Whether you’re a single working professional or a parent to young children, you’re probably no stranger to Timezone – after all, it’s the leading fun family interactive entertainment centre which has actually been awarded the recognition as one of the country’s most prestigious Superbrands.
This month, Timezone opens its largest arcade at the west of the island! Located in the basement of Westgate, the 14th outlet spans an impressive 18,000 square feet of mega-sized fun, and AVENUE ONE got a chance to drop by to indulge our inner child and relive our youth with some arcade games.
Scroll on down below to read about the latest Timezone outlet and our experience!
Zones of amusement await
Over 200 of the latest arcade games and attractions are spread across three different zones to ensure there’s a game for everyone, be it the young or the young-at-heart.
Right at the entrance to greet you is the Carnival Zone, where a variety of carnival-themed games – including a Whack N Win machine! – are gathered for some old-school excitement.
Here, you’ll find Roll-a-ball, a first in Timezone, that’s highly popular among arcade goers as you get to compete with friends and family to get your racer across the finish line – we guarantee there’ll be loads of laughter and friendly teasing abound.
The crowd-favourite claw machines can also be found in the arcade, so be sure to try your luck to score an adorable plushie if you come across one. You’ll definitely need to have tons of patience and Lady Luck on your side though, as we had no luck whatsoever trying to grab a Pikachu plush that we spotted. Oh well, next time!
As you adjourn further inside the arcade, you’ll spot the Racing Zone where games such as the Midnight Maximum Tune, an intense racing game featuring high-speed races of stunning urban roads, will surely set the hearts of race fans, well, racing!
My partner, who joined me in visiting the Timezone outlet, felt a little sad that his all-time favourite racing game, Initial D Arcade Stage, is no longer part of the arcade’s line-up but he quickly found relief in others such as Overtake DX and Super Bikes 3 for some virtual adrenaline rush.
The younger gamers can opt for a milder racing game like the Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, where they can compete against one other player and computerised characters in a lap of fun! Even we – a couple of 30-year-old adults, mind you – had a good time friendly mocking each other as we race to get to the finish line.
Got a dancer amongst you? Burn it up in the Music Zone as you step up to the beat with cult-favourites like Pump It Up, Dance Dance Revolution, Dance Rush Stardom, and Mai Mai DX. During our visit, this was certainly one of the more popular zones as we spotted many youngsters showing off their moves at the various machines.
Another well-received area has got to be the bowling arena situated further in the arcade. Yes, you read that right – the largest Timezone outlet houses not one but two bowling areas, one for the adults and another mini version for the little ones.
The four-lane mini bowling were definitely a family favourite as the lighter balls and shorter lanes meant that both grandparents and kids could call out “SSSTRRIKKEEE!”
Other fun-filled games you’ll find here include air hockey (what’s an arcade without this perennial favourite) and a virtual reality (VR) game, which induced a lot of screaming amongst the kids.
There’s even a Space Invaders Frenzy machine, which we’re pretty sure will be a hit among the older generation of gamers.
It’s party time all day at Timezone (when government restrictions ease, of course)
If you think that’s all there is to Timezone’s newest outlet, you’re wrong – that’s because it is also home to two Spongebob Squarepants-themed party rooms!
Mark our words, the spacious rooms will surely be the perfect place for events and birthday parties once government restrictions are more relaxed.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Timezone without the awesome arcade prizes and they surely did size it up at the Westgate outlet. Over here, you’ll find the largest prize shop in Timezone where both Disney and Mario Bros. have dedicated walls of merchandise.
Needless to say, the current situation meant that arcade goers will need to enjoy the games responsibly and respect the safe distancing guidelines that have been put in place.
With that in mind, the Timezone staff – known as FunSquad – have been thoroughly trained to ensure that every guest is protected through safety measures and elevated hygiene standards so that the arcade is a fun and safe zone for all who come through the door.
Other exciting activities to look out for
Apart from the wide variety of attractions, an epic prize shop, and themed party rooms that you’ll find all under one roof, don’t miss out on Timezone’s One Million Tickets Challenge which is taking place now until 31 December 2020.
We’ve been told that the first person to complete five different missions set out by Timezone will walk away with 1,000,000 tickets – that’s apparently the equivalent of redeeming 10 Apple Watches! Our advice? Head on down to the Westgate outlet as many times as you can to try and win this once-in-a-lifetime prize.
In addition, you may also spot a gigantic claw machine at the shopping mall’s courtyard on Level 1. Don’t give this a miss because you’ll get to win S$1,000 worth of game credits if you correctly guess the number of plushies inside the claw machine!
Do check in-store with the Timezone FunSquad for more information on these fun, limited-time-only challenges.
The newest Timezone outlet is located at 3 Gateway Drive, #B1-45, Westgate, Singapore 608532. Opening hours are: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Mon to Thu), 11.30am – 10pm (Fri & eve of PH), and 10.30am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH & school holidays).