Name That Trauma:: Ashley M. on an Animatronic Arcade Rat

Hey there, love your blog. I was hoping somebody could help me out. There was an arcade game that I remember from my childhood (early ’90s) that terrified me. I don’t remember the objective of the game or how it was played, but there was an animatronic, anthropomorphic rat that was the size of a small adult. It was in a glass box, and it may have been wearing a suit, but like a tattered hobo suit (it might have also been wearing no clothing and had really grody/tattered looking fur). Playing the game made it rattle around or animate somehow I think, but it may have just blinked and made a noise (I think it was a creepy, cackle laugh). Something about the rat was really crusty-looking, like it wasn’t cute or friendly looking I think it was deliberately supposed to look sort of gross/scary.

The one I remember was located in a Chuck E. Cheese on Long Island (although I’ve had friends tell me they remember the game from similar establishments). It had nothing to do with any of the franchise characters, and the one by my house was (I believe) removed when they removed the ball pits and replaced them with the toddler area. It was by the ball-pit in the one close to my house, sort of toward the back of everything, and every now and then if I got disoriented in the ball pit I would find myself too close to it. I’m really hoping, with all the birthdays that have been held in those kind of places, that somebody would have a picture with that freaky rat in it/remember the name of the game.

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7 years ago

I googled about and thought I found a website that might’ve sold your game. Sadly they don’t seem to have your game. I noticed that they have a contact page. If the Kindertrauma readers can’t ferret out your game, you should contact them and report back with your findings. Good luck with your search.

3 years ago

Could the game have been something like Dunk ‘n Alien? I remember that game in Monster Mini Golf in Paramus from when I was 12. The alien both looked and sounded like Invader Zim.

Ashley, do you remember Spider Stompin’? I loved that game as a kid, but only now do I realize the queen spider TIES YOU UP if you lose. BDSM fetishists incoming in 3… 2… 1…