Arcade USA Toy Review Dreamgear’s My Arcade!


While browsing through my local Toys R Us, I came upon this little arcade machine toy called My Arcade by Dreamgear.  Now I am familiar with Dreamgear products and know what types of games typically are on their devices.  This little arcade machine is no pretty much has those typical games plus a few extras (200 in all).  Although I did run across the same game with different names on the device.

It features a nice 2.5 lighted color LCD display, although some text is hard to read on it in certain games.  It has a joystick, 2 fire buttons, reset, start and sound.   The control pad in the unit has the typical carbon dot mushroom style actuators, no mechanical switches are in this device.   The sound has 3 levels – Off, Low and Loud.  I did find the controls responded nicely while playing the games, although with my larger hands it was a little difficult to work them.

The unit has some very simple games but there are some decent ones in there.  I found a alternative version of Mappy the Arcade game, a decent defender clone (that had the sound effects of defender) and some other “unique” games that even though were simple were very entertaining.   I did however notice a game called Dark Castle on this machine that looks alot like the Intellivision game Thunder Castle.  Also there was a pretty much direct copy of Pinball from the NES (it was called “Hoodle”, Hoodle? what the heck is that!)

It is being sold at Toys R Us for 29.95.  For what it is and the games that are on it, I would wait until they become discounted to puchase one.   However, this device  would make a great arcade emulation machine by putting a Raspberry PI in it!

Rating: (2 out of 5 mincades)

2 out of 5

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