Top 5 Arcade Games (As Of Yet)
Lindsay Belle Chambers
While we all wait for such epic titles as Mass Effect 3, Silent Hill: Downpour and Bioshock Infinite to be released, any gamer can find themselves almost overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the games in one’s own library. As one gamer to another, I highly suggest taking a ten dollar splurge and buying one of these stylistic and surprisingly entertaining arcade games.
1.) Limbo: Practically everyone with an Xbox Live account has heard of Limbo; the creepily macabre puzzle platform game from Danish creators Playdead. If you haven’t played it, I highly suggest you at least give it a try- this game can be wickedly fun and surprisingly difficult. With seemingly simple puzzles that increase in their complexity, the player must navigate an unidentifiable boy child through a world of countless horror to find…well I won’t ruin it for you, but I do highly suggest playing this one alone and with the lights out!
2.) The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom: It takes practice to perfect the mechanisms of this game but the puzzles are increasingly fun, challenging, and the soundtrack and storyline will charm you into a chuckle.
3.) Castle Crashers: Here’s a great multiplayer game for a group of friends, or a good one to enjoy solo; hack and slash your knight around a stage based world that you’ll want to visit over and over again. Seriously, this has the highest replay value of any other arcade game I’ve found so far.
4.) The Simpsons: All the fun you and your friends had at Chuck E. Cheese without the tokens, whiney children and creepy animatronics’ live performances. At first I bought this for purely nostalgic reasons, but found the gameplay has really held up over the years.
5.) Braid: This popular puzzle game will definitely keep you intrigued, but the challenge rivals any other game you’d find today. Buy this if you need to fill a month or so, that’s about how long it will keep you entertained and possibly frustrated.
There are a lot of other great Arcade games available right now; Outland, Ms. Splosion Man, and Geometry Wars just to name a few. Explore the arcade section whenever possible, you’d be surprised at the quality of game you’ll find.
The best thing about arcade games? They’ll keep you highly entertained for those few weeks between big name releases; allowing you to still have new games to play while not becoming overwhelmed. As someone who quickly becomes desperate while waiting for the newest release, arcade games are an inexpensive distraction- not to mention they are often simpler, more stylized, and can be very satisfying.
Any arcade games out there that should be included on this list? Let me know- I could use another distraction for the upcoming week.