Arcade Machines on the Market – Why We Pride on Selling Originals

Buy Original Arcade Games in the UK

Are you thinking about purchasing an arcade machine? Having an arcade machine in your home or business is a fantastic idea. Modern offices are like Google and Facebook HQ’s have set the way for employee wellbeing and downtime. It’s proven to improve productivity, as well as being a unique focus piece no matter where you put them. Staff will love trying to beat the high score, or put one in your reception for your customer’s to use while they wait!

Is this machine an original?

If you have already started to look for arcade machines, you may notice that there are lot’s of companies selling them shockingly cheaper than they were a few years ago. While you may be thinking that you want to find the cheapest arcade machine, this is not always the best idea.

Why? Well, it is pretty simple. Most of the cheaper versions of arcade machines are made in China. They tend to be copies of the original classics that you love and not the actual versions that have character and value. The chances are that if you love video games and arcade machines, you love retro games from your childhood. Why would you want to purchase a cheaper version of the games that you love?

There are companies online like Arcade Direct that specialise in hiring and selling original arcade machines to the public and businesses. While most our games are new, we do also have re-conditioned machines. These refurtbished classic arcade machines allow you to save on the costs of a brand new machine. Your new investment is  going to be a fantastic asset for your home or business.

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Why Choose Arcade Direct?

At Arcade Direct, we source the best original arcade machines. We are talking about the classics that everyone loves to play from the golden age of arcade games. These are the ones with a few buttons, joystick and simple gameplay that make your childhood one to remember. From inserting the 10p for one more go to beating the high score after hours of playing, you can now enjoy the nostalgia in your home or business.

Of course, we take the time to find the best original arcade machines. This means examining their condition and making sure that they can still be enjoyed to this day. The physical condition of each machine that we sell is quality inxpected, and we also test the graphics and gameplay. We make sure that our customers have the opportunity to purchase a classic but that is also in good condition for its age. Arcade Direct also refurbish some of the retro arcade machines, so that you can have a piece of gaming history.

Some of Our Original Games

So, let’s take a look at some of the original games you can get your hands on at Arcade Direct. One that we love is the Original Space Invaders Arcade Machine.

There is no doubt that this was one of the biggest games of all time and people still love to play this classic today. Now you have the opportunity to own it! It is PC converted for reliability and it has been refurbished to look amazing. This arcade machine was first released in 1978 and all you have to do is control a laser cannon and fire at the alien army that descends toward you. While it may sound simpe, this game gets harder and it will test your aim and reactions. In fact, it is an addictive game and you will definitely spend hours trying to beat the high score.


Another popular original that we have for sale is Pac-Man. Everyone knows this legendary game and it has been a hit ever since it hit the arcades in 1980. When it was first released, it was different from the other shooter games on the market and everyone loves to navigate Pac-Man around the maze and avoiding the coloured ghosts. If you used to play this game, you will know how addictive it is to play! Of course, it does get more difficult as you progress through the game, which keeps you entertained. Do you have what it takes to beat the high score?


The great thing about Arcade Direct is that we have some rare retro games on offer. This includes the Galaxian Arcade Machine. It’s an amazing game that is going to keep you playing for hours. You have got to beat the alien army with your rocket ship, with kamikaze-style attacks to make this game challenging.  Of course, the game gets harder as you progress, which keeps you entertained. Galaxian is suitable for all ages and it is simple to work with just a couple of buttons. We have re-conditioned this machine so that it still plays well and it looks great too. You will be surprised just how much fun it is to bring back one of the classic games that have influenced the gaming market to this day! 


Hire Originals

We must also mention that you can hire original arcade machines, as well as purchasing them. Our hire starts from £295 + VAT, and includes delivery & set up within a certain distance. Arcade Direct are based in Lancashire,  but we hire machines all over the UK & Europe.

We provide machine rental for corporate events & showcases, weddings, parties and much more. Arcade Direct has partnered with Passion4Events. They are an events company in Preston and provide bespoke event management, luxury wedding planning, and alternative entertainment to all sectors.

If you are planning an event, then make sure you consider how you might use your arcade machines, to create a complete themed event that stands out to your guests.


Mark Jackson

About Mark Jackson - Founder & Arcade Advisor

Mark is the founder of Arcade Direct and has over 16 years experience helping to advise customers and share his knowledge in the retro arcade market.

Nell JonesNell Jones
12:22 29 Jun 22
We used Arcade Direct for a Boxing machine at the NEC. We chose them party due to the competitive price but also for the quick quote and helpful, clear communication. The machine was fully branded and looked fantastic. It was an absolute draw at the show and remarked on by many as the best entertainment there, bringing a lot of attention to our stand. During the show there was a part broken (no-ones fault) and Mark's support was brilliant with a courier sent immediately with a replacement to our Air bnb during the evening in time for the show opening the next day. We will definitely work with them on any future shows.
Alice ChambersAlice Chambers
17:08 18 Aug 20
Highly recommend Arcade Direct. Mark was so helpful when i queried the status of an order of a Gaming Chair. As the delivery date was longer than expected i had to cancel however the customer service i received was fantastic.
Kat SmithKat Smith
08:48 17 May 20
I recently ordered a gaming chair & was really happy with the service. Mark was really helpful & the delivery was much quicker than expected!
Lee GiacopazziLee Giacopazzi
09:58 31 Oct 19
I have had the pleasure of working with Arcade Direct several times. I can personally attest to their customer service and I have seen first-hand how their arcade machines transform events and venue spaces. I often recommend them to my personal contacts and clients.
Emily TylerEmily Tyler
13:08 16 Oct 18
Would highly recommend Mark & the team not only for hiring their Arcade Machines but for their event planning and theming too which cannot be faulted!