Boardwalk Arcade Skee-Ball, TMNT Electronic Pinball, and Whac-a-Mole Review (Super Impulse)

Boardwalk Arcade Skee-Ball, TMNT Electronic Pinball, and Whac-a-Mole
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What It Is

Bring the arcade into your home or take it with you wherever you go thanks to the teeny tiny playable Boardwalk Arcade games. These are miniature electronic games based on real arcade games of Skee-Ball, Whac-a-Mole, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Electronic Pinball. Each one, sold separately, features color LCD screens, game sound effects, and original game decor, all the way down to the fake quarter slots on the front.

Kind of like the miniature arcade games in the Tiny Arcade lineup, the small Boardwalk Arcade games really work - just not exactly how you might remember them. For instance, with the Skee-Ball game, there are no tiny balls to roll by hand. It's an electronic version, so you press and hold down a button to launch the on-screen ball at one of the on-screen targets. The device will keep track of your score and how many balls you have left. Each round starts with nine balls. Play through 12 rounds to activate a mystery round with one of four ways to play: speed, blindfolded, lowest score, or match the score.

Whac-a-Mole is also an electronic version, so no tiny mallets to wield. Just a d-pad to move the on-screen mallet and a red button to whack the mallet onto a mole. If you miss, you'll hear the mole laugh at you. There are 256 game levels to play through, and the game will keep track of your score and also let you record high scores.

And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Electronic Pinball game plays like the real thing, except with an on-screen pinball to launch. Buttons on the sides let you control the flippers, but if that's not comfortable for you at such a small size, there are two alternative flipper buttons on the back of the machine. Send the pinball through all sorts of obstacles, such as a spinning pizza, to rack up the points. There's so much to watch on the pinball screen, but don't miss out on the score screen's imagery, based on the original TMNT pinball game.

Is It Fun?

If you've ever played the real deal of one of these games, then you'll know how much fun they can be. And how many quarters you have to use to play. But with Boardwalk Arcade, there are no quarters. Just super fun and engaging gameplay, like how you remember it. These are the perfect size to collect, display, or take on the go for gaming fun wherever.

Who It’s For

Skee-Ball and Whac-a-Mole are for ages 8 and up. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is for ages 6 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Each one of these comes with three AAA batteries that power the in-store try-me features, so it's recommended that you replace them before you play for best results.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    3 AAA batteries required