What is the difference between Game Juice and 1UPcard fluid? July 05 2019


Game Juice™


Are the ingredients disclosed? 

Is the Safety Data Sheet available? (SDS)?

Does it have 4+ years of success and reputation?

Does it offer a better applicator than Q-Tips??

Does it have over 150 positive reviews on Amazon?

Does it have sexy marketing and hype?


Buyer beware:

Retro gamers have a new choice for how they clean, maintain and preserve their games. While 1UPcard has been saving games and consoles from the landfill since 2014, the new brand on the scene is called “Game Juice”. I’m Adam Stephey, creator of 1UPcard, and I’d like to address some of the claims of Game Juice. I write this because you deserve to know what you are putting on your decades old treasures.

If you read no further, here is the summary:

  1. Game Juice claims to be the "first and only solution" to clean games, but it isn’t.
  2. Game Juice claims to preserve and make games last longer without disclosing testing methods or supporting evidence.
  3. Game Juice wants you to accept their marketing without informed critical thinking about what it is made of.

That’s it in a nutshell, but if you would like to go deeper with me, please read on.

Is Game Juice the first and only solution?

Game Juice markets itself as the “world’s first and only cleaning solution for video games.” Is it? That quote is pulled directly from the “Our Story” page of their website.

Game Juice a younger company than 1UPcard, and 1UPcard is younger than a lot of others who came before us (like back in the 80s and 90s). Claiming to be the “first and only” is misleading and inaccurate.

What is Game Juice solution made of?

The only honest answer is: nobody knows. The Game Juice website has a lot of distractions to keep you from answering this fundamental question. I have used Game Juice. It looks like isopropyl alcohol. It smells like isopropyl alcohol. It performs like isopropyl alcohol. But what percentage of it is isopropyl alcohol?  There may be other ingredients in it, but how is the consumer to know? The stuff you get in the drugstore is commonly between 50% and 70%. The other percentage is water. 

What is 1UPcard fluid made of?

1UPcard fluid is 99% isopropyl alcohol.

Does Game Juice preserve games better than isopropyl alcohol?

This article is not to bash the effectiveness of Game Juice, because it cleans similarly to any alcohol-based product. But how much water is in it? How many other chemicals are in it, and how can I trust it’s not actually harmful to my games? Game Juice has a long post about “science”, without a single mention of how their solution cleans anything.

In an interview, the creator explains how Game Juice extends the life of your games:

“The proprietary formula removes dirt, grime and preserves games by slowing and addressing corrosion and the oxidation process that happens to all metals exposed to the elements.”

This vague description could just as easily be applied to a simple solution of isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol also removes dirt and grime. Regular cleaning with isopropyl alcohol will also prevent corrosion.

Because he’s unwilling to get specific, it’s impossible for you to discern whether or not this solution is anything special. So you’re just supposed to trust him.

There’s a page on the Game Juice website titled “The Science!” that skirts around the truth in a similar way.

You can scroll and scroll through charts and information describing the oxidation process, but never once does it come back around to the solution. The page never says anything about Game Juice. Even though it seems like there’s a lot of scientific evidence behind it, you can’t really know that any of that science is relevant to the actual makeup of Game Juice.

This comes back to the question:

What is in Game Juice?

Did you know it’s perfectly legal to not disclose ingredients or chemical concentrations if you claim that the substance is a trade secret?[1]

If you look at Game Juice’s website or any of its marketing material, you’ll notice the phrase “proprietary solution,” or some variation of it, in several places. They say this so often because it’s giving them the green light to withhold ingredients and concentrations. If they were to disclose this information, a competitor could hawk their product and steal their business.

Fair enough from a business standpoint, right?

For consumers, however, this can raise some concerns or, at the very least, some questions.

The first issue is that you may be paying more for a product you could easily find somewhere else for a lot cheaper. 

Another issue is that water can further damage and increase the risk of rust and corrosion. 1UPcard solution is 99% isopropyl alcohol because it has the smallest water content possible. Because Game Juice isn’t willing to disclose this information, you can’t make sure that you’re using a suitable product.

While it’s understandable that Game Juice wants to protect their business, it ultimately stands in the way of customers who want to do their research. Gaming cartridges are precious to their collectors. Who wants to risk the condition of their games with an unknown substance?

1UPcard prefers to be transparent and allow consumers to do their research. I disclose what is in the solution, because you deserve to know what you’re putting on your treasures, don’t you? And the safety data sheet for 1UPcard can be found right here

Do you know what you are putting on your games?

Here at 1UPcard we have never claimed that 1UPcard is the first or only video game cartridge cleaning product. We don’t claim that because we know full well that we aren’t the first. Cleaning kits, products, and solutions have been around since the 80's.

Listen people, YOU CAN USE DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS TO CLEAN YOUR GAMES. That’s what I did before the convenience of 1UPcard.

When I got back into cartridge gaming, I used q-tips and rubbing alcohol. When I wanted a more convenient solution, I developed the 1UPcard game cleaner and offered 99% isopropyl alcohol in a convenient dropper bottle for other gamers. No secrets, no hype. Since our inception, the 1UPcard brand has an accumulated 250 positive reviews on Amazon and provides a better applicator than cotton swabs or q-tips. If you don’t like what I offer, so what! Don’t buy it. But certainly don’t blindly buy a mystery fluid either.

This is a topic worth reviewing critically. Please share this article. Game on, gamers!! And remember, be informed and clean your games responsibly.  


Adam Stephey



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[1] https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/29/1910.1200