I try to keep pretty active around here in Fort Lauderdale and have met many friends through my girlfriend and different Meetup groups that we always have something going on.
Every month in our local Facebook group (r/FortLauderdale) we have a meetup and post a poll beforehand on what we want to do. This month, a classic arcade night was an overwhelming winner and it was a great night.
Classic Arcade Games in Oakland Park
We went to this place on a special night that they host every now and then. On a day to day basis, this is a retail shop that sells classic arcade games, cabinets, and tabletops. Think of pinball, your old favorite games at the arcade when you were a kid, stuff like that. The kind of things you want to complete your man cave.
I can’t speak to how it is as a retail store, though from the reviews I’ve read elsewhere on Yelp, Google, and their Facebook page, it looks like they have tons of old games that stir up the nostalgia. They have a wide selection at fair prices and go over and above to make sure their customers are happy.
As for the event that we went to, it was an absolute blast. It was $6 per person and that fee included unlimited play on all the games that they had there. There must have been a dozen different pinball machines, with lots of old classics like Baywatch, Jurassic Park, and South Park themes.
There is one game that I remembered so fondly as a kid and was hoping that they had it. Rampage. If you don’t recall this game, you’re basically a monster and you climb up and down buildings, throwing punches to weaken them until they collapse. Destroy the town, move on to the next level. They had it! I had telling my girlfriend about this game randomly once and was so happy to be able to play it again.
They had a whole bunch of racing games that were fun to play. Cruisin’ USA duels were a good time. They had a Dance Dance Revolution that my girlfriend and I were terrible at, but enjoyed. There was one of those punching machines and one of our friends spent the entire night trying to set the new record (spoiler alert: he didn’t, but came close, which is why kept trying).
All in all, it was a great event, a different kind of night out than we are used to, and something I will absolutely revisit the next time they host it. What’s better than playing those games for free? Remember how many quarters it used to take to beat a game? Now you can just keep hitting Continue every time you die and play forever.
We finished off our meetup with some craft brews at Funky Buddha down the street. Great night!
Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for when they host the next classic arcade night!
279 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, FL 33334
(More or less across the street from Tech Pro Repair that we previously reviewed)