Looking for fun? Try Boss Battle Games


Madchen Fox, staff writer

This past weekend, my friends and I decided to venture out to an arcade. 

When my friend first recommended it, I was a little skeptical. So many “arcades” these days have become full of only modern, more digital games, and the ones that stick to the old “vintage” theme can be extremely pricey. 

However, I was taken by surprise by Boss Battle Games. Located on the west side of Castleton Square Mall near JCPenney’s, Boss Battle Games offers both old-fashioned and modern games. For only $10, you can spend your day playing all types of games, ranging from first-person shooters to musical games. 

My friends and I started off with racing games. In the very back of the arcade, there’s an eight-person Daytona racing setup. It even included cameras that were hooked up to old box TVs, making it both easy and fun to see the reactions of people around you. After a few rounds of that, we decided to split up. 

I found myself at the pinball machines. Near each machine were cups of tokens that can be used to start up each game. They had all types of different pinball machines, ranging from themes like the Indy 500 to Deadpool. At first, I wasn’t too good at it, but as soon as I got the hang of it, I started doing pretty well. 

After my time there, I decided to see what my friends were up to. This is where I encountered the biggest flaw of the arcade. Trying to fit an entire arcade with large, old-fashioned machines into a mall-sized shopping area is difficult. I often found myself getting stuck. If two people were playing games, it was impossible to get past them. The layout made it hard to navigate throughout. I got stuck behind people multiple times, and when I tried to turn around, I’d be stuck again. While there isn’t much that can be done about this problem, it definitely creates a small amount of stress. If you find yourself easily overwhelmed in small, people-filled areas, maybe this isn’t the place for you. However, there are multiple ways to get to a different area, even if it takes longer. 

My friends and I were all intrigued by the different music games they offered. The only downside to these was the fact that most of them were in Japanese. This made it a bit hard to understand what you were clicking or what you were doing, but to me, this added an extra level of fun. Being able to figure out how to win at a game that you can’t understand is more fun than it may seem. 

If you enjoy dancing, they even have a two-person DDR machine. They offered many different levels to play at, and the 2-person access created lots of competition between me and my friends. 

If old or modern arcade games aren’t your style, they also offer console-based areas. If older console games are more your style, they offer both a Sega Genesis with Sonic and an NES with Yoshi’s world. If you prefer modern gaming, they also have a Nintendo Switch set up with Mario Kart. 

Once you’ve gotten your fill of games, you can take a look at what they have to sell. They offer games for every console

and have an especially large N64 game collection. Often, the games they offer are also priced lower than other stores would be. They have a myriad of plushies as well, typically costing anywhere from $10-30. 

Overall, if you are looking for something fun to do, definitely consider checking out Boss Battle Games! My friends and I all had a fun time, and I would definitely go again. A day full of playing games only for $10 was extremely worth it for me, and I think many other students would also get a lot of enjoyment from it.