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A Parent’s Guide to Arcade Games

A Parent's Guide to Arcade Games

A Parent’s Guide to Arcade Games

As a provider of family arcade entertainment, we are frequently asked which games are best suited for children. Because we want to make your first visit to Cyber Quest a great one, we tapped into the knowledge of our veteran operations team to share which games are best for certain ages.

We learned that a variety of factors come into play when considering a game choice, including eye-hand coordination, the use of strategy, and of course, the all-important need for patience or attention span.

Ages 3-5: Children at this age enjoy any game that involves simple large motor skills, the press of a button, and instant gratification.

  • Skee Ball
  • Lane Master
  • Whack N Win
  • Slam a Winner
  • Monster Drop
  • Rescue 1, Water Blast, Ice Man (squirt gun games)
  • Racing games

Ages 6-9: This age range tends to go for games that are simplistic, but challenge the player to start using logic, eye-hand coordination and motor skills to manipulate the outcome.

  • Tower of Tickets
  • Spin N Win
  • Basketball
  • Wizard of Oz
  • DC Super Heroes
  • Crane Games
  • Racing games

Ages 10-14: Older kids tend to enjoy all games but will gravitate toward those with a higher ticket payout, a more challenging level of skill, and afford prizes with a larger perceived value. These children will also be more likely to make use of the video games and the air hockey tables.

  • Basketball
  • Crossy Road
  • Flying Tickets
  • Connect Four
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Down the Clown
  • Barber Cut, Super Star
  • Video games

Of course, every child is unique and there may be exceptions to these guidelines. In the end—we just want to provide a great play experience, and perhaps build a little confidence and self-esteem along the way. As a reminder, this list is a cross sample of the games featured at Cyber Quest. Game offerings vary by location. If you have any questions about how to play any of these games, please feel free to ask one of our CQ teammates for assistance. They love to help!

A special thanks to Christy Popma for contributing to the content in this blog.