Quasars Arcade will offer classic arcade games in Corpus Christi

Quasars Arcade will offer classic arcade games in Corpus Christi

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Get a sneak peek inside Quasars Arcade, a new locally-owned video arcade in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Meagan Falcon, Corpus Christi

Remember spending hours playing your favorite arcade games, fueled only by talent and a pocketful of quarters?

Now you can again.

Quasars Arcade, a new locally owned video arcade, will feature more than 30 classic video games and pinball machines.

Some of the classic games visitors can find are “Asteroids,” “Wizard of Wor,” “Ghosts N’ Goblins,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Donkey Kong,” “Mario Bros.,” “Ultimate Mortal Kombat,” “Mortal Kombat II,” and “Mage the Dark.”

The new arcade will host a soft opening from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Friday at 5301 Everhart Road, near Corona Drive. 

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Coin arcade games inside Quasar’s Arcade at 5301 Everhart Road in Corpus Christi. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

Before owners Peter Janovics and Kevin Plaizech joined forces to open the 3,000-square-foot business, they were both professionals in the gaming circuit.

Janovics worked more than five years in the gaming convention circuit, offering people a taste of retro arcade games and pinball machines at conventions.

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His partner Plaizech, who owns a state-licensed coin-operated business, repairs coin arcades and slot machines across the country. He also used to own the Casual Gamer, an arcade located in the same spot as Quasars Arcade.

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Coin arcade games inside Quasar’s Arcade at 5301 Everhart Road in Corpus Christi. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

“I’ve always felt it really important to bring back the nostalgia (of arcades) and introduce it to a new generation of gamers,” Janovics said.”Here at Quasars Arcade we wanted to provide a melting pot of games that people of all ages can enjoy.” 

Some of the machines came from now-defunct Corpus Christi arcades such as Tilt, Aladdin’s Castle and The Arcade. 

Janovics said the arcade will include a collection of early 1970s games alongside  modern-day offerings like Killer Queen, the world’s first 10-player arcade game. 

The arcade will also feature Professional and Amateur Pinball (PAPA) tournaments, arcade tournaments and tutorials for those wanting to improve their skills. 

They will even buy, sell and rent large-cabinet games.

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Janovics said those who are attending the third annual Corpus Christi Comic Con in downtown Corpus Christi will also be able to find an array of classic video arcade games from Quasars.

“We want to inject appreciation for video arcades, but more importantly, community building,” Janovics said. “We want to provide a social bridge for those who have a passion for arcades and video games. This is a labor of love to the people.”

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Pinball machines inside Quasar’s Arcade at 5301 Everhart Road in Corpus Christi. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

Janovics said the video arcade will include fan favorite games during the soft opening this weekend, but the owners plan to expand and include new games over the next few months.

“Our soft opening is just the beginning,” Janovics said. “We will continue to expand the arcade as well as add a food hub for gamers to relax in between games. This will be a destination the whole family can enjoy.”

Quasars Arcade will be open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday; and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday.

IF YOU GO

What: Quasars Arcade soft opening

When: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.,  Friday, June 21

Where: 5301 Everhart Road ste H

Cost: classic arcade games — $0.25 each

Fighter games — $0.50 each

Pinball machines — $0.75 each

Replay games — $0.25 each

Meagan Falcon covers entertainment, things to do and trending news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a digital subscription to the Caller-Times.

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