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“Epic Retro Arcade”

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
Ranked #7 of 56 Fun & Games in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade brings the arcade experience into the 21st century with over 100 of the most popular video games and pinball tables in a futuristic multi-level space. Enjoy a full bar and food menu nightly, along with recurring events such as Rock Band x Ground Kontrol, the stand-up comedy night No Pun Intendo and two monthly Free Play Parties!
Reviewed 2 December 2011

If you’ve ever played a Simpson arcade game, shot the Borg with a pinball, or watched Tron with a sense of nostalgia you need to check this place out. Video games are a quarter; pinball games are two quarters (no silly tokens here!). The pinball games have this great deal where you get 5 plays for $2 (one more play than you would get at the regular rate). Outside speakers play sounds of the classic arcade to set the mood as you enter. Once inside you’re either transported back to your childhood or to a time you wish you could have enjoyed; only now you can. There are 2 change machines right near the entrance – do yourself a favor and get $5-$10 worth of quarters right away, then go find your favorite game and let yourself be a teenager. For me it’s all about the Simpsons arcade game and Star Trek: The Next Generation Pinball – pinball never got any better than that Star Trek TNG game. You go on missions, the cast lent their voices to the game, and you get to fire pinballs from rotating weapons platforms at the Borg and other targets – be prepared as there may be a wait for this epic game. Wil Wheaton even signed it, look just under Riker for his autograph. Wil Wheaton swears by this place and I can see why. It’s within walking distance from Powell’s, not in the best part of town but it’s location near the entrance to Chinatown adds to its sense of being from a different time. It’s also just a few blocks from Voodoo doughnuts. If for no other reason than your own curiosity, make sure to give this place a visit and don’t be surprised if, on your journey through time, you lose track of it.

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