Recently, a few months back, I purchased a Space Invaders Arcade1UP cabinet from Walmart.com. I got it on sale for 150$ dollars USD. This seemed to be a good deal given it's normally 299$ USD. So basically fifty percent off. It arrived, in a timely manner- though there was no outer box or wrapping, they just shipped it in the big box it comes in. I prefer there to be some kind of wrapping around items, to hide what it is. This is not a big deal in the end. The Space Invader's cabinet, as of the time of this writing, is a Walmart Exclusive.
First off, these come in a kit to assemble. It is a nightmare. There's huge pieces and multiple boxes. You'll need about two hours time for your first time. I imagine I could build another one of these in a shorter amount of time, now that I know what to expect. I was sweating by the time I was done. I did not enjoy putting this cabinet together. I imagine some people might enjoy putting this together, but I did not.
There are two games on this unit that are both Space Invaders. The original black and white, and the colored version. They play exactly as Space Invaders should. The joystick feels good, as do the buttons. The look and feel and game play feels authentic. The problem I have, is the volume. Which only has three levels-- 'Off/Mute, Loud and VERY Loud'. There's no way to put the sound down on softer. This really needed a more adjustable volume control.
As a whole, the Arcade1UP upright cabinet line are scaled down arcade cabinets. You will need a stool or chair to be comfortable to play at it, unless you make it higher via putting it on a raised solid surface or buy the optional Arcade1UP riser-- which retails for an additional 35$ to 40$ USD.
Overall, the only thing I regret about this purchase is the assembling time and process. I really don't want to buy another unit, regardless about how much I want that Galaga unit- unless it's assembled for me, and the volume settings. It's otherwise, nice to have an 'arcade machine' in my own home of a classic game I like mindlessly playing.
I rate this 9 out of 10 Invaders from Space. The unit itself is solid and great. But if you can find someone else to assemble it for you, do that. Do it.
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