As you make your way down Las Vegas Blvd. to the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, you can’t help but notice another sign. In giant red letters, “PINBALL” beckons passersby into the newly located Pinball Hall of Fame.
Their new location boasts 25,000 square feet. It is huge. Even with all the machines they have, there’s now plenty of room between games, so players don’t feel crowded. It also doesn’t feel loud and annoying, like some arcades (and some casinos).
Jeremy’s a huge fan of pinball and arcade machines, so we find ourselves here every time we’re in Vegas. We easily spend hours playing. On our recent trip, we even managed to visit twice. We think you’ll love the Pinball Hall of Fame too, and here’s why.
1. It's an Arcade, not a Museum
If the name “Pinball Hall of Fame” conjures images of a stuffy museum for you, we’re glad to say, it’s not that way at all. Actually, if it’s running, you can play it!
Obviously with old machines, not everything is working all the time. However, there are literally over four hundred games available, so we never struggled to find something we wanted to play. Plus, the onsite staff are constantly working to keep everything going, they’re amazing.
2. Play Through the Evolution of Pinball
What’s most surprising is the age of some of the games available to play.
Though the Pinball Hall of Fame has new games like Game of Thrones, Avengers, and Deadpool, most games are from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, the heyday of pinball. However, there are a surprising number of games from the 50’s, 60’s, and even the 40’s! It’s amazing that some of these games are older than our parents. And yes, you can still play them.
Honestly, maybe some of these games should be in museums, but then no one would get to enjoy them, so we’re glad they are here.
For a full list of the games on offer see the Pinball Hall of Fame website.
Did you know?
Between the 1940’s and 1970’s pinball was banned in many US cities such as New York and Chicago. Government officials believed pinball machines were a form of illegal gambling. Mayors were known to destroy machines they found.
In 1976, Roger Sharpe became known as the man who saved pinball, when he proved to the New York City Council that pinball is a game of skill rather than chance.
3. It's the Best Value in Las Vegas
How long would it take you to spend $10 in a Las Vegas Casino? If you’re like us, it doesn’t take very long.
Like the casinos, admission to the Pinball Hall of Fame is absolutely free. However, unlike the casinos, paying to play is much more economical. Our $10 lasted over an hour, but then again, Jeremy is a bit of a wannabe pinball wizard.
Most games cost between .25 to .50 cents, just like an 80’s or 90’s arcade.
Didn’t bring quarters with you? No worries. Just like an old arcade, two coin exchange machines greet you at the door.
4. More than Just Pinball
Though the majority of games are pinball, hence the name, they actually have a good variety of other types of games too.
If you’re an old video arcade lover, there are tons of fan favorites like Frogger, Ms Pacman, Asteroids, BurgerTime, and even Punch Out. Racing fans have games like Outrun and Daytona USA. Plus, what’s an arcade without air hockey and a photo booth.
5. Proceeds Go to Charity
From the moment you walk in the door, it’s obvious the Pinball Hall of Fame is a passion project. The owner, Tim Arnold, takes his passion one step further by giving back.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is a registered charity. After all bills are paid, your game money goes towards helping those in need.
As always, this is a non-sponsored post. We are just fans of the Pinball Hall of Fame and want to help others enjoy the fun.
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