Bring Back Your Inner Child: Review On The Retrocade Pro

While the missus might not understand your addiction to gaming, The Men’s Cave certainly does. We review the Retrocade Pro, the grown man’s (and kid’s) dream and the missus’s living nightmare.


Screen Size & Configuration (4.5/5)

The Retrocade Pro uses a 19” industrial-grade monitor as its playing screen. With a 2 player 6 button configuration, tag together for a beat’em up game or clash in classic fighting games like the Street Fighter series. Overall for a cabinet of this size, the screen is slightly small and this is where points are deducted.


Playability (4.8/5)

The Retrocade Pro comes with over 600 games featuring many classic arcade games from the 90s to the early 2000s. Older games such as Tetris, Pacman, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders are also available to cater to the slightly older generation. With a cabinet width of 63cm, the machine easily fits 2 players standing/sitting side by side mashing buttons.


Durability (5/5)

Meant for heavy usage, the Retrocade Pro is designed to be placed in commercial spaces used on a daily basis. Not everyone plays on an arcade with finesse and so the machine is designed to take a beating from frustrated users after inserting their 16th credit into Metal Slug.


Auxiliary (5/5)

The Retrocade Pro comes with several auxiliary features. It comes with a coin mechanism that accepts real tokens for the original authentic arcade feel. Feels good when you don’t have to actually pay 50c for a token. With wheels attached, the machine can be easily relocated and stoppers allow it to stay in place even through vigorous button mashing. With a LED marquee and undercabinet lighting, the Retrocade Pro is best placed in a dim area where it really stands out. Bonus points for the customisable side decals and marquee.


Overall (4.8/5)

All in all, the Retrocade Pro gives the very original arcade experience where hours and dollars were spent trying to complete games on a single credit or challenging others in fighting games until you beat them. With over 600 games in HD, you can relive your younger days once again and defeat that boss that you were unable to when you ran out of money. The only major upgrade required would be a bigger screen.


If you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself, you can check out our full list of Retrocade models here or get a better idea of whether it’s the right fit for you through our Space Guide series.

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