Arcade Mania from Milton Bradley (1983)

Company: Milton Bradley | Release date: 1983 | Ages: 8 and up | # of players: 3-4 | Where to purchase: eBay

“…get arcade speed with board game strategy…”

Released in 1983 by Milton Bradley, Arcade Mania unites two popular forms of gameplay — board games and arcade games — into one fast-paced, colourful, and boisterous experience.

Created for three or four players, the game box contains a battery-operated handheld electronic arcade machine (referred to as The Machine), 4 game slides, a cardboard game board, four plastic pawns, two dice, 100 plastic chips (65 red and 35 white), 32 cards (eight blue betting cards and 24 red event cards), 4 rubber feet for The Machine, one label sheet, and an instruction booklet.

The object of the game is to be the player holding the most chips at the end of the game. This is accomplished by earning the highest score during electronic game battles with opponents and by gambling chips during battles between other rivals. Players roll the dice to move their pawns around the board. Board spaces instruct players to collect chips from the bank or challenge an individual opponent to an arcade duel. Chips are won and lost throughout the game.

The 32 game cards add to the impact and unpredictability of each turn by allowing players to earn and lose turns, collect extra chips, and other actions. The game concludes when a player is the first to reach the finish line (and collect ten extra chips).

Four electric arcade-style games are available: Run Amuk, Alien Raiders, Sneak Attack, and Rattler, each emulating a popular arcade game of the 1980s (Bezerk, Space Invaders, Missile Command, and Centipede).

Watch a vintage commercial for Arcade Mania on the Toy Tales YouTube channel.

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