Nickel City is a fun place to kill some time and some aliens (in Alien vs. Predator). Most games only cost one nickel per credit. Some of the newer games cost upwards of 10 nickels (50 cents ain't bad). And there is a whole row of FREE PLAY games. This is where I spent most of my time. King of Dragons, Knights of the Round Table, Fighter's History, World Cup '94, Pac-Man, and Altered Beast were my games of choice. In addition to the free games, there are of course the ticket games. You know, the well crafted machines with funny artwork that steal your precious coins when you pop them into those skinny slots. I probably wasted half of my $5 dollar bag of nickels on these traps. And did I have any tickets to show for it? Well yeah, but I didn't hit any bonuses on these games.
My brother AJ and I also spent some quality time with one of our greatest joys, Pop a Shot. As brothers who are always trying to one-up one another, mini hoop action was a fine challenge (he wouldn't play DDR). But it wasn't my day. He pretty much shut everyone down and not only got the high score, but then proceeded to beat his own high score more than once. It was quite amazing, actually. All the little kids were captivated by his jumpshot on the six foot hoop.
Of course, being the benevolent older brother that I am, I game him a slow golf clap and toasted his victories. NOT. You've got to understand something, after 20 years of competition, you don't let something that has a big influence in your life (hoops) become an embarassing moment. So I challenged AJ to another arcade classic, air hockey. Needless to say, fueled by Laffy Taffy and Arizona Ice Tea, I got the better of him in this round. The score was 7-4, total domination.