NAMCO USA, the U.S. arm of video game manufacturer Bandai Namco Group, is celebrating the first anniversary of its dining, bowling and elevated play destination. Level 257 will celebrate the occasion on Saturday, April 23rd from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. with $2.57 pricing on domestic drafts and select appetizers and desserts.
Bandai Namco revolutionized interactive entertainment when it introduced PAC-MAN in 1980, and NAMCO USA named Level 257 for the game’s legendary level 256 ‘kill screen’. The 40,000-square-foot space showcased a variety of new and artfully restored nostalgic video games during its first year, and was the first to bring retro bowling lanes and classic rec-room games to area residents. Level 257 also celebrated the 35th anniversary of PAC-MAN™ with an over-the-top birthday party that garnered international media attention.
From retro “flipper” pinball, to video games dating back to 1979 and the latest versions of PAC-MAN, Level 257 has brought a combination of nostalgia and modern play to an elegant lounge-like environment with elevated food and drink. The year has also seen the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) designate Level 257 as an official tournament venue.
In the coming year, Level 257 plans to add more tournaments to its entertainment repertoire, and will install beautifully restored “Cookie Ball” lanes, a variation on the arcade classic skeeball-type games. The venue will also be among the first to offer its guests a chance to play the World’s Largest PAC-MAN game.
Level 257 also intends to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Namco classic Galaga™, one of the most successful releases from the golden age of arcade video games. Level 257 will offer a big screen version of Galaga Assault.
On the food and beverage front, Level 257 has expanded its rotating seasonal craft beer selection to include 36 lines, and has added weekday Happy Hours and Sunday Brunch. They have also introduced daily specials such as unlimited game play from 4 p.m.–12 a.m. on Mondays, $10 per-hour bowling lanes on Tuesday nights, half priced wine bottles on Wednesdays, and $4 craft and draft beer all day on Thursdays.