Date: March 2018
Location: 3309-A East Sunshine Street, Springfield, MO 65804, USA


Meta-Games Unlimited is located on the busy East Sunshine Street, near US Highway 65 in Springfield, Missouri. It is near the intersection with Deeswood Ave. in a shopping strip located next to the Commerce Bank and Rapid Roberts Convenience Store.

Meta-Games Unlimited
Meta-Games Unlimited

Approaching from the east (and US-65 exit) it is located close to the highway overpass and can be entered by making a right-hand turn into the parking lot. Approaching from the west, it is best to turn left at the traffic light on Deeswood/Ingraham Mills (Meeks Lumber Co.) and then make a right turn behind the bank into the rear of the parking lot.

As you enter the building you will be in the retail area. A plethora of games and accessories are for sale in this area, such as Red PlanetLegacy and Risk – to name just a few.

Meta-Games' retail sales area
Meta-Games’ retail sales area

Walk through the retail area and you will be able to enter the large games room located in the rear of the building. This area has many long tables for gamers to play card-driven role-playing games.

The R.P.G. area
The R.P.G. area

As you walk toward the rear, you will see vending machines on the left for drinks and snacks.

Gamer supplies
Gamer supplies

The first pinball machine, The Lord of the Rings (Stern, 2003), is located next to the vending machines along the side wall.

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings

Directly behind it is a World Cup Soccer (Bally, 1994) machine along that same wall.

World Cup Soccer
World Cup Soccer

The majority of the pinball machines are located along the rear wall of the game room. There are another seven machines, and a change maker.

Seven more pinballs
Seven more pinballs

Starting left to right there is: Doctor Who (Bally, 1992), Metallica (Stern, 2013), Star Trek Pro (Stern, 2013), Hook (Data East, 1992), change maker, Judge Dredd (Bally, 1993), Harlem Globetrotters On Tour (Bally, 1978), with Tron Legacy (Stern, 2011) ending at the right side wall.

This list of machines was accurate as of February 15th, 2016, however the machines are changed by the owners when deemed necessary. All of the games are owned by Queen City Pinball and are well maintained.

Queen City Pinball supplies the games
Queen City Pinball supplies the games

The oldest one, Harlem Globetrotters, is in excellent condition and only cost a quarter (25 cents) per game. It is a four player machine.

Harlem Globetrotters On Tour
Harlem Globetrotters On Tour

Doctor WhoJudge DreddHook and World Cup Soccer are 50 cents per game. All others are 75 cents per game, with a discount of three games for $2.

Hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
  • Friday: 10am – midnight
  • Saturday: 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday: noon – 8pm

More details are available on the Meta-Games Unlimited website.


The pinballs have moved from the rear of the games room and are now closer to the entrance.

The selection of games has also changed. There are twelve pinballs and they are:

  • Star Trek
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Iron Man
  • World Cup Soccer
  • Star Wars (Stern)
  • Doctor Who
  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC
  • WWE Royal Rumble
  • Fish Tales
  • Hang Glider
  • Metallica
The new location for the pinballs
The new location for the pinballs

The prices for the games are as follows:

  • Hang Glider – 25¢
  • Dracula, World Cup Soccer &  WWE Rumble – 50¢
  • The rest are – 75¢ or 3 games for $2.00
WWE Royal Rumble and Star Trek
WWE Royal Rumble and Star Trek
Iron Man and Metallica
Iron Man and Metallica
Fish Tales & Hang Glider
Fish Tales & Hang Glider
AC/DC & Bram Stoker's Dracula
AC/DC & Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Star Wars and a Stern Army banner
Star Wars and a Stern Army banner next to Aerosmith
The operating hours have also changed somewhat.  They are now:
  • Sunday – Monday: Noon – 8pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
  • Friday: 10am – Midnight
  • Saturday: 10am – 10pm
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One Comment

  1. Jim Burrill

    March 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Love this concept, and having board games and tables to play, something for everyone. Right on my drive to Chicago.
    “Meta-Games” means “games about games”, which is not exactly right. But Space Invaders, Monopoly, and Roller Coaster pinball machines WOULD make it “Meta-Games”.
    And the Portal and 8-bit game board games – maybe they have those.
    Had this been done in the 80’s, it would have been named “Mega Games” – everything was Mega back then, back when 256k memory in a computer was huge. We all just liked saying the word Mega back then – Mega Mania.
    I think Mega Games would make a better name, actually.


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