New Retro Arcade is a fantastic retro arcade simulator that allows players to explore and play real retro games on authentic MAME arcade machines, Super Nintendo’s and Game Boy’s.
We’ve seen similar virtual arcades before with Microsoft’s Game Room and Anarchy Arcade, but nothing with the amount of detail and ease of use of New Retro Arcade. As you explore this retro haven, you really are transported back to the 80’s, complete with classic decor, full of glowing neon and classic movie posters. There’s also a boombox that you can insert new cassette tapes into to change the music, from the Smiths to Michael Jackson – the devs really have thought of everything.
The main draw are the retro games though, every arcade cabinet looks authentic and is playable the moment you walk up to it. You can even play a selection of Game Boy and SNES games, even changing out cartridges on the SNES to change games. You don’t just have to stick to playing video games either – you can play darts, 10 pin bowling or even shoot some hoops. To get fully immersed in the virtual arcade experience you can also hook up an Oculus Rift and truly enter the arcade.
It’s a sad fact of life that arcade gaming is dying out, but New Retro Arcade with it can live on forever. It’s the perfect way to play classic arcade games the way they were meant to be played – in an arcade. This really is retro gaming nirvana – highly recommended.
Note: To get around the obvious legal issues of ROM copyrights, you download the ROMs in a separate pack (you can download extra ones too if you vant to change the games). This is remarkably easy though – you’re directed to the relevant download page when starting up. If you have any trouble, be sure to read the Install+Readme.txt that comes with the game.
Check Out a Short Gameplay Video HERE
Download New Retro Arcade HERE