Fantastic Arcade

    Hey developers! This is your annual warning that submissions for Fantastic Arcade 2017 will be closing in just under two short weeks. If you would like your game to be considered for the festival, please click here to submit it before August 13th, at 11:59 PM Central Time.

    We’ve added a countdown timer on our main page so you can keep track of when that is for you, but please don’t wait until the last minute and risk missing the deadline!


    The 2017 edition of Fantastic Arcade will be taking place at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, the newest and swankiest of the theaters, from November 17th through the 19th. 3-day passes for the festival itself are available now, which includes a downloadable bundle of games premiering at the show!

    You can read about all the changes to this year’s festival right over here.

    After the August 13th deadline, the JUEGOS RANCHEROS board will begin the selection process to determine which games from among your submissions will be showcased during Fantastic Arcade. All of the games selected will be accessible to both festival attendees and the general public, for free, in a casual atmosphere of camaraderie and love for games.

    We look forward to playing all of your submissions, and especially to seeing you all in November for this year’s Arcade!

  • Fantastic Arcade 2017 Submissions & Passes are live!

    Fantastic Arcade - photo David Hill

    Fantastic Arcade, the independent video game showcase hosted by Alamo Drafthouse and curated by Juegos Rancheros, is thrilled to announced that 2017 will mark its first year as a standalone games festival, making the new Alamo Drafthouse Mueller location its home. Taking place during the weekend of November 17th-19th, Fantastic Arcade will feature more games, tournaments, special screenings, talks, parties and prizes than ever before. We’re already in love with Alamo Mueller, with its superior AV equipment, over-sized reclining theater seats, individual tables, private, gender-neutral bathrooms, 2nd floor patio, and kookoo carnival-themed event space/restaraunt/bar. It’s right next door to Austin’s amazing children’s science museum The Thinkery, and there’s a Marriott hotel within walking distance.

    Alamo Mueller’s Barrel O’ Fun event center will host the festival’s arcade space, which will be free and open to the public during all three days of this year’s Fantastic Arcade. The space will allow all guests of the Alamo Drafthouse to play dozens of brand-new and otherwise groundbreaking independent games, selected by Fantastic Arcade curators from submissions by developers from across the globe.

    In addition, Fantastic Arcade’s trademark tournaments, talks and special events will be held in one of Alamo Mueller’s adjacent and luxurious theaters, and will again be streamed live for those unable to attend. Seating for these events is guaranteed for all guests who pre-purchase a three-day pass, or arrive at the theater to purchase a single-day pass. Three-day passes are available now for $50, which also includes a downloadable bundle of Windows, Mac and Linux-compatible games, created especially to premiere at this year’s Fantastic Arcade. Passes are in limited supply. The game bundle will be available for download November 17th, and will be available to purchase separately. Visit for more information.

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    Fantastic Arcade has also now opened submissions for developers to enter their games for consideration in this year’s event. Full instructions are available at Submissions to Fantastic Arcade will remain open until the August 13th deadline. A panel of Fantastic Arcade curators will select this year’s Showcase and Spotlight games from among those submissions, in addition to the original titles which will premiere in custom-built arcade cabinets.

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