Friday, January 5, 2018

Frontierland Shootin' Arcade!

Big memories with this one! It amazes me how this original opening day attraction has managed to stick around as long as it has. This is a MUST when I am in the Magic Kingdom. I remember my first time playing it back in the late 80's and thinking how amazing the animated objects were. I was shocked, stunned, and baffled at the size of this shooting gallery and the amount of targets (my previous experience had been random carnivals and oddball amusement parks). I love how a cemetery (Boot Hill) is included along with some skulls, desert animals, light up buildings, and other scenery to help create a Tombstone feeling. The best part is the transition from day to night. Be sure to bring a few quarters the next time you head over to the Magic Kingdom and give the Frontierland Shootin' Gallery some love!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Commercials!

Ok, so I MAY have taken/borrowed this idea from Matt over at Dinosaur Dracula, but honestly, I though I was the only misfit out there who enjoyed watching retro commercials before I stumbled onto his site. This is our very first batch of retro commercials and I hope we do not disappoint!

We Wish You All a Happy Holiday Atari Commercial from 1981

What can I say, Atari had some great seasonal commercials and this one does not disappoint. I love how Atari assumes everyone (even Eskimos) have and enjoy the Atari 2600!

Season's Greetings from Atari Commercial from 1983

Two years later and Atari jumps from quaint, to the future by having Santa visit a family on a space station to deliver futuristic Atari 5200 games! There is more than one version of this commercial. This happens to be the shorter one with just two games.

Sears Atari/Sears Video Arcade Christmas Commercial

While I don't have time to run down the history of Atari and Sears relationship, in a nutshell Sears sold Atari 2600's that were remodeled as the Sears Video Arcade. I use to love going into Sears in the 80's and marveling at the video games, much like Santa in this classic commercial!

Well that about wraps up this year's Christmas Mayhem. It has been rushed, but fun this year due to random snow storms, ice storms, power outages... I've already logged about 16 hours shoveling and it isn't even January!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Coastal Amusement's Ice Man Videmption Game Review

Keeping with the Christmas-ish theme, today we have a look at the fairly new videmption game, Ice Man by Coastal Amusements. You may notice just a striking resemblance to SEGA's Plants Vs. Zombies arcade game. While I have not had a chance to play Plants Vs. Zombies, images and videos I have seen seem to indicate at least a resemblance in the art department. While some of you may scream foul, copycats in the arcade industry are just about as old as the industry itself. Think of some of the many pinball games from the past where it seems like the only difference is the playfield art, or the countless Pong style clones that were around.

Be sure to check back tomorrow when I will be writing about some of my favorite arcade related Christmas commercials as the mayhem continues!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tomy Puck Man Tabletop Review

Everyone remembers the classic Coleco tabletop games, but for me, my money was always on the Tomy Pac-Man tabletop game from 1981. I didn't care that the others looked like mini arcade games, I wanted my odd shaped yellow Pac-Man flying saucer! Seriously, this thing looks like crossing Pac-Man with some bad 60's or even 70's aesthetics. Picture those goofy egg shaped seats that people use to listen to their hi-fi's on, but yellow and Pac-Man like and you'll get the idea.

The Tomy Pac-Man tabletop game was one of those wanted Christmas presents that never happened so, over 30 years later I finally got one. I wonder if it was worth the wait?

Be sure to check back tomorrow night as Christmas mayhem continues here at the Arcade Hunters!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Comes to Pacland!

While most people consider Rudolph, Frosty, and Charlie Brown to be quintessential holiday viewing; for me the holiday season does not truly kick into gear until I have seen my round yellow pal help Santa and teach some ghost monsters a lesson about caring. As a kid who was obsessed with arcades and video games, the Pac-Man Christmas special just hit closer to home for me. That is why on a cold, snowy day I decided to arm myself with some rum infused coffee and vomit words of love to my favorite holiday special, Christmas Comes to Pacland!