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aka: Arcadia 64

Description official descriptions

Arcadia is a space shoot 'em up along the lines of Galaxians and Space Invaders. You have a ship at the bottom of the screen. Enemy ships come at you in waves scrolling across the screen from right to left. There are twelve levels. When the last level has been completed the game cycles to level one again and continues with no increase in difficulty. You get an extra life if you clear 4 waves. They keep on coming and the object is to get a high score.

Interesting key mapping on this game: the bottom row of keys moves left & right, but they are mapped alternately so Z, C, B, M and SPACE move you right while CAP SHIFT, X, V, N, and SYMBOL SHIFT move you left. The middle row of keys (A, S, D, etc) power the thrusters while the top row (Q, W, E, etc) fire the dual lasers.



Credits (ZX Spectrum version)




Imagine's launch title

Arcadia was the very first game of Imagine Software. It was created by Dave Lawson, co-founder of the company, in the moment of time when tenure between him and Mark Butler had not been yet materialized as an entrepreneurship. The game was supposed to be Imagine's launch title and proved to be a huge success.


  • Computer & Video Games Golden Joystick Awards
    • 1983 - #4 in the Game of the Year category
    • 1983 - #3 in the Best Arcade Style Game category

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Related Sites +

  • Arcadia
    Wikipedia entry
  • World of Spectrum
    Archive file / Download and play links / Additional material / Remakes / Player reviews / Magazine references / Magazine adverts

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 47368


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Game added by piltdown_man.

Dragon 32/64 added by Rola. Windows added by Rik Hideto. VIC-20 added by Kabushi. Antstream added by lights out party. Commodore 64 added by LepricahnsGold.

Additional contributors: LepricahnsGold, Patrick Bregger, mailmanppa, ZeTomes.

Game added August 16th, 2010. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.