10 Best Arcade & Table Games

List Updated August 2020

Bestselling Arcade & Table Games in 2020


Mini Arcade Game Retro Machines for Kids with 200 Classic Handheld Video Games Home Travel Portable Gaming System Childrens Tiny Toys Novelty Electronics for Boys-RUIER Eye Protection New Version

Mini Arcade Game Retro Machines for Kids with 200 Classic Handheld Video Games Home Travel Portable Gaming System Childrens Tiny Toys Novelty Electronics for Boys-RUIER Eye Protection New Version
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Mini Arcade Air Hockey Table- A Toy for Girls and Boys by Hey! Play! Fun Table- Top Game for Kids, Teens, and Adults- Battery-Operated (22 Inches)

Mini Arcade Air Hockey Table- A Toy for Girls and Boys by Hey! Play! Fun Table- Top Game for Kids, Teens, and Adults- Battery-Operated (22 Inches)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • PORTABLE FUN: Everyone loves air hockey, but not everyone has the space to keep a full-sized air hockey table in their home. With the light weight, table top air hockey, you are able to transport the fun anywhere you go!
  • EASY PUCK RETURN AND SCORE KEEPER: Easily keep track of the action with the sliding score keeper, located on each side's goal. You will never have to stop your game to search for the puck after scoring with the easy puck return technology.
  • REAL AIR FLOW: The air motor in this tabletop hockey toy makes the puck hover and glide across the entire playing surface, which makes your game even more thrilling. The puck slides around the board, making every tournament an action-packed experience.
  • PRODUCT DETAILS: Takes 8 AA batteries (not included) and requires a Philips head screwdriver for assembly (not included). Materials: Wood and plastic. Board Dimensions: 12 x 22 x 4 inches. Puck Diameter: 1.5 inches. Hockey Paddle Diameter: 2 inches.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Hey! Play! is committed to providing consumers with the absolute best price and value on products. NOTE: This is an exclusive product of Hey! Play! and ONLY Mini, Arcade Air Hockey Table are guaranteed to be genuine.

Dazzling Toys Mini Basketball Table Game - Desktop Arcade Hoops Slap Shot Miniature Game for Ages 3 and Up | Classic Mini Basketball Tournament Table Top Games for Sports Fans and Fanatics

Dazzling Toys Mini Basketball Table Game - Desktop Arcade Hoops Slap Shot Miniature Game for Ages 3 and Up | Classic Mini Basketball Tournament Table Top Games for Sports Fans and Fanatics
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

Giantex Multi Game Table Pool Hockey Foosball Table Tennis Billiard Combination Game Table (4 in 1)

Giantex Multi Game Table Pool Hockey Foosball Table Tennis Billiard Combination Game Table (4 in 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Westminster Arcade Ball Mini Shoot & Score Game

Westminster Arcade Ball Mini Shoot & Score Game
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Desktop size
  • Single or multi-player
  • Rotating swivel ball launcher

ESPN Air Hockey Game Table: 84 inch Indoor Arcade Gaming Set with Electronic Overhead Score System, Sound Effects, Cup Holders, Pucks and Paddles

ESPN Air Hockey Game Table: 84 inch Indoor Arcade Gaming Set with Electronic Overhead Score System, Sound Effects, Cup Holders, Pucks and Paddles
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • IDEAL GAMING FUN: Pro air hockey kit is good for a home game room, office rec space or basement; kids and adults alike will have a blast playing games on this premium arcade table at your next party
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Electric air hockey tables come with all the accessories, including 4 pucks and 4 pushers for multiplayer gaming, two cup holders and storage spots for your strikers and pucks
  • LED SCORING CAPABILITY: ESPN Air Hockey Table includes an LED electronic overhead score keeper that stretches over the table and includes arcade sound effects, a game timer and projection lights
  • QUALITY EQUIPMENT: Table set has a UL certified blower motor for an even, cool air flow across the 3/4 inch thick, high gloss magnetic playfield so the puck slides easily and swiftly over the surface
  • STURDY CONSTRUCTION: 7 foot hockey table has full panel 1/2 inch thick leg supports, a reinforced playfield apron and top rail, protective corner caps, and oversized 6 inch leg levelers for stability.Age Range:5 to 20 years

Cocktail Arcade Machine 412 Games Includes 2 Stools - Commercial Grade

Cocktail Arcade Machine 412 Games Includes 2 Stools - Commercial Grade
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Atomic Jumpball Deluxe Double Electronic Basketball Shootout Includes Four Mini Basketballs and Inflating Air Pump

Atomic Jumpball Deluxe Double Electronic Basketball Shootout Includes Four Mini Basketballs and Inflating Air Pump
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Electronic Scoring and Timer for 2 Competitors
  • Infrared Eyes for Accurate Scoring
  • 1- 1/2" Steel Tubing Offers Stability
  • Includes: 4 Mini Basketballs and Air Pump
  • Dimensions: 45" W x 106" D x 89" H

Two Player Desktop Soccer Hockey Game - 2 in 1 Soccer and Knock Hockey Mini Table Top Game - Cool Classic Penny Arcade Games Table Top Shooting Fun Toy For Kids Boys Girls Adults Teens Sports Fans

Two Player Desktop Soccer Hockey Game - 2 in 1 Soccer and Knock Hockey Mini Table Top Game - Cool Classic Penny Arcade Games Table Top Shooting Fun Toy For Kids Boys Girls Adults Teens Sports Fans
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • 2 IN 1 GAME - SWITCH FROM SOCCER TO KNOCK HOCKEY GAME IN SECONDS with this classic arcade game of 2 in 1 multishot soccer and hockey challenge toy that can be played anytime or anywhere on a desktop, table top, dining table, countertop at home, office or hotel room with an opponent to compete and have a match. Improve your hand and eye coordination and show off to your friends!
  • BRING EXCITING ARCADE ACTION DIRECT TO YOUR HOME, OFFICE OR ANYWHERE ELSE, ANYTIME. Encourage your kids into soccer and hockey sports with the game that is perfect for kids, children, boys, girls, adults, and everyone in the family at home, office or party time. Let your kids have a great time with this 2 player competition game for kids at the next birthday party, or children's get together.
  • NO BATTERIES, POWER OR AIR NEEDED. Size 14" x 2" x 8" . This toy game does not use air power, or needs no batteries or power. This mechanical educational sports toy game works by using spring action flippers to shoot the soccer balls, or manually using hand pushers to slide and move the hockey puck. Set can be assembled in minutes.
  • TWO PLAYER COMPETITION FAST PACED GAME OF SKILL. This table top classic arcade game soccer or knock hockey game for 2 players will bring the fast action of arcade games right onto your tabletop or desk top. Relax, reduce tension and relieve your stress at the same time. Have incredible fun with your friends with the frustration free toy game. Has a manual built-in score keeper so you can keep track of scores.
  • INCLUDES ACCESSORIES FOR BOTH SOCCER AND KNOCK HOCKEY. Includes balls for soccer game, and pushers and puck for knock hockey game. Set can be assembled in minutes and includes 2 each of pushers, pucks soccer balls along with the 2 nets for the knock hockey game and 2 trays into which the soccer balls drop when a goal is scored.

Arcade Classics - Pac-Man Retro Mini Arcade Game

Arcade Classics - Pac-Man Retro Mini Arcade Game
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • RETRO PLAY - Authentic 80's graphics, sounds and game play
  • AUTHENTIC Joy stick control, graphics and sounds make the game play as exciting as the original!
  • NEW Brighter Screen for enhanced gameplay!
  • INCLUDES 2 AA batteries for immediate play! Age: 8+
  • SHARE - Perfect for fans or collectors looking to share this classic with the new generation!

The Arcade Phenomenon and Donkey Kong

Many games have a significant presence around the world because of their intense quality, and characteristics and unique features. Donkey Kong happens to be one of my favorite arcade games, and continues to attract all walks of life.

My favorite arcade game of all time, is Nintendo's classic, Donkey Kong, developed in 1977 by Shigeru Miyamoto, who was one of Nintendo's first hired artists. Miyamoto desired to create a unique game that many could enjoy, and Donkey Kong was a direct result (Novak, G, 2005) Donkey Kong is a cross between King Kong and Beauty and the Beast. I always wondered why the game was called Donkey Kong, because the character is clearly a gorilla. Well, upon developing the game, Miyamoto initially wanted to call the game "Stubborn Gorilla", but since that name was not witty it didn't appeal to the US market. Miyamoto decided that donkey could mean stubborn, and Kong could represent gorilla, and that is how Donkey Kong came to be.

When Nintendo made its phenomenal entry into the U.S market, Donkey Kong was a success! I love the story line. Donkey Kong is about an ape that steals his gatekeeper's girlfriend and runs away. The player takes on the role of Mario, who is the gatekeeper and becomes the hero of the story as he attempts to rescue Pauline his girlfriend from the beast's grasp.

Donkey Kong continues to maintain a significant presence in the arcade arena today. Bill Mitchell coined as one of the greatest gamers of all time, set the highest score of 1,050,200 in the history of Donkey Kong. (Twin Galaxies, 2020) Bill Mitchell continues to dominate every segment of the game; while many came and went and few are still going strong to beat his score, Steve Wiebe, has stepped out of the picture for a while, only to return energetically to Fun Spot for another go at beating Bills score. Who knows what the future holds for Bill Mitchell's top Donkey Kong score, but then again, he is a man full of mystery and secrets.

Contrary to popular belief, many girls do play arcade games and have the same love for them as the boys do. Although, it is clear as day why many girls do not play arcade games, while believing the activity is for boys only, is a direct result from advertising in the late 70's early 80's, whereas action packed toys and games were only advertised to boys, such as war guns and gear, and the mothering toys such as baby dolls, strollers and kitchen stoves were advertised to the girls. This notion carried over, but was broken when gaming consoles were developed. Many girls, including myself began seriously playing video games because we had an older brother show us how. I would play with my cousins, brothers and other friends and eventually I was at the arcade having a blast with absolute strangers. I believe although, girls are late bloomers in the gaming phenomenon, based on today's marketing, many girls will play without their brother's permission; they will own their own consoles, and walk into a dark arcades without fear and ready for fun.

References:

Novak, G (2005) Gaming Essentials

Twin Galaxies The official Gaming Scoreboard. (2020) Bill Mitchell, Donkey Kong score located at π=2 gi;=3852 vi;=22

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