Atomic Bowl in Richland is looking to give its customers an even bigger rush.
Max Faulkner, part owner and general manager, said the 12-lane area that was taken out about nine years ago has been remodeled and turned into the Atomic Blast Game and Party Room.
The 5,000-square-foot room includes an area with tables and chairs for eating along with 30 new riding and redemption games to play.
"The redemption games have a prize involved, like a stuffed toy," he said. "The riding games are just that, something everyone, adults too, can ride. One popular one, a two-seater called Typhoon, simulates a roller coaster."
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But the showcase of the party room is the Highway 66 bowling game. Faulkner said the half-size bowling game is the only one in Washington.
"You use a 2-pound, 6-ounce ball, the lanes are half-size and you don't need to rent shoes. It's something different and, depending on your skill level, it makes for a more equal playing field," Faulkner said.
"For example, I'm a good bowler. But someone who's never bowled in their life, playing Highway 66 would have an equal chance, maybe better, of winning. It's a lot of fun for parties," he said.
The games are all set up on a computerized card system, akin to a debit card.
"You decide how much to spend, have it loaded up and go have fun," he said.
The grand opening is at 1 p.m. Sunday. Later, from 10 p.m. to midnight, Faulkner will offer Nuclear Bowling under black lights.
For $19, up to four people can bowl on one lane for two hours, make music video requests and receive a $5 game card.
Regular hours for bowling and games are from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday-Friday; and from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Website: www.atomicbowl.com. Address: 624 Wellsian Way, Richland. Phone: 943-1173.