Ignore the name, American Pool is one of the city’s best remaining arcades and there are no longer any pool tables. If you want beat ’em ups there’s a couple of Super Street Fighter IV cabinets and an array of classic King of Fighters ones too. Racing fans can settle into either the eight linked Midnight 5X Maximum Tune machines (complete with a Wangan Terminal for data transfers and other services for those with a Banapassport card) or one of the five linked Initial D Stage 8 cabinets. If rhythm games are more your thing, take your pick from Butaotome, Jubeat, Maimai Murasaki, Project Diva Arcade Future Tone or the classic Taito Drum Machine. And if all that’s far too contemporary for you, just hang out near the entrance and spend some dollars playing one of the four old-school pinball machines.
Pac-Man. Space Invaders. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Shoot ’em ups. Beat ’em ups. Even horse racing simulators. Whether it’s a nostalgia trip or a new-fangled treat for the senses, arcades are havens for some high-octane fun. And, as the mercury starts to rise, Hongkongers are heading for these dens of digital solace to chill out and take on their pals at everything from a dance-off to a car race. Why pace around a mall when you can play football, engage in a street fight, fire guns and bang on taiko drums? We’ve traded shopping arcades for the real deal.
Looking for more inspiration on things to do around Hong Kong? Why not check out our guide on quirky activities or get active with these indoor sports. Elizabeth Choi and Graham Turner.