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Back in 2015, Bitmap Books teamed up with arcade enthusiast Tim Nicholls to publish the first edition of Artcade, a labour of love that was borne out of Nicholls’ quest to restore his massive archive of original arcade game artwork comprised of titles from the last four decades.

Within this Extended Edition, we are able to build on the amazing foundation laid down by Nicholls, which comes massively expanded with new restored artwork and exclusive written content. Nicholls’ efforts to bring the artwork of classic coin-ops back to life remains at the core of this revised version, but it is accompanied by a wealth of additional art which has been kindly contributed to by other collectors, restorers and fans. As well as adding a larger selection of memorable marquee artwork, we’ve also included a lot more side panel and cabinet art this time around, giving you a better overall picture of the complete machine, and what it would have looked like in its full glory. Artcade Extended also has a new format to the book, which is a direct response to feedback on the first edition regarding images running across the spine. Now, the design has one image per page to address this feedback.

While the art naturally remains the main focus of Artcade, there’s a lot more written content to digest this time around, including a brand-new exclusive interview with the legendary Larry Day, who worked on seminal titles such as Moon Patrol and the pinball machine Catacomb. Day’s insights into the history of the amusement arcade industry help bring these bold illustrations to life, while an in-depth ‘how-to’ chapter – contributed to by Escape Pod, one of the world’s leading creators of high-quality restored arcade artwork – serves as a great taster for those of you who are entertaining the idea of picking up a battered coin-op classic and bringing it back to life. 

Artcade comes housed within a Glow-in-the-Dark slipcase, this is made from heavy-board board and offers great protection to the book.

Book specifications
356 pages. 297mm x 155mm, Lithographic print, Sewn binding, Spot varnish cover, Glow-in-the-Dark heavy-board slipcase, Shrink wrapped.

Customer Reviews
4.9 Based on 16 Reviews
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A.J. Griglak
United States United States
I recommend this product

Love the book! Super quick shipping to the U.S.A. Thanks, Bitmap!

David R.
France France
I recommend this product
Bitmap Books did it again!

As always with books published by Bitmap Books this one is one of a kind! This Extended Edition brings its lot of new stuff worth discovering. A must have!

Joe P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Beautifully presented and the detail involved right down to the personalised “bitmap book” grey plastic cover bag was impressive. A very nice publication with lovely reproduced art. As long as there are only a single versions released of the older arcades and consoles from now on I will be happy. Never a fan of “cash cows” or “double dips” at the expense of the customer.

Yanni K.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

I was pleasantly surprised and really happy when I received this book! The plastic grey bag that it came in was branded with 'Bitmap Books' - it looked so cute and cool! Then, the actual cardboard envelope protecting the book was also branded and had a black and white print on the back, across the top half of the packaging, of a shot from an arcade shoot 'em up! How awesome is that?! The attention to these types of detail and the quality of what Bitmap Books deliver, is truly phenomenal. I really can't shower enough praise on this company; I can't wait to buy more books!! Ok, so the book itself is actually showcasing an era of arcade gaming that is largely before my time, so there is in fact, little nostalgia for me however, the artwork on show and the curation and the quality of the book itself: the slipcase, the chunky hard-back cover, the glossy and beautiful pages themselves, they all are just an absolute pleasure to behold. This is my first Bitmap Book and given all the amazing reviews, I had high expectations. I also have a very high attention to detail and this book has exceeded all my expectations. Bravo!

Darren S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

I have the original version, which was great but the layout ruined the experience This version has improved that and it’s simply gorgeous Brilliantly packaged, and delivered fast These are fabulous books