Arcade games have brought enjoyment to individuals young and old alike for over 80 years. Pinball machines of the 1930s evolved into more hi-tech games, and during the 70s and 80s, arcades were the highlight of a young person’s day. While the arcade culture is not as prominent, Orange County has several arcades that keep the tradition alive with fun and diverse arcade games.
The Last Arcade On the Planet
1420 E. Saint Andrew Place
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Located in Santa Ana is a warehouse full of classic 80s arcade games. The building is open to the public every couple of months for arcade parties — admission is $5 — thanks to collector Juan Sanchez, who accumulated the classic arcade games over the years. A Facebook RSVP is necessary for admission, but those that go can enjoy dozens of classic games, food and music.
Comic Hero University
140 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
A few years back, Comic Hero University, a comic book shop in Fullerton, opened up an arcade. The store teamed up with hardysarcade.com to provide dozens of classic arcade games from Ms. PacMan to The Adams Family pinball machine. Comic Hero University’s arcade blends older arcade games with current comic book culture, making it both unique and familiar. The store is also conveniently located near an Amtrak station.
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12827 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Referencing a time when arcade games weren’t more than a nickel to play, Nickel! Nickel! packs nostalgia right into its name. With over 180 games, the arcade offers a great variety of games for an even greater price. For a $3.50 admission and five-cent games, it’s hard to beat. Nickel! Nickel! on Harbor Boulevard is the only remaining facility of the once big arcade chain.