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Entertainment:  Video Arcades

Updated January 2015

Dave and Buster's
Recently opened in late 2014, this facility offers a Wednesday special where all games are half price.  They also offer a "Eat & Play Combo" for $16.99, and sign up for the 'Rewards' e-club and get a $10 free "bonus game play" with purchase of $10 game play.
Electric Castles Wunderland Five locations in the Portland area, plus one in Salem.  Game room admission is $2.90 ages 12 & up and $2.40 for ages 5 - 11 and seniors.  All games operate on nickels.  See web site for special weekly and daily coupons such as 2-for-1 admission, free nickels and more.  Some locations also offer 2nd run movie screenings for a separate admission charge.
Ground Kontrol Located in Old Town and featuring the classics of yesteryear from the 70's, 80's and 90's such as Mario Brothers, Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Moon Patrol and more.  The 2nd level houses over 25 pinball machines.  Rarely an admission charge, games cost.$25 per play, or go on a 'Free-Play' party, held twice a month when you pay a cover charge and play games all night long.
There are other places in the Portland area to play video arcade games, but not at the same 'POTC' value as Wunderland or Ground Kontrol.  These include John's Incredible Pizza in Beaverton, Big Al's Bowling in Vancouver & Beaverton, Punchbowl Social in downtown Portland, Grand Central Bowl, UltraZone in Milwaukie and Bullwinkle's Family Fun Center in Wilsonville.  Also check out PDXBars.com for a listing of bars with games.

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