Here is some news on two new locations opening up in the Midwestern USA, so let’s jump to it.
Pinstack (West Plano, TX) – If you are in or near West Plano, TX then there is a good chance you have heard about this already since the size of the facility and range of entertainment options tends to attract media to check it out. Called Pinstack, this is a new 50,000 sq. ft. FEC with dining, bowling (28 lanes), two level laser tag, a lazer maze, bumper cars, a high-rope course and an arcade stocked with around150 games. Among those video titles you will find some of the latest offerings in the industry: Transformers: Human Alliance (80″ Super Deluxe that was seen at IAAPA), Aliens Armageddon Deluxe, Batman, Deadstorm Pirates SE, Terminator Salvation, Winter X Games Snocross along with a big line-up of redemption games (they have the new Mega Color Match; Candy Crush Saga videmption game, Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune and plenty of others). Like many other FECs, they offer a card swipe system to pay per game. You can visit their website here.
Screenland Crossroads Tapcade (Kansas City, MO); thanks to Kent Fund for the tip) – A while back we had reported about a retrocade called The Electric Theater which was aiming to offer some classic arcade gaming in Missouri but despite getting to the point of setting a Grand Opening date, the project never came to a commercial fruition. That didn’t stop one of the players in the business, Mike Freeland from finding a way to offering some arcade goodness in the area with the upcoming opening of the new Tapcade, which is a part of the Screenland Crossroads movie theater. According to Mike, “The boutique 1 screen theatre will focus on independent movies, retro movies, classics, and new releases 48 craft beers on tap with Pop culture memorabilia as eye candy around the interior. They also haveo 2 large glass garage doors facing west which allows for outdoor seating ” The Tapcade is a combination of the bar and the arcade; Supernova Vending is furnishing the arcade titles which includes: Pacman, Ms. Pacman, Joust, Joust 2, Super Mario Bros., Tapper, NBA Jam, The Simpsons, Street Fighter, Crime fighters, R-Type, Super Punchout!, Tron, Defender, Bubbles, Asteroids, X-men, Super Pacman, Q*bert, Moon Patrol, Mario Bros., Galaga, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong 3, Tetris, Rampage and Flinstones Pinball plus a few others. They may add more pinball in the future. Mr. Freeland also noted that he has about a dozen classic machines at the Screenland Armour in North Kansas City, a location not many know about as having some retro arcade goodness to find there. The Tapcade main website can be found here but at the moment nothing is to be found there so I would suggest their Facebook page; their grand opening is slated for Feb. 20th.
If you find yourself near either arcade, give them your support and check them out!