300+ Retro Arcade Video Game Sound Effects Library – Free Download

We’ve been recording sound effects for our game projects for some time now. So we decided to create a comprehensive, royalty-free video game sound library inspired by the classic 8-bit and 16-bit arcade games of the late 80’s/early 90’s. We believe we’ve created one of the top all-in-one video game sound resources available online, that offers plenty the generic sound generator programs (such as Bfxr) can’t.

The library is also a perfect free resource to speed up your game jam sound design.

We’ve made this valuable sound fx resource available to all game developers for free download here. Check out the clip below to hear a very small sample of the sounds included:

Audio Sample

The full library has been produced by us, and is now under Creative Commons CC0 (effectively public domain). So game developers are free to use them, even for commercial use. It’s no longer strictly a requirement to include a credit on any work you use them in. Of course if you do want to give a credit, or provide a link on your website, that would be very much appreciated, but not a requirement.

The library includes the full collection of over 300 original game sounds inspired by the arcade classics. So they’re ideally suited for (but not limited to) complimenting pixel art visuals. We’ll be updating on a regular basis and making necessary amendments. The best way to find out when a new update is released is to follow us on Twitter @TheMotionMonkey.

If you do use any of the sounds, please let us know, we’d love to see your finished work.

It’s also worth mentioning that although everything is grouped into broad categories many of the sound effects are multipurpose, so just treat the categories/names as a guide. Some of the sound types include in the pack:

  • Explosions (great for shoot ’em ups)
  • Weapons (including guns, bombs and weapons of a more space/sci-fi nature)
  • Impacts (great for beat ’em ups/hack and slash/brawler hits, including hand to hand combat and battle sounds)
  • Character sounds (grunts and moans for attacks, player hit/hurt, deaths, horror sounds, etc.)
  • Arcade style voice sounds (including “Game Over”, “Power Up”, “Bonus”)
  • Vehicles (car, engine, helicopter, etc.)
  • A massive collection of miscellaneous classic video game sounds (including generic retro sounds suitable for: menu/ui buttons, insert coin, collect/pick up, jump, start, win/victory, failure, bonus/scoring, game over, beep, swipe, click, electricity, magic, level up, ufo etc.)

We’re always striving to improve and expand the library and make it the best it can be. All sound suggestions are welcome, so if you need anything adding for a particular game dev project, just use the form below to send us your suggestions and we’ll try to include them in the next update.

The download contains the full library, in uncompressed 24-bit wav as well as ogg and m4a audio formats. So that should be all the main game development platforms/engines covered, including HTML5, Unity and Gamemaker Studio.


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To the extent possible under law, The Motion Monkey has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to The Motion Monkey Free Retro Arcade Sounds Pack v 1.0.5.
This work is published from: United Kingdom.

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Retro Arcade Sounds Pack Update History

1.0.5 (31/03/17) – New version under CC0. Attribution no longer required.

1.0.4 (07/07/16) – 46 new sounds (8 explosions, 9 voice, 29 misc)

1.0.3 (28/01/16) – 39 new sounds – (8 voice, 11 impact, 6 guns, 12 vehicle & 2 misc)

1.0.2 (14/12/15) – Around 20 new sounds (mostly new sci-fi/space themed guns and explosions)

1.0.1 (23/11/15) – 30 new sounds (generic vocal sounds).