Frequently Asked Questions
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- $35 for a single headset, for an hour
- $60 for two headsets , for an hour
- $75 for three headsets, for an hour
- $80 for four headsets, for an hour
Virtual and Retro offers a diverse range of VR experiences, including over 50 games, escape rooms, and the Hero Zone which features free-roam games like Arrowsong, Dead Ahead, Quantum Arena, and Cyber Shock.
Virtual and Retro is located at 30 Tancred Street, Ashburton, right in the heart of the town.
Virtual and Retro is open from 3pm to 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, and 11:30am to 6pm on Sundays. The arcade is closed from Monday to Wednesday.
The pricing is $30 for 30 minutes per headset and $50 for an hour per headset. For group bookings and special deals, it’s best to contact Virtual and Retro directly.
Yes, Virtual and Retro is an ideal place for group events, parties, and challenges. They offer special deals for group bookings, ensuring an immersive and entertaining experience for everyone.
Virtual and Retro stands out with its diverse range of VR scenarios, ensuring there’s something for everyone, from historical adventures to futuristic challenges. Additionally, the Hero Zone offers a unique free-roam experience without the constraints of overhead cables, enhancing the realism of the virtual adventures.
Our prices are per headset, per half hour or hour, regardless of age (we don’t have any pricing as such for children).
Our pricing does change for School Holidays, and discounts are available for groups and parties . We also have a full venue price (where you hire all of the heaedstses and simulators) which is ideal for Birthday parties, team building, or work functions.
If you require any assistance in working out what pricing is best for you and your group, please don’t hesitate to give us a call, or stop on in to the arcade during our opening ours and one of our friendly staff will be only too happy to assist you.
For our standard VR offering we have an environment where you can choose to play as many (or as few) of the games and experiences we have to offer, and this is controlled by you in the headset. However for the escape rooms and some of the Arena Games we have to select the game for you (and once its starts we cant change it to another Escape room or Arena game).
Yes, absolutely we do gift vouchers in any denomination. For Gift Vouchers, please don’t hesitate to give us a call, or stop on in to the arcade during our opening ours and one of our friendly staff will be only too happy to assist you.
Yes, we accept credits cards and have PayWave available.
Yes you can, but we cant always guarantee you a space, particularly if you are a group or family , as sometimes (especially school Holiday periods, we get really busy).
Booking is best so we can make sure you are not hurried (this is especially important for the Escape rooms).
For Parties and social events yes, but we do keep the food and drink away from the headsets and computers. For normal casual bookings we prefer you dont eat in the arcade, we do have a range of drinks available for purchase.
We have a number of games where you can play together, some of the ones we recommend are
- Beat Saber
- World of Diving
- Gorilla Tag – but this is an online environment so more than just the local people
- Loco Dojo
- The Last Day defence
- Arizona Sunshine
- Crisis Vrigade
Plus we have Escape Room experiences which are all multiplayer (from 2 to 8 players) – depending on the Escape room chosen.
Our Escape rooms can cater from 1 player up to 8 players (we recommend either 2, or 4 player as these can be played together in a single space), but we can cater for a larger number (but people will be spread out, and can hear and talk to one another via the headsets). We also have single player escape rooms.
Yes, at Virtual and Retro we have a number of escape rooms that can be played by a single person
- House of Fear
- House of Fear : Cursed Souls
If you like Zombies, and Ghosts and creepy monsters we sure do, we recommend (depending on age) our Escape rooms
- House of Fear – an escape room
- House of fear : Cursed Souls – an escape room
- Sanctum – an escape room
Or if you want to explore, or shoot the Zombies / Monsters
- Arizona Sunshine
- Five highest at Freddy’s : Help Wanted
- Zombie Riot
- Reckies Fragments
We recommend everyone starts with an experience as it helps to show the beauty of Virtual Reality
Our favourites are
- TheBlu. – an awesome underwater experience, where you are part of the action (but dont have to do anything)
- Earthlight : Spacewalk – Explore the international Space Station like an astronaut
- Mona Lisa : Beyond the Glass – see behind the painting and its history
- Everest VR – Climb Mt Everest and learn a little about the area and the mountain.
- Google Earth VR – Explore the world in VR
But there are others available, (and we are adding more all the time) so please feel free to contact us to understand all of the experiences we offer.
We do hire new staff from time to time, if you’re interested please feel free to chat to one of our staff in the arcade.
In the arcade we use HTC Vive Pro and Vive Pro 2 Headsets, along with HP Reverb 2 Headsets for the Simulators and Meta Quests for the Herozone free Roam space. We are currently evaluating both Pico and HTC Vive XR Elite headsets.
We have HP Reverb 2, HTC Vive Cosmos headsets available for rental.
Yes if you are playing a shooting game we have gun mounts for the Vive controllers as well as sensors which we can add to the game (if you want to try it for $5 extra). We can also upgrade the handsets to Valve Index controllers (these are widely regarded as being the best controllers in the market today).
We recommend Children need to be at least 8 years old, (but we have had younger children who have coped well in VR). However, one of the biggest issues are head size and hand size. We often find that physically smaller children cant easily get the headset to fit, or that they cant grip the controllers as well. If you have any concerns, we are more than happy for you to come into the arcade and see if the Vr headsets and controllers fit and can be operated by your children comfortably.
Yes, absolutely, building access is easy, and the layout supports wheel chairs and people on crutches easily.