Friday, October 5, 2018

Quench your thirst with this Guscade Six-Pack

Oktoberfest is still upon us & what a better way to quench your thirst with this six-pack of Guscade built games. Check out some of the latest builds added into regular inventory rotation. Many of you asked for it, & we listened. Finally we are now stocking & offering more of a variety of games to choose from. In addition to our usual 80's enhanced classic titles we also now stock several enhanced 90's titles with many more games on the horizon. Get them while they are fresh! We also added a contact us form, since many of you have asked a way to reach out for restoration, service, sales & new games or requests. Below are some of the latest builds. Also to note we also now offer delivery service to the North East but not limited to NY,NJ,CT,PA,MA,RI,MD,VT,VA.

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4-Player
Mortal Kombat II
Robotron: 2084
Mario Bros.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Long Island Retro Gaming Expo 2018

I've been keeping extremely busy with being famous & building various games / adding new titles. Just prior to the show I was featured on the cover of the Long Island Business News. Shortly after I was featured in a segment on CBS.

My first experience during the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo which was today / yesterday. I was extremely pleased with the turnout & accommodations from everyone involved who created a really fun weekend.

We got a chance to see lots of cosplay at the show. Some of which was extremely entertaining.
Donkey Kong.... Playing Donkey Kong ....(& yes that's his banana on top) which was epic to me
Gotta love those classic fighters. I got a chance to battle Chun-Li, she swung first
As you can see in the background we raffled off a Pac-Man machine, the WINNER of the machine was spoken to & notified tonight, they have until Aug. 31st to pickup the machine or we will draw another winner. The winner of the raffle was a CT resident "Paula Jusa" TICKET number 6861725. As promised this was posted tonight alibiet on the late side but I was unloading from the show which was extremely time consuming.

Raiden was simply electric at the show.
Darth Vader was looking for a particular droid...

R2D2 in Return of the Jedi was playing Mario Bros both share their release dates in 1983.
Even though I thought I was the "King Of Arcades", I bumped into none other than Ritchie Knucklez at the show. Ritchie Knucklez if you don't know has been featured in many cult arcade movies, he has an extensive collection, an Arcade in  Flemington, NJ. He was looking to acquire a Guscade built Robotron 2084.

However the high score on Robotron:2084 both days of the show was set by the other famous video game collector; the "Immortal John Hancock". Apparently after talking briefly with John he has 28 full USA released sets of various console games! I also appreciated John's skills on Robotron. I was filled with many requests for obscure titles which I will do my best to get to everyone's wish list.  

Saturday, March 3, 2018

In honor of 3-3 Day & Ready Player One ... I bring you 3 additional titles added to inventory:

Ready Player One ? It's 3-3 today so I figured it would be a good day to announce 3 additional games added to the inventory ! Joust, Donkey Kong & Multi-Williams :

Joust :
Donkey Kong :

Multi-Williams :

Monday, January 22, 2018

Classic 60 in 1 Multi Arcade Machines NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

A long time ago in a garage far, far away......
It's been a long time coming... Nearly 15 years in the making. I'm now pleased to announce that I will finally be building & servicing brand new games for you ! I'm currently offering the following titles for sale:

Pac-Man :

Ms. Pac-Man :

 Galaga :

Should you be interested in any of the above titles for purchase please feel free to email me for any questions you might have. Unfortunately at the current time beyond my titles (Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga) I'm offering I do not build requested game titles. All of the parts on the machines are brand new. If any of you have viewed my personal work on my restorations & following my blog for nearly a decade, you will know that I make sure each machine is properly built with keeping the most utmost care to attention & detail throughout the process. The build of materials that I'm using are the best quality parts available. Check back frequently In the future as I do anticipate on adding other available classic titles.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rock-Ola's - Nibbler - 1982

Rock-Ola before the video game craze really made mainly jukeboxes. But they did release a few classic games, one of which in 1982 was Nibbler. The game was the first video game to break the possibility of being able to score over 1 billion points. Nibbler was yet another maze type game involving a snake which slithered it's way to growing while you collected items on the level. You needed to avoid hitting your own body, while rushing to try to not have time run out. As the levels continue Nibbler gets faster making him more difficult to control. If you hit any of the corners of the levels he will continue moving. If you hit any other wall he will come to a dead stop, but mind you the time will surely start to wind down quickly. You must gather all the items on the level to complete and move on. Nibbler also found it's way onto other consoles and many other knock off versions of Nibbler often labeled as "Snake" even made it to various cell phones such as the Nokia.

One of the first surprises I saw on the bottom of the cabinet was a second Nibbler / or perhaps Fantasy board.

Unfortunately the 2nd PCB wasn't working, however I'm sure at some point I can revitalize it as a back-up. Overall the cabinet was in decent shape but I certainly noticed that originally this Rock-Ola Nibbler at some point was a Fantasy. The instruction folder which was stapled to the back of the cabinet contained various schematics etc, but clearly you can see some one perhaps in the Rock-Ola factory blacked out the "Fantasy" words.

Now when I looked at the side art, you can clearly see the Fantasy artwork which was underneath the cabinet. I used a hair dryer to remove the artwork, I intended on painting / stripping the cabinet down regardless. As you can see below the Fantasy artwork started to emerge after 30 years.

 Once the adhesive residue was off I decided to sand down the Rock-Ola cabinet.

The original control panel overlay had various burn marks and issues I decided to remove it. Luckily I found a NOS Nibbler Control Panel overlay on eBay for very cheap. During the removal process more Fantasy artwork was revealed. 

As far as I know Fantasy wasn't received very well in terms of game play / popularity. This was a common occurrence where the factories converted other games to try and salvage profitability. Nintendo also did this with a game called Radar Scope which was a red cabinet, and ultimately converted them into Donkey Kong's, which is why you sometimes find what people claim to be rare as opposed to the more commonly found Blue Donkey Kong's. Getting back to Nibbler, the Rock-Ola control panel is mainly wood, however Rock-Ola was smart enough to make colored metal plates to protect it from abusive use. My metal plate tarnished, yet when I flipped it over, looked to be in great shape.

I pulled off the marquee, and Bezel, and used Novus to clean up various minor scratches. Below you can see the NOS CPO was applied, being held by plastic clamps. Also cleaned up the Wico joystick in the chuck of my drill.
NOS Nibbler CPO
Overall the game play is certainly challenging and the game seems to certainly be sought after by many collectors. They actually made a documentary about the game titled : "MAN vs SNAKE: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler". In the film you get to see; " Tim McVey (the gamer not the bomber) who in 1984, on a single quarter (and over forty-four hours of non-stop play) was the first person in history to score over one billion points on a video game." - IMDB

Below is a photo, as well as a video of me playing my dedicated Rock-Ola's Nibbler for the first time.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Universal - Lady Bug - 1981

In the early 1980's the maze games were all the rage. Universal Lady Bug was a great contender which although wasn't as popular as Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man, it certainly had it's own unique features which added just enough to separate the game from the competition. The game play is similar to the Pac series instead of collecting dots, your collecting what looks like asterisks or tiny  flowers. You have other insects chasing you not ghosts. The cool part about Lady Bug is that you can manipulate the maze you have these levers which can alter the maze and temporarily keep the enemies away from killing you. Prior to the enemies coming out of it's area the outside of the maze has a count down timer indicating when they will start to be released. Skulls are helpful so long as you don't touch them, however it will kill the enemies if they touch them. Once all of the enemies are released on the level the inside area will have a bonus vegetable which will temporarily freeze the enemies once it's touched, and award you with bonus points. As you continue to move through the levels the point value of the vegetable / item will increase by 500 points, however once you hit level 18 it will max out at 9500 points. You also have letters in the game which if you collect the red letters it will spell out SPECIAL, collecting the yellow letters spells out EXTRA. If your playing the game on location and you want to try and earn an extra credit collecting special will do just that, if your looking to prolong your current game keep spelling EXTRA with the yellow letters and you will be awarded an extra lady bug. In addition to that if your really looking to maximize your score collect the blue circles with the pink hearts, this will advance the multiplier up to 5x. When you do this if you collect a red letter they will be worth 800pts x 5x which will equal 4000 points.

Lady Bug actually got more exposure from the Colecovision. However the Arcade version had superior graphics.

My Lady Bug prior to restoring
 When I first got the game it was in fair original condition considering the games age. However someone at some point drilled the original plastic control panel and used an adapter plate to use a wico joystick. For nearly almost a year I looked for a replacement control panel and proper joystick for the Universal cabinet. Although the wico joystick is in my opinion a better functioning joystick I wanted to track down the original one that the game utilized. At first I got cocktail joysticks which were slightly shorter. I finally found a replacement control panel without it being molested but the ball top was missing from the original joystick. After continuing to search and search finally I was able to find the direct ball top replacement which according to the manual is a 32 mm ball top. This Universal cabinet was originally built in Taiwan. I would go as far to say that not many things were universal about them. Some had slight variances from game to game. Another popular Universal title which shared the same generic cabinet was Mr. Do.

The Universal joystick is certainly different where it has vertical leaf switches. Here you can see the exploded view of how the Universal Joysticks are assembled :

And over the past roughly year you can see some of the bits and pieces of other Universal Joysticks I've come across. The first three are cocktail joysticks and the one on the right with the missing ball top is for the upright. I had another member sand blast the rust off of it, and ended up actually selling majority of these as I don't really need that many back-ups. Another member had a Space Panic control panel with the upright joystick and I ended up using that and selling the remainder of the Space Panic control panel populated.

Universal Joysticks
Another thing the universal control panel had was these cross haired translucent player one and player two start buttons. These are actually more commonly found as Gottlieb pinball flipper buttons. The artwork on Lady Bug is nicely done which I think it was originally done by the artist Kohtani.

I pulled the original marquee off since it had some tape / residue and minor scratching. Using goo gone, as well as novus it started to clean up nicely. Below you can see a picture of the marquee of what it looked like to prior to cleaning it up. I have seen a few variations of the Lady Bug marquee the one I have which is more of a magenta or pink type background as well as a green one.
Lady Bug Marquee
Back Lit Plexi
 One of the coolest features of the Universal cabinets below the marquee is the back piece of plexi gets lit. It creates a really nice look and certainly stands out from other games. It's really one of the few games I can think of that this is featured on. 

One of the games biggest eye sores was the original coin door needed to be cleaned up. I stripped all of the parts off the coin door and sanded / painted accordingly. In addition to that the bottom area was also painted black as well.

 Another thing that the Universal cabinets have is flat 3/4'' T-Molding. Although mines not perfect and could use a replacement It's still mostly intact so I left it because I wasn't able to find a suitable replacement.

Flat 3/4'' Black T-Molding

After working on the game with my magnetic tools the monitor colors were off & needed to be degaussed. If you have one side of your monitor with good colors and the other side is faded or looks odd try using a degausser, most likely it will fix your issues. I once again used my GC Throsen 9317 High Power Degaussing Coil, which can be purchased here.

As of right now currently my high score on Lady Bug is 123,600.