It’s been a slow news month for arcades, making this post the only location watch post we’ll have for August, but that’s ok. There are still new venues opening their doors out there, showing the continued desire to game away from home.
Per usual, if you find yourself near any of these locations, then please do more than give it a “like” or a “nod” – go there, buy some credits or pay the entry fee and play!
Wilcox Arcade Routes (Hopkinsville, KY)
Let’s start this post by highlighting the first arcade location of a site friend, and a guy who has been making a name for himself on the scene, Dustin Wilcox. While he has just started college, he has put his money where his mouth is by opening two route locations in his area. His main location is at the Main St. Tavern Restaurant in Hopkinsville, which is showcasing a single Fast & Furious machine, Skins Game, The House of the Dead, a multicade, a pool table and some bulk vending machines. The second location only has an interactive bulk vending machine for now; but he has slowly been growing the games he has. One of those is something that I sold to him earlier this year, the indie shoot ’em up Skycurser (that just needs a cabinet); he also has a Lucky ‘N Wild that should find its way into the Tavern at some point.
Altitude Trampoline Park (Pelham, AL)
Trampoline parks have enjoyed a lot of attention in recent times, but it is not always clear if they include an arcade on the premises or not. That isn’t a question at the Altitude Trampoline Park in Pelham, Alabama, where they have put together a small game floor of new games. By what I have seen, they have a crane machine, a couple of NBA Hoops, an air hockey, a Mustang pinball machine, then a pair of Cruis’n Blasts and a 2p Halo: Fireteam Raven. Perhaps they’ll add more with time!
Player 1up (Rock Hill, SC)
Via Replay Magazine. This is a bar/arcade that opened up at the beginning of the month, following the standard retrocade model (cover charge to get in, all games on free play). Their game selection includes Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon ninjaGalaga, Gorf, Mortal Kombat II, Millipede, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Phoenix, P.O.W., Star Wars (Atari), Vanguard and more; pinball includes Black Knight, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, Bride of Pinbot and Iron Maiden. Check them out on Facebook.
Stardust Pinbar (Phoenix, AZ)
Via Replay Magazine. Are you a fan of David Bowie and live in the Phoenix area? Then Stardust Pinbar is made just for you. Nestled between a pizzaria and a live music venue, this particular game room is home to sixteen pins, including: AC/DC, Arabian Nights, Attack From Mars, Guns’N Roses, Iron Maiden, Junk Yard, Metallica, Star Trek (Stern), The Addams Family, The Beatles, The Walking Dead, Tron Legacy and more. Their website is just a placeholder at the moment, but you can find them on Facebook here.
Mr. Pixel’s Classic Arcade (Houston, TX)
Via Replay Magazine. This one just opened this week in Houston, a retrocade also following the free play/pay-to-get-in model. While they are closed Mon-Wed, they look to offer plenty of classic fun on the weekends, which includes the likes of: Area 51, Armor Attack, California Speed, Cruis’n World, Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct 2, Maximum Force, Ms. Pac-Man, R-Type, Raiden, RoadBlasters, Samurai Shodown, Sega Super GT, Venture and more. They also have several pinball machines including Bally Game Show, Barb Wire, Black Knight, Gorgar, Space Shuttle, and a few others. You can find their website here or find them on Facebook.
Round1USA (Reno, NV)
Note, this was a couple of Saturdays ago :X
That’s all for this edition of Location Watch, until next time!