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Underground Retrocade – West Dundee, IL
121 W Main St, West Dundee, IL 60118
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
3:00 pm – 1:00 am
11:00 am – 1:00 am
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Note: weekdays open at 5pm October-May
Admission of $15 for provides unlimited play all day with same day re-entry (all games on free play). Admission is required for all entrants.
With a constantly growing collection of over 150 original arcade and pinball classics, the Retrocade’s mission is to transport players back to their original arcade experience featuring games from the golden era, using the correct cabinets, original controls, and bright, fresh CRT monitors. Completing the experience of transporting you “back FROM the future,” background ambiance and decor from the 80’s, as well as “period correct” snacks and theme beverages are available. Nestled in the quaint historic district of West Dundee, plenty of free public parking and a variety of restaurants and bars are available within immediate walking distance to complete your visit. All children age 8 or younger require 1:1 adult supervision. If you’re planning to visit with a child under the age of 14, please review the rules and recommendations on their website or call for more information.
According to their page at Aurcade.com, the business currently has 152 games on hand with the oldest title featured being Atari’s LeMans (1976) and the newest Stern’s Ghostbusters Pinball (2016). The vast majority of the game selection comes from the golden era of the early 1980s, but they also have a strong representation of post-crash classic fighters, beat ’em ups and shmups.
Apart from beloved classics like Asteroids, BattleZone, Defender, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man Turbo, and Star Wars (Atari), they also have several rarities such as Nintendo’s Wild Gunman, Stern’s Rescue, & SNK’s Prehistoric Isle 2, to name a few.
They participate in high score tracking via Aurcade.com, and a referee is on staff daily to adjudicate your high scores. They also hold frequent tournaments and special events.
Currently they are holding the “2016 Summer of Games” Summer-long event, which features special season pass pricing as well as a new game revealed every Wednesday with live streaming and awards!
Recent showcase of their Ghostbusters Pinball addition:
Pictures from the venue (click on any to enlarge):
If you are in the area, stop by and give them a visit!
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