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iCade 60-in-1
Icade
Logo used in flyers and in the manual, featuring Ms. Pac-Man and Blinky.
Developer Hsin Pao Hang Enterprise (?)
Console Arcade
Date 200x
Alternate names/hacks Mini Game Center (3-in-1)

My Classics (customizable 4 or 9-in-1)
Game Never Over (39-in-1)
Happy Hours (48-in-1)

The iCade 60-in-1 is a circuit board for arcade machines with vertically-oriented monitors. It features 55 unique pirated arcade games, with 5 duplicates. Despite its shadiness, it is one of the most popular arcade multigame systems.

Games List Edit

Like many NES multicarts, copyrights are removed (although dates are kept). The games have been modified to all use the same sound engine, leading to some games having glitched music tracks.

  1. Ms. Pacman
  2. Galaga
  3. Frogger
  4. Donkey Kong
  5. Donkey Kong Jr.
  6. Donkey Kong 3
  7. Galaxian
  8. Dig Dug
  9. Crush Roller
  10. Mr. Do
  11. Space Invaders
  12. Pacman
  13. Galaga 3
  14. Gyruss
  15. Tank Battalion
  16. 1942
  17. Ladybug
  18. Burger Time
  19. Mappy
  20. Centipede
  21. Millipede
  22. Jr. Pacman
  23. Pengo
  24. Pheonix
  25. Time Pilot
  26. Super Cobra
  27. Hustler
  28. Space Panic
  29. Super Breakout
  30. New Rally X (modified to fit on a vertical screen)
  31. Arkanoid
  32. Qix
  33. Juno First
  34. Xevious
  35. Mr. Do's Castle
  36. Moon Cresta
  37. Pinball Action
  38. Scramble
  39. Super Pacman
  40. Bomb Jack
  41. Shao-Lin's Road
  42. King & Balloon
  43. 1943 (two player mode is removed)
  44. Van-Van Car
  45. Pacman Plus
  46. Dig Dug 2
  47. Amidar
  48. Zaxxon
  49. Pooyan
  50. Pleiads
  51. Gun.Smoke
  52. The End
  53. 1943 Kai (two player mode is removed)
  54. Congo Bongo
  55. Jumping Jack

The end of the list features five duplicates, which are intended to be set up differently than the other versions included; in most cases, they are altered to be the speed-up chip versions of the games.

  • Ms. Pacman (2)
  • Galaga (2)
  • Pacman (2)
  • Jr. Pacman (2)
  • Pacman Plus (2)

Several alternate versions of games (such as Super Xevious and Ms. Pac-Man with heart-shaped dots) can be enabled via DIP switch settings, replacing their standard version in the menu.

Variants Edit

Several other variants of the board also exist, which all predate the 60-in-1 version. The earliest of these is Mini Game Center, which only features Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and Frogger. Very few cabinets have surfaced, but it is rumored that the games were slightly hacked to avoid copyright infringement (ex: Galaga being renamed to Gallag).

Some time after this, a new circuit board titled My Classics was released. The game list would be customized by the purchaser (from a choice of 39 games), and turned into a 4-in-1 or a 9-in-1 depending on the amount of games.[1] Later, a board with all 39 games included was released called Game Never Over. A 48-in-1 known as Happy Hours was released after that, with the iCade 60-in-1 following as the final variant. No games were removed in any future variations; more were just added at the end of the game list.

All of these multicades were most likely developed by Taiwanese company Hsin Pao Hang Enterprise Co., Ltd. Their website is the earliest known mention of them, and they were the only place to ever sell the customized 4 and 9-in-1 boards, which implies they had a strong connection to their production.

It is difficult to document any other versions of the iCade, as games can be removed from the menu on the 60-in-1 via settings; as such, some "unique" game lists may just be one-of-a-kind setups.

Beyond Arcade (19-in-1) Edit

There is also a board called Beyond Arcade, designed for use with horizontal screens as opposed to vertical. Its 19 games are as follows:

  1. Defender
  2. Stargate
  3. Bubbles
  4. Joust
  5. Robotron
  6. Blaster
  7. Splat
  8. Rally X
  9. Vs. Battle City
  10. Mario Bros.
  11. New Rally X
  12. Ghost'n Goblins
  13. Solomon's Key
  14. Gradius
  15. Sky Kid
  16. Vs. Ice Climber
  17. Vs. Super Mario Bros.
  18. Do! Run Run
  19. Kick Rider

Official Uses Edit

Due to the difficulties of finding original arcade hardware in today's market, several video game companies, whose games were originally stolen for the 60-in-1, have used iCade's architecture for various uses. Some known examples of these are listed below.

  • In various events surrounding Pac-Man, mostly by Namco-licensed merchandisers, iCade boards are used to emulate the game. This can be evidenced by the phony "1 9 8 0" copyright string at the bottom.
  • The Nintendo Switch version of Donkey Kong, while using the genuine arcade ROMs, features an incorrect "walking" noise for Mario, that resembles the iCade's sound emulation. It is likely that the iCade version was analyzed to see how the game should run.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. https://forums.arcade-museum.com/archive/index.php/t-11093.html
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