We wanted to celebrate our City’s exciting games culture with fun, free arcade games along Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. That's why we’ve collaborated with the Victorian Government, RMIT and Future Play Lab to develop games that will transform a walk down Clarendon Street into a games hub that is accessible and playable for everyone.
Now you can enjoy a free outdoor arcade experience on Clarendon Street, South Melbourne as you take in some of the best café’s, shops and restaurants in the City. The COVIDsafe arcade that run until the end of the popular Melbourne International Games Week on the first week of October.
All our games are developed by talented local developers with an option of single and multi-player games so you can challenge yourself or collaborate with friends.
The Clarendon Street Arcade encourages social connection through five creative arcade games, each reimagined through a contemporary lens.
The arcade gaming trail is supported by Port Phillip Council, funded under the Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund and developed in partnership with RMIT Future Play Lab. The games are:
by N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM, Jarra Karalinar Steel and Narayana Johnson
Yawa means journey in Boonwurrung language. Four-players join an onscreen adventure across an abstract map of Country discovering stories as they go. The aim is to work together in exploring the world as each player co-operates to reveal each part of the map.
Location: Bellocchio Eyewear, 242 Clarendon Street
by Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity students
A classic arcade cabinet featuring 10 games controlled by a joystick and buttons. Everyday objects become playthings in these surreal and colourful games.
Location: Patony's Pizza, 274 Clarendon Street
by Yomeci Play
A game which sees the player stand above a virtual hole in the ground which connects the player to a subterranean world. The player uses their feet to step and jump on buttons as they journey through an underground world.
Location: Imes Pharmacy, 284 Clarendon Street
by Troy Innocent and Allison Walker
Up to three players play together to create music from emojis. Clustered around a monolith rising from the street, players tap one button to release their current emotion or switch to another.
Location: Mitchell McCabe, 304 Clarendon Street
by Future Play Lab in conjunction with musicians and producers
A game with no screen and 32 multicoloured buttons which light up and play a sound from electronic musical compositions. The aim is to create a contemporary jukebox that is free to play but requires more than just a push of a single button.
Location: Dessertopia, 342 Clarendon Street