Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 new vintage arcade games on the floor this weekend. (Photo Provided)

B.C. arcade lands one of the ‘rarest games in the world’

More than 20 vintage games featured at Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria

Whether you’re looking for a trip down memory lane or just something to do with the kids this weekend, Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 vintage arcade games on the floor, including one of the rarest games in the world: Star Trek Captain’s Chair.

Some of the names among the new hoard of games include Frogger, Ms. Pac Man, Space Invaders, Tron, Tapper, Paper Boy and Star Wars Jedi Cock Pit.

Emily Sutherland of Quazar’s says people can experience a wave of nostalgia and introduce kids to the classics.

READ ALSO: Vintage bottles, magic cards, a 1969 Playboy: Quirky items found in historic B.C. buildings

“My favourite game on the arcade side is — well, we just got Tapper, so it’s definitely Tapper — that’s a classic for me, also Tempest is awesome,” she says. “Then on the pinball side, it really does vary. It depends on the day and how I’m doing, but right now, I really love Star Trek The Next Generation and I love the Iron Maiden pinball machine as well.”

The arcade 31 different pinball machines and more than 80 arcade games that rotate in and out for the main floorspace so people playing games they haven’t seen before or at least for a couple weeks.

READ ALSO: Coin-operated pinball arcade opens in downtown Victoria

Quazar’s has a few other rare games, including Dragon’s Lair 1 and 2. Star Trek Captain’s Chair is a virtual tour of five top starship bridges.

“Most of the games we have are from the 80’s so they’re 30 years old. They don’t really make arcade machines anymore, at least not the classics,” said Quazar’s co-owner Steve Webb. “Arcades pretty much disappeared entirely at the turn of the century. When the arcade industry dried up there wasn’t a lot of stock put into protecting these machines.”

Most arcade games take one token, which costs 50 cents, while the pinball machines are two tokens. A select few are three tokens, if they are particularly rare.

A few games have been placed around the city as well, with one at Empire Donuts in Cook Street Village and one at Lucky Bar downtown.

Quazar’s will be open from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Victoria Day long weekend to celebrate the new games.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 new vintage arcade games on the floor this weekend. (Photo Provided)

Just Posted

Tap Truck Okanagan launches as first location in Canada

The business is built on a restored 1957 Chevy panel van and ready to serve craft beer on tap, wine or cider

Art sessions coming to Keremeos park

Four art programs will be offered in Pine Park From late June through July

Crews building structure at former Summerland train station site

West Summerland Station will pay tribute to railway history, serve as trail marker

$30,000 over 30 weeks for local causes

Send us your good stories and you could win money for your favourite cause

Additional Penticton washrooms open in time for weekend

Washrooms at Riverside, Skaha Lake Park, Okanagan Lake Park, more, now open

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe comapaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

‘Alarmed’: Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec said that level of detail is not being collected

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

Vernon protesters take Black Lives Matter movement to park

A handful of demonstrators raised fists, signs in solidarity Friday

Most Read