Midway Arcade – Reliving Some Classics On iOS

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 3.5/5

10 great classic arcade experiences | Full 3D arcade design | An authentic feel throughout

A bit on the slow side | Physical games are somewhat lacking | Controls are a bit off

There’s nothing quite like classic arcade games even with all of the advancements in today’s gaming world. Midway Arcade is now available for iOS, and it brings some classic titles including Rampage, Joust, Root Beer Tapper, Defender, and more. There are 10 games total, and they also include physical games like arcade basketball, skee-ball, and air hockey. Every single game is made for the touch screen with various physical controls on screen or simple flick play with the physical games.

For each game you play, you earn some tickets which lets you unlock virtual prizes including stuffed animals, special balls, and even a jukebox. The entire app is presented like a classic 3D arcade with full authentic cabinets for each arcade game. You get to move between each game, add infinite credits, and start playing away. It’s neat that you get the full arcade style, but it would be nice to quickly jump to a specific game if you wanted to. Once you get into a particular game though, it feels just like the arcade classic, just on the friendly confines of your iOS device.

The controls are a bit of a problem from time to time, as you may go the wrong way here and there. Also, the overall feel of each arcade game is a bit on the slow side, although it’s just the regular pacing of these classic games, without any speed chips, kind of like the Pac-Man series on iOS. The physical arcade games may be the most disappointing as they are just so basic from physics to design. They seem especially poor when compared to Skee-Ball, Ramp Champ, NBA Hotshot, and most air hockey and pool games. The main aspect though, is the classic arcade titles, and the physical games are just an added bonus.

Midway Arcade ($0.99, Universal) is worth picking up which does a great job of delivering the past to current iOS devices.


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