Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is filled to the brim with period-accurate references and Easter eggs. Among these is a set of arcade machines, each representing a classic Activision property. These retro games are fully playable, and once you find one, you can return to the safehouse to play it whenever you like. Here’s where to find all arcade machines in Black Ops Cold War.
Black Ops Cold War | Where to find all arcade machines
There are a total of ten different arcade machines to find in Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. Most of these retro game cabinets are tucked away in hidden locations, while the rest are sitting out in plain view. After you play one for the first time, it will be unlocked for later play in the safehouse.
If you’re a retro gaming fan, these classic arcade machines count among the game’s coolest Easter eggs. Naturally, they’re all classic Activision games, so they’re also on-brand. Plus, finding all ten unlocks the Retro Gamer challenge. If you’re trying to earn every challenge, finding all of them will be a necessity.
Here’s a list of every retro arcade game in Black Ops Cold War and the locations where they can be found.
Pitfall 2: Lost Caverns
The Pitfall 2 arcade machine is found within CIA Safehouse E9. To get in, you’ll need to use a special code. Do the legwork if you like, but the code is 112263, a number that happens to correspond with the date of the JFK assassination.
The Enduro cabinet is found during the Brick in the Wall mission. It’s the one where you have to decide whether to kill or rescue Richter. The machine itself is in the back room of the store. Look for it before you make your way into Kraus’ apartment.
The Barnstorming machine as well as four other arcade cabinets can be found during the Redlight, Greenlight mission. In the mock American town you’ll find your way into a literal arcade. Barnstorming is the leftmost machine in the cluster of cabinets in the middle of the room.
The Fishing Derby machine can be found in the arcade during Redlight, Greenlight. It’s located on the back wall near the busted Grand Prix machine.
The Grand Prix machine is located in the arcade during Redlight, Greenlight, to the left of a Barnstorming cabinet.
The Pitfall machine in the arcade during Redlight, Greenlight, in the central cluster of cabinets.
The River Raid arcade machine can be found during Redlight, Greenlight. Look for it under the neon sign.
You’ll find the Chopper Command machine during the Desperate Measures mission. You’ll need to sneak into the server room without alerting any guards to your presence. The cabinet itself is in the back corner, opposite to where the guards are making their rounds.
The Boxing machine can be found during the Break on Through mission. During the flashback sequence, Adler will direct you through a temple ruin. When he tells you to turn right, instead take a left. You’ll wind up going through a jungle with a waterfall. Look around the waterfall to spot a log leading toward a shallow cave. The Boxing cabinet is inside the cave.
The Kaboom machine is also found in Break on Through. Near the end of the mission you’ll start chasing a door that keeps receding back into the distance. You’ll eventually be able to reach it, but don’t go through it yet. Instead, turn and look left to spot an open door leading into a dark room. Inside that room you’ll find the Kaboom machine.
If you’ve followed this guide, you’ll have found all ten arcade machine locations in Black Ops Cold War. Not only have you unlocked a bit of retro-inspired nostalgia, you’ll have also completed the Retro Gamer challenge. Best of all, you can return to the back room of the safehouse to play these games whenever the mood strikes you.