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A smorgasbord of giant arcade games with flashing lights, this place is the kiddies equivalent of a casino. A decade or so ago Timezone was all the rage for the youngsters. I remember enjoying many a birthday parties there myself.
But as gamer technology has increasingly become so accessible from the click of the button, Timezone has lost a bit of its status. You can still find franchises in Hornsby, Liverpool, Tuggerah and George Street in Sydney.
It is not just for nostalgic purposes that I encourage you to revisit this one. There is something more exciting and playful about being in a room surrounded by all sorts of entertainment and taking on games as big as you.
Timezone still has all the classics - racing games, shooting games, air hockey and the ones where you get to step on spiders or bash crabs with a mallet. But it also comes with some updated games like Fruit Ninja, Deal or No Deal and Guitar Hero.
The other reason this place is so fun is because it tests many of your skills other than your thumb speed. It takes precision to repeatedly get the ball in the hoop in the basketball game or to position the claw right to pick up the teddy bear. It takes a good rhythm to conquer the dance games and it takes a great deal of strength to get a high score in the King of the Hammer (although it turns out it is quite easy to hit yourself in the nose with the hammer on the bounce back).
And at the end of a hard session of play you can reward yourself with the prizes of your choice from behind the counter. Add up the amount of tickets you've scored and see what that will buy you. It's most likely to be something plastic that you will tire of by the next day, but practicality is hardly the point. Bouncy balls, slinkies and fake tattoos are fun at any age.
It's a nice pay off from a fairly reasonably priced experience. Most of the games each cost between $1.25 to $2.50 each to play.
I'd be willing to bet that any child, no matter how well they can operate an iPad, would have a great time here. But don't let your lack of offspring stop you from paying a visit. Let the big kid inside you out and give it a go.