Video Games

Five of Our Favorite Arcade Games From ZapCon in Downtown Phoenix

Pac-Man fever was running rampant at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel over the weekend, as was a serious case of retro video game mania (and maybe even a few sprained wrists, to boot) as ZapCon took place on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, offering up more than a hundred old-school arcade games and vintage pinball machines available for play.

No quarters were necessary (since every machine was set to "free play" mode") as hundreds of local gamers and joystick Jedi went through a warp zone into the arcades of yesteryear while either going full-tilt boogie on more than 65 pinball titles or mashing the buttons on such legendary pixilated classics as Space Harrier, Tutankham, A.P.B., the original Mario Bros. and various other video hits from the '70s and '80s. Here's a rundown of the games we spent the most time playing at the event.

See Also: - ZapCon at at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel (Slideshow) - Ten Favorite Arcades in Metro Phoenix - Tempe's Gringo Star Street Bar Bringing Classic Arcade Thrills to Mill Avenue

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.