Round 1 in City of Industry is a well-kept, noise-filled neon arcade that puts even the most tricked-out rumpus room to shame.
During the day, it’s a magnet for kids celebrating birthdays. At night it’s adults only (18 and over after 10 p.m., 21 and older after midnight). During the Monday-through-Friday happy hours, $3 beers are served until 11.
Hop in the driver’s seat of Fast & Furious SuperCars or hunt down cyborgs as you play Terminator Salvation on a 100-inch screen. Tamer options like GuitarFreaks XG and Pump It Up PRO2 are available among the nearly 200 consoles spread throughout the department store-size space.
Ask nicely and the staff will reposition the prizes in the “UFO catcher” cranes (aka “the claw”) so you have a better chance of grabbing that googly-eyed panda or cuddly kangaroo.
Take a break from the arcade’s seizure-inducing lights to peruse other amusements, such as bowling, karaoke, billiards, Ping-Pong, and darts.
Win big and you can cash in with massive prize-redemption games that let you trade tickets for toys you might actually want.
Beat ’Em Up
Gamers go head-to-head on bimonthly tournament nights that offer cheap play on fighter favorites like Super Street Fighter 4 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, making this the go-to spot for virtual combat.
1600 S. Azusa Ave., City of Industry. 626-964-5356, round1usa.com.