IN PHOTOS: Game the day away at Play Nation for under P500

Steph Arnaldo
IN PHOTOS: Game the day away at Play Nation for under P500
At U.P. Town Center's Play Nation, video games, unli-board games, unli-popcorn and unli-drinks await!

MANILA, Philippines – Whether it’s summer vacation, breaks in between classes, the holidays, or just the weekend, how can the word boredom still exist?

With all kinds of tech and entertainment around, there really is no reason to utter the B word anymore – unless you’re simply just looking for a new spot to hang out in with your friends (or by yourself, no prob). 

Luckily, this is where Play Nation Philippines, Katipunan’s boredom-busting hub hailing from Singapore, comes in.

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Located at the 3rd floor of U.P. Town Center, Katipunan, Play Nation draws in energetic barkadas, gamer couples, and families of all sizes to its play space that offers hours’ worth of gaming fun, friendly competition, and a ton of uninterrupted bonding time.

In a nutshell, what can one expect during a Play Nation visit? Hours of video console games (Nintendo Switch and Xbox picks galore), board games, unli-popcorn, and unli-drinks – all for under P500.

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to spend the day? 

Warm welcome

At first glance, Play Nation’s layout is spacious, bright, colorful, and inviting – an eye-catching ode to the dream bedroom of your childhood.

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Step inside and you’ll see that the mural-covered space is divided into different sections – an area reserved for board games and group tables, for comfy couches and video games, and for free-flowing food and drink refill stations.

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Function rooms are also available for larger groups and private celebrations.

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Board games: the cure to board-om

Play Nation’s dedicated board games section is a game geek’s paradise, with multiple shelves of almost every board game and card game imaginable at your unli disposal.

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Tables fit for small and large groups are paired with comfy seats, throw pillows, and good lighting – a sneaky way for Play Nation to reel you in and keep you playing for hours on end without noticing!

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Gamer grub 

Also, in case hunger strikes during an intense game of Avalon, Play Nation’s shareable menu of appetizers, pizza, pasta, and burgers, plus DIY rice bowls (P300) will keep that appetite quiet and content until you finally win the round.

Photo courtesy of Play Nation

Photo courtesy of Play Nation

X(box) marks the spot

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Console video games more your thing? Play Nation hears you loud and clear, presenting a larger console video game space for all your button-pressing Xbox needs and swingin’ Nintendo Switch movements.

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Across the gaming area are cute sofas and flat screen TVs spaciously laid out, each with their own set of Nintendo Switch and Xbox consoles (and Rockband instruments upon request).

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

An extensive selection of XBox and Switch games are available – from the latest FIFA edition, the recent Overcooked sequel, the family-friendly Mario Party game, Just Dance, and even to Tekken – all you have to do is ask the helpful Play Nation staff to get them for you.

Your one and unli

Unli is the magic word at Play Nation – especially when it comes before the words popcorn and drinks.

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As if Play Nation couldn’t give you any more reasons to stay, they also provide refillable stations for juices, iced tea, and flavored popcorn, keeping you, your attention span, and your snack-y cravings perfectly at bay.

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Prices, promos, and packages

 

 

 

 

Photo from Play Nation's Facebook page

Play Nation’s per-head rates and packages are as follows:

Console game packages

  • Monday – Thursday (1 hour of console and board games + unli-drinks): P200
  • Monday-Thursday (3 hours of console and board games + unli-drinks): P250; hourly extension: P100
  • Friday-Sunday (1 hour of console and board games + unli-drinks + unli-popcorn): P250
  • Friday-Sunday (3 hours of console and board games + unli-drinks + unli-popcorn): P390, hourly extension: P150

Board game packages

  • Monday-Thursday (unli-board games + unli-drinks): P250
  • Friday-Sunday (unli-board games + unli-drinks + unli-popcorn): P300

Public holidays follow Friday and Saturday rates.

For more information or reservations, you can visit Play Nation’s official Facebook page. – Rappler.com 

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.