Located right on the Strip and next to the MGM Grand, the Showcase Mall has all sorts of attractions popular with visitors. Perhaps the most popular attractions is GameWorks, Las Vegas’ largest arcade at 55,000 square feet holding up to 3,000 people. While there are other smaller arcades located within casinos like New York-New York, Excalibur, Circus Circus, and formerly within the Sahara until it was closed permanently this year, none can compare to the range of games inside of GameWorks.
The setup may be a little different than the arcades you are used to. Patrons buy a debit card at the door which they may load with credits then insert it in the various machines to play a game. There is no additional entrance fee. They have an amazing range of games from the newest and most advanced, to games based on popular movies like Fast and Furious, and much more. It is literally hours of fun for all ages and a great place to visit if you are coming to Las Vegas with family or children. And if you reminisce about the good old days of Atari and Nintendo, don’t worry they have those too. Games like PacMan, Mario Kart and Space Wonder are among the favorites.
Games start at a $1 each and up with the debit card purchased. In addition you have the option of paying for “passes,” $20 for an hour, $25 for two hours, $30 for 3 hours and $35 gets you an all day pass. Hours are from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. on the weekend. GameWorks is open to all ages but under 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 21 after 9 p.m. GameWorks also has strict rules about clothing, profanity, objectionable art, and tattoos…. Yeah tattoos, I forget what year this is sometimes, like 1950 something? Anyway, their arcade their rules I guess.
Video games not really your thing? They have an area called the Loft with a club feel as well for 21 and older where you can order drinks as friends of family get their game on. They have intimate seating, a billiards table and additional arcade games here. Check out the Glacier bar on the second floor as well with their icicle décor perfect to escape the summer heat. There is a restaurant located within GameWorks as well.