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Starcade - in the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ ***CLOSING 4/8/19***


By songofsixpence

2 years ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by speederice
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    #1 2 years ago

    I'm happy to announce a new place for location Pinball (and arcade games)

    Starcade is not open in the Showboat hotel in Atlantic City. We met Bridget, who showed us what they have so far:

    The Walking Dead
    Metallica
    Avengers - Hulk
    Iron Man
    Spiderman
    Xmen
    Stern - Pirates of the Carribean
    Ripley's Believe it or Not
    Star Wars Ep. 1
    Revenge from Mars
    Whirlwind
    Fish Tales
    World Cup Soccer
    Creature from the Black Lagoon
    Twilight Zone

    They mentioned that LOTR, Paragon and Argosy were on the way
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    #2 2 years ago

    Starcade - in the Showboat Hotel
    801 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ

    609-772-0442

    Facebook: starcadeAC
    Instagram: starcade_ac

    with an "@" in front

    To be clear, I am not affiliated with Starcade, I just wanted to help spread the word!

    #3 2 years ago

    Awesome. See you this winter.

    #4 2 years ago

    A couple new additions at starcade - Nice Lord of the Rings (machine was previously at Morristown Game Vault). Also a decent Gottlieb Dragon.

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    More games coming - Including 5 arcade games, and a Bally Paragon. Stay tuned!

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    #5 2 years ago

    This is great! I just typed Atlantic City into the search and found this thread, thanks! I work in Margate all the time and was just wondering if there was anywhere I could go off to play some pinball every once in a while
    How much for a game? Is there a decent place to park that you know of?

    #6 2 years ago

    YES!!!!!

    I’m going to AC in a couple months for a 40th birthday party. I don’t drink, smoke or gamble...now I have something to do.

    #7 2 years ago

    from the website:

    Summer Hours
    Sun thru Thurs: 9am - midnight
    Fri and Sat: 9am - 2am

    PRICING
    First Hour
    $12

    Additional 15 minutes
    $3

    Day Pass
    $40

    #8 2 years ago

    It's interesting visiting the Showboat Hotel. My understanding is, in it's heyday, the Showboat Casino was themed somewhat like Mardi Gras. Today, the casino is gone, and the casino floor is mostly empty, with the neon signage still lit for machines long-gone. Jackpot counters stuck on $0.00, and monitor screen powered on, but not connected to anything.

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    Pay no attention to the STTNG. It's not part of Starcade, and I'm not sure it works.

    Next door to Starcade is a glow-in-the-dark mini golf course. The courses are laid out under ornate chandeliers (turned off) and colorful, flashing lights, advertising "Blazing 777" and "Quick Hit"
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    An old Cashiers window is now serving as the office for Starcade. Interesting juxtaposition with the Brass bars on the window, that looks in to a Jersey Jack Pinball neon sign!
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    Also, I've been told they are looking at getting a Jurassic Park pinball. Should be delivered within a week.

    #9 2 years ago

    Back in the day before any of us were 21 me and my friends would go to the Showboat to play blackjack because they would never card anyone. Also, the Taj Mahal next door had free parking and it was connected to the Showboat so we could park free and then underage gamble

    #10 2 years ago

    Sweet! Will definitely be checking this place out if I'm in the area.

    #11 2 years ago

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    #12 2 years ago

    I wish I would have known this as yesterday I was right there. According to their website it is $40 to play all day Which is steeper then the other places farther away in New Jersey. The only other option is $12 for 1 hour and $3 for each additional 15 minutes. What I like about the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park is $15 for 1/2 day, and they have a boatload of machines. Also the Silverball Museum was just voted the #1 attraction in New Jersey.

    #13 2 years ago

    Thanks. Going to check it out

    #14 2 years ago

    Recommend parking at Ocean Resorts (the former Revel) which is right next door to Showboat. Parking is free until Labor Day. Starcade was awesome and hands down, it is the best place to play pins on the shore. They were doing a special $10/day pass when I visited last week. I hope they start doing tournaments!

    #15 2 years ago

    Very cool! I will definitely be patronizing this place. Thanks for sharing.

    My alma mater, Stockton, originally bought the Show Boat to use as a large satellite campus in AC, until the neighboring Trump Taj Mahal stymied that plan by citing some ancient clause where casinos could only be used as casinos. I’m glad to see that it’s become home to something more important

    I’m just glad this arcade didn’t exist when I was in college. I’d have spent approximately all my study time there.

    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from speederice:

    Recommend parking at Ocean Resorts (the former Revel) which is right next door to Showboat. Parking is free until Labor Day. Starcade was awesome and hands down, it is the best place to play pins on the shore. They were doing a special $10/day pass when I visited last week. I hope they start doing tournaments!

    Didn’t the Revel turn into the Hard Rock? I haven’t been on the ac boardwalk in years since the days when I worked at Trump Plaza

    #17 2 years ago

    It was the former Trump Taj Mahal that's now the Hard Rock Hotel

    #18 2 years ago
    Quoted from bha19:

    I wish I would have known this as yesterday I was right there. According to their website it is $40 to play all day Which is steeper then the other places farther away in New Jersey. The only other option is $12 for 1 hour and $3 for each additional 15 minutes. What I like about the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park is $15 for 1/2 day, and they have a boatload of machines. Also the Silverball Museum was just voted the #1 attraction in New Jersey.

    For the next time you're in the area, we are running a special $10 all-day pass. While we may not have the quantity of machines that Silverball has, I like to think our collection is filled with great, playable titles that will keep customers coming back. We also offer a great range of video arcade machines (Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, Defender, etc.), table games (billiards and shuffleboard) and are getting more titles every week! Hope to see you soon!

    #19 2 years ago
    Quoted from Brett-L:

    This is great! I just typed Atlantic City into the search and found this thread, thanks! I work in Margate all the time and was just wondering if there was anywhere I could go off to play some pinball every once in a while
    How much for a game? Is there a decent place to park that you know of?

    The games are all set to free play and the you pay for the time you spend here. We are currently running a special, $10 all-day pass. Otherwise it is $7 for 30min or $12 for 60min.

    Parking is pretty rough, I think it's $20 for self-parking ($12 if you are a hotel guest) or $25 for valet ($15 if you are a hotel guest). My recommendation is to park in one of the many parking lots (most are around $5) on Pacific Ave and take a stroll on the boardwalk to the Showboat. Hope this helps!

    #20 2 years ago

    I don’t want to talk about the summer being over but what do you think the hours will be after Labor Day? Some days I need time to kill between jobs and I can’t think of a better place to do just that!

    #21 2 years ago

    When did the showboat re-open. I thought it was closed for good.

    #22 2 years ago
    Quoted from Brett-L:

    I don’t want to talk about the summer being over but what do you think the hours will be after Labor Day? Some days I need time to kill between jobs and I can’t think of a better place to do just that!

    Well, this is definitely not a concrete schedule, but it would probably look something like this:

    weekdays: 12-8 or 10
    weekends: 11-11
    sunday: 12-6
    and probably a day off somewhere during the week

    We'll post our official off-season hours closer to Labor Day (on all social media and our website!)

    And we're always willing to hear input from customers!

    #23 2 years ago
    Quoted from Pinballpal:

    When did the showboat re-open. I thought it was closed for good.

    It reopened two years ago as a hotel. As of right now, the casino portion is closed for good, and the space it occupied is now leased out to places like us. A majority of the casino floor is kept open because the Showboat also hosts a variety of events, ranging from MMA fights to the vegan festival happening this weekend! There might even be some pinball tournaments in the future...

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from stArCade:

    There might even be some pinball tournaments in the future...

    YESSSSS! Let's do it!!! Planning on swinging by tonight for more pre-Pinburgh practice. It'll be my third visit in a little over a week

    #25 2 years ago

    You guys have been busy!

    I see your location up to date on pinside maps:
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    #26 2 years ago

    I got a chance to visit this weekend. Price was great. $10 all day pass. A couple pins were down (normal and no biggie). The biggest bummer was that about half the pins would get balls caught and had to really shake the machines to loosen them up. I figured it was normal since I did not tilt a single machine. Starcade has a nice line up but needs a little up keep.

    5 months later
    #27 1 year ago

    Spent a really fun hour here in between jobs last week. Games were all playing great and I got to try quite a few pins I never played before. I got there as they were opening so I had the entire place to myself. I was a big Metallica fan when I was younger so that’s a game I always wanted to try. Can’t wait to go back! Only thing they need is a Monster Bash remake! Lol

    #28 1 year ago

    A couple pins they have added that aren’t listed on the 1st post-

    Original Medival Madness
    The Addams Family
    Lethal Weapon 3

    2 months later
    #29 1 year ago

    With some sadness, I must report that Starcade is closing their Atlantic City location. They will be moving to the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

    https://www.facebook.com/starcadeAC/

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from songofsixpence:

    With some sadness, I must report that Starcade is closing their Atlantic City location. They will be moving to the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.
    https://www.facebook.com/starcadeAC/

    Is this the same mall that has 3-4 pins in the Comic shop?

    #31 1 year ago
    Quoted from djreddog:

    Is this the same mall that has 3-4 pins in the Comic shop?

    Yep.

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