EAG Expo 2017 Day 1: Disney Crossy Road; Choppy Wood; Aerosmith and More

arcadehero January 17, 2017 5
EAG Expo 2017 Day 1: Disney Crossy Road; Choppy Wood; Aerosmith and More

The first major amusement/arcade trade show following IAAPA is upon us, the annual expo that graces the city of London that is presently known as the EAG International Expo or EAG Expo for short. Many of our readers hail from the UK or Europe and a few are attending this event including Toby N. who took many of the pics below.

Let’s start with new products that were not brought to IAAPA

Disney Crossy Road

One surprise that we hadn’t heard about comes to us from the licensed videmption scene, a piece by Adrenaline Amusements that blends Crossy Road with Disney characters. The game plays just like Cross Road Arcade (single button play for two players; auto path finding for side movement) but has this skin. You’ll also notice Fix-it Felix and Wreck-It Ralph on the side art at the bottom. I’m noticing that Shooty Skies is not showing up on the AA website and it doesn’t appear to be here so perhaps it is receiving further work or it was canned (personally I think that game could work, it just was in the wrong cabinet with too large of a screen).

(Pics via Toby N.)

Disney Crossy Road

Disney Crossy Road control panel

Choppy Wood & The Walking Dead

Within this group of photos you can see Pump It Up Prime 2 (Andamiro), The Walking Dead (Raw Thrills), Space Invaders Frenzy (Raw Thrills), World’s Largest Pac-Man (Bandai Namco) and Let’s Go Safari (Sega). In the photo showing The Walking Dead (which also appears to have the zombie art removed from the walker opening the doors; instead you have black spots that art normally attaches to), you can see Raw Thrills’ new wood chopping game, Choppy Wood. We have mentioned this one on the blog before and expected it at IAAPA but due to their launch of both Cruis’n Blast, The Walking Dead and Space Invaders Frenzy, they opted to not throw too much out there.

This game is similar to TimberMan by Barron Games where you are chopping trees down while avoiding the branches that are coming towards you. The main difference here: it has two trees and two lumberjacks, both of which can be controlled by a player. Otherwise you compete against the computer in single player.

Aerosmith Pinball

If you’re dying to see Stern’s latest machine, they brought it to EAG. What better way to show it than with a Bandai Namco rep playing it in one of their Pac-Man suits?

Ok, here’s a better look:

Elf Agents

Not sure who makes this or what it’s about aside from guessing that it’s a shooting game for kids. Looks like it is from a Chinese or Taiwanese factory. Also by Toby N

Elf Agents

Now for games that we have already seen or heard about

Daytona Championship USA

As mentioned the other day, Sega’s latest racing effort made another appearance at a trade show, this time sporting a red dashboard. I have not heard about the track selection yet but the shifter is still the 2-position. Don’t fret, there is still plenty of time for that to change 😉

Cruis’n Blast

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a pair of Cruis’n Blasts but delays, delays, delays. Hopefully by the end of this week will refrain from promises until they have shown up at my door. Reports ‘from the wild’ I’ve been hearing indicate that these are performing really well, better than Super Cars did. We’ll see soon enough

World Tour Foosball

Barron Games International brought their World Tour Foosball game over to the UK for the first time. They did not bring their other titles like Fly O’Clock as regional agreements have Sega promoting that over there. This embed is from Facebook so you may have to like their page and be logged in to see it:

Variety Hour

When it comes to EAG, you don’t really have as many manufacturers separated from the other – Bandai Namco has their products plus Andamiro plus Raw Thrills; Sega has their stuff plus ICE plus Barron, etc. These pictures cover the rest – note that Maximum Tune 5 is NOT present at this show. As we had mentioned around IAAPA time, MT5 is a North America only release. That may change for Maximum Tune 6 however:

Heighway Pinball was at the show with 3 Full Throttle machines and 2 Alien machines but there was a technical issue with the Alien pins so hopefully that is sorted out by tomorrow.

Let’s end with this “Rcade” cabinet that looks totally legit, amirite?

That’s all for now from EAG Expo 2017, stay tuned for more!


5 Comments »

  1. arcades4ever January 18, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Are you kidding? No maxitune 5 for the UK and Europe?! That’s very disappointing.
    Played cruising yesterday for first time and it’s surprisingly satisfying racer. It plays like a cross between dead heat and the fast and the furious but it’s strange that there’s n break even though dirty driving was the same.

    • arcadehero January 18, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

      I find it interesting as I thought more would notice the lack of a shifter over the brake but perhaps it made no difference in testing at this point (with so many cars being automatic these days)

  2. Ralph January 18, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Shooty Skies-It has been released. I helped set it up at IPC Warr Acres last week. I liked it a lot more than Crossy Roads. I am pushing for it to be at my store in St. Louis. The big screen doesn’t hinder it at all.
    https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15965610_10210973098298965_1790496070427779921_n.jpg?oh=52aeb132b28e3ef96ca1689e030997f0&oe=58D7C2C7
    https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16114631_10210973098338966_5398760859933870725_n.jpg?oh=90e2ac4beb3fe2cd2b541ef50b840361&oe=58D92885

    • arcadehero January 18, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Interesting, thanks for sharing that info. I hope it does well for you. I wonder why it isn’t being shown at EAG and isn’t being promoting on their website yet.

      Personally I found the big screen a problem as they had to use enormous bars on the top and bottom to keep your attention focused on the action. Seems a waste of a vertical screen in that regard.

  3. Jason January 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I went along yesterday, had an awesome day with lots of gaming. I’ve posted pics and some gaming impressions on my blog:

    http://planetharriers.blogspot.co.uk/

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