While it could just be me, it feels like the run-up to IAAPA 2018 is the busiest I’ve ever experienced. There are a ton of products on their way, setting 2019 up to be quite the stellar year for arcades.
Even though the IAAPA event is our version of “E3,” it is not the only place where you will find new arcade games. I am creating this post to inform you about a few games that we don’t expect to see there. These are generally indie games, where the developers don’t have the cash to ship their games to Orlando and operate a booth.
For those that will be there plus some of my best guesses, click here.
This game did recently make headlines when a new, more compact version of the four-player classic-style space battle game appeared at Pinball Expo. The manufacturer, Arcadeaholics LLC, is actively taking orders for both the Delux-O-Tron and standard models. The latter doesn’t have an official name yet – I’ve floated a few suggestions, but if you have, feel free to leave one in the comments.
The company has also been on a roll with the video promotion of the game. They’ve recently posted three videos about the game – from What Is Cosmotrons, to the pair below: an operators perspective on the game and Eugene Jarvis (CEO of Raw Thrills) discussing the game.

The upcoming kit system was originally planning on making it to IAAPA, but unfortunately that has not come to pass.  Instead, the system is still in the works, with the big official launch that was going to take place at IAAPA moving to JAEPO 2019 in February. Given that most developers behind this one are Japanese, this makes sense.

I wouldn’t fret about any delays; such things happen, especially with new product launches (whether you’re a