Ten Favorite Arcades in Metro Phoenix
1. Castles and Coasters
Setting aside the fact that it features such thrilling experiences as the Desert Storm roller coaster, a freefall dropper, a three-story obstacle course, and other amusement park-like attractions, the reason Castles and Coasters tops our list is because of the magnificent two-story arcade located withing its Tah Mahal-inspired palace. It offers the most diverse selection of any other amusement destination in the Valley, hands down.
Where do we start? Probably on the first floor, where teenyboppers flock to spend their disposable incomes trying to win huge stuffed animals on redemption games or attempting to best their friends on such competitive racers as Mario Kart 2 and Initial D Arcade Stage 4. The older crowd, however, heads up the stairs to the balcony, where classics from over the past 30 years of gaming history take up almost every inch of wall space. While we've heard a few rumors that Castles and Coasters may have ditched their old school games in favor of more up-to-date technology, that most certainly ain't the case.
There's a collection of blockbuster Bally/Williams machines adjacent to one another, including Defender, Joust, and even Moon Patrol. Fans of the epic Mortal Kombat series will dig the fact that the original hit and its three sequels are all arranged side by side. You'll even spy such vintage rarities as 1985's Arm Wrestling by Nintendo, back when the company made quarter-based games. Heck, you can even blow away a vector version of the Death Star via the original Star Wars made by Atari.
Before exhausting your game cards, be sure to check out the rather curious Robin Hood-themed shooting gallery downstairs, where one can fire crossbow-like light guns at effigies resembling Barrack Obama, George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton. Seriously.
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