For the love of gaming

Player's paradise

If you are into games, virtual reality, regular video games or hardcore sports like bowling and cricket, Smaaash in Cyber Hub is a place worth exploring. From the three bylanes of simulated cricket to five arcade bowling lanes, from a virtual ice-skating experience to a simulated ride on a giant wheel, the place is a combination of immersive and interactive gaming. Cashing in, on 2016 being called the year of virtual reality, the locale could soon become a sporting hub.

Though it seems to be popular with families, corporate and young crowd looking for a package entertainment option in the millennium city, what makes it different, according to the staff is “it’s a sporting hub — in which one can immerse oneself into virtual reality technology that is so close to reality that it completely absorbs one’s senses”. With a mix of motion and positional tracking, virtual reality high definition Head Mounted Displays (HMD) adds the high definition thrill to adventure gaming.

The newly opened 24,000 sq ft urban sports park boasts of “the world’s first 360 degree cricket simulator” where one can experience first-hand facing cricket legends like Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram and the brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. Football fans in the mood to kick around a ball can challenge the Super-Sonic Goalkeeper while playing Football Super Keeper and other football games.

Speed lovers can feel the G-force by trying X2 Racing or bike and car racing or alternatively just enjoy friendly banter at the arcade games or at Ten Pin Bowling. While the games are operated through a game card with a specific number of game trials, one can also watch out for combo offers, student discounts and coupons for gamers which it offers on regular basis. 

 Amid the sporting challenges, multicuisine restaurant and bar — Unforked Café and Bar inside the premises hosts a range of Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Mediterranean continental along with a four-course buffet system for lunchers and diners (Rs 449 and Rs 549, respectively). Metrolife first chose mocktails — Mango Bite, a refreshing mix of mango juice, cranberry juice and vanilla ice-cream and Basil Lemon Brush including fresh lime mix and mint. The starters including vegetarian offering Dahi Ke Kebab at Rs 275 and Murg Malai Tikka priced at Rs 325 in the non-vegetarian offering make way for a filling first serve. As chef Siddharth mentions, the idea is to keep the “sports-enthusiasts happy with filling options”, which has been the main reason for a simple (read varied and satisfying) menu without high-end fusion dishes.

From a mix of tomato, American corn, green capsicum and onion in Quattro Stagioni to Chicken Wok Tossed Hakka Noodles from ‘The Orient’ option at Rs 325 to Smaaash special Veg Pizza and Chicken burger, the options have been decided keeping in mind the range of customers. Though it is almost given that one would try a range of games first, there are quick munching options for those in a hurry with Jalapeno and Cheese Poppers, Spring Rolls, New York Style Fries Basket. We pick Coconut Dark Chocolate Mocha Cooler and Turtle Mocha Cooler from the beverages mix. The dessert options are limited and we picked Teele Wali Paan Kulfi and Rabdi Gulab Jamun.

Games, friends, family, food, fun and music define this new offering and that is why we say, ‘Smaaash’ your way here.


Address: DLF Cyber Hub, Cyber City, Phase 2, Nh 8, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 1,400
Contact: 011 33106536

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