Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 new vintage arcade games on the floor this weekend. (Photo Provided)

Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 new vintage arcade games on the floor this weekend. (Photo Provided)

B.C. arcade lands one of the ‘rarest games in the world’

More than 20 vintage games featured at Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria

Whether you’re looking for a trip down memory lane or just something to do with the kids this weekend, Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 vintage arcade games on the floor, including one of the rarest games in the world: Star Trek Captain’s Chair.

Some of the names among the new hoard of games include Frogger, Ms. Pac Man, Space Invaders, Tron, Tapper, Paper Boy and Star Wars Jedi Cock Pit.

Emily Sutherland of Quazar’s says people can experience a wave of nostalgia and introduce kids to the classics.

READ ALSO: Vintage bottles, magic cards, a 1969 Playboy: Quirky items found in historic B.C. buildings

“My favourite game on the arcade side is — well, we just got Tapper, so it’s definitely Tapper — that’s a classic for me, also Tempest is awesome,” she says. “Then on the pinball side, it really does vary. It depends on the day and how I’m doing, but right now, I really love Star Trek The Next Generation and I love the Iron Maiden pinball machine as well.”

The arcade 31 different pinball machines and more than 80 arcade games that rotate in and out for the main floorspace so people playing games they haven’t seen before or at least for a couple weeks.

READ ALSO: Coin-operated pinball arcade opens in downtown Victoria

Quazar’s has a few other rare games, including Dragon’s Lair 1 and 2. Star Trek Captain’s Chair is a virtual tour of five top starship bridges.

“Most of the games we have are from the 80’s so they’re 30 years old. They don’t really make arcade machines anymore, at least not the classics,” said Quazar’s co-owner Steve Webb. “Arcades pretty much disappeared entirely at the turn of the century. When the arcade industry dried up there wasn’t a lot of stock put into protecting these machines.”

Most arcade games take one token, which costs 50 cents, while the pinball machines are two tokens. A select few are three tokens, if they are particularly rare.

A few games have been placed around the city as well, with one at Empire Donuts in Cook Street Village and one at Lucky Bar downtown.

Quazar’s will be open from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Victoria Day long weekend to celebrate the new games.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 new vintage arcade games on the floor this weekend. (Photo Provided)

Quazar’s Arcade in Victoria will have more than 20 new vintage arcade games on the floor this weekend. (Photo Provided)

Just Posted

Singletree Winery in Abbotsford has opened two domes where customers can enjoy wine tastings and local goodies. (Photo by Megan Ashley Creative)
Abbotsford winery first in Fraser Valley to open wine-tasting domes

Singletree Winery offers two themed transparent enclosures

Mackenzie Ashley-Lynn Gilfillan was last seen Jan. 10 in the 45000-block of Menholm Road. (RCMP photo)
RCMP asking for help to find missing Chilliwack woman

Mackenzie Ashley-Lynn Gilfillan was last seen Jan. 10 in the 45000-block of Menholm Road

/ Kevin Mills Photo
Thousands participate in solidarity parade for transgender student who was bullied

Cars, horses and even planes passed by the Mission waterfront to show support

An amethyst rock was stolen from Swinstones Granite Shop’s showroom in Chilliwack on Yale Rd. West, and they are hoping it will be spotted and returned. They discovered their window smashed and the purple rock stolen on the morning of Jan. 17, 2020. Here a portion of it is pictured to the right. (Submitted image)
Amethyst stolen from Chilliwack stone shop’s showroom

Window smashed at business where purple rock has been on display for nearly 16 years

sdf
Another Mission student arrested for assault, in 2nd case of in-school violence this week

RCMP notified of local Instagram page with videos (now deleted) showing student assaults, bullying

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Canada released proposed regulations Jan. 2 for the fisheries minister to maintain Canada’s major fish stocks at sustainable levels and recover those at risk. (File photo)
New laws would cement DFO accountability to depleted fish stocks

Three B.C. salmon stocks first in line for priority attention under proposed regulations

Trees destroyed a Shoreacres home during a wind storm Jan. 13, 2021. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay woman flees just before tree crushes house

Pamala DeRosa is thankful to be alive

Gin, one of the Kantymirs’ two sheep. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Sheep start up ATV, sit in cars and go for walks in Salmon Arm

Until they bought two sheep, Ken and Karleen Kantymir didin’t realize just how social the animals are

Most Read