The 10 Best Mini Arcade Games

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2017. If you spent even a small portion of your childhood in an amusement arcade, then the mini games on our list are liable to bring back some fond memories. We've included models that are near replicas of the originals, just smaller, as well as those that contain hundreds of classic video games on a single chip. Most are portable enough to take on the road or to friends' houses. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best mini arcade game on Amazon.

10. Toydaloo Coin Pusher

9. My Arcade Retro X Portable

8. Westminster Shoot & Score

7. Basic Fun Skee-Ball

6. Neo Geo Mini

5. Klask by Buffalo Games

4. Qbert Classic

3. Rally and Roar Air Hockey

2. Iwawa Kids Retro Cabinet

1. Buffalo Games Skee-Ball

Editor's Notes

March 04, 2019:

There's nothing quite like the lights and sounds of a traditional arcade, and there are plenty of options for simulating allt hat fun, but without the stressful car ride, expensive concessions, and coin-hungry machines. As far as traditional arcade video games go, the Neo Geo Mini offers just about the best playing experience, and it comes with 40 of the brand's iconic titles built in. It is, however, one of the most expensive on the list. The My Arcade Retro X and Iwawa Kids cost considerably less, thought the Retro X doesn't have the build quality that the Neo Geo and Retro Cabinet do. What many of today's smartphone-enthusiast children don't realize, though, is that non-computerized games can be just as much, if not more fun than those with a screen. While based on the same classic, Basic Fun's and Buffalo Games' Skee-Ball creations are both very different; the former is a small, almost handheld-size device that focuses on speed and fingertip accuracy, while the latter involves the entire arm and shoulder, much like the original, but far less bulky. The Westminster, meanwhile, mimics the old Pop-A-Shot basketball competition with adorable, finger-operated style. QBert, of course, is a well-known gaming icon, as is the good, old Coin Pusher game which can even satisfy the gaming urges of former casino attendees, without the need to wager a dime. Rally and Roar offers up a fantastic way to exercise your competitive spirit at home or at a friend's, and works quite well, far better, in fact, than many electronic kids' toys. And for a unique, as well addictively entertaining exerperience, check out Klask, which has won multiple awards in Scandinavia, where it originated, and is a fast-paced skill game that nearly anyone can enjoy. We promise that if you outfit your child's play room or your downstairs bar with a handful of these games, the kids in your house (from the young ones, to the adult-sized) will really thank you.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on March 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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