Top 10 best arcade games of all time – Pinball and Pac Man top list

Keen gamers have revealed their top 10 favourite arcade games of all time – with the classic pinball machine topping the list.

The arcade favourite, which has been enjoyed by players for almost a century, came out ahead of games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and air hockey, according to the poll of 2,000 adults, who have visited an arcade.

Other popular choices included the coin pusher machine, the toy grabbers, and the dance mat – as well as beloved Nintendo games, Super Mario and Donkey Kong.

It emerged that one in five arcade lovers (21%) admit they spent most of their childhood playing these popular games – but say they don't regret it.

In fact, 43% would recommend such games to younger generations – and 19% have children who play the same arcade games they used to as a child.

To celebrate pinball being crowned as the best arcade game, a giant, playable game, called Pinballer, was projected onto the Truman Brewery in Spitalfields, and passers-by had the opportunity to play.

The game, measuring a huge 225 square metres on the side of the building, was projected for three hours, between 7-10pm.

It was created by KFC, to launch its new Rewards Arcade app game, “Pinballer”, which gives users the opportunity to instantly win one of 12 prizes – from Boneless Fillets to Zinger Burgers.

The study, via, also found that one in three (34%) have won a prize from playing an arcade game – with a toy (69%), tokens and coins (57%), and money (52%) coming out on top. As a result, 84% say they get a buzz from winning a prize on an arcade game.

The 80s was voted the best decade for arcade games (29%), with the 70s and 90s coming joint second (14%).

More than two-thirds (67%) claim arcade games hold a special place in gaming culture, with 32% saying it gives them fond, nostalgic memories from their childhood.

And it even emerged that 26% claim they would have a pinball machine in their house if they could.

Aislinn Campbell, from KFC UK & Ireland, said: “As we look back, it's clear that arcade games aren’t just entertainment – they’re timeless, and hold real nostalgia for some people.

“We wanted to create a modern rewards platform that reflects just that, while providing our fans with instant wins – an expression of what a rewards proposition should be.”


  1. Pinball machine
  2. Pac Man
  3. Space Invaders
  4. Coin pushers
  5. Air hockey
  6. Toy grabbers
  7. Super Mario
  8. Donkey Kong
  9. Car racing machine
  10. Dance mat

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