Smash them all in style

Published: 08 November, 2012 11:31 IST | Ashwin Ferro |

If Shripal Morakhia's Smaaash an interactive gaming zone goes on to become a smash hit, we'd soon find kids at home boasting of having "tonked (legendary Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah) Muralitharan" or "hammered (Sri Lankan speedster Lasith) 'Slinga' Malinga out of the park" or better still "sledged back" at former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram

The 40,000 square foot venture in the heart of the city’s commercial segment of Lower Parel was inaugurated by Sachin Tendulkar, its brand ambassador, on Monday. Smaash boasts of a number of firsts in terms of interactive gaming technology, but its premiere inclusion is a first-of-its-kind cricket simulator that offers a real life batting and bowling experience.

Sachin Tendulkar at the launch of Smaaash

One faces a bowling machine that peeks through a screen at the other end that shows some of the world’s best bowlers coming at you. The choice of bowlers include Anil Kumble, Shane Warne, Brett Lee and Tendulkar among others. Akram even stares back to you screaming “go home” if you struggle to connect one of his speedy reverse-swingers.

A 15-minute batting session costs between `500-`750 depending on time of the day and day of the week. One can even bowl at a screen that has Tendulkar batting in top form, at the cost of `75 per over. Then there’s the amazing Robo-Keeper, who challenges you to beat him from the penalty spot. The sensor-driven goalie rotates 90 degrees on either side to ward off even the most powerful of shots. Chip one into the top right or top left corner though and the mechanical custodian is beaten. 

Five shots cost `250. However, one can pay `500 and participate in the Harley Davidson bumper offer, wherein four consecutive goals can win you the macho motorbike. Another Smashing feature is the Formula One car simulator another first in India that promises to make you feel extreme G-forces at the price of `250-`350 per three-minute race.

A 360-degree FPS (first-person shooting) simulator and a huge pool table that you can walk across to pot coloured footballs, are other exciting features at the centre, and with the regular arcade video games for kiddies too, Smaaash is bound to attract people of all age groups.

Smaaash’s games
Cricket Simulator: Batting lane (`500-`750 for 15 mins); bowling lane (`75 for six balls)
Robo-Keeper: `250 for five shots or `500 for fives shots (four consecutive goals for Harley Davidson motorbike)
First-Person Shooting Simulator: `350-`500 for 10 minutes
Formula One car simulator: `250-`350 for three minutes
Pool with footballs: `1000-1500 for 10 mins
Bowling alley: `250-`350 per game
(Prices vary depending on time of the day and day of the week)

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