4-Player Tabletop Arcade

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Cocktail arcade cabinets have been around for decades, but they are usually for 1 or 2 players. I believe there are enough games to enable a 4-player tabletop version.

This gadget is made possible by an IPS display, a superior display that can be seen clearly from all angles. I also want to include rotary joysticks, which can be toggled like a joystick for regular games (Pac-Man), or rotated for spinner games (Pong). The rotary joystick can be a button as well.

The 4-player games I would include for this device:

  • Bomberman Series
  • Gauntlet 1 and 2
  • S.M.A.S.H. TV and COMMANDO. Two players would control one character; one moves and the other aims and shoots. Should be fun!
  • PONG and its many variants
  • Arkanoid/Breakout
  • Control the enemies: Pac-Man, BurgerTime, Dig Dug, Centipede, Bubble Bobble

Games that sadly do not exist:

  • A TRON version of Arkanoid would be neat
  • An updated TANK (Atari) game for 4 players
  • 4-way Pinball
  • Super Dodgeball (overhead view)
  • 4-way Tetris Attack
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos? Sure why not
  • A wrestling game! I’d buy this contraption for this alone
  • Sports games from directly overhead (Tennis, Hockey, etc.)
  • Overhead racing games with the full track visible (like Super Off Road)
  • 4-player Frogger (can push each other around for a chaotic experience)
  • A ripoff of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, because Nintendo would never share it

Are there any 4-player overhead games that could be added to my list? Sound off below.

2 thoughts on “4-Player Tabletop Arcade

  1. any ideas on adding a trackball?
    not sure what would be practical – either as a separate controller? or maybe have the top of rotary joystick have a dome shaper cover that can flip off for a pop up trackball? or the top of the rotary joystick unscrew for a trackball? or something else?

    1. The 4-player games I dreamed up here didn’t seem t warrant that kind of input, what games did you have in mind?
      Rotary sticks have a lot of electronics going on, not sure if additional features could be squeezed in.
      But a custom arcade cabinet maker could throw one of these together, trackballs included. The only trick is getting the player controls oriented to all four sides properly.

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