I think Hersheypark has the best arcade I've ever seen at a park. Not only did it have a huge collection of classic games, but they had all of my *favorite* classic games, including Super Pac-Man, Track and Field, Marble Madness, Arkanoid and many, many more.
Cedar Point's arcade is like a video-game museum, although a lot of the really old games don't work (old as in pre-Computer Space). They also have the loudest and best-placed DDR machines I can think of.
Kennywood also has a large selection of pre-1975 games, and they are in really good condition, from my experience.
I was also mildly impressed with one arcade at SFKK, especially since it had the ultra-rare Baby Pac-Man pinball/video game hybrid, and in *working condition*... the only one I've *ever* seen.
Although I've only spent a few minutes in one arcade at SFWoA (er, GL), every single game I tried in that amount of time had something wrong with it that made it unplayable (i.e., wouldn't accept coins, no balls in the pop-a-shot, broken screen, misaligned guns).
It also seems like the games at PKI are not in very good shape. Last year, the DDR machine in the Beast arcade was a bootleg with serious locking-up problems, and the one in Action Zone wouldn't accept coins. I often have found the gun games there unplayable because of bad alignment.
Last and least is Holiday World. This is the one (*one*) area in which the park could stand to improve. The one arcade (that I know of) is tiny and has mostly kiddie games. Paula, how about a great big new arcade for 2005? :)
Last and least is Holiday World. This is the one (*one*) area in which the park could stand to improve. The one arcade (that I know of) is tiny and has mostly kiddie games. Paula, how about a great big new arcade for 2005?
i agree, i love holiday world...it's my home park & i go all of the time but the arcade down in the halloween section leaves a lot to be desired. holiday world could stand a huge new arcade somewhere in the park.
Hersheypark gets points for having a working Dragons Lair machine. It's the only working one I've seen in over a decade (in an arcade anyway; I have one). I'm hoping to make it back there this year...
I'll have to go hunt down that Baby Pac at SFKK. Those are probably even rarer than Dragons Lair...
For a normal park I would have to say CP. I like the old school games and they are in abundance at Cedar Point. For the most part they keep those games running fairly well too.
For the worst, I hate to say this but Knott's arcade didn't impress me all that much. I only visited one there so I might be wrong. The one I visited was near Jaguar. It was too cramped and didn't offer that good of a selection of games. Their DDR was also way out of date if I remember right, a problem that seemed to be epidemic in Southern California.
Marine World just removed their lame arcade this year to install carnival games, but it wasn't very good or popular.
But neither of those are the best. The best BY FAR(really not an amusement park arcade, but whatever) are the boardwalk arcades at Morey's piers, especially the one at the entrance to Mariner's Landing. When I was there, they were running a special: On video poker, if you got three of a kind or better hand, the attendant gives you a 100 ticket bonus. (I got 9 bonuses in about 5 minutes) Plus, this particular arcade had music blasting, DDR of course, as well as the generic DDRs.
Bob, as far as the epidemic of out-of-date DDR machines in So. Cal., well, I just checked the ddrfreak.com locations page, and there are 441 machines in California. That FAR outdoes all other states. Ohio has 48. I only saw one other state with more than 100. So Californians have it good, even with a few old machines floating around... ;)
Oh about Boomers, they wouldn't let me in because I was late for some kind of admission plan. Whatever...
I can't really think of a sucky arcade-ummm-what about the one that was put in to replace Pirate Ride at CP? Yeaah, that one SUCKS BIGTIME-stupid arcade;>)
For the last few years I have been going there, they have kept such classics as Dig Dug, Joust, Pac Man, Donkey Kong(the original), Galaga, and Space Invaders.
I believe the skee-bal they have is the original with the park.
To those who spoke of Dragon's Lair, I miss the heck out of that game. I remember when it first came out and the arcade in the mall near my house had the T.V. screen on top of the game. I would constantly finish the game and people would hand me quarters to play it again. They enjoyed just watching it.
Keep an eye out for Dragon's Lair (the orignal game from 1983, not the DL 3D for the home systems.) It has been re-released using a good ol' hard drive instead of the trouble-prone laserdisc player. Everything plays the same, and I found out that I still suck at it, even after all these years ;)
I bought it at Circuit City for like $20.
2. Cedar Point.
3. Indiana Beach.
Though I did get to finally play one here in Houston last year at an arcade expo.
Does Cedar Point still have all those old games in their arcade? When I visited in 2000 it was amazing, but I thought I heard they got rid of many of them?
Really more parks should have some old games, because the people my age are having kids and bringing them to the parks and those are the games they might drop some quarters into while their kids ride rides.
Kick The Sky said:
For the worst, I hate to say this but Knott's arcade didn't impress me all that much. I only visited one there so I might be wrong. The one I visited was near Jaguar. It was too cramped and didn't offer that good of a selection of games.
Thats one of Knott's smaller arcades. The huge one, probably on par with Cedar Point's (IIRC), is next to Perilous Plunge, under Kingdom of the Dinosaurs. Its pretty big.
Theres another smaller one next to Ghostrider, probably about the same size as the one you visited in Fiesta Village.
All of the DDR machines in the park are 3rd mix (not that I play).
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