It Wouldn't be Arnie's Place Without the Best Games Around
As anyone who ever set foot in
Arnie's Place knew, Arnie's had one of the largest selections of
games around. Compared to other local arcades that might have
15-20 games, Arnie's opened with 50 games. After his
long running dispute with the Town of Westport Zoning Board was
resolved, he expanded to about 80 games. In the early years (up to about 1986 or so) Arnie's had one of the widest selections of games and was about the only place in Connecticut you could expect to find unusal titles
like Krull or Journey. Arnie's Place also had plenty of room for sit
down or cockpit games like Turbo. Over the
years games would come and go, especially in the late 80's and
early 90's as more 'fighter' games came in.
We are trying to
compile a list of all the games that ever appeared in Arnie's.
We've divided the game list in two
sections. Any game that we have a picture of in Arnie's or is
remembered by two or more people is a 'verified game'
Everything else needs to verified by a second person. This is very much still a work in progress, so please share your memories of what games Arnie's had and where you remember them. Please post them in the Memories page or email me
with anything you remember.
I especially need help with the
cockpit games on the right hand side (by the bathrooms) and the
layout of the front area before you got to the rows of video
games. If you remember any of the sit down 'cocktail' games or
please let me know.
Arnie's Place Layout
There were pool tables, foosball and air hocket tables in the front, which was really just an obstacle course for us kids to navigate through to get to the real heart of Arnie's - the best video games around. Each game safely ensconced in its own wood and copper cabinet, they were seven rows of teenaged nirvana. We'll be reconstructing the layout of Arnie's here as best we can.
In the picture below, Post Road would be running along left hand side from the top to bottom. The games in the left most row faced the windows that always made playing them a pain in the neck when it was sunny outside.
To the right of the sixth row of games was the bathrooms along with a large open area that hard more games. I especially need help with this area. I know games like Spy Hunter and Discs of Tron were there, but how about the others?