CoinUp 1UP Offers Free Play For Stubborn Arcade Games

One Circuit Free Play Arcade PCB

Roaming the arcades with empty pockets as a kid, it was always a dream to own your own arcade and never have drop a quarter to play a game. As adults, gameroom collectors have realized the joy of setting their games on free play and shunning quarters or tokens forever. Well, almost. As many collectors have learned, there are certain games that don’t easily allow a free play option. For those stubborn games, there’s the CoinUp 1UP.

The original product known as CoinUp Version 1.0 has been available since 2010 from www.onecircuit.com, but since that time a revised CoinUp 1Up now makes free play even easier. A small circuit board that fits in the palm of your hand joins just three wires together and sends the appropriate pulses from the 1-player and 2-player start buttons to trigger the appropriate number of credits. Installation is a breeze, and at only $20, the product is worth the loss of frustration of constantly opening your coin door and manually triggering coin-ups or remembering to have coins on hand just to play a game you own.

Reviews have been nothing but positive, and the product has proven reliable after several years. Though there are still a few games that are incompatible with the CoinUp 1Up, the majority of non-free play games are covered. Pick up your CoinUp 1UP today, and live out your childhood dreams without any quarters.


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Preston Burt

The co-host of the Gameroom Junkies Podcast, Preston is a writer and designer living outside Atlanta, GA. He has an affinity for VHS tapes, and an obsession with arcade games and pinball machines. He is a contributing writer for GeekDad, Paste and RETRO Magazines, and a founder of the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo.

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