We recently purchased the Doc & Pies 412 game arcade cabinet. I may do an in-depth review of what we think in a later post. A few bullet points:
- It has a lot of the games we wanted. Of the 412 games we’ll eventually play probably 30-50 of them, and about 10-20 of them we’ll play frequently. Winners (for us) include Ms. Pac Man, Pac Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Galaga, Galaxian, Sinistar, Lady Bug, Bump n Jump, Tetris, Dig Dug, Raiden, Xevious, Zaxxon, Burger Time, and Mr. Do, as well as modified games like “fast shoot Galaga”.
- Any game that requires a “spin” controller won’t play well, to the point where they’re not worth bothering with. This knocks out some favorites like Tempest, Arkanoid, and Tron. There is no “roller” controller either, which knocks out Centipede and Millipede if you’re serious about them. Q-Bert also won’t play correctly — I think that’s because it’s a 4-way joystick and not an 8-way joystick.
- The volume controller can only be accessed by removing four screws on the back of the machine. There’s a significant difference in loudness between some games. We wound up setting the volume on the low side and leaving it.
- The games, annoyingly, are not loaded alphabetically into the machine. Because I couldn’t find an alphabetical list anywhere — below is a list of all games sorted with their associated game number. Ours is printed out onto four pages. We used colorful paper and laminated them, the lamination should dramatically increase the life span of the lists.
- Overall it’s not perfect, but it’s fairly reasonable considering the price point. It’s a fun looking box. We selected the Galaga stickers but it’s available with others:
It’s about 40-50 pounds and fairly substantial. We’ll see how it holds up — it coughed today when we turned it on, but so far no other glitches.
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