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ARCADE REPORT: Free Play Arcade & Bar - Providence, RI (January 2020)

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Today I present to you one of the best values the world of arcades, an arcade bar that has an astonishing 160 games, ALL set to free play and a $5 flat charge to get in ($10 on the weekend). Not only are the games free, but they are beautiful and work flawlessly. This my friends is Free Play Bar & Arcade in Providence, RI... New England’s largest arcade bar.

This review has been six months in the making. I’ve been talking about visiting Free Play with the arcade’s cool co-owner, Jay Leone, for a while but my travels haven’t brought me near Rhode Island, until this weekend when I went to visit colleges in Connecticut with my oldest son (man time flies).

Let me tell you, it was worth the trip. Since the location is 21 and over, and I had my family along Jay opened it up early for us. We were completely blown away by the location. I had no idea that there would be so many games. Free Play has just about every single classic arcade game you could dream of, from the OGs like Donkey Kong and Galaga to much more rare classics like Zoo Keeper, Food Fight and the Mad Planets that used to reside in John’s Arcade, of YouTube fame (“Hey guys. We’re in the basement!”)

Beyond the classic vids, Free Play has over 20 pinball machines. That’s a big selection. All of the ones that I played worked flawlessly, which is no easy task to accomplish. The list of pins includes all of the popular titles from Bally Williams’ heyday, Theatre of Magic, The Addams Family, Attack From Mars, etc... as well as a number of cool older solid state pins like Sorcerer and Firepower. I spent most of my time on the pins playing NBA Fastbreak because I don’t see that one on location very often.

We’ve covered the classics and pins, but in addition to them Free Play has a ton of newer shooters and racers such as Time Crisis, Mario Cart, Super Bikes AND several dance games. They even had a Candy Cab loaded with Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. Man I want to get a Candy Cab. Those things are hard to come by in the U.S.

Since it was before hours, I didn’t partake in any of the adult beverages, but the selection looked plentiful. The decor was fantastic. Free Play has Neon Signs everywhere. I love Neon (my camera, not so much, it’s tough light to shoot in). The Neon and the roving DJ lights create a super cool vibe.

Those of you who live in Massachusetts are in luck, Free Play is in the process of opening a second location in Worcester, Mass. Here’s a link to Free Play’s website for more info:

Here is a whopping 80 pics from the visit. That’s not all I took, so I will share the rest on the Knapp Arcade Instagram page. Make sure to visit there for lots of cool arcade pictures.

One thing that I really like is that Jay has an inventory of extra games that he rotates into the location’s lineup to keep things fresh.

Below is a list of Free Play’s current game lineup:

Arcade Games:


Altered Beast

Area 51 Site 4

Arctic Thunder x2




Black Widow

Blitz 99


Bump n Jump





Circus Charlie



Crazy Climber

Crazy Taxi


Daytona USA sitdown drivers x4


Demolition Derby

Dig Dug

Discs of Tron

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong 3

Double Dragon

Dragon's Lair

Dungeons & Dragons

Elevator Action

Fast & Furious Super Bikes x2


Food Fight


Galaga 3

Galaga 88

Gauntlet Legends

Golden Axe

Golden Tee Fore Complete


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Ivan Stewart Off Road


Jungle King

Jurassic Park 3


Killer Instinct


Mad Planets


Marble Madness

Mario Kart GP 2

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Missile Command

Moon Patrol

Mortal Kombat II

Mouse Trap

Ms. Pacman

NBA Jam Tournament Edition

Neo Geo

Nintendo Playchoice 10

Nintendo Super System

Operation Ghost

Outrun cockpit


Pacman Battle Royale 4 player



Pole Position II





Return of the Jedi

Road Blasters

Road Runner

Robotron 2084

Rolling Thunder

Silver Strike Bowling

Simpsons 4 player


Smash TV

Space Harrier (Full motion cockpit)

Space Invaders Deluxe


Spy Hunter

Star Wars

Street Fighter II CE

Street Fighter II Turbo

Street Fighter III 3rd Strike

Super Mario Brothers

Super Sprint

T2 (Terminator 2)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Tekken 3

Tekken Tag



The House of the Dead


Time Crisis 3

Time Pilot


Track & Field


Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3


X-men 6 player

Zoo Keeper

Pinball Machines:

The Addams Family

Attack From Mars

Black Knight 2000

Dr. Dude

F-14 Tomcat

Firepower II



Guns N Roses

Monster Bash

NBA Fastbreak

Phantom of the Opera




Terminator 2

The Simpsons Pinball

Theatre of Magic



Other Games:

Air Hockey Tables x3

Chexx Bubble Hockey

Skee Ball Lanes x4

Pump It Up NX

Dance Dance Revolution Extreme

Dance Dance Revolution Super Nova 2

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