Top 10 Best Arcades in Singapore
The blinking lights, the psychedelic sounds, the incandescent neon lights; a trip to the arcade will always be nostalgic. For some of us, getting a high score is a rite of passage during the wild years of adolescence. Get your game on as Tropika Club brings you to the Top 10 Best Arcades in Singapore.
These are Tropika Club’s very own aggregated rankings, or ‘rankings of rankings’. We collect information from a variety of sources to ascertain the final rankings here. This is further refined through consulting the TripAdvisor rankings to decide the position of the choices here when there’s a tie.
Introduction: While it may seem like a stalwart among Singapore’s many arcades that came and left, Timezone actually first opened in Perth in 1978. As it grew across the world, it built a foothold in Singapore, with 13 location up and running today in Singapore.
Since its inception, it aimed its focus on family, becoming the first family-oriented video amusement facility in the region.
Offerings: It’s a blast from the past at Timezone, where you can enjoy the classics like table hockey and mini bowling alleys. Or go back to the future with their new VR rides and LED-lit bumper cars. If you’re up for daily free games and discounted gameplay, be sure to sign up for their Timezone Playwave Card online or in one of their locations. By signing up you’ll get to be the first to know about the latest games and promotions at Timezone too.
2. Cow Play Cow Moo
Introduction: In this cheeky twist to a well-known Hokkien phrase, Cow Play Cow Moo will have you kick up a ruckus with all their claw machines. Their largest outlet made headlines in 2017 after it was refurbished, with the World’s Biggest Claw Machine at its entrance. Today, it has three massive outlets across the country.
Offerings: You can’t be blamed if you think there’s only claw machines at Cow Play Cow Moo with all the hype about its galore of claw machines. There are also over 200 games you can play there too. Be it if you’re up for fishing or Space Invaders, there are boatloads of fun in all three of their huge outlets.
Location: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 3 & 4 #03-372, 038988
Introduction: Since 1999, Virtualand has pride themselves on the ability to present the latest video and simulation games directly from the big game developers we all know and love. Growing to 8 amusement centres in Singapore in present-day, Virtualand is also the only arcade operator in Singapore that offers LAN gaming in addition to arcade games.
Offerings: Many rhythm fanatics have gone through the rites of passage of JuBeat, Mai Mai, and Dance Dance Revolution at Virtualand. Virtualand also hosts regular game tournaments to add a healthy dose of competition among their legions of loyal customers,
4. Level Up
Introduction: Amidst the thumping beats of Clarke Quay, Level Up definitely stands out as a great hangout spot. Situated on the second storey of a conserved shophouse, it boasts spectacular views of Singapore River as well as a whole array of arcade games splashed across 6,400 square feet. It’s not all just fun and games at Level Up, it aims to create a comfortable, relaxing space that inspires conversations.
Offerings: Level Up features classic games take will you back to the 80s and 90s. You won’t get enough of retro classics like Space Invaders, Pacman, Street Fighter, and Metal Slug. For those eager to show some muscle, show your prowess at their air hockey tables, foosball table, or their basketball machine. Want something a little more casual? Head over to the beer pong for some fun with your friends.
Location: 3A River Valley Road, #02-04, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
Contact: +65 6266 2276
5. Hollywood China Arcade
Introduction: This is probably one of the best-kept secrets at Universal Studios Singapore (USS). Hidden behind a restaurant faćade at the Hollywood Zones, it was once a restaurant before it was retrofitted. Once you step inside its moody lighting, it’s like stepping into another universe where you can spend your hours of fun here endlessly.
Offerings: Just like how the street is filled with old-world glamour of New York, the Hollywood China Arcade transports you back in time with arcade classics like Daytona, Super Mario and table-hockeys.
Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Contact: +65 6577 8888 (Universal Studios Singapore)
Introduction: 90s’ kids would definitely have stepped into one of their outlets before. ZoneXPreviously the Paw Pet-radise Cafe, the I.N.U Cafe & Boutique is now a sqanky hangout. Its high ceiling and minimalist furniture lends it an air of sophicitication. And the large windows let in a flood of natural light.
Its adjoining boutique serves up serious style for your furkid, collaborating with unique brands for an eclectic assortment of pet accessories and lifestyle products.
Offerings: Their kitchen serves up fiery Tze Char dishes such as Curry Chicken with Rice, Fried Salted Egg Squid, and Bak Kut Teh. Meanwhile, your pet can relish in treats such as the Shepherd’s Pie and the Homemade Waffles If its a hot day out, there’s even frozen treats for your furkid.
Location: They have 3 locations in Singapore.
7. Prize Station
Introduction: Giant plushies on top of their claw machines welcomes you to play at Prize Station. First started in 2005 at Bugis Plus, they have opened another outlet at Junction 8 as well.
Offerings: The stakes are high at Prize Station. With unbelievable prizes ranging from Apple products to adorable Pokémon plushes, every round at their claw machines is a heart-pounding one.
Location: Bugis Plus, #03-25/26, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067
8. Fat Cat Arcade
Introduction: Fat Cat Arcade knows you just want to have fun! They have tokens as low as 16 cents each, so they’re definitely one of the more affordable arcades in Singapore. They just opened their largest arcade in the East at Djitsun Mall. But their outlet at 313@Somerset is their crown jewel, with over 9,500 feet of space devoted for fun.
Offerings: After you enter the arcade under their humongous sign, play to your heart’s content with over 100 amusement machines at Fat Cat Arcade. Then vie for one of their 500 types of prizes available at their redemption store.
Location: 445 Bedok North Street 1, #02-01, Singapore 469661 | 313 Orchard Rd, #05 – 05, Singapore 238895
9. Zero Latency
Introduction: Step into new fantasies with Zero Latency, theirAnyone who’s anyone that’s living around Kovan would have heard this name before. With its snug atmosphere, you and your furkid will bound to feel at home as you enjoy great company and great food. Though your pet isn’t allowed inside the café, you and your furry friend can definitely hangout at the outdoors alfresco area.
Offerings: They’re out to bring the next level of virtual reality gaming to you with state-of-the-art wireless technology and wireless tracking. They have multiple types of games such as Sol Raiders, Outbreak Origins, Zombie Survives, Singularity and Engineerium.
Location: 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-346/347 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983
Contact: +65 6931 0331
10. Saint Games
Introduction: Touting themselves as Singapore’s 1st Video-Games Café, Saint Games aims to encourage people of all ages to enjoy videogames and all kinds of digital entertainment as a wholesome, healthy activity. In the ten years since their inception, they’ve moved between The Cathay, Bugis Plus, Cineleisure, before calling Kallang Wave Mall their home.
Offerings: They provide customised packages because they know every gamer is different. You only need to decide what game you want to play and how long you want to play. From FIFA to Band Hero, you can have hours of fun at Saint Games with your loved ones.
Location: 1 Stadium Place, Kallang Wave Mall, #02-09, Singapore 397628
Contact: +65 8754 8365
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Introduction: Speed into new adventures at V-Room. You can always find the latest in Virtual Reality, where their high-end VR equipment lets your truly dive into the gameplay. The rooms there all connected too, enabling for an immersive experience during multiplayer play.
Offerings: You need to sign up for a lifetime membership (at only $5) before you enter. But with that, you get access to all of their games, from solving puzzles to playing multiplayer role-playing games. With their lifetime membership, you get to accumulate stamps with every hour you play and then redeem them for free drinks and further discounts.
Location: 277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway, #02-02, Singapore 238858
Contact: +65 6677 8478
12. Holey Moley
Introduction: Tucked in one of the shophouses at Clarke Quay, hours will fly by at Holey Moley. One part mini-golf course and one part bar, their kooky interiors are hued with vibrant colours where fun seems to be infused at every corner of the bar and golf course.
Offerings: Their 27-hole, mini-golf course is a labyrinth chock-full of pleasant surprises and pop culture references. And this strain of offbeat humour can be seen in their massive cocktails and Jenga blocks. You and your friends can chomp down on bar bites, pizzas, burgers, or hotdogs.
Location: 3B River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
Contact: +65 3129 0000
13. Civil Service Club @ Bukit Batok
Introduction: On the top of the verdant contours of Bukit Batok, the Civil Service Club @ Bukit Batok has welcomed countless families on their well-deserved staycation, as well as thronging teens that head there for a swim, a bowl, or their gym. But there lies a glittering arcade too!
Offerings: From just 50 cents, you could be racing on Daytona USA, hunting on Jambo! Safari, or fishing for the most adorable plushie on their claw machines!
Location: 91 Bukit Batok West Avenue 2, Singapore 659206
Contact: +65 6513 7490
14. Jakarta Radiant World
Introduction: Experience fun as rambunctious as the Indonesian capital at Jakarta Radiant World. Besides their amusement centre at Kallang Wave Mall, the company can also prepare events, and provide carnival games and amusement rides too.
Offerings: Behind the bright entrance lies a galore of claw machines. You can find classic games like Bishi Bashi and electronic basketball as well.
Location: 1 Stadium Place, Kallang Wave Mall, #01-49, Singapore 397638
15. OmOcha!! World
Introduction: Seems like the Easties will have the last laugh here. OmOcha!! World adds to the already impressive list of arcades in the East. Along with the other fun-filled stores at KINEX, OmOcha!! World is full of thrills at prices that won’t break your bank.
Offerings: If you’re done with claw machines, you can try their newer games, which includes Pokémon Tretta and Strong Animal Kaiser M4. Here you need to go big: if you exchange $20 worth of token, you get 20 extra tokens!
Location: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, One KM Shopping Mall, #02-04/05/06, Singapore 437157
Contact: +65 6547 1190
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