Bespoke Arcades

Birth of Arcade Series

Sonic the Fighters, Metal Slug + Die Hard Arcade

Die Hard Arcade

Modelled on the hit film of the same name, Die Hard Arcade follows John McClane and Kris Thompson as they attempt to save the President’s daughter from terrorists. The game was part of the beat-em-up genre with 2-player capabilities. Fighting their way through waves of minions, players could have used weapons that ranged from a salt and pepper shaker to a missile launcher. At the end of each level, the players would face a boss character.

Area 51+ Street Fighter The Movie

Area 51

Atari’s critically acclaimed Area 51 still stands today as an arcade hit. Development started on the classic light gun game when Atari really needed a breakthrough after a series of failing games and losing staff to their rival – Electronic Arts (EA). The company reached out to 3rd party developers to help create Area 51, which went on to sell over 20,000 arcade cabinets whilst being ported to multiple consoles.

Jurassic Park + Killer Instinct

Jurassic Park

Sega’s Jurassic Park is based off of the blockbuster film with the same title. In the ‘Rail Shooter’ genre, players would have had to shoot attacking dinosaurs out of the car they travelled in. Combining 2D sprites with 3D polygon graphics and a moving seat that reacted to what was happening on screen, the car appeared to be moving forward. It was the first game within the genre to have a 3D environment as its background.

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Source: Arcade Museum