This weekend I got to make my second trip to Cactus Jack’s in Oklahoma City.  For those that haven’t been there, it’s a great place for people of all ages.  I personally go after all their pinball machines while my kids go after all their redemption machines and air hockey.

Pinball Machines

Cactus Jack’s has a ton of pinball machines, the most in any one location I’ve been to outside of the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.  They have most of the new releases and then all the best games from the early 90’s to today.  For new games, for example they have:

  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • Aerosmith
  • The Hobbit
  • Rob Zobbie
  • Star Wars

And then many, many more games from the past 5 years.  While I was there, I played The Walking Dead, Total Nuclear Annihilation, Aerosmith, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Attack from Mars, Game of Thrones, 24, and Wizard of Oz.  I tried to play Rob Zombie but it was in some sort of non-working state, as it was lit up but the screen was black.

Total Nuclear Annihilation Pinball
Total Nuclear Annihilation Pinball

My favorite was probably Aerosmith of the games I played.  It was my second time playing the game, and I really liked it the second time around.  I was also impressed by the Hobbit.  Not so much from the gameplay, but the screen was incredible.  I also got a few games on TnA.  After all the raving reviews, I was a little letdown by the game.  The soundtrack is amazing and it’s fun, but it seems a little repetitive for a game to own at home.

Cactus Jack's Pinball Area
Cactus Jack’s Pinball Area

I still don’t like the upper playfield on Game of Thrones, just not very fun.  Attack from Mars was fun as usual, though it’s starting to look a little dated compared to some of the new games.

Personally if I had to buy any of the games I played, I’d look into Aerosmith, The Hobbit, or the Walking Dead.  I want to like Star Wars but it doesn’t shoot the greatest and it’s a little unclear what the heck is going on sometimes.

Arcade/Redemption

Only 1/4 of the place is dedicated to pinball, the other 3/4 is full of arcade and redemption machines.  There are 3 pool tables, 2 air hockey tables, some skeeball and basketball machines, and then a ton of arcade and redemption machines.  The redemption area was full of kids trying to win tickets and has all the usual things you’d find at Chuck’e’Cheese or other places like that.  I’m not a big fan of redemption machines and all that stuff but kids love it, so whatever.  I did play some basketball and that was fun.  The games are pretty affordable overall compared to other places I’ve been like Main Event, my $20 card for the kids lasted a lot longer than I expected.

Cactus Jack's Arcade Area
Cactus Jack’s Arcade Area

However, there was one annoying thing that happened and was partially my fault.  For some reason, the redemption machines use cards, the some things use tokens, and then the pinball machines use quarters.  So I bought three cards to use for my family then found out I couldn’t use the $10 card on pinball (there was a sign on one register but not the one I was on).  Regardless of the sign, it’s kind of a crappy to have three different systems going on in one place, something I’ve never ran across ever in any arcade I’ve ever been to.  The cards can be used to buy tokens, but not quarters, so that makes it even more awkward.

Staff

The staff was great at the place, top notch.  They were really patient with my kids picking out their ticket items, which I know is kind of annoying.  🙂  They were really good both times I’ve been there, definitely above average compared to most arcades where the staff can be non-existent.

Conclusion

If you’re in the Oklahoma City area, you can’t go wrong checking out Cactus Jack’s.  My one son said it was his favorite part of the trip which included going to the OKC Thunder/Spurs game, so you know he had a bunch of fun.  They’ve both said they want to go back next time and I agree, I definitely want to go back.

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