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Places to play near wildwood nj?

By NJGecko

9 years ago


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    #1 9 years ago

    Away with the family this week at wildwood nj. One of the bigger boardwalks in the eastern U.S. And no pins to be found. The boardwalk did have one arcade with pins that was featured on hoarders. But they are horrible pins in horrible condition.

    My daughter and I really are hoping to find a good location for some pin time within about a half hour of here. Suggestions?

    #2 9 years ago

    Ocean City has Jilly's Arcade. I didn't get a chance to make it this time when we were in Wildwood (last week) but I have heard nothing but good things. It is about 30 minutes away from Wildwood... exit 30 I think on the GSP.

    http://www.jillysoc.com/locations/arcade.php

    And you are right, those pins there at the Boardwalk Mall are horrible! He could do so much more with that space.

    #3 9 years ago

    The pins at Jillys are not maintained. They have a new KISS, so that may be playable but everything else there is most likely going to be frustrating to play, even if it is only $.25

    #4 9 years ago
    Quoted from NJGecko:

    Away with the family this week at wildwood nj. One of the bigger boardwalks in the eastern U.S. And no pins to be found. The boardwalk did have one arcade with pins that was featured on hoarders. But they are horrible pins in horrible condition.
    My daughter and I really are hoping to find a good location for some pin time within about a half hour of here. Suggestions?

    Where do you keep the mayo? I can't find anything in your place?

    #5 9 years ago
    Quoted from shlockdoc:

    Where do you keep the mayo? I can't find anything in your place?

    Right under the Tron LE.

    #6 9 years ago

    Back in the 80's I spent a LOT of time in those Wildwood Arcades. Seemed like there was one every few stores. The sounds, lights, open to the sea air. Awesome memories. Can't imagine the Boardwalk without them!!

    #7 9 years ago

    Yes!...me too! The Boardwalk used to be FULL of pinball machines...many with lines to play! I remember Xenon and Superman were big when they came out. Shame...

    #8 9 years ago

    Ocean City, NJ boardwalk will be the closest place for you to play. There are 2 arcades:
    Jillys (nice amount of games in terrible condition. Star Trek and the new Kiss work fine) - 25c play
    Hollywood Arcade - 2 block from Jillys (this one has nicer games at 50c play but only 5 titles if I recall)

    Its surprising the boardwalks don't have lots of pins even in this new era. There is a TON of foot traffic in the arcades on the boardwalk, pinball could make a massive resurgence if there were enough games out there.

    Quoted from NJGecko:

    Away with the family this week at wildwood nj. One of the bigger boardwalks in the eastern U.S. And no pins to be found. The boardwalk did have one arcade with pins that was featured on hoarders. But they are horrible pins in horrible condition.
    My daughter and I really are hoping to find a good location for some pin time within about a half hour of here. Suggestions?

    #9 9 years ago

    (first post - nice to meet you folks and glad to be here!)

    I used to spend entire summers in WW when I was growing up and I still have many fond memories of the arcades - there were just a ridiculous amount of pins and vids on the boardwalk back then. I was there a few years ago and all of the old arcades that were still around were now full of redemption machines that nobody was playing - what a waste.

    Does anyone remember an arcade there back then called "World's Biggest Arcade"? It was roughly in the middle of the boardwalk, at street level, and I think they store the trams in there now. The place had 2 floors and the top floor was all pins - those were the days.

    #10 9 years ago

    Gateway arcade has a clean TWD and filthy Iron Man. Steve's old Olympic Arcade (now called something else, next to the creepy ride an animal place) has a decent ToM, TF Combo LE, TSPP and one other I cant remember. Played TFLE for .50, left it with 2 games on it, nobody around me wanted to play it for free. TWD in Gateway also had game left on it. I wonder why there aren't more pins around

    #11 9 years ago
    Quoted from Agent57:

    Does anyone remember an arcade there back then called "World's Biggest Arcade"?

    Sure! That was great! When you walked the entire Boardwalk, between games, pinball, and food...it took HOURS! ...and then, the Tram Car back! "Watch the Tram Car Please"

    #12 9 years ago

    Was at Jilly's a couple weeks ago and Kiss was in excellent shape. Did not play any of the other games, kind of limited on time, but a chick was emptying the coin boxes and they were loaded!! Somebody's dropping coin in them.

    #13 9 years ago

    Agent57: The arcade you mentioned was originally "Hunt`s Casino" movie theater. That place was HUGE !!! The upstairs where all the pinballs were was actually where the movie projectors were located bitd...

    #14 9 years ago

    Does anyone know if the arcade on 96th street in Stone Harbor still has pins? I grew up playing there in the summers. Last time I visited they had a TAF, but it was rough.
    -Jay

    #15 9 years ago
    Quoted from jrobinso99:

    Does anyone know if the arcade on 96th street in Stone Harbor still has pins? I grew up playing there in the summers. Last time I visited they had a TAF, but it was rough.
    -Jay

    TAF and TZ were there last summer, still in rough shape though. Haven't been down there yet this summer, so not sure if they're still there.

    #16 9 years ago

    Off to ocean city!

    #17 9 years ago

    The Hollywood Casino, yes two levels of games and pinballs.

    Later in became the Photon Laser Tag and when that failed the Ramagosa's stored the tramcars there before moving them to the Hunt's pier storage area and the Casino was no more.

    Quoted from Fred-Sanford:

    Agent57: The arcade you mentioned was originally "Hunt`s Casino" movie theater. That place was HUGE !!! The upstairs where all the pinballs were was actually where the movie projectors were located bitd...

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    #18 9 years ago

    All we do here is talk and play pinball. Why not go on vacation and not play pinball? Just thinking out loud.

    #19 9 years ago

    I was at the Wildwood boardwalk last week, the one arcade had TWD and IM, I forget which in particular, its near Sam's pizza. In the boardwalk mall there is Pinball Palace (http://www.yelp.com/biz/remember-when-wildwood) which is a retro arcade, they were all non-DMD games, since they aren't my cup of tea, I immediately killed off those brain cells.

    Edit - It's Gateway 26 Casino - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g46686-d2705288-Reviews-Gateway_26_Casino-North_Wildwood_New_Jersey.html

    #20 9 years ago
    Quoted from WIZ:

    The Hollywood Casino, yes two levels of games and pinballs.
    Later in became the Photon Laser Tag and when that failed the Ramagosa's stored the tramcars there before moving them to the Hunt's pier storage area and the Casino was no more.

    Thanks for the info and for posting those pics, WIZ.

    #21 9 years ago
    Quoted from Adydar:

    I was at the Wildwood boardwalk last week, the one arcade had TWD and IM, I forget which in particular, its near Sam's pizza. In the boardwalk mall there is Pinball Palace (http://www.yelp.com/biz/remember-when-wildwood) which is a retro arcade, they were all non-DMD games, since they aren't my cup of tea, I immediately killed off those brain cells.
    Edit - It's Gateway 26 Casino - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g46686-d2705288-Reviews-Gateway_26_Casino-North_Wildwood_New_Jersey.html

    I would stay away from Remember When period regardless whether you prefer older games or not. The owner is very obtuse and aggressive. You're usually escorted out of the facility by boardwalk security if he catches you with your phone out. There's quite a few interesting threads about him over on KLOV.

    #22 9 years ago

    NJGecko, nice meeting you today and your daughter.

    What a soaking on the OC Boardwalk.

    Cheers!

    RussMyers

    #23 9 years ago
    Quoted from RussMyers:

    NJGecko, nice meeting you today and your daughter.
    What a soaking on the OC Boardwalk.
    Cheers!
    RussMyers

    Yep, awesome to get random acts of pinsider interactions!

    #24 8 years ago

    I stopped in Jillys on Saturday and played 15 or so games of KISS. 25 cent play was nice.

    I guess the code is very basic as it seems you can only get 2 multiballs (DEMON and starchild?), collect instruments, a couple of mystery awards and you can hit targets and such for points/bonus. I didn't understand the location selection (concert locations) at the start (with the song selection). I guess these will be expanded upon...

    I think the game was running 0.95 software.

    Not sure if this was a bug or maybe there is some reason for it, but the ARMY letters on the side when lit didn't match the ARMY letters lit in the center playfield. Same with the KISS letters. There was always one or more off. In attract and light sweeps all lamps were lit so it wasn't like bulbs were out.

    Fun game for an afternoon.

    #25 8 years ago
    Quoted from ReplayRyan:

    Gateway arcade has a clean TWD and filthy Iron Man. Steve's old Olympic Arcade (now called something else, next to the creepy ride an animal place) has a decent ToM, TF Combo LE, TSPP and one other I cant remember.

    Family Guy is the other one. Was there last week and there are barely any pins to be found on the entire boardwalk!

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