Over 300 FREE Retro Arcade Video Game Sound Effects Pack

Having recorded our own sound effects for our projects for some time now, we decided to create a comprehensive, royalty-free library inspired by the classic 16-bit arcade games of the late 80’s/early 90’s. The pack is now available here for free download. Check out the clip below to hear a very small sample of what’s included:

Audio Sample

The full library has been produced by us, and is now under CC0. So you’re free to use it, even in commercial games. It’s no longer strictly a requirement to include a credit on any work you use it 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 full package includes over 300 original sounds inspired by the arcade classics, so ideally suited to compliment 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 sci-fi nature)
  • Impacts (great for beat ’em ups/hack and slash/brawlers, including hand to hand combat)
  • Arcade style speech (including “Game Over”, “Power Up”, “Bonus”)
  • Vehicles
  • A massive collection of miscellaneous sounds (including generic retro sounds, insert coin, beeps, swipes, clicks, electricity, etc.)

All suggestions are welcome, so if you need anything in particular adding, 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.


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 Log

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 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 guns and explosions)

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