Continuing with my arcade location review feature, in cooperation with Arcade Addict
, today I am reviewing an arcade located inside Harris Hill Amusement Park in Harris Hill, New York. Historically, arcades in the United States come in four major forms. The mall arcades are the most popular and most profitable. The second most popular form are those in restaurants, hotels, or bars. There are also stand-alone arcades, and arcades in amusement parks or miniature golf sites. Harris Hill is a combination of the latter two. Harris Hill Amusement Park has miniature golf, batting cages, a go-cart track, a driving range, and rides for children. They also have a great retro-arcade.
Upon entrance to the arcade, you are greeted to a lineup of redemption games. There are three classic Skee-Ball machines to the left, three basketball skee-ball styled redemption games in the middle, and three knock-the-target down style skee-ball games to the right. The three skee-ball machines to the left are the classic Skee-Ball brand Skee-Ball machines, and for the most part they work great. The two machines at the right are well maintained, and work like a charm. They have the original skee-balls, so the balls have the right weight and just feel better than imitation skee-ball machines. However, the skee-ball machine to the very right is much older, and in disrepair. Sometimes the shots made into the machine are not registered at all. It also doesn't have to 100-point shot hoops. The fact that it is right next to the wall also makes it difficult to shoot the ball, as you have to lean into the wall in order to make the shot. The other skee-ball machines work fine, as do the basketball and hit-the-target machines, so this is just a small complaint. If you stay away from the skee-ball machine next to the wall, you won't have any problems.
Also in the entrance, there is a air hockey table to the left next to the wall and a dancing machine to the right. Across from the dancing machine, there is a strange redemption machine that involves shooting a ball into a clown's mouth called Big Mouth 2000.
The best part about this arcade is the wide range of classic arcade video games. Directly behind the clown game is a Ms. Pac Man and Galaga 20 year reunion game, a fishing game, and a 5 slot Neo-Geo cabinet. There is a Tokyo Wars dual seat cabinet next to that on the far wall. On the right wall, there are four light gun games. They have a Big Buck Hunter lightgun rifle game from Incredible Technologies, Turkey Hunting USA by Sammy, Namco's Time Crisis, and the Aerosmith-themed lightgun game, Revolution-X. Rounding out the arcade selection is a fun pinball game called Tee'd Off from Gottlieb, and Midway's classic racers, Cruis'n World and Hydro Thunder.
Each of the games in the arcade cost 50 cents per play. The exception to this is the three skee-ball machines, which cost 25 cents per play.
If you’re looking for a great retro arcade experience, the arcade at Harris Hill Amusement Park is worth a visit. If you are looking an arcade in the area that has newer arcade games, Time-Out at the Arnot Mall
is a better choice.