Alright everybody, quarter up, because Free Play Arcade is about to take over Richardson. If you're into retro arcade games, pinball, and maybe craft beer, this the place for you.
The grand opening is tonight (with a party you need tickets for), but we're in a little early for a sneak peek. The owners have roughly 60 games here now, but they say they could maybe fit as many as 90 in the future, which includes classics like Donkey Kong, Burger Time, Smash TV, Pac-Man and a personal favorite of mine, Joust.
$10 will get you in to play all the games you want, and adults can stay here until late at night. Which is good, because drinks after work are a lot more fun when you have Robotron on hand.
While the bar arcade vibe and heavy use of nostalgia will certainly appeal to adult arcade fans, younger players aren't unwelcome. Richardson city code enables everyone under 18 to stay until 9 p.m., after which it becomes an adults-only arcade until closing. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Interested in buying a machine for yourself? The owners are willing -- but hesitant -- to sell. A machine won't come cheap, but it will come with a limited warranty, so you can get it fixed if something goes wrong.
They're willing to sell for the right price in part because they want to keep the game selection at Free Play fresh. The games will be switched out periodically, so every time you go back you might find something new (well ... old.)
Check out the video for a better view of the place.
Open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m, Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.