Forget the Playstation 4 and X-Box One, arcade cabinets are the hot place to drop your new game, because apparently it’s 1982 and kids these days got the Pac-Man Fever.
At least, that’s what the developers of two upcoming multiplayer indie games must be thinking. These days you don’t often see a new game get the full wooden arcade cabinet treatment, so consider “Deathmatch by Audio,” at Williamsburg’s Death By Audio tomorrow, a rare opportunity to combine feelings of nostalgia and the cutting edge.
Crystal Brawl, from Studio Mercato of Don’t F**K Up fame, describes itself as a combination of Gauntlet meets NBA Jam. Their alpha video, embedded below, looks more like Heroes of Might and Magic without the turns.
The other game, Field-1, is more abstract. The promo video, below, gleefully declares that it has “No combos! No dragons! No gravity.” It looks like a digital version of air hockey with some fancy game mechanics that could be a lot of fun after a few beers.
If that last paragraph went entirely over your head, don’t worry, there will be music too, with bands Ballroom, Soupcans, Chat Logs, Estrogen Highs, and Melk Bell playing at 8 p.m. The games are free to use from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., but there’s an $8 cover if you stay for the 8 p.m. concert.