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Manchester Arndale

Ready to experience the newest, social phenomenon in Manchester? Welcome to Electric Playbox at the Arndale. Join us for an immersive digital adventure with friends as you are graded by aliens, go mining on Mars or rescue some corgis. Step into our Playbox and escape to another world for 60 minutes with projection mapping, touch screens, motion tracking and surround sound. Making screen time social again, one Adventure at a time

COVID Update


We’re open and raring to go. We’ve implemented C-19 Secure measures with social distancing and full cleandown protocols in place so you feel comfortable and ready to play! You can read all of the info here.

Choose Your Adventure

Social Challenge

Social Challenges are made for whole groups to enjoy, whether you're mining for martian minerals, saving the Queen's corgis or being graded by aliens! Work together to complete adventures - nothing like a bit of teamwork eh?

Arcade Battle

Our Arcade Battles are quick fire 30 minute throwbacks, channelling all the very best arcade games. Need to determine the office team member with the ultimate skills, or which friend has the quickest reflexes... HERE is your chance to go head to head and battle it out once and for all. Come back again and again to enhance your skills and upgrade your score.

Social Challenge

Alien Aptitude Test: London '84

The year is 1984 and aliens have invaded. Prove you’re worth sparing by showing your value to their new society.

Arcade Battle

Temple of Coins

Test your dexterity, speed and vigilance as you dodge ghosts, pick up power ups and collect coins.

Social Challenge

Rescue The Royals

The Queen has been taken captive in one big game show. Can your team rescue her?

Social Challenge

Ticket to Mars

Give humanity a fresh start by gathering the right minerals to start a colony on Mars!

Social Challenge

Alien Aptitude Test: New York '87

Aliens have now set their sights on late-80's New York. Does your team have the brains to impress them?


Priced for your whole group to enjoy!

We’re open and are offering some kick ass rates to boot, with plenty of off-peak slots to be found throughout the week and early on weekends! Our NEW 30 min Temple of Coins adventure is launching from 15 September at the super low, flat rate of £5 for Adults and Children for the first few weeks. LET’S GO!




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Per Child

View Pricing Schedule

Adult Child
Mon & Tue & Wed Open — Close £19 £9
Thu & Fri 10am — Close £19 £9
Thu & Fri 5pm — Close £24 £14
Sat & Sun Open — 12pm £19 £9
Sat & Sun 12pm — Close £24 £14

Unit R3 Halle Place Arndale Centre Market Street,
Manchester, M4 3AQ

Opening Times

  • Mon: 10am — 6pm
  • Tue: 10am — 6pm
  • Wed: 10am — 6pm
  • Thu: 10am — 6pm
  • Fri: 10am — 7pm
  • Sat: 10am — 7pm
  • Sun: 11am — 5pm
    "Different to anything I’ve done before… Would definitely recommend."

    Flavia Lamb

    July 2020
    "An original and exhilarating experience, can’t wait to go again!"

    Eliza Solomon

    July 2020
    "Great fun! Thoroughly enjoyed an hour with the family...Saved the royals and a few corgi's! Well worth it."

    Jeff Clark

    September 2020


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Social Screen Time For Groups of All Sizes

Parties · School Outings · Team Bonding

Each Playbox accommodates up to 6 people; larger groups just book multiple Playboxes. Book up to 24 people at a time online. For groups of 25+, see large group reservations.

Hanging out before or after your Playbox Experience? Contact us and we'll connect you with local options for food and drinks.

Large Group Reservations

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a car park at Electric Playbox as we’ll be driving into the city?

There are parking options if you're planning to drive to us. Manchester Arndale Centre has an NCP car park, the address is Arndale, High Street, Nicholas Croft, M4 1AZ.

Is there a place to store bikes at Electric Playbox as we’ll arrive by bike?

We don’t have a specific bike rack available however there are various options in the surrounding areas, the nearest are along Market Street.

What is the age suitability?

The experience is for ages 8+.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There must be at least one adult per Playbox. Younger children are welcome to attend without a ticket, this is not to play but to join your family group. The lighting can be darker whilst playing the Adventures, please be aware of them in there with you!

How does pricing work?

We have peak and off peak pricing, so the amount will change depending on when you want to visit us! You'll be able to see prices when you're booking your tickets.

What should I wear?

Please wear sensible footwear; flat shoes or trainers. No open toes or heels. We advise one layer, you may get warm.

Are there any physical requirements?

You will be moving around your Playbox as the controller of the game, however our games aren’t too physical and all contained in one pod. Electric Playbox Adventures all contain digital projections which are a source of flickering light. Due to the use of projectors, the interior of this installation is dimly lit. Please use our contact form if you have any questions.

Can I bring my phone with me?

We aren’t going to take your phone from you- remember to tag us when you post! Get ready for some great photo opps in our Playboxes!

Can I store my stuff?

We have lockers for small bags and coats, however we do not accept suitcases, large backpacks or bikes inside our unit. Please seek alternative arrangements for storing such items. 

Will I be put with other groups?

You won’t be put in with another group if you don’t want to. We are on a mission to bring people together, so if you want to join with other groups, we’re happy to accommodate if there is room! Please note that bookings including kids require at least one adult per Playbox.

If I have a disability or access requirements can I still take part in the games?

Most disabilities and access requirements can be accommodated but we want to make sure the games are safe for everyone, so if you’re not sure, get in touch before booking and we can help you figure it out. Electric Playbox Adventures contain digital projections that are a source of flickering light. Due to the use of projectors, the interior of this installation is dimly lit. Please visit our contact us page to get in touch if you have any questions.

Do you have discounted carer tickets?

We offer one free carer ticket per Playbox. These are issued on a trust based system, please get in touch with us via our contact us page if you feel you're entitled to this.

My child is under 8, can they play?

We have done a lot of testing and found that, although children under 8 years enjoy the lights and music, the adventures themselves can be too challenging to engage with properly. This is only guidance and you are welcome to bring your child to play if you think they would enjoy it. Please remember that the technology on the visors is expensive, and will be damaged if it falls off!

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