Hi there! I’m Andreas Firnigl, CEO and Founder of Nosebleed Interactive. We’ve been developing our retro arcade/part-sim management game, Arcade Paradise, for three years, and I’m super excited (and relieved!) to reveal that the game will launch on PS4 and PS5 on August 11th – You may also wish the game on PS5 now.
Arcade Paradise is a 90s-themed arcade management simulator where every game is fully playable.
You play as Ashley, a 19-year-old school dropout. Charged by your father, played wonderfully by the award-winning Doug Cockle (you might know him as Geralt from The Witcher series), you handle the day-to-day chores of running the family-run King Wash laundromat business. Things start to get interesting when you find out that those dusty old arcade machines in the back room have more business potential than the actual laundromat. Ka-ching! Ashley’s imagination runs wild and you embark on a journey that takes you from a dreary dead-end job to an arcade empire as you experience what it would be like to run your own games arcade.
There are over 35 fully playable arcade games to unlock in the game, all of which have been built from the ground up, and each game has its own unique gameplay, stories, missions and high scores to set. From a development point of view, this gave us quite a few challenges! (we’ll save that for another blog discussion, though).
Wash, Enjoy, Rinse, Repeat
I’m thrilled to also be able to give you a first look at our new release date trailer, The Grind, which showcases the core gameplay loop. Revealing how profit management, solving seemingly mundane (but actually oddly enjoyable) (very video-gamey) tasks, allows gamers to build and exp and their own arcade empire. Unclogging toilets, peeling gum from floors, doing laundry, and picking up litter all act as mini-games, from which you can plow the profits back into the arcade. In Arcade Paradise, you’ll have to juggle running the laundromat and running the arcade, and you’ll have to play the games to maximize their profitability. It’s safe to say that the road to Arcade Paradise won’t be easy, but we think it will be super fun.
Relive the nostalgia of the 90s game
If you grew up in the 90s like me, you’ll probably know and appreciate how popular arcades were. As a teenager, I was obsessed with video games, skateboarding and music. We’ve taken inspiration from classic arcade games of the past 3 decades – the game takes you through 8, 16 and 32 bit eras, with inspirations all the way back to the original PlayStation era – but we’ve also tried… add a modern take so each game looks authentic but in reality they are much more modern. For us, Arcade Paradise is a celebration of the greatest gaming era of all time. In fact, the game is so nostalgic you can almost smell the sticky arcade mat.
Block rock beats
As with video games, we are also big fans of music and especially 90s music. It was an amazing time for music, especially because of its incredible creativity and range of genres. Arcade Paradise’s soundtrack draws inspiration from some of the greatest music of this decade, providing punchy, high-energy accompaniment via the game’s jukebox.
Arcade Paradise is the biggest game we’ve ever made as a studio and we can’t wait for you to embark on your journey from rags to arcade riches when it launches on PS4 and PS5 on August 11th.
Thanks for reading and see you soon at Arcade Paradise.