Why did the frogger cross the road? To hop back in time to the ’80s! What goes around comes around, and if Stranger Things is any indication, the decade of big hair and neon buzzing arcade games are officially cool again.
Mini Arcade Games, from Basic Fun, are a blast from the past with retro-style games such as Frogger, Pac-Man, Centipede, and more. No need to save up quarters or wait on line for the big clunky machines anymore, now kids can have their own replica arcade games in handheld form to play on the fly, whenever they want!
Recommended for kids ages 8 and up, some youngins may be seeing the classic games for the very first time, while adults will surely remember the hours they spent playing these favorites with nostalgic 80s graphics and sounds.
The Mini Arcade Games are small and compact, shaped like the original machines with a teeny joystick to control movement and buttons to start, mute, and fire.
In addition to last year’s Pac-Man and Space Invaders, now kids can get acquainted with helping the little neighborhood amphibians dart across the street and hop on logs and turtles to get to the other side before time runs out in Frogger. They can also try their hand at destroying pesky galactic matter in Asteroids, shooting down creepy crawlies in Centipede, or riding the flying discs and color-changing cubes in Qbert!
True, kids can now get any games on their cell phones, but there’s something more exciting about having a novelty replica arcade game to take on the go. The old school graphics, dings, and buzzes of the Mini Arcade Games are what give them their charm, and what makes them stand out from all the outrageously high-tech gadgets and gizmos vying for everyone’s attention these days.
Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back in time, just like a day at the arcade.