Best in Games entertainment center coming to southeast Michigan

Gaz Ismail, the founder of Zap Zone fun centers, has been purchasing plots of land in Pittsfield Township since 1999.

And now, something BIG is coming.

That’s the tagline being used by Ismail’s new 74,000-square-foot entertainment center that is almost fully open in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area. Best in Games brings a variety of experiences: a glow golf selfie museum, indoor go-karting, a ninja warrior course, a drop tower, axe throwing, football bowling, trampolines, bumper cars, virtual reality, laser tag and more than 125 arcade games. 

Ismail wants the entertainment space, located at 4095 Carpenter Road, to be an immersive experience for children, teenagers and adults. He wants to see corporate parties and bonding taking place, but also birthday parties and everyday fun.

Best In Games Owner Gaz Ismail, 51, at Best In Games in Ypsilanti on May 16, 2022. Best In Games is a new 74,000 square foot facility with an arcade, two restaurants, axe throwing, laser tag, football bowling, go karts, glow golf, and trampolines.

“I was working on something that could fulfill everybody,” said Ismail, 51 of Novi. “So it was very difficult to put together. And everyone told me you cannot entertain adults and kids in the same place.” 

But he made it happen. The large game room separates people in the restaurants from those using the rides and ninja warrior course. Ismail also took some inspiration from casinos, where the aisles have 7-foot walking gaps. And the third floor, which holds the go-karting, football bowling and a bar, feels like a different building.

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The experiences start outdoors, where there will be fire pits lining the patio. When walking into the space on the first floor, you’ll see a restaurant surrounded by several big-screen TVs and several activities on each floor that can fill a whole day. 

A view of the first floor at Best In Games in Ypsilanti on \May 16, 2022. Best In Games is a new 74,000 square foot facility with an arcade, two restaurants, axe throwing, laser tag, football bowling, go karts, glow golf, and trampolines.

The menu at Rocko’s Bar and Grill includes pasta and steak entrees, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and vegetarian options. The other bars are Candy Club Bar and Pit Bar. 

The third floor, which is fully operational, includes the indoor go-karting, classic arcade games and football bowling. The rest of the space will be opening near the end of the month. 

Ismail said, “It’s relaxing — nice sound music, you’re people watching, got a lot of room, you got a bar there if you want to drink.” The relaxing feeling occurs until you’re wearing a helmet and driving 45 mph in a go-kart.

The third floor race track at Best In Games in Ypsilanti on May 16, 2022. Best In Games is a new 74,000 square foot facility with an arcade, two restaurants, axe throwing, laser tag, football bowling, go karts, glow golf, and trampolines.

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The entertainment center will replace the Zap Zone on Carpenter Road and has one of the first laser tag spaces with an open window where you can be on the first floor and see people play the game. The laser tag is part of the area where visitors can access more than over 10 activities at $39 for two hours. Ismail said it was important to keep the affordability of laser tag, which is typically $9 a game, but add more experiences to the price.


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