The Cardboard Arcade is a party, buddy builder, quest conqueror and nostalgia hit rolled into one. All our installations are unique and designed to do one thing; bring people of all ages together through the universal language of play. Using digital and analog games that are all simple to pick up and play our work has been shown in places such as the V&A Museum, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Library and Weddings, Festivals and Corporate Events around the UK and Europe.
Using video games, custom built retro arcade games, analog installations using the latest technologies, simple and creative physical games designed by game makers around the world we guarantee that we will get people laughing, interacting and making new friends. You won't find the games we show, the presentation or the creativity in any other company. Everything we make is handmade in our workshop in Frome, Somerset and we carefully curate our games through our large network of curators and event makers. All of our installations are designed to be easy to pick up and play and perfect to play with others.
Whether you want a couple of installations spread out, a large area or huge projected games with comedy commentators we can go to any scale. We can curate our games around your theme, customise our installations, animate dead spaces or create access points with our virtual reality hardware for people to conquer their fears of heights or pretend they're in the matrix.
Everything we build is not just fun to play but fun to watch people play.
We are also the first to offer and build custom games and arcade machines specifically for your event. Tell your companies/wedding/events story through your own game. Featuring characters from your companies/wedding/events. We will work with you to make the game and provide it as a free download for all guests or in the form of a physical copy of the game given out as gifts. Want to tell some comedic and legendary stories from around the office that people can play? Want to give your staff the chance to be the boss for a moment? Want to make a who wants to be a millionaire style quiz people can play? The game's contents are limited only by your imagination.
The machine itself is a bespoke arcade machine created in partnership with you. We've created games for weddings where you have to get the ring to the bride and games for birthdays which feature friends as animated pixel characters and tells a story as you play.
Our installations can be set up anywhere as long as there is power and it's dry. They are easy to turn off and on during the event if you want periods where people focus on speeches etc. We can put them up for an hour, a day or a month (all of which we've done)
What ages is the Arcade suitable for?
We've done family events and over 18 barcade nights underneath train stations. We curate the games and installations specific to each event to suit the audience and atmosphere.
Do you have to be a gamer to enjoy it?
No! Even though a lot of 'gamers' book us our whole ethos is we build a playspace using digital and physical games. So all our installations are easy to play for any skill level and most importantly fun to play with people. We believe the universal language of play can bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to laugh and make new friendships. We guarantee that with our installations at your event new connections will be made and people will be talking about their battles fought and levels beaten after the event.
What do you mean by custom and bespoke installations?
We are the first company to make custom 8-bit style retro games for specific events. The whole experience is made with the client and designed from the ground up. We decorate the cabinet and everything! All of our installations can be customised in different ways to suit your events aesthetic. Let us know what you are planning and we will send you some ideas!
Are all the games Retro?
We embrace old school and new school. Our aesthetic is often put into a retro box and though we do have specific retro installations we also use up to date games and technology from makers around the world. Our main focus is everything being simple to pick up and play and fun to play with others.
We have a list of games/installations we can send you if you're interested that explain everything in more detail.