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September 3, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Relive the sounds of an 80's arcade with Arcade Ambiance on CD

Arcade Ambiance
As a kid at my favorite arcade, I'll never forget the melding of attraction sounds as I walked through the door.
If you still remember the attraction sounds from arcades in the 1980s, you might like the recordings of Arcade Ambiance. Andy Hofle must have similar memories to mine, but he did something about it. Across four CDs, each representing a core set of games, he captured the sounds and created long-play, non-looping audio files of these sounds. If you close your eyes, you'll feel like you're transported back in time!

Good Deal Games was allowed to produce CD versions of Andy's files, the proceeds going toward their website. So, I don't believe these were ever commercially available on a large scale. Although these are "out of print", the files are available for download and the CDs sometimes surface on auction sites. If you have a game room or just want some background sounds while playing video games, Arcade Ambiance is a great audible companion to any gaming session!

Arcade Ambiance on CD

The Sampled Video Games

You'll find the following games on each of the Arcade Ambiance CDs or MP3 files.

Arcade Ambiance 1981:
Asteroids, Astroblaster, Berzerk, Centipede, Crazy Climber, Crushroller, Defender, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Galaga, Galaxian, Gorf, Missile Command, Moon Cresta, Mousetrap, Ms Pacman, Omegarace, Pac-Man, Phoenix, Qix, Rally X, Scramble, Space Invaders, Spectar, Tempest, Venture, Wizard Of War

Arcade Ambiance 1983:
Bagman, Bump n Jump, Burgertime, Congo Bongo, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Jr, Elevator Action, Food Fight, Galaga, Gyruss, Joust, Jungle Hunt, Kangaroo, Mappy, Mario Bros, Millipede, Moon Patrol, Mr Do, Ms Pacman, Pengo, Pleiads, Pole Position, QBert, Robotron, Sinistar, Stargate, Star Trek, Tapper, Time Pilot, Track & Field, Tron, Xevious, Zaxxon, Zoo Keeper

Arcade Ambiance on CD via Good Deal Games Arcade Ambiance 1986:
Arkanoid, Bank Panic, Bubble Bobble, Commando, Excite Bike, Flicky, Galaga 3 (Gaplus), Galaga, Gauntlet, Ghosts N Goblins, Gunsmoke, Hat Trick, Hogan's Alley, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jail Break, Kid Niki, Mag Max, Marble Madness, Ms Pacman, Pacland, Paperboy, Punch Out, Rampage, Road Fighter, Russian Attack, Sky Kid, Spelunker, Super Sprint, Star Wars, Tiger Heli, Time Pilot 84, Two Tigers.

Arcade Ambiance 1992:
Altered Beast, Arkanoid, Cyberball 2072, Galaga, Golden Axe, Klax, Neo Geo (Magician Lord, Baseball Stars Professional, Nam 1975), Mortal Kombat, Ms. Pac-Man, Raiden, Roadblasters, Street Fighter 2, Smash TV, Tetris, TMNT, Toobin, & Xybots. Pins: Black Knight 2000, Elvira, Fun House, Whirlwind.

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