Arcade Club: Preserving the Past with a New Gun for Quick and Crash

Here at Arcade Club, our mission is not just to provide a space for fun and games, but to preserve the legacy of arcade gaming for future generations. One of our most beloved attractions, the classic game Quick and Crash, has always been a hit with visitors. However, maintaining this popular game recently presented us with a unique challenge: the need to create a new gun to replace the original, for which spare parts are no longer available.


The Challenge of Preservation

Quick and Crash is renowned for its fast-paced action and realistic shooting mechanics...not too mention the exploding cups (we go through thousands!) The original gun used in the game was a marvel of its time, but as the years passed, finding spare parts became an impossible task. When the last of our replacement guns finally gave out, we faced a choice: retire the game or create a new gun from scratch. For us, retiring the game was simply not an option.

Prototyping the Future

Our dedicated workshop team, the beating heart of our company, sprang into action, embarking on a journey that would take several months and countless hours of hard work. The first step was to analyse the original gun in detail, understanding its mechanics and materials. From there, the team created several prototypes (12 in total!), each with its unique approach and materials.

Iteration and Testing

Each prototype went through rigorous testing. We invited regular visitors to give feedback on the feel and performance of the guns. The team also tested the durability of each prototype, simulating months of use in a short period. After every test, adjustments were made, and new prototypes were developed.

The process was painstaking and required not only technical skill but also creative problem-solving. The team experimented with various materials, from advanced polymers to reinforced metals, seeking the perfect balance of weight, durability, and authenticity.

The Final Product

After months of dedicated work and numerous iterations, the team succeeded in creating a new gun that met all our requirements. The final product is a hybrid design that combines the best aspects of all the prototypes. It's lightweight yet durable, with a feel that closely mimics the original gun, ensuring that players experience Quick and Crash as it was meant to be played.

A Costly Commitment

The project was not without its costs. What would have originally cost a couple of hundred pounds ended up costing an exorbitant amount (More than you think!) due to the bespoke nature of the project. The materials, the countless hours of labor, and the specialised expertise required all added up. However, this underlines Arcade Club's commitment to preserving these games.

For us, it's not just about the money—it's about the passion and dedication to keeping these classics alive. Quick and Crash is more than just a game; it's a piece of arcade history that brings an intangible feeling to everyone who plays it - Sheer joy. 

The Legacy Continues

Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our workshop team, Quick and Crash continues to be a staple of Arcade Club. The new gun has been met with enthusiastic approval from visitors, ensuring that the game remains a favourite for years to come.

At Arcade Club, we believe that preserving the past is essential for inspiring the future. This project is a testament to our commitment to maintaining the arcade experience, no matter the cost. So next time you visit and pick up that new gun, remember the journey it took to get there—and the dedication it represents.