of materials. Power supplies, PCBS, motherboards, switches, thingamajigs, marquees, jumper cables.

Right of the bat, we wan’t to make something clear, this is not an article for the D.I.Y. crowd.

This is an article for all the men out there that value their life above not getting electrocuted because they have a fixation with Frogger. It’s for the guy who simply wants a cool arcade cabinet in his Fortress without nerve wracking dread as to wether or not he’ll set his house on fire once the fuse box goes KABOOM!

Building an arcade game is always an option, sure, but do you really want to spend the next 6 months dealing with circuit boards and properly fitting a screen into a box?

Most of you will say no to that one, and we feel it’s a wise decisión. After you purchase all of the materials and spend countless hours (hopefully) building a arcade game that actually Works, you’ll just wish you spent the extra cash to have someone else do all the B.S. work for you.

Electrical considerations

Most cabinets use the 3 prong outlet. Set up is fairly easy - plug and play - like any other electrically powered item.

Some, only a few, which we will not cover in this article, require a special outlet, that any electrician worth his salt can set up fro less than $150 dollars.

For international costumers, with their odd 220 volt, be aware that all gaming consoles come with a dual voltage option; just give the lads who build it a heads-up to make sure you can plug it in at your fortress.

MAME: What the hell is that?

There is one key term you have to really consider when buying an arcade and that is MAME.

This stands for multi arcade machine emulator.

In other words, it’s the system that allows one arcade cabinet to play multiple retro games. And after all, if you’re going to purchase one of these boxes of awesomeness, you may as well get everything you can out of it.

Best Man Cave Arcade Game Reviews

Ms. Pac Man & Galaga Upright Arcade Game Machine


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This awesome piece of hardware is the high-price hooker you only dreamed about while in high-school.

The casing is pure 80’s funk with LCD 2016 technology. An old chassis, with vintage appeal, running on the best technological features of the modern generation. This beauty is the mother of custom jobs.

Sharp colors, coin operated (if wanted), packed with all your friends; Pac-Man, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Paper Boy. Fully updated, to include over 60 retro diversions, Betson’s upright Arcade might as well come with divorce papers and a who cares attitude towards marriage unrest.

Does it fit through your doors? Hell yes! It has a standard body that’s meant to slide through most modern openings.

The IT FACTOR: Retro

It is an exact replica of those 80’s cabinets you spend your days in. The vintage appeal, is so uncanny, that the makers have even gone so far to acid-wash the body and scoffed the frame in order to give it that perpetual glow of used and old.

PROS

  • Retro Look
  • LCD HD Screen
  • 60+ Games with updates
  • Extended Warranty
  • Coin slot can be disabled

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

Cocktail Arcade Machine 60 in 1 Games


Cocktail Arcade Machine 60 in 1 Games

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A cocktail table…with a built-in arcade machine? Where do I hook up so Machine and Man can finally be one? Let the evolution begin!

5-year warranty, LIFETIME tech Support, and a tempered glass finish that's more than willing to bear the attacks of your best friend's drunken shit-show.

The black finish shiny and new in true jet-black color brings a coat of shine into any man cave. Over 60 games, and even comes with two 17 inch steel stools, with swivel function, that will be the envy of all. Coin slot? You betcha!

The IT FACTOR

It’s a fuc*ing cocktail table!  A functional piece of furniture that checks off two functions in the male spirit.  One, it manages to sedate our hunger for fun. Two, it manages to sedate our thirst for alcohol.

PROS

  • Waterproof top
  • Comes with Two Stools
  • 60+ Games with updates
  • Extended Warranty
  • Two Player Setup
  • Coin slot can be disabled

CONS

  • ​Not Retro
  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Screen horizontal and not vertical

Two Player Multigame 32" Viewlix Clone Arcade


Two Player Multigame 32 Inch Viewlix Clone Arcade

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In the beginning, God created the world and all the other places where we could keep our stuff. Then, the big guy took a few years off. Now, he’s back for a reunion tour and his new hit can be bought at Amazon.

With this bad boy you can jump on a time machine and ship your bony ass back into those roaring times when the Spice Girls were every boy's fantasy and Britney didn't know the meaning of Trailer Trash.

A 32-inch screen, two controllers for multiplayer function, and a buffet of games from the 80's and 90's.

Do you want to fight in the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle game? You got it!

Die a thousand deaths in CONTRA? Here's your machine gun.

Rip your opponent's spine? Hell, here's Killer Instinct.

The arcade game cabinet comes broken down to fit the standard household door. Viewlix 2019 model is a custom made job. You can add, for a couple of more bucks, features such as: trackballs, guns and a dozen other accessories.

Sadly, one of the major turn offs is the fact that this 32 inch 500 pound killer doesn’t save high scores between games. Why they wouldn’t include that feature? We have no idea, but it is what it is.

The IT FACTOR

Aside from co-op play, which three of our five contenders already have, what really seals the deal for this puppy is the fact that it has managed to amass over a hundred different games into its catalogue of fun. It not only has those 70 and 80’s classics, like Pac-Man, Galaga, Q-Bert, but it also managed to capture some of the best video games of the 90’s; gems like TMNT, Spider-Man and The Avengers, The Simpsons, Killer Instinct, CONTRA, Mortal Kombat.

PROS

  • Neon technology frame
  • 2000+ Games
  • Two Player Setup
  • Coin slot can be disabled
  • Easy to Move

CONS

  • Very Expensive
  • No Warranty Info
  • Additional features cost more

Arcade Machine Wall Hang - 620 Games - Whitewash Woodgrain


Arcade Machine Wall Hang - 620 Games - Whitewash Woodgrain

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This newest toy for boys, sold by Vintage Plus Arcades, mixes in two of America's favorite pastimes.

One, its love for retro shit.

Two, it's clear obsession with hanging things on walls.

This handcrafted furniture not only doubles as a fully automated arcade center with two USB ports, but also manages to sparkle up the decor and give your spouse one less reason to complain.

Simple connection with two-player side by side interaction. A plug and play system that even a deaf and blind monkey could figure out. Finally, a 24 inch integrated flatscreen that will render all your childhood memories in HD glory.

This arcade game is made for the man with little room in his cave and a desire to have endless fun with his friends. With over 620 games to choose from, including Atari hits and Nintendo classics, this one is a beast.

The IT FACTOR

Once the gaming and fun is over, you can turn in the game controllers and transform you arcade game into a functional piece of furniture. The real-HD T.V., can display whatever image catches your fancy, even cable tv and the integrated USB docks serve not only for uploading photos and videos into its build-in hard drive, but they also double as cellphone charging stations.

PROS

  • Hangs on the wall
  • Lightweight
  • 620+ Games
  • Two Player Setup
  • Six finishes to choose from
  • 2 USB Slots
  • Can be used as functional furniture
  • Affordable

CONS

  • ​Not Retro
  • No warranty info
  • No coin slot
  • Not a true Arcade Game box, just a wall hanger

SoundLogic XT Multicade 230 Miniature Retro Arcade Video Game Machine


SoundLogic XT Multicade 230 Miniature Retro Arcade Video Game Machine

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This little guy is the sort of thing you get for your man-cave as an add-on. It goes next to “bass mouth Billy” and the “Reggae talking lobster”.

SoundLogic's Multicade video came console has 230 games you've never heard of. Perfect knock-offs of Atari's and Nintendo's billion-dollar gems. It's a tiny little cabinet style job that will last for over 4 hours on three double A batteries. For lack of a better word, this little wonder is a vintage game-board... A grown man's toy made exclusively to bring an added sparkle to the man-cave.

Soundlogic is one of a dozen like toys that can be bought on a budget. Weight? 6-7 ounces. In other words, even your grandma can carry it.

Only two buttons, one tiny toggle and a fake coin-drop that doesn’t take quarters. A user friendly interface that lets you jump between one game and another without any difficulties. Sharp graphics and colors that play well with the deliberate retro styling it comes in.

The IT FACTOR

The fact that you won't have to sell your kidney in the black market to get it.

PROS

  • Very affordable
  • Small and Transportable
  • 230 Games

CONS

  • ​Not Retro
  • All games are rip offs of the originals
  • Tiny Screen
  • Battery Operated
  • It's just a small toy

Yes, the perfect Arcade is just a click away. One drop of the credit card, a kick in the nuts in the form of a charge on your credit card, but a lifetime of fun and games. We’ve presented five arcade games that fill the bill for all of your Mario Brothers needs.

The truth is, all have similar software, most have the same internal workings, but what truly changes is the housing.

If it's a vintage look you're searching for, then by all means Galaga Upright-Arcade Game Machine. It's sleek, it looks old and, best of all, it reminds you of those long ago days of glory.

Now, if you've outgrown that station in life, if a good scotch is way better than a stale old beer, then bang your AMEX down and buy, or steal – we don't judge - the cocktail table.

Finally, if you see arcade games as nothing more than a way to reconnect with your buddies, a way to pass the time and shoot the breeze, then try investing in a multiplayer system like the hanging job up above or Viewlix.

In the end, what truly matters, aside from stroking nostalgia in its happy place, is the following... SHOWING OFF. Of making the world know that your Man-Cave lives up the hype and rewrites the rules. An arcade is a trophy token of excellence. The equivalent of shouting to all your buddies: “my toggle switch is bigger than yours!”