A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
No real positive message, but nothing terrible, either.
Violence & Scariness
Features mild video game violence -- lasers and such, no blood.
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Products & Purchases
Participants win name-brand sneakers and toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Nickelodeon game show from the early '90s is all about video games. Kids compete in various rounds of quizzes, video puzzles, and video game face offs for a chance to win prizes. Aside from the occasional trivia question, there's no real educational content, and today's kids are likely to scoff at the now-vintage video games on display.
Is It Any Good?
While Nick Arcade probably had a no-fail formula for gaining kids' attention back in the early '90s when it originally aired, it's painfully behind the times now, featuring obsolete game systems that today's kids probably have never heard of. Plus, Moore takes the silliness to an unbearable level that most kids will find annoying and corny.
Twenty-first-century kids probably won't be very interested in Nick Arcade, and there are better shows for them out there, anyway (try the G4 channel for up-to-date fare). But some viewers may get a laugh out of watching contestants play old-school games on now-obsolete platforms.
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