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In the process of planning my arcade, I have been doing some preliminary research on various arcade scripts. I think some of the other members here at Talk Arcades might find the information I recorded useful, so I thought I could share it with you all. Perhaps it will help others in making those first crucial decisions as they set up their own arcades.

The primary factors determining which script I will use are 1) price, 2) user-friendliness, and 3) versatility. As I don't have too much experience in this field yet, I am looking for a script package that is relatively easy to install and set up, which can eventually be customized to my liking after I gain more experience, and which I can afford on my relatively small budget. Of course, the number of preloaded games is also a factor to consider, but of secondary importance. Also, free upgrades are a plus, but not absolutely necessary. Basically, I am looking to set up a nice beginner arcade that can be expanded and customized later if necessary.

Although my preliminary search yielded about a dozen or so script package providers, I found that only half of those were actually worth researching further. I found several defunct sites and some packages that were either simply too far out of my price-range (I am trying to keep it under $100) or of such questionable reliability that I dropped them from my list quickly. So, I ended up researching half a dozen script packages in some depth. Below I present the results of my research. It should be noted, however, that these appear in no particular order.





ArcadeBuilder Game Portal CMS

Profile:


Version: 1.7.0
Last Update: 12.11.06
Number of Preloaded Games: 250 - 2250 (depending on the Package)
Platform(s): linux, freeBSD
Ware-Status: Commercial

Features:
  • Add/Edit/Delete Games & Categories (Administration CP)
  • FTP, Browser-Based Uploads, or Direct Server File Transfers
  • Automatic SWF Dimension Reading
  • Automatic Thumbnail Resizing/Edging
  • Maximum/Minimum Game Size
  • No Encryption or Encoding of PHP Files
  • Advertisement/Banner Manager
  • Game Sponsorship
  • Customizable Look & Feel (HTML Theme Tweaking)
  • User Comments & Ratings
  • Member Management and Tracking
  • Newsletter System
  • Game Code - Add to Blog/Website/MySpace/LiveJournal
  • 100% SEO Friendly
  • Built-In Site Search Engine
  • Link Management and Tracking
  • Content Pages (HTML)
  • News System
  • File Editor (Direct PHP)
  • Tell-a-Friend
Packages & Pricing:
  1. ArcadeBuilder GPM v1.7 (Download Only) (250 Games / 8 categories) = $47.00
  2. ArcadeBuilder GPM v1.7 + Install (250 Games / 8 categories) = $67.00
  3. ArcadeBuilder GPM v1.7 + Install (250 Games / 8 categories) + 16 Weekly Game Pack Updates (125 games each / 2000 extra games total) = $97.00
Demo: http://demo.arcadebuilder.net/

Comments:

This script package seems to have quite a bit going for it, such as the Game Code Add feature, Game Sponsorship, easy Content Pages and a flexible game-upload system. Possible weak points include the dark standard template (though this can be tweaked) and the somewhat crowded portal layout (though not all features have to be enabled).


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GetMyOwnArcade

Profile:

Version: 1.3.0
Last Update: 03.09.06
Number of Preloaded Games: 1600 (some Videos included)
Platform(s): Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, OSX, Sun
Ware-Status: Commercial

Features:
  • Administration CP
  • Integrated Game Script Installer
  • No Encryption or Encoding of PHP files
  • Banner/Link/Sponsor Management
  • Game Code - Add to Blog/Website/MySpace/LiveJournal
  • Customizable Look & Feel (HTML Theme Tweaking)
  • User Comments & Ratings
  • Member Statistics (Who’s Online, Top Users, Total Users, etc.)
  • Game Statistics (Top Games, Most Popular Games, Top Rated Games, etc.)
  • Member Game/Video Uploading Feature
  • Newsletter System
  • Built-In Site Search Engine
  • Link Management
  • News System
  • Tell-a-Friend
  • Support Forum
Packages & Pricing:
  1. GetMyOwnArcade v1.3 + Life Time Licence (single domain) + 1600 Games & Videos + Online Support = $50.00
  2. GetMyOwnArcade v1.3 + Life Time Licence (single domain) + 1600 Games & Videos + Online Support + Installation = $80.00
  3. GetMyOwnArcade v1.3 + Life Time Licence (single domain) + 1600 Games & Videos + Online Support + Copyright Removal = $95.00
  4. GetMyOwnArcade v1.3 + Life Time License (single domain) + 1600 Games & Videos + Online Support + Installation + Copyright Removal = $125.00
Video Packs: 2 Packs with 50 Videos each = $6.00 each

Demo: Free Arcade Games - mySpace.com Games

Comments:


This is a fair combination of an Arcade and Video Portal. Membership stats play a big role in the layout. Lots of space for advertisement and banner links. Drawbacks include the fixed template (though modifications are said to be possible), and the lack of member editing from the Administration Panel.


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phpArcadeScript

Profile:


Version: 3.0.0
Last Update: 11.09.06
Number of Preloaded Games: 150
Platform(s): N/A
Ware-Status: Commercial

Features:
  • Add/Edit/Delete Games & Categories (Administration CP)
  • FTP, Browser-Based Uploads, or Direct Server File Transfers
  • Automatic File Sizing
  • No Encryption or Encoding of PHP Files
  • Customizable Look & Feel (HTML Template Tweaking)
  • User Comments & Ratings (5-Star System)
  • Game Code - Add to Blog/Website/MySpace/LiveJournal
  • Game Management (add, edit, delete, active/inactive)
  • Member Management (add, edit, delete, ban, personal profile, etc.)
  • Advertisement/Banner/Link Management (add, confirm, edit, delete; click, click-through, impression)
  • Comments Management (edit, delete)
  • Member Statistics (Who’s Online, Top Users, Total Users, etc.)
  • Game Statistics (Top Games, Most Popular Games, Top Rated Games, etc.)
  • Member Personal Message Feature
  • Newsletter System
  • Custom Content Pages (HTML)
  • Visitor Play Limit Feature
  • Tell-a-Friend
  • Free Upgrades
  • Support Forum
Packages & Pricing:
  1. phpArcadeScript v2.0 + 150 Games = $30.00
  2. phpArcadeScript v2.0 + 150 Games + Installation = $50.00
Arcade Demo: phpArcadeScript v3.0 Live Demo - Free Flash Arcade
Admin CP Demo: http://www.phparcadescript.com/demo/admin/ (User: demo/Pass: demo)

Comments:


This script looks to have just about everything you could want at a very reasonable price. The admin cp is well-organized and all the important statistical information is easy to access. The member-related features are good and the visitor play limit feature is worth a special mention. Overall it is a very a very flexible, customizable, and user-friendly package.


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MyGameScript

Profile:

Version: 1.5.0
Last Update: 29.11.06
Number of Preloaded Games: 0 – 2,300 (depending on the Package)
Platform(s): Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, OSX, Sun
Ware-Status: Commercial

Features:
  • Add/Edit/Delete Games & Categories (Administration CP)
  • No Encryption or Encoding of Files
  • Customizable Look & Feel (HTML Template Tweaking)
  • User Comments & Ratings (5-Point System)
  • Game Code - Add to Blog/Website/MySpace/LiveJournal
  • Game Management (add, edit, delete, active/inactive)
  • Advertisement/Banner/Link Management (add, edit, delete)
  • Built-In Site Search Engine
  • Tell-a-Friend
  • Contact Form Function
  • Email Support
Packages & Pricing:
  1. MyGameScript v1.5 + Copyright Removal + 0 Games = $14.99
  2. MyGameScript v1.5 + Copyright Removal + 300 Games = $24.99
  3. MyGameScript v1.5 + Copyright Removal + 1350 Games = $29.99
  4. MyGameScript v1.5 + Copyright Removal + 2300 Games = $49.99
  • Installation Service = $9.99
Arcade Demo: My Game Script - Free Fighting, Shooting, Action and Adventure Flash Games
Admin CP Demo: http://demo.mygamescript.com/admin.php (User: admin/Pass: example)

Comments:


This appears to be a rather basic but more or less satisfactory arcade script. The arcade layout is easy to navigate, though a bit skimpy on space for ads and banners. The admin cp leaves a lot to be desired as there is no stat information and game management is made difficult due to there being no overview. However, the stand-alone script is very nicely priced and can be customized.


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ArcadeScript CMS

Profile:

Version: 1.1.0
Last Update: 04.08.06
Number of Preloaded Games: 1000
Platform(s): Linux, Windows
Ware-Status: Commercial

Features:
  • Administration CP
  • Game Uploading through Admin CP
  • Customizable Look & Feel (HTML Template Tweaking)
  • Game Management (add, edit, delete)
  • Advertisement/Banner/Link Management (add, edit, delete)
  • Game Ranks (Top Games, Recently Added Games)
  • Built-In Site Search Engine
Packages & Pricing:
  1. ArcadeScript CMS v1.1 (1000 Games) = $19.99
  2. ArcadeScript CMS v1.1 (1000 Games) + Installation = $68.99
Example Site: Arcade Script Online Arcade Games

Comments:


This is a very streamlined and simple arcade script package. No extras or frills whatsoever, so some prior experience may be necessary to get the most out of it. However, the 1000 games that come with the basic package present a good mix.


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onArcade Arcade Script

Profile:

Version: 1.0.0
Last Update: 14.05.06
Number of Preloaded Games: 500
Platform(s): Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, OSX, Sun
Ware-Status: Commercial

Features:
  • Add/Edit/Delete Games & Categories (Administration CP)
  • FTP, Browser-Based Uploads, or Direct Server File Transfers
  • Automatic File Sizing
  • No Encryption or Encoding of PHP Files
  • Customizable Look & Feel (HTML Template Tweaking)
  • User Comments & Ratings (5-Star System)
  • Game Code - Add to Blog/Website/MySpace/LiveJournal
  • Game Management (add, edit, delete)
  • Member Management (add, edit, delete, personal profile, avatar, etc.)
  • Advertisement/Banner/Link Management (add, confirm, edit, delete; click, click-through, impression)
  • Member Statistics (Who’s Online, Top Users, Total Users, etc.)
  • Game Statistics (Top Games, Most Popular Games, Top Rated Games, etc.)
  • Member Personal Message Feature
  • Custom Content Pages (HTML)
  • Newsletter System
  • Site News System
  • Built-In Site Search Engine
  • Tell-a-Friend
  • Free Upgrades
  • Support Forum
Packages & Pricing:
  • onArcade Arcade Script v1.0 (1000 Games) = $59.00
Arcade Demo: onArcade v1.1
Admin CP Demo: onArcade v1.1 (User: admin/Pass: admin123)

Comments:


This looks like a very nice script package at a good price. The admin cp is one of the best I’ve seen, with a nice interface and clear organization. The member-related features are also quite good. The standard template doesn’t offer much room for banner links, but there is an option for a full page of additional links.


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Notes:
  • All of the script packages reviewed above are intended for use with one domain only.
  • All prices are listedin U.S. Dollars.
 
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, excellent reviews, thanks arcadillo. I wasn't even aware of the Arcade Builder script and that seems pretty nice. Good stuff...
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Thanks, ArcadeJunky! Glad you liked it.

My apologies to those who use the skins Cinvin or Speedfire. I just noticed that the font color does not translate very well.
 
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Nice review buddy. If you also write a review about RGameScript Pro it will be great as well.
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Well, I'm glad at least one of my scripts made the list(Arcade Script CMS), Tell me, did you take a look at my other one at all, Gamer FX House Script? The site is down right now I know. It's not defunct, just being moved. At 23+gigs, it's going a bit slow. It caught me off guard while my daughter was in the hospital The new version about to be released(beta testing now) has 2500+ games, is versitile, and is reasonably priced/licensed.
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Is it still the same ?

How you compare new version of GSS and PHPAS ?

I would love to have the one using low resources, i have experienced gss old version which uses lots of server resources.
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Hey dont forget about http://www.overgrab.com
It automatically grabs games for you!
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Hi! (my first post!)

Im looking for an arcade script with a "player ranking" system. Not a "top users" and "game played" ranking. With rakings for each game...

There is any script like that?

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Elvis, try posting this in a new thread and I'll respond, but this isn't the place to start a whole new discussion. I just don't want to get too off topic in this thread, you know? Thanks.

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Hi arcadillo, you have a in depth reviews here, could you be so kind as to review my arcade script ? Im planning to release this script as commercial product. The game pack contains 600 games
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