Numskull launches Polybius Quarter Arcade Cabinet Following Successful Kickstarter Campaign


What will this game actually be inside of Numskull’s cool looking throwback game of legend arcade shell? Well– probably pretty basic. I mean, this is mind control after all. But with an urban legend this good and a Mandela Effect this delicious, there’s no way that someone or in this case, Numskull Games, couldn’t go forward with this. The Kool-Aid has been drinketh. I was so stoked when this Kickstarter launched and it will be really cool to see everyone finally getting their machines. There are extras, so get that brain washed with those new fanangled vidya games!

Official description via Numskull Games:

Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, with over 400 people funding this project, Numskull Designs is delighted to announce the new Polybius Quarter Arcades cabinet is now available exclusively at

It’s up for pre-order now and will be delivered in August. This is a limited run and is sure to sell out quickly.

As you would expect from the mysterious game that came to arcades in early 1980s and quickly disappeared without a trace, all is not as it seems.  This Polybius cabinet is not a game, we repeat ‘this is not a game!’  Whilst it’s a true replica of the original Polybius design and complements Numskull’s retro range of Quarter Arcades iconic video games, it is in fact a charger featuring x 10 USB 2.0 charging points. 

Paying homage to the original game it also has a trippy screen and audio playing out. Retro game collectors can celebrate the mystery of Polybius and add this quirky charger to Quarter Arcades collections to charge up other cabinets as well as multiple devices.

There was much speculation around this game at the time with many different conspiracy theories:

–          Was it a tool used by CIA to recruit soldiers?

–          Was it used to Brainwash people?

At Numskull it’s used merely to charge up games and devices, nothing too weird about that! Although Numskull bigs up the mystery element by packaging it in a super stylish, black box giving no clues as to what’s inside, just a message saying ‘Top Secret’!

Finally, to complete the Polybius vibe, there’s also a cool Polybius Pin Badge and stylish Snapback featuring the iconic turquoise logo.

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