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Quiptar's
Quiptars

A Quiptar's token.

Years active 1980 - 1985?
Number of games 70-80
Located U. S. A.
Status Closed

BackgroundEdit

Memorial City is a mall that was built in Houston, Texas that opened for business in 1966. It has since grown to having over 140 stores and services over the years. The mall is located at 900 Gessner Road.

Quiptar's, located inside Memorial City, was the largest arcade to ever reside inside the Mall, with the entertainment center of Fame City having the only arcade to ever come close to equaling it in size years later.

The arcade/known gamesEdit

The games ran on tokens in the amount of 12 for a dollar.

  • Astron Belt
  • Bega's Battle
  • Cobra Command
  • Crystal Castles
  • Dragon's Lair
  • Eyes
  • Gravitar
  • Interstellar Laser Fantasy
  • Jump Bug
  • Loco-Motion
  • Lost Tomb
  • Mr. Do!
  • Pop Flamer
  • Q*Bert
  • Reactor
  • Space Odyssey
  • Star Trek Strategic Operations Simulator
  • The Pit
  • Tron
  • Up 'n Down
  • Warp Warp
  • Possibly pinball machines

This location also had a small ball pit for younger children.

TriviaEdit

  • A spin-off of Quiptar's II emerged briefly, being in a different area of the Mall, which, even though the two game rooms shared the same tokens, Quiptar's II was a lot smaller and did not remain open for very long.
  • Occasionally a game would be visibly promoted, such as when Reactor was released, as a second monitor was connected to the machine that was several feet higher above the game’s cabinet, giving all onlookers a better view of the game, even if people were crowded around it.
  • Quiptar's was in good company with many other game rooms in the Mall during the arcade boom, as Quiptar's II, Games, Games, Games, Celebrity Cafe, Green's, the Memorial Theater and Games also existed at the same time. Quiptar's, however, like most of the other game rooms, suffered the same fate of going out of business when the video game crash of 1983-1984 hit. As business dwindled, these arcades began a token pricing war. Quiptar's offered as many as 15 tokens per dollar (20 on slower days), but were unable to gain enough traffic to survive.


This arcade was featured in July, 2015.