|2004-02-09||KC||"8 on the Break" is a rare find these days - a true "hole in the wall" arcade. Located right on Main St. it's easy to miss amidst the various small shops - in fact, I missed it twice trying to find it. Once I went in, however, the place was packed (it was on a Sunday late in the afternoon), the smell of some unidentified greasy food was in the air and the sounds of various machines come out very clearly.
The place is broken up into three different rooms - the main room as you walk in, a small side room to the left and a large room in the back with a couple of pool tables. The majority of the games are in the main room. There are about two dozen games there overall and only a handful of "classics".
The Mr. Do machine had perfect response and sound (I could actually here it over the other noise in the place) although there was a problem with the colors, especially the reds. The Ms. PacMan machine seemed to be in excellent condition as well, as was evidenced by a very good player that I was watching. I didn't get a chance to try the Moon Patrol machine, but the colors on the demo screen looked fine.
As for the others, I was disappointed. Assault and Power Drift were both unplugged and I couldn't even find Bubble Bobble (although, in truth, I did not get to the back room and it may have been in there. I'll check on my next visit).
There apparently used to be a Dragons Lair machine there, but it's been converted to something more updated (I didn't recognize the game itself).
A very plesent surprise, however, were the handful of pinball machines. All seemed to be in good condition with the exception of the Terminator pin which was unplugged. The "coup de grace" for me, however, was finding a Black Knight II machine there. This is a hard pin to find and getting it in the good condition exceptionally rare. The Black Knight machines (both versions) were notorious for having target problems (drop and other) due to the wax they use to polish the paying fields. From what I could tell, this machine only had a problem with one kickback bumper.
Overall, I had a pleasent experience at 8 On The Break and look forward to going again. I do hope they are able to fix the broken machines and return them to the lineup soon. I'll give another update as soon as I can.