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.
8-Bit Arcade Bar first opened on November 22, 2013. We hit it on Friday night. There was a good crowd, though the photos below don’t show it. Here’s what you see when you open the front door:
Defender and Zaxxon on the right. BurgerTime on the immediate left. That’s Princess Peach on the door of the ladies room. The next picture shows maybe 1/2 (or less) of the pinball machines:
They had a few very old games I’d never seen before. Pictured is Sea Devil. It’s a pre-video game really (1969-1970). You look through the periscope and use eight torpedos to try to sink as much tonnage of ships as possible. Here’s a YouTube link to somebody playing it.
There’s a nice selection of cocktail games too, including Q-bert, Joust, and Asteroids. Six cocktail tables in total.
There are four beers on tap and some of the usual suspects available in cans. The tap beer was $5. They also offer small pizzas that are on the spendy side.
The games all cost a quarter. We played Moon Patrol, Tempest, Q-bert, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Galaga, Galaxian, Xevious (which was super hard), Dig-Dug, and a few others. If you’ve seen it in an old-school arcade then it’s probably at 8-Bit. The proprieter said that they’re working to add popular games to the mix — the grand opening was delayed, and it cost them dibs on a few machines. Right now there are maybe 50 video games and 25 pinball machines. It’s a good collection as it is.
So: They have beer, the difficulty levels on the games are reasonable overall, there’s a good selection, and the games are in good condition as a group. And, to repeat, everything is 25 cents!
In Portland and wondering what to do? All three of these places are near the train station and within walking distance of each other.
Ground Kontrol: It’s an awesome arcade, straight out of the 80’s. The games are a who’s who and what’s what of old-school arcade staples. See this link for pics and info (they have tons of pinball too.) The grand re-opening was on Febuary 17. Hard liquor and food are now available!
1943 (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
Soul Calibur II
Alien Vs. Predator
Golden Tee ’99
Splat! <- NEW!
Area 51 (in “Area 51/Maximum Force” cabinet)
Stargate <- NEW!
Area 51: Site 4
House Of The Dead
Star Wars (Atari, 1983)
Arkanoid (in “Multicade” cabinet)
Joust (also in “Multi-Williams” cabinet)
Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Mappy (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
Strikers 1945 (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Battle Garegga (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
Maximum Force (in “Area 51/Maximum Force” cabinet)
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
Big Buck Hunter
Millipede (in “Multicade” cabinet)
Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Moon Patrol <- NEW!
Tekken Tag Tournament
Bubbles <- NEW!
Mortal Kombat II
Bust-A-Move Again (Tetris Multi-Game #2)
Mr. Driller 2 (in downstairs “Tetris Multi-Game” cabinet)
Centipede (also in “Multicade” cabinet)
Ms. Pac-Man (fast)
Track ‘n’ Field
Cruis’n Exotica x 2
NFL Blitz ’99
Crystal Castles (in “Multicade” cabinet)
Ninja Gaiden (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
Two Crude (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme
Pac-Man (fast) (also in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Defender <- NEW!
Virtua Cop 2
Dig Dug (also in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
World Class Bowling Deluxe
Discs of TRON
X-Men (6 Players)
Xevious (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Rally-X (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Rampage World Tour
Dragon Blaze (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Robotron: 2084 (also in “Williams Multi-Game” cabinet)
Final Fight (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
San Francisco Rush: 2049
Sinistar <- NEW!
House of Louie: Just a few blocks from Ground Kontrol, House of Louie serves excellent Dim Sum at reasonable prices.
Deschutes Brewery: Ok food. Good service. Great beer.