There have been loads of arcade-style games released for console recently so let's dive in to 8 games that'll feel at home in an arcade.
Scintillatron 4096 Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
It's rare to see an arcade-inspired game as original and fun as Scintillatron 4096. Do you have the skill to master its challenging campaign?
The core gameplay of Scintillatron 4096 isn't far removed from the classic arcade game Robotron: 2084 as you basically move around and shoot in 8 directions. What makes it unique is that it features a combo system where shooting similarly coloured enemies in succession awards you more points. As a result, the scoring system rewards precision as well as efficiency seeing as each stage is timed. If you manage to perfect combo stages as well as beat them in under the par time, you're bound to climb the leaderboards quickly. Scintillatron 4096's visuals are rather basic yet the audio is spot-on complete with energetic electronic music, robotic voice clips, and appropriate audio cues. It all comes together to form an arcade-style experience that's as authentic as it is satisfying and addictive.
Scintillatron 4096 feels like a long-lost retro arcade game yet it offers a unique scoring system that's fresh and will keep you hooked.Scintillatron 4096 gameplay video →
Super Treasure Arena Review Switch ★★★★☆
Multiplayer games are a big part of having arcade fun so the enjoyable Super Treasure Arena is sure to delight you and a few friends.
Super Treasure Arena is played like an old-school overhead action RPG although in bite-sized matches as opposed to lengthy campaigns. Up to four friends compete to earn the most coins by attacking stereotypical enemies and each other as well as racing towards treasure chests whenever they appear. This dynamic creates a constantly chaotic atmosphere which is impressively addictive. Most multiplayer games like this get old rather fast but you could easily play Super Treasure Arena for hours at a time and still be having fun. One aspect that adds to the fun factor is the variety of weapons that you can pick up and switch to on the fly. Learning how to use each effectively to take out the assortment of goofy monsters as well as your friends is an absolute blast.
Multiplayer arcade-style games don't get much more fun than Super Treasure Arena. Its pixel-perfect charm is just the icing on the cake.Super Treasure Arena gameplay video →
Odium to the Core Review Xbox One ★★★☆☆
Games that only use one button seem to be popping up in arcades a lot recently and Odium to the Core is a solid take on the genre.
If you've played Flappy Bird or that silly helicopter game (you know the one) then Odium to the Core will feel right at home. You control a weird spiky orb thing with an eyeball in the middle and it's your job to carefully navigate through treacherous hallways while trying not to get snagged on any walls or hazards. You do so by holding a button to float up and letting go to fall. Along the way, you'll need to activate certain nodes to open doors and such so that helps to add some complexity to the equation although it remains rather basic at its core. Thankfully, the drum and bass soundtrack is appealing and the stages move to the beat which is a nice touch.
Overall, Odium to the Core feels like a tried and true single-button game. It doesn't offer anything particularly new or exciting but it's still a solid entry in the genre that'll keep you playing until you inevitably grow tired of its simplicity.Odium to the Core gameplay video →
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
There are a growing number of co-op cooking games and Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is definitely one that stands out from the crowd.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! has you basically navigate through menus via holding down shoulder buttons and tapping face buttons in order to prepare meals for your restaurant's patrons. This may sound boring and basic but the challenge comes in the form of doing it as fast and efficiently as possible without messing up via adding wrong ingredients, etc. In between serving up delicious meals, you'll also have to deal with pests, burglars, refilling the pop machine, and more. Although it's quite fun to play solo, playing cooperatively with a friend is where the gameplay shines brightest. For some reason, the ugly cartoon customers and unappetizing meals make gameplay even more enjoyable. Plus, unlocking additional restaurants and items to design your very own is super-satisfying stuff.
You wouldn't expect a menu-based cooking sim to be fun but Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! will keep you and a pal entertained for hours.Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! gameplay video → Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Review
Job the Leprechaun Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Single-screen 2D platformers are an often overlooked genre yet Job the Leprechaun is here to show how fun these games can be.
Job the Leprechaun is played as you'd expect a 2D platformer to play. You basically just move the little leprechaun around single-screen stages in order to collect all of the four-leaf clovers. Once you do, the exit door opens up and you proceed to the next stage. Each stage is full of dastardly enemies and cool gimmicks that you can use to your advantage. More specifically, you usually take care of enemies by bashing them with your hat but you can send rocks rolling to crush them or hit flowers that can shoot them instead. Plus, jumping on cows allows you to reach higher ground. Speaking of cows, every once in a while, you get to control one in an endless runner mini-game where you can earn extra lives. The only negative thing I can say about Job the Leprechaun is that it's incredibly simplistic and unchallenging which makes it a good choice for children and unskilled gamers but veterans may be a bit disappointed.
If you want a retro-inspired arcade-style platformer then Job the Leprechaun offers tight albeit easy gameplay with plenty of cool twists.Job the Leprechaun gameplay video →
Legendary Eleven Review Xbox One ★★★☆☆
Arcade sports games are an underrepresented genre but here's a fun take on soccer that anyone can easily pick up and play.
Legendary Eleven is an intuitive and basic arcade soccer game that looks surprisingly good. You basically control a team of players to pass and shoot when they have the ball or try and take the ball from an opposing player whenever they have possession of it. You can do so either gently or forcefully although the latter often results in a penalty so you have to be careful. I found the constant back-and-forth to be a decent representation of the sport but it's on a much smaller scale and the time limit is obviously much shorter. It took me a while to learn how to shoot effectively but once I got the hang of it, I found that finally getting goals was rather satisfying.
Even though Legendary Eleven is essentially a very basic take on soccer, its gameplay is easy to pick up and play and the visuals on display will be appealing for those looking for an arcade-style soccer game.Legendary Eleven gameplay video →
Gelly Break Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Cooperating with a friend can either be a rewarding or frustrating experience and Gelly Break will definitely test your patience.
Gelly Break has you and a pal control orange and green blob-like creatures. When separated, you can freely run and jump around. However, one player can jump on top of the other which allows the one on bottom to run and jump while the one on top can shoot in any direction. While together, you can push a swap button at the same time to change positions which is a crucial part of gameplay considering there are colour-coded platforms that you can fall through if you're not the correct colour.
Although all of this sounds fun, Gelly Break can quickly turn into an extremely frustrating mess as you need near-perfect coordination to survive its lengthy and grueling stages. That being said, an aspect that makes it a rewarding experience is that its stage designs are very well done and include many distinct gameplay elements. By the way, you can play solo but it's much more fun with a friend.
With so many cooperative games on the market, Gelly Break is an easily forgettable and often frustrating experience but it does feature enough unique gameplay mechanics and clever stage designs to make mastering its campaign a rewarding endeavour.Gelly Break gameplay video →
Pipe Push Paradise Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Pipe Push Paradise is a puzzler where you slowly piece together tile-based puzzles and it creates quite a rewarding dynamic.
Pipe Push Paradise stars a goofy little girl who doesn't say anything. Even after people try and carry on conversations with her, she just says "..." which I thought was absolutely hilarious and set a perfectly quirky tone right off the bat. Anyway, its gameplay involves sliding and flipping pipe pieces in order to connect every end point within each puzzle. This sounds simple but the puzzles can be extremely tricky to complete. There are 47 in total which is a decent amount but with no extra modes or substantial reasons to keep playing after you solve all of them, it definitely lacks replay value. That being said, the construction paper visuals and chill music are pleasing to take in as you slowly work out each puzzle. Also, I must admit, some of the later puzzles are mind-blowing how challenging they are.
Puzzle game enthusiasts who enjoy slowly piecing together tile-based puzzles will definitely love what Pipe Push Paradise has to offer. I just wish it featured more content such as a multiplayer component because they could have done so much more with its gameplay.Pipe Push Paradise gameplay video →