iiRcade Review — A home arcade with an ever-growing library

It’s no secret that arcade cabinets take up a lot of space, and many of us don’t have the space needed to create our own home arcade.that is iiRcadeIntroducing a new multi-cade, which has established itself as a jack for all transactions. Rather than focusing on a single arcade classic or publisher, iiRcade is steadily expanding its library of titles that you can buy and download to your cabinet. That’s an interesting premise, to say the least. With its premium feel and good looks, iiRcade has great potential. Its long-term success depends heavily on the game library. The preloaded games are overwhelming, but the storefront is growing steadily and includes a variety of arcade and console games. If you’re having trouble deciding on an arcade cabinet for your gaming room, iiRcade is for you.

Background and price

Last year, iiRcade successfully raised about $ 660,000 on Kickstarter, promising multiple editions and imminently over 200 licensed games. We received a 64GB countertop machine and matching stand for this review, but a 128GB version with Dragon’s Lair, Double Dragon, or Retromania wrestling artwork is also available.

The bar top can be easily connected to the optional stand

If you’re used to the price of Arcade1Up cabinets, iiRcade will probably cause a bit of sticker shock. A 64GB countertop machine costs $ 599, plus a stand tack for $ 149. The 128GB edition ranges from $ 799 to $ 819. It comes with a matching stand and Sanwa’s official joystick. To be fair, all of these prices have been halved for backers as “early bird” specials, but it’s undeniable that iiRcade is an investment. At the moment, iiRcade can only be purchased from the official website and b8ta, but will eventually be available at several other retailers such as Amazon and Touch of Modern.

Premium build quality

After testing a number of Arcade 1Up cabinets and AtGames Legends Ultimate, it quickly became apparent that iiRcade was superior to most mainstream home arcade cabinets. It took less than two hours to assemble the countertop and stand. Due to my personal setting, I used the countertop for about an hour without a stand before connecting it to the base and moving it to its long-term location. However, the process of attaching it to the base is so simple that it’s not difficult to switch between the two setups if you can remove the back cover to access the hand screws.

The base 64GB model uses a combination of orange and blue pattern designs to offset the black finish for a smooth look. Based on the photo, the dragon hideout and the Black Edition (Double Dragon) cabinet have a more eye-catching design, but the base model still looks modest enough to fit almost anywhere in your home. If you choose Black Edition, you can also purchase your own skin from a third-party retailer for a custom look.

Each iiRcade has two premium joysticks and six click buttons.
Each iiRcade has two premium joysticks and six click buttons.

The control panel has two 8-way Sanwa-style joysticks. One has a red knob and the other has a black knob. The stick is a bit short, but I think this helps maintain a tight and responsive feel. Each joystick is paired with 6 buttons, with ABC on the top row and XYZ below it. The buttons have a pleasing click feel and feel more like a trip to a local arcade as a kid than any other home cabinet I own. At the top of the panel are seven buttons for basic functions such as volume control, pause, power on the unit, join the game (P1 and P2), and a coin button to press to load credits. ..

The iiRcade has a gorgeous 19-inch high-resolution display. It’s an outstanding feature, but it’s also the only aspect of an unboxed and defective build. The display is covered with a sheet of plexiglass that adds sharpness to the image, but comes with only one side protected by a thin film. From the beginning, there were multiple long horizontal scratches. Another GameSpot editor also had this issue, so you could have the same issue. I had a similar problem with the Arcade1Up cabinet. Thankfully, scratches only appear when the machine is powered off. You can’t see it while playing the game. You can also request a replacement part that covers both sides, even if the black border is not drawn.

It’s worth noting here that when the iiRcade is connected to the stand, it’s slightly higher than the Arcade 1Up cabinet with a riser. It’s the perfect height for a standing cabinet, but if you want to sit and play, you’ll need a fairly tall bar stool (not one of the Arcade1Up stools). Of course, if you prefer to sit while playing an arcade game, you can place the countertop unit on any side.


iiRcade runs on a custom version of Android. It turns on quickly and has a responsive menu system. With a 1.8GHz hexa-core processor, 800MHz maximum quad-core GPU, and 4GB of dual-channel RAM, the iiRcade isn’t just for classic arcade games, it’s more sophisticated 3D graphics and vibrant colors. The high-definition display makes the game look sharp and the speaker impression is not exaggerated.

The iiRcade is equipped with a pair of 50W stereo speakers. You won’t have to run close to 50%. In fact, the system even warns that doing so is dangerous. As a test, I turned the volume up completely and went out. I was able to hear the game music clearly even at a distance of more than 100 feet. Still, it was a pretty loud sound. You can connect your headphones to the control panel or do private listening via Bluetooth. This is done many times to prevent my wife and daughter from listening to the game from other rooms.

iiRcade has two high-impact speakers
iiRcade has two high-impact speakers

When it comes to presentations, iiRcade is suppressed. The menu is fairly straightforward, with a navigation bar at the top that divides the games by genre. There is no menu music, only annoying ticks and grunts that are registered while navigating. After a few days of testing, I turned off the sound until I started the game.

Game library

Featured arcade cabinets need to have an impressive game library to succeed, and iiRcade is promising here in partnership with major publishers such as Sega and Data East. Currently, there are hundreds of games on the iiRcade storefront, with more to come in the coming weeks and months.

The library is very diverse, with a mix of arcade classics, ambiguous console games, mobile ports, a collection of ColecoVision games, and even some modern indies. When browsing the game list on the iiRcade website, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that many of these games are relatively unclear compared to the normal fares found in home arcade cabinets. Even the Sega title is very eclectic, including Congo Bongo, Bonanza Bros., and the other five games that appeared in Sega Genesis, but you’re getting the arcade version here.

iiRcade also has several celebrities, including the first three Double Dragon titles (two currently available), Ys Chronicles I & II, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, and Strikers 1945. The most notable modern game cabinet announced is Dead Cells. This is a great indie roguelike game to be released at the storefront this year. Some of the latest games also support online multiplayer. This is useful if you have friends who also own iiRcade.

Diver boy
Diver boy

The library is a mix of so many games (some aren’t intended for arcade titles), so you may find games that don’t fit your setup perfectly. For example, we found that Dead Effect 2 was virtually unplayable due to its dual stick control scheme, requiring the use of almost every button.

All over-the-counter games are reasonably priced and range from $ 3 to about $ 15 for new indies such as Teslagrad and WonderBoy. However, at this time, the process of adding games to the cabinet is not ideal. There is an app for Android, but iOS users need to visit and purchase the basic browser storefront. Unfortunately, there is no storefront in the cabinet. That’s my biggest complaint when searching for new games in the library. It is much more convenient to browse the library directly on the device.

I’m not sure if the current library at iiRcade is worth the admission fee. Before you buy, you should definitely look at the complete list of announced games and browse the storefront. If you want to get the iiRcade and be happy with what’s out of the box and ready to use, you’ll definitely be disappointed.

iiRcade preloaded game list:

  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Double dragon
  • Beach buggy racing
  • Bomb disposal team
  • Diver boy
  • Maniac Square
  • Gunbird
  • Twin brat
  • Dragon master
  • Fancy World: Earth in Crisis
  • Snowboard championship

The 11 preloaded titles cover a variety of genre combinations, including shooters, puzzle games, fighting games, side-scrolling action, and the quirky interactive movie “Dragon’s Lair.” But after spending over $ 600 on arcade cabinets, it’s not a library that most people will be happy with. I played every game for at least a few hours each. Gunbird was my favorite, but I revisited Double Dragon with my daughter and enjoyed beach buggy racing, Mario Kart’s rip-off Android port.

Mileage in the library varies, but it’s clear that a lot of love and care was put into these games. I have tested over 20 games on iiRcade and they all ran fine. Emulation is top notch. Even if the game itself may feel a bit awkward to the cabinet control scheme, it’s easy to see that you’re playing a sophisticated version of these games on iiRcade. The recently added photo mode allows you to share screenshots directly by email. You can also connect the iiRcade to your TV via HDMI to display your actions on a larger screen. This is a nice feature if you plan to host a small tournament at home with your friends, but you should always have an HDMI cable (not included) connected. Otherwise, you will need to remove the back panel to access the back panel each time.

The 64GB Bar Top Edition costs $ 599
The 64GB Bar Top Edition costs $ 599

Main specifications of iiRcade

1.8GHz hexacore CPU
4GB dual channel RAM
100 watt speaker
19-inch high-definition display
64GB storage
61 inches high (when connected to a stand)


The iiRcade is a well-made cabinet with a comfortable joystick and buttons. The expanding game library contains some solid hits and lots of hidden gems. As a featured cabinet that can hold hundreds of titles, the iiRcade has great potential. Whether it’s suitable for you depends on whether you’re fully interested in the game library. If you didn’t back up your cabinets on Kickstarter, the prices would be quite high and new games would continue to drop more cash, but they are marked at a reasonable price. The versatility of the iiRcade as a countertop cabinet that can be transformed into an almost full size standing cabinet makes it easy to move. Overall, iiRcade is a great option for those who don’t want to be trapped in a small library of games. If your game tastes change, you can add new games to your library to get things done. This is the main attraction of iiRcade. As a multi-cade, the iiRcade could be the only cabinet you need.

Good thing:

  • Excellent build quality with premium joysticks and buttons
  • It is regularly added, including a huge library of games that can be purchased in the store.
  • Emulation is top notch and the game looks great on a high resolution display
  • Works great as a counter cabinet or full standing model

bad person:

  • Preloaded games are overwhelming
  • You can’t buy new games directly from the cabinet
  • The bland menu undercuts the sleek design of the cabinet
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About the author: Steven Petite has spent more than 50 hours testing the iiRcade over the past few months. iiRcade provided cabinets and stands for review.

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