It has been a little while since I did an arcade “unboxing” – a little over a year in fact when I unboxed and installed a World Tour Foosball table by Barron Games. I was going to do Cruis’n Blast when I got my hands on that earlier this year but when it arrived it was already out of the box and just needed the marquee attached.
The Walking Dead Arcade
As you likely know, The Walking Dead is an exclusive arcade release developed by Play Mechanix and Raw Thrills. It was released in January 2017 but I had the chance to check it out at IAAPA 2016 last November in Orlando. Zombie shooters haven’t been terribly common on the modern arcade scene, with House of the Dead 4 (2006), Deadstorm Pirates (2009), and Plants Vs. Zombies: The Last Stand (2014) coming to mind. With The Walking Dead enjoying wide popularity around the world, and licenses being all the rage for arcade releases, it is an IP that makes perfect sense for today’s market.
As we learned about the game from initial tips, the game uses a crossbow-style game controller – a very nice design. When you pull the trigger, red LEDs light up near the handle. This reminds me of Sega’s Zaxxon which had a red light flare up when the trigger was pulled. TWD really uses light as a feedback feature, particularly with the multi-color LEDs in the ceiling light.
I also like the bench seat, despite knowing that five years down the road I’ll probably need to have it reupholstered. I might buy some cable that looks like barbed wire (without the barbs) decorate the marquee…or some other zombie stuff but either way, it is a good-looking cabinet.
So with that said…
Let’s Unbox The Walking Dead Arcade Machine
This does go beyond just pulling the box off of the game and shows the setup and installation process.
If you have played The Walking Dead arcade game, what did you think about it?