8-Bit Arcade Bar, Renton

by A.J. Coltrane

8-Bit Arcade Bar first opened on November 22, 2013. We hit it on Friday night. There was a good crowd, though the photos below don’t show it. Here’s what you see when you open the front door:

140124 8 bit entrance

Defender and Zaxxon on the right. BurgerTime on the immediate left. That’s Princess Peach on the door of the ladies room. The next picture shows maybe 1/2 (or less) of the pinball machines:

140124 8 bit pinball

They had a few very old games I’d never seen before. Pictured is Sea Devil. It’s a pre-video game really (1969-1970). You look through the periscope and use eight torpedos to try to sink as much tonnage of ships as possible. Here’s a YouTube link to somebody playing it.

140124 8 bit sea devil

There’s a nice selection of cocktail games too, including Q-bert, Joust, and Asteroids. Six cocktail tables in total.

140124 8 bit cocktail

There are four beers on tap and some of the usual suspects available in cans. The tap beer was $5. They also offer small pizzas that are on the spendy side.

The games all cost a quarter. We played Moon Patrol, Tempest, Q-bert, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Galaga, Galaxian, Xevious (which was super hard), Dig-Dug, and a few others. If you’ve seen it in an old-school arcade then it’s probably at 8-Bit. The proprieter said that they’re working to add popular games to the mix — the grand opening was delayed, and it cost them dibs on a few machines. Right now there are maybe 50 video games and 25 pinball machines. It’s a good collection as it is.

So:  They have beer, the difficulty levels on the games are reasonable overall, there’s a good selection, and the games are in good condition as a group. And, to repeat, everything is 25 cents!

Awesome!

8-Bit Bar Arcade Facebook link here.

Seattle Pinball Museum and Dorky's Barcade

by A.J. Coltrane

Somebody tell me how I missed this one:

Seattle Pinball Museum. $10 all-you-can-play in the I.D.

There was even a Seattle Times piece written about it two years ago.

I couldn’t find their homepage. They do have that facebook page though.

And they got a walkthrough on youtube:

That walkthrough led me to another arcade I didn’t know existed. Dorky’s Barcade in Tacoma:

Do I hear…. Roadtrip!!!

Seattle Pinball Museum and Dorky’s Barcade

by A.J. Coltrane

Somebody tell me how I missed this one:

Seattle Pinball Museum. $10 all-you-can-play in the I.D.

There was even a Seattle Times piece written about it two years ago.

I couldn’t find their homepage. They do have that facebook page though.

And they got a walkthrough on youtube:

That walkthrough led me to another arcade I didn’t know existed. Dorky’s Barcade in Tacoma:

Do I hear…. Roadtrip!!!

Ground Kontrol in Portland

by A.J. Coltrane

In Portland and wondering what to do? All three of these places are near the train station and within walking distance of each other.

Courtesy of the Ground Kontrol website. My pictures didn’t come out. (Too dark, go figure.)

Ground Kontrol:  It’s an awesome arcade, straight out of the 80’s. The games are a who’s who and what’s what of old-school arcade staples. See this link for pics and info (they have tons of pinball too.) The grand re-opening was on Febuary 17. Hard liquor and food are now available!

The vids:

1943 (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet) Galaga Smash TV
720° Gauntlet: Dark Legacy Soul Calibur II
Alien Vs. Predator Golden Tee ’99 Splat! <- NEW!
Area 51 (in “Area 51/Maximum Force” cabinet) Gorf Stargate <- NEW!
Area 51: Site 4 House Of The Dead Star Wars (Atari, 1983)
Arkanoid (in “Multicade” cabinet) Joust (also in “Multi-Williams” cabinet) Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Asteroids Mappy (in “Namco Classics” cabinet) Street Fighter Alpha 3
Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja (in “Street Justice” cabinet) Mario Bros. Strikers 1945 (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Battle Garegga (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet) Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Sunset Riders
Battlezone Maximum Force (in “Area 51/Maximum Force” cabinet) Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
Big Buck Hunter Millipede (in “Multicade” cabinet) Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Bubble Bobble Missile Command Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
BurgerTime Moon Patrol <- NEW! Tekken Tag Tournament
Bubbles <- NEW! Mortal Kombat II Tempest
Bust-A-Move Again (Tetris Multi-Game #2) Mr. Driller 2 (in downstairs “Tetris Multi-Game” cabinet) Tetris
Centipede (also in “Multicade” cabinet) Ms. Pac-Man (fast) Toobin’
Championship Sprint NBA Jam Track ‘n’ Field
Cruis’n Exotica x 2 NFL Blitz ’99 TRON
Crystal Castles (in “Multicade” cabinet) Ninja Gaiden (in “Street Justice” cabinet) Two Crude (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme Pac-Man (fast) (also in “Namco Classics” cabinet) Vampire Savior
Defender <- NEW! Paperboy Virtua Cop 2
Dig Dug (also in “Namco Classics” cabinet) Punch-Out!! World Class Bowling Deluxe
Discs of TRON Q*Bert X-Men (6 Players)
Donkey Kong Raiden II Xevious (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Rally-X (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Dr. Mario Rampage World Tour
Dragon Blaze (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet) Robotron: 2084 (also in “Williams Multi-Game” cabinet)
Final Fight (in “Street Justice” cabinet) San Francisco Rush: 2049
Frogger The Simpsons
Galaga Sinistar <- NEW!

House of Louie:  Just a few blocks from Ground Kontrol, House of Louie serves excellent Dim Sum at reasonable prices.

Deschutes Brewery:  Ok food. Good service. Great beer.