At Charleston Fun Park, we have something for everyone in our arcade, from classics like Skee-Ball, Air Hockey, and Pac-Man to new games like Cruisin Blast, Walking Dead, Monster Drop Extreme, and World’s Biggest Space Invaders! Arcades have definitely come a long way from their heyday in the 1980s, when kids scrounged the couch and car for quarters to play another round of Galaga. Read on to learn about the history of arcade games and how they evolved from the days when Pac-Man was cutting edge, to today’s ground-breaking virtual reality games.
- 1980: Pac-Man is released, blowing away all other arcade game records, selling 350,000 cabinets and generating over 2 billion dollars in revenue.
- Early 1980s: Other iconic games are released during this time period, including Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Centipede.
- Late 1980s: The focus of the industry shifts to home gaming with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and its competitors to follow, like the Sega Genesis.
- 1991: Capcom releases Street Fighter II, bringing a jolt of new energy to the industry, in turn spawning a wave of new fighting games like Mortal Kombat.
- 1999: Konami releases DDR, aka Dance Dance Revolution. For 90s kids, playing DDR at the mall was a hallowed after school ritual.
- 2000 and on: Throughout the early 2000s, arcade games continued to progress, with new features and concepts ranging from Mario Kart Arcade GP which used a built-in camera to allow players to use their own selfies as avatars in the game, to Deal or No Deal which used actual clips from the hit game show.
- 2013: Dark Escape 4D revolutionizes the arcade industry with surround sound, 3D glasses, vibrations and air blasts, and heart rate monitoring to create an immersive experience.
- Today: You can experience the latest gaming technology right here at Charleston Fun Park in our virtual reality game, Hologate. This first-person shooter takes up to 4 players through an alien apocalypse scenario, requiring you to work as a team to defeat the aliens.
What’s your favorite arcade game? Whether you’re interested in the cutting edge or old standbys, visit our Charleston arcade to feel like a kid again.