High Scores Arcade in Alameda, CA

I just learned about a new arcade in my area, and I ventured out today to give it the once over. It is called High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum, and it is located on the east side of the SF Bay in Alameda, CA.


High Scores has a host of classic games in very beautiful, well-preserved cabinets. I overheard the owner saying that the most recent game there is from 1994, and all the others are far earlier than that. I played Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, Tron (which was awesome), Punch-Out, Millipede, Centipede, Popeye, and Space Invaders Deluxe. I also saw Missile Command and Star Wars. A few of the cabs had several games on them, but I didn’t try any of those. All the games are set to free play, and entrance to the museum is $5 an hour or $10 for all day. The place is easy to get to (about 5 minutes off 580 in good traffic), the venue is great, and the games really are in great shape. I particularly loved how the games are grouped in sets, with all the Nintendo games together, Millipede and Centipede together, Tron next to Star Wars, etc.






The owner saw me taking a picture of the outside marquee and asked me to spread the word, which I’m more than happy to do. I’ll definitely be heading back to High Scores, and if any retrarians here are heading that way, hit me up. I’d love to meet you over there.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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10 thoughts on “High Scores Arcade in Alameda, CA

  1. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    It’s great to see places like this keep popping up across the country. I just wish there was one near me.

  2. Holy crap! That’s looks incredible. I would love that Arcade Tron and Punch Out in my own rec room right now! Amazing trip down memory lane Doug! Thanks man!

  3. Went here in mid-July and had a blast, Meg is super awesome/friendly, the game selection is stellar (quality over quantity…but if you want quantity, they’ve got multicade machines too), cozy venue & location. Definitely planning to make many more visits now that I know it exists.

  4. Awesome! I wish they had something like that near me. If I make it back out to San Fran, I will definitely have to check it out. The best part is not having to worry about quarters!

  5. This is so much arcade win! I used to live on Bay Street @ Santa Clara Ave back in the day. With no arcade. I shall have to visit these guys in December. Along with the obligatory stops to Toy Safari and Akiyama (IMHO, the greatest Japanese food in the Bay).

    Great piece!

  6. Eric Nielsen says:

    Thanks Doug… I’m in Tracy, ca and gonna be headed that way soon. I heard about this place on the “No Quarter” podcast and can’t wait to get my fill.

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