Where To Go For Different Types Of Arcades

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Where To Go For Different Types Of Arcades

STORY: Janelle Yong
15 February 2020
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While arcading is always fun, which arcade you choose to visit might change depending on your mood. Here are some arcades we recommend for different arcading experiences.

1. For carnival-style fun: Timezone

With a wide variety of carnivalesque games like Down the Clown and skeeball, this family-friendly arcade chain is perfect for families with kids and the young at heart. For added fun, check out Timezone’s flagship outlet at VivoCity, which boasts quirky attractions like LED-lit bumper cars and miniature bowling.

Timezone VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-43, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
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2. For claw machine fanatics: Prize Station/Ton Amusement

Can’t get enough of claw machines? Swing by Prize Station, where claw machines are the main attraction. If you’re feeling lucky (or greedy), try catching one of the giant plushies (then have fun lugging it home on the MRT).

Prize Station, 201 Victoria Street, #03-25/26, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
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Prize Station
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Alternatively, visit Ton Amusement to test your skills on a different type of claw machine. Namely, Japanese UFO catchers. Modelled after actual UFO catcher stores in Akihabara, this little-known arcade is a hidden gem for UFO catcher fans. Naturally, you can expect to snag kawaii prizes like anime figurines and adorable Japanese plushies, as well as instant noodles from Japan if you’re feeling peckish.

Ton Amusement, 181 Orchard Road, #5F-43/44, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
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3. For ‘proper’ arcade games: Virtualand

If carnival games and claw machines aren’t your cup of tea, check out Virtualand instead. This arcade chain has the largest selection of actual arcade games, from racing games to shooting games, quirky oddballs like Bishi Bashi and, of course, an impressive fleet of rhythm games to entertain dancers, guitarists, drummers or anyone who fancies themselves musicians.

Be sure to visit Virtualand Nex, which has more arcade machines than other Virtualand branches, including some older games you won’t find elsewhere in Singapore like Time Crisis 4, House of the Dead 4 and Dark Escape 4D.

Virtualand Nex, 23 Serangoon Central, #04-65, Nex, Singapore 556083
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4. For hardcore prize hunters: Fat Cat

If prize hunting is your end goal, you’ll want to visit Fat Cat. Although it only has two outlets, both arcades have over 100 machines, tokens that cost as low as 16 cents each, and over 500 prizes available at their massive prize shops. We’re not just talking about gimmicky trinkets like yoyos or novelty pens either; Fat Cat’s prize shops have a wide variety of attractive prizes you can trade for, from quirky card games to collectible toy figurines, portable speakers and much more!

Fat Cat Arcade, 445 Bedok North Street 1, #02-01, Djitsun Mall Bedok, Singapore 469661 | Fat Cat Arcade, 313 Orchard Road, #05-05, 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
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5. Arcade bars: Level Up/Nineteen80

To enjoy a drink while you game, check out an arcade bar and have the best of both worlds. Level Up has several types of arcade machines, from classics like Metal Slug and Street Fighter to dancing games, air hockey, pinball and even a claw machine.

Level Up, 3A River Valley Road, #02-04, Singapore 179020
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For a more retro-themed experience, visit Nineteen80 and bask in neon lighting and vintage decor while you try out really old-school arcade games like Pac Man and Puzzle Bobble. In fact, the tables in this bar have built-in arcade game emulators, so you can continue to game while chilling at your seat.

Nineteen80, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, Singapore 088444
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Health Advisory

Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:

- Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
- Avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
- Observe good personal hygiene;
- Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
- Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

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