Free Retro Arcade Video Game Sound Effects Library

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Having recorded our own sound effects for our video game projects for some time now, we decided to create a comprehensive, game specific royalty-free sound effects library inspired by the classic 16-bit arcade games of the late 80's/early 90's. The pack is now available to video game developers as well as hobbyist and professional sound designers here for free download.

The full free game sound effects library has been produced by us, and is now under CC0. So you can use any of the included free sound effects to do your own sound design, even for commercial use. Unlike many other sound effects libraries, there is no longer a requirement to include a credit. Of course if you do want to give a credit, or provide a link on your website that would be very much appreciated, but it's not a requirement. For sharing the free sound effects library, please consider sharing this URL to download the very latest version.

The full package includes an extensive collection of over 300 original royalty-free sounds inspired by classic arcade games, so ideally suited to compliment pixel art visuals and retro styled music tracks. 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 in your next project, 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 video game sound effects are multipurpose, so just treat the categories/names as a guide.

Types of Sound Clips Included

Some of the sound types included in the pack:

  • Explosions (great for shoot 'em up games)
  • Weapons (including gunshots, bombs and sounds of a more sci-fi nature)
  • Impacts (great for a beat 'em up/hack and slash/brawler game, including hand to hand combat)
  • Arcade style speech (including "Game Over", "Power Up", "Bonus")
  • Vehicles
  • A massive collection of miscellaneous sounds (including insert coin, beeps, swipes, clicks, electricity, etc.)

The sound effects are ideal for indie game developers, but the use of these free sfx isn't just restricted to game development. If you want to use these free game sounds for some other media project such as video production or music, that's fine too.

All suggestions are welcome, so if you need a particular sound effect adding for your next video game or any other particular project, just use the form below to send us your suggestions and we'll try to include them in the next update.

Download the sounds library now to get all the free sound fx in uncompressed 24-bit wav format as well as ready to use assets in ogg and m4a audio formats.


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.

Games Sound Effects Update Suggestions

Please fill in the form below to send suggestions for additions to our free game sound effects pack. Use the optional 'Game URL' field to send us a link to details/videos/screenshots for your video game project.

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    Free Sound Effects Library Update Log

    1.0.5 (31/03/17) - New version under CC0, removed attribution requirement.

    1.0.4 (07/07/16) - 46 new sounds (8 explosions, 9 vocal, 29 misc)

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

    1.0.2 (14/12/15) - Around 20 new sounds (mostly new sci-fi/space themed weapon sounds)

    1.0.1 (23/11/15) - 30 new sounds (generic speech).