Unfortunately, neither Albert Pyun nor anybody at Full Moon seem to have realised that the success of The Lawnmower Man was solely due to its amazing, groundbreaking vistas of computer animation. With the budget that Arcade is operating on, the only computer animation it can afford is a series of cheap, flat visuals that operate down even lower than the level of the average arcade game. (Certainly, were what is depicted here an arcade game, it would be a decidedly inferior one). The films visuals have been produced with such corner-cutting regard that the same pieces of animation are used several times over.
The film plays into the cliches of this limited Virtual Reality genre the game is naturally sentient; it is also evil; it talks in snarling deep-voiced taunts; and, for ill-explained reason, it wants souls. The script is confused for one, the game has no Level 4. And then there is the ending we are told that Level 7 is a street scene but there is no Level 7 or any street scene. The film ends confusingly with Arcade incarnated in the childs body following Megan Ward home. Is this supposed to be the street scene or what? Towards the end, Albert Pyun gets into annoying reality flips the scenes with Megan Ward passing through a Virtual Reality illusion/dream of her mother shooting herself are very silly. This is the sort of rubbish that the A Nightmare on Elm Street sequels have bequeathed the genre and to suggest that such could be a Virtual Reality simulation is ludicrous. There are some minor plus points to the film, one of these being Megan Ward, a promising Full Moon discovery, who plays with both strength and vulnerability.
Albert Pyuns other genre films are: The Sword and the Sorceror (1982), Radioactive Dreams (1986), Vicious Lips/Pleasure Planet (1987), Alien from L.A. (1988), the uncredited Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988), Cyborg (1989), Deceit (1989), Captain America (1990), Dollman (1990), Brain Smasher: A Love Story (1993), Knights (1993), Nemesis (1993), Hong Kong 1997 (1994), Heatseeker (1995), Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995), Nemesis 3: Timelapse (1995), Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996), Nemesis 4: Death Angel (1996), Omega Doom (1996), Postmortem (1997), Ticker (2001), Infection (2005), Cool Air (2006), Bulletface (2007), Left for Dead (2007), Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010), The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (2014) and Interstellar Civil War (2017).
Arcade was also one of the first screenplays from future A-list genre screenwriter/director David S. Goyer, known for works like Blade (1998) and sequels, Dark City (1998), Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel (2013).