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)
We have a list of games/installations we can send you if you're interested that explain everything in more detail.