Jun 27, 2017

Arcades Offer Entertainment Blast from the Past

By Ryan Edelson

In a world that is constantly progressing and modernizing with technology, it is refreshing to see that classic games are still being appreciated. At YESTERcades in Red Bank, guests feel as if they have been teleported into the past as they re-experience older games that take them back to distinct places in their memories.

As you walk into the gaming emporium, you will hear the nostalgic sounds of Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man chomping through their virtual 16-bit world. Lining the walls are classic gaming cabinets with a slew of distinctive titles. From Asteroids to Fix It Felix Junior to Mortal Kombat, you are sure to find retro games that will trigger your memory.

There are 16 pinball machines, with games ranging from the modern era of The Walking Dead to classics such as Austin Powers and The Adams Family. Aside from digital games, YESTERcades also has an ice hockey and bubble hockey table for those who want to get an arm workout.

The wall art of the establishment also fixates on the retro theme. Classic photographs, including the cover art of Steven Spielberg’s “Back to the Future” film, are proudly mounted on the walls.

Since there have been countless gaming consoles created over the past 30 years, certain games are kept in specific spaces to help keep the place organized. Along the left wall, you will find a classic section with various Nintendo consoles from which to choose. There is a Sega Genesis 16 Bit, a Dreamcast, a Super Nintendo, and a Nintendo 64. There is a selection of hundreds of games to help suit the needs of any and every gamer. If you’re a Mario lover, it seems as if they have every game ever created for that mustached favorite. Other classic titles include Disney’s Aladdin for Sega Genesis, Ecco the Dolphin, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Along the right wall, you will discover more modern gaming consoles, including various Xbox models, PlayStation models, Nintendo Wii’s, and a Nintendo Switch.

This Red Bank arcade is open seven days a week and offers nearly round-the-clock fun from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on weekdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on the weekends! (YESTERcades also has a second arcade that is located in Somerville, New Jersey.) YESTERcades offers gift certificates, hosts parties, private events, gaming tournaments, and even has a DJ for occasions. With a staff that is helpful and friendly and a product that you cannot find just anywhere, YESTERcades in Red Bank is definitely somewhere worth visiting. Visit their website at www.yestercades.com.

If playing games is something you fancy, be sure to check out some of the other arcades in the picturesque Monmouth County area, as well. They include:

iPlay America in Freehold is a colossal indoor fun center with bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, and video games, plus a bar and grill. Visit www.iplayamerica.com.

Silverball Museum in Asbury Park has a boardwalk game arcade, featuring pinball machines from the 1930s to the present. Visit www.silverballmuseum.com.

Monster Mini Golf in Eatontown features a glow-in-the-dark monster-themed indoor mini-golf course, with arcade games and a DJ. Visit www.monsterminigolf.com.