Review: My Arcade Micro Players – Galaga & Pac-Man

Review: My Arcade Micro Players - Galaga & Pac-Man

Product(s): My Arcade Galaga Micro Player / My Arcade Pac-Man Micro Player
Release Date(s): May 22, 2018 (Galaga) / August 22, 2018 (Pac-Man)
Manufacturer: My Arcade
Original MSRP: $34.99 (US), €34.99 (EU), £29.99 (UK)
These products were provided by the manufacturer for review purposes.
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I’ve always wanted my very own arcade machine. But money and space have always deterred me from making a purchase. Then, when I finally had both of those, I couldn’t decide which one to get. After a ridiculous amount of time procrastinating, I had kids and again, said goodbye to space and money once more.

Time moved on and my desire to purchase such an extravagant gift for myself dwindled. Then, only recently I noticed these little arcade machines in my local gadget shop and I began to consider them a possible alternative to my younger wish of owning a piece of gaming history.

Review: My Arcade Micro Players - Galaga & Pac-Man

I received Galaga and Pac-Man in the post and was instantly robbed of the little machines by my two daughters. After some tense negotiations, I managed to get them back on a temporary basis so I could actually review the six and three-quarter inch tall plastic cabinets before they disappeared.

The packaging is nice and has a large transparent area allowing for a clear view of the front and sides of the cabinet, which features artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinets. I could easily return them to the box should I wish but I feel that these are great for display on my desk. In part because, when not in use, there is no sound.

They can be powered by four AA batteries or with a Micro-USB cable, neither of which are supplied. I have plenty of both scattered throughout drawers and cupboards in my house so I plugged a cable into the PC USB port to power one of them up. The other is nestled among some of my PS4 games on a shelf so I put in some batteries for that one. Both can be turned on and off via the large button on the front which is made to look like the coin door. The slots even glow red, which is nice.

The batteries haven’t worn out yet but after doing some research I believe I should get about an hour of play before they need replacing. I was disappointed to find my high score was lost when I powered off the machine, but after some consideration I came to the conclusion these are designed for the person who wants a quick blast on a classic favorite, not to chase that high-score. That being said, I have taken a photo of my best score on Galaga.

Each game can be paused by pressing the Start button and the volume can be changed by pressing the buttons on either side of the headphone socket on the back. One thing I do like on these fairly generic cabinets is the ability to unscrew the joystick and just use the joypad beneath.

There is no space for a second player due to the diminutive size of the cabinets. This means any arcade games that would normally allow it don’t even have the option. This is not a detriment to the score as the logistics of two people huddling around the cabinet would be nigh on impossible.

Review: My Arcade Micro Players - Galaga & Pac-Man Review: My Arcade Micro Players - Galaga & Pac-Man Review: My Arcade Micro Players - Galaga & Pac-Man


These little novelty items are perfect for the experienced ‘older’ gamers and newbies alike who want to capture some classic gaming history. While I would prefer an identical scale version of the arcade cabinets, these are good and sturdy enough for clumsy kids and grown-ups. The price makes them a lovely gift idea, especially if that person has a desk and a spare USB port.

My Arcade has a good selection of similar classic games, most of which have a slightly different design to the side of the cabinets compared with Pac-Man and Galaga. A nice little price for a small piece of arcade history. Now, excuse me while I add Dig Dug, Mappy, and BurgerTime onto my letter to Santa, because I’ve been good this year.




Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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