Updated: Aug 26, 2021
As if the arcade in a grocery store at Stop 1 of the trip wasn’t surprising enough, Stop 2 brings us to a huge arcade inside an excellent seafood restaurant... Crabtowne USA.
Tasty seafood and arcade games. Yes please! Unlike MOMs Organic, which consisted almost exclusively of mint pinball machines, Crabtowne has a large selection of both vids and pins. The mix is probably 60% arcade games, 40% pinball machines.
If you are extremely picky and need games to be in mint condition, Crabtowne probably is not for you. It definitely is not a museum. The games had big lock bars drilled into them. They there are meant to be played and they get a lot of traffic. Some of the monitors need cap kits, some of the pins had minor issues or wear but most games played fairly well. For example, Lil Deadpool’s head was missing on the Stern pin, but the game still played great. There’s was so many games to choose from that there was TONS of fun to be had.
The arcade game selection was deep and included all of the classics...Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Punch Out, drivers, shooters just about anything you could want.
This arcade has a liquor license and a fantastic seafood restaurant. I was drinking $2.50 Nattly Bo drafts during Happy Hour. Two fifty! And the crab cakes were outstanding. If I can play games in one room and buy beer and delicious food in the next I’m willing to be a lot more forgiving on minor issues with games.
The row of newer Stern pinball machines played perfectly. As did fun older pins that I’ve never really played before, such as Harley-Davidson, Johnny Mnemonic and Bally Freedom. The prices varied from $0.25 for two plays on Freedom to $0.75 on the newer Sterns. Most games were $0.50.
Here’s a list of the pinball machines at Crabtowne courtesy of Pinball Map:
The Addams Family (Bally, 1992)
Baby Pac-Man (Bally, 1982)
Beatles (Stern, 2018)
Big Guns (Williams, 1987)
Black Knight 2000 (Williams, 1989)
Cyclone (Williams, 1988)
Deadpool (Pro) (Stern, 2018)
Dirty Harry (Williams, 1995)
Dr. Dude (Bally, 1990)
Eight Ball Deluxe (Bally, 1981)
Fish Tales (Williams, 1992)
Flight 2000 (Stern, 1980)
Freedom (Bally, 1975)
Ghostbusters (Pro) (Stern, 2016)
Harley-Davidson (2nd Edition) (Stern, 2002)
High Speed (Williams, 1986)
Johnny Mnemonic (Williams, 1995)
Jokerz (Williams, 1988)
Kiss (Bally, 1978)
Kiss (Stern, 2015)
Old Chicago (Bally, 1975)
PIN-BOT (Williams, 1986)
The Party Zone (Bally, 1991)
Playboy (Bally, 1978)
Pool Sharks (Bally, 1990)
Rollergames (Williams, 1990)
The Simpsons (Data East, 1990)
Star Wars (Pro) (Stern, 2017)
Stars (Stern, 1978)
Strikes and Spares (Bally, 1977)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Stern, 2003)
Twilight Zone (Bally, 1993)
Twister (Sega, 1996)
World Cup Soccer (Bally, 1994)
Crabtowne had lots of character and a very festive atmosphere. If you’re in Maryland near Glen Burnie it’s absolutely worth stopping by.