iOS gaming: Midway Arcade

If you missed the opportunity of grabbing the ultimate arcade emulator ‘MAME’ for your iPhone/iPad during its very brief appearance on the Apple app store, then Warner Bros’ release of Midway Arcade might be just what you need?

Midway Arcade is currently on offer for 69p/$0.99 and for that you get access to six classic arcade games with options to buy more via the in app store.

The available games are –

Spy Hunter
Arch Rivals
Root beer Tapper

Further purchases can unlock-

Gauntlet 1and 2
Total Carnage
Wizards of Wor

What makes Midway Arcade such a great app though is the presentation of these games by recreating a digital version of a typical arcade from the 80’s. If you’re of the era, then prepare to go back in time!


Dodgy patterned and worn carpets, neon signs, symphony of digital beeps, game posters, change machines, it’s all here. You can almost smell the stale popcorn, smoke and under topped Pizza’s.

Let take a tour of our arcade.

Starting on the first floor we see the highly detailed Defender and Spy Hunter cabinets. You. N pan around and look at them from any angle. Gotta love that funky steering wheel.


On past Arch Rivals and Root Beer tapper and we stop by Joust for a minute or too…actually, I’ll catch up with you later, I’ll be some be some time with Joust.


Downstairs and before hitting the cabinets again, grab a drink and a few rounds of touch screen Pool.


Never was an APB fan but always like the side art.


Stopped by the Rampage cabinet for some monster mayhem with George and co. before shooting some balls.


Yay, won some tickets so headed over to the prize desk to cash them in. Damn it, only enough tickets to get this izzy doll, got my heart set on a 720″ skateboard 🙂


So how do the games play? Well, emulation is spot on and as far as touch screen controls go they actually work pretty well. Defender, Joust and Tapper in particular transform quite well and the added options of multiple control type/buttons for Spy Hunter means that you can pick one to suit.

Tilt, d-pad or funky virtual wheel..your choice.


Sadly Rampage suffers as the eight-way virtual stick is not precise enough to handle the diagonals required to scale the buildings and so gameplay is a tad frustrating. To be honest, even the original arcade cabinet with real joysticks was always a bit hit and miss.

Games can be played in either landscape or portrait mode. The latter giving non portrait oriented games a splash of marque and control panel artwork.


Of the titles I’ll be unlocking, Total Carnage is on the top of my list. Here’s hoping for virtual dual stick controls. Gauntlet is ok but the original was fun because it could be played with up to three other mates, its doubtful this emulated version can replicate that.

I think WB/Midway have got it spot on with the presentation of this app. O.k so so the mini games aren’t actually that good but they compliment the digital arcade very well. Add in the ability to play your own iTunes music in the background (preferably something from the 80’s) whilst smacking away on a quick round of Air Hockey will no doubt bring back all those happy gaming memories. Taito, Capcom, Atari, take note, this is how to present your arcade games!

Oh and Warner Bros’, two things.

Where’s the flippin iCade support! How can you present these classic games and omit the one great device that was built for such apps? Sort it out!

Secondly, can you bring this to my digital arcade please?



4 responses to “iOS gaming: Midway Arcade

  1. Damn shame, let’s hope they add support soon with an update. You never know, especially as the control SDK is available to any developer.

  2. Woohoo, thanks for the heads up Jason! Just in time too as my new icade buttons have arrived.

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