GameTruck Party Review

GameTruck Northern Virginia / D.C. hosted a party for Jocelyn, the voice behind Hip Mama's Place in August 2014. Joe Howe, owner, and Geoffrey Hardy, manager, were able to organize a smooth and succesful event. 

"Not only did it help me throw a stress-free birthday party (all our guests didn't have to be inside our house the whole time), it also made for a fun, memorable event for my son Gabriel, his friends and our whole family!"

Hip Mama's Place is a helpful site that brings moms the latest trends in moms and baby products, and also offers helpful money-saving ideas, family-friendly events, fun giveaways for the whole family, giving back to the community, and more! Jocelyn's review will walk you through the entire GameTruck Party Process and offer some helpful tips. See Jocelyn's review, "GameTruck Party {Review and Giveaway}" below, originally posted on Hip Mama's Place on October 7th, 2014.

 


Back in August, I was given the opportunity to throw a free birthday party for my son Gabriel, who recently turned nine this year. This party was to test out the Game Truck Party - Video Game party. If you've heard about kid birthday parties in a truck, then you've probably heard about Game Truck Party. It's the hottest new way to celebrate your kid's birthday and it's totally worth it!

Party Details

I am usually full of details whenever I throw any party - from matching decor themes and colors to cakes and utensils. But for this party, I wanted it to be more laid-back. With my whole family from New York and Florida visiting for the summer that week, our house was packed and my hands were full. 

However, I still managed to get a few Minecraft (Gabriel's choice of party theme) details in the party. I got a few green, brown and black party sign, buntings, matching utensils and table covers from Party City and my sister Maria made and designed a totally awesome and delicious chocolate Creeper cake!     

I also had the birthday boy wear his Minecraft shirt.

GameTruck Party

So, here's my honest review of Game Truck Party. First, I want to say that this party was totally stress-free. Our party was scheduled to start at11:30am until 1:30pm. The Game Truck Party truck pulled up in front of our house about half an hour before the start time and everything was already set up for the kids to play video games in the truck at exactly 11:30am. 

The kids thought the truck was so cool with the giant HDTVs, consoles and all their favorite games! With Gabriel being a huge fan of Minecraft and Skylanders video games, this party was total heaven for him, which I was so happy about! :)

Our Game Party Truck party coordinator was very kind and helpful and was there for the entire party to supervise the kids. He showed the kids how to use or operate the video game gadgets and such.

We also invited a few 'big kids' to the party - my nephew (who is 21) and his friends enjoyed playing with the video games too, while Dan (my husband) and I were just as entertained watching the kids having fun in the cool party truck! :)

All in all, the Game Truck Party party really lived up to our expectations. Not only did it help me throw a stress-free birthday party (all our guests didn't have to be inside our house the whole time), it also made for a fun, memorable event for my son Gabriel, his friends and our whole family! The only complaint by this birthday boy? Two hours wasn't enough for playing his favorite video games, lol. If I could have a personal suggestion for Game Truck Party, it is to have an option for customers to add an hour or two to the 2 hour party time limit. Still, we would do another GameTruck Party in the future! Everything was awesome from start to finish! 

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10 Reasons A Party Truck Is A Fantastic Idea For Your Kid’s Party

GameTruck Long Island hosted a party for Meghan, one of the writers at Mommyish in August 2014. David Schwartz and Paul Bernieri, owners at GameTruck Long Island, helped make sure the event was booked and ready to go for Meghan and her family and friends. The GameCoaches that hosted the event made sure that everything went smoothly. 

As soon as the truck drove up the street we had kids jumping up and down with excitement. If you want to get kids excited for a party, driving a semi covered in graphics and large faces is a pretty surefire way to do it.

Mommyish is a blog that takes parenting seriously and welcomes a wide range if perspectives on all topics related to being a parent. See Meghan's review "10 Reasons A Party Truck Is A Fantastic Idea For Your Kid’s Party" below, originally posted on August 20, 2014 on Mommyish.com.


Have you heard of a “Party Truck”? I had no idea such a thing existed until earlier this summer when I got an email from a company called GameTruck. They wanted to send us one to write about for Mommyish. The idea is pretty simple. You rent the truck for two hours and they show up at your door with games, entertainment and music. Basically, it’s a self-contained party that drives up to your door.

GameTruck offers trucks with two different party options: laser tag and video games. I live in New York City, so the whole idea of laser tag/kids running around in traffic with guns thing didn’t appeal to me. However, I know a lot of 8-15 year olds who LOVE video games, so that seemed like an easy route to go. And yes, they LOVED it.

At the end of the day, if you are anti-video game (or live somewhere that cannot fit a semi-truck), the GameTruck we got will not be your bag. But there are a lot of great things we found out about having a huge truck full of video games drive up to your house.

1. It’s An Instant Party

As soon as the truck drove up the street we had kids jumping up and down with excitement. If you want to get kids excited for a party, driving a semi covered in graphics and large faces is a pretty surefire way to do it. 

2. You Don't Have To Do Anything

The party begins when the truck shows up. It ends when it rolls away. As the day went on, I felt like a rockstar for answering a series of emails to schedule the truck. Other than that, all I did was show up.

3. Everyone Will Be SOOOO Quiet

Have you ever seen 10+ kids sitting quietly for nearly two hours? Everyone in attendance was so awestruck by the number of games on offer — and then excited about playing — that this was by far the calmest group of kids I have seen to date.

4. It Won’t Just Be Kids Sitting Around

The truck we received had two TVs outside and a number of active games – including Dance Dance Revolution – which kept people entertained who weren’t inside the truck.

5. Adults Can Have Fun Too

I’m pretty sure no one actually played Dance Dance Revolution properly the entire time we had the truck, but there was a lot of dancing and silliness and everyone loved it.

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GIVEAWAY: GameTruck Party (our family LOVED it!)

GameTruck Howard County hosted a party for Jessica, A Parent in Silver Spring, in August 2014. An energetic new owner, Erik Maxwell was heavily involved in making sure that everything at the party went smoothly for Jessica and her guests. Jessica wrote: 

Our party’s GameCoach was owner Erik. He or another GameTruck staff member serves as the Coach and manages each event, promoting fair, interactive play. He helped kids take turns, select games and calmly managed all the children’s wants and turns with complete patience. It was seamless. The other parents and I simply got to enjoy watching the kids play without any moderation. It was heavenly!

Jessica is a mother of three and the voice behind A Parent in Silver Spring and A Parent in America. A Parent in Silver Spring is focused on activities and resources for families in Washington D.C.

See Jessica's review, "GIVEAWAY: GameTruck Party (our family LOVED it!)" below, originally posted on August 14, 2014 on AParentInSilverSpring.com


GameTruck was an exciting experience for our kids and their friends

My family and I received an offer from GameTruck of Howard County to host a GameTruck party for our children and 17 of their friends. Although no one had a birthday any time soon, we thought this was an incredible way to celebrate summer.

GameTruck offers a premier party experience in an interactive, multi-player environment that accommodates 16 or more players (the GameTruck Howard County vehicle can hold 20 kids.) Totally self-powered and climate-controlled, the GameTruck trailer was outfitted with comfortable seating, six flat-screen HDTVs, and enhanced sound systems.

The parents and I LOVED how the truck offered these big gorgeous windows that lifted up to create an indoor-outdoor experience. We parents were hanging out outside the window and able to watch the kids play within. KidzBop music played on a sound system, contributing to the outdoor party feel.

Kids can choose from more than three dozen of the latest multiplayer video games and all the major video game consoles such as XBOX360, Nintendo WiiU and Playstation. GameTruck Howard County’s owner Erik Maxwell called me before the event and we discussed which games would be most appropriate for our group of kids age 6-13. We removed all rated M for Mature games and he stocked the truck with sports games like FIFA soccer, Madden Football and group games that would appeal to all ages like Super Mario Kart, JustDance and Minecraft. Read more...


SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM™ COMES TO FANS NATIONWIDE WITH THIS YEAR’S GAMETRUCK LICENSING, LLC MOBILE MARKETING CAMPAIGN (GameTruckParty.com)

SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM™ COMES TO FANS NATIONWIDE WITH THIS YEAR’S GAMETRUCK LICENSING, LLC MOBILE MARKETING CAMPAIGN
(GameTruckParty.com)

- Experiential Partnership Brings One of the World’s Most Successful Video Game Franchises of All Time1 to Major Markets Nationwide for 4th Consecutive Year -

Tempe,  AZ  (07/25/2014)  – GameTruck  Licensing,  LCC  announced  today that it will  bring Skylanders Trap Team™ the newest installment to the Skylanders® franchise to fans this summer  through  a nationwide  tour with  Activision  Publishing,  Inc.,  a  wholly  owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI).  The Skylanders Trap Team First- to-Play Tour is  a three-month,  five  market  mobile  marketing  campaign that kicks off on July 24 at San Diego Comic-Con and will end in late October. For each leg of the tour, a Skylanders-branded trailer will be converted in to a mobile theater, providing fans one of  the first consumer  hands-on  gameplay  opportunities  before  the  official  launch  of Skylanders Trap Team on October 5 in North America. Other stops on the tour include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, and New York.

“We  truly  believe  that  we’re  an  ideal  partner  for  such  a  promotion  as  we  provide  a turnkey  solution,”  said  GameTruck  CEO  and  Founder  Scott  Novis.  “We’re  not  only responsible  for managing  the budget of a large program like  this, but we also oversee the production of wraps, negotiate deals with all venues and fairs, staff the events and much more.”

GameTruck has partnered with Skylanders for the last three years for the launch of each game in the franchise, including Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® and Skylanders Giants™. For  launch  of Skylanders  SWAP  Force™,  every  GameTruck location featured hands-on gameplay and giveaways.

The  consecutive  partnership  with  Activision  and  other  national  brands  is  the  result  of GameTruck's  National  Marketing  Team's  dedication  to  creating  immersive  integrated marketing  campaigns  that  capitalize  on  its  franchise  system  to  promote  products, brands,  and  experiences  through  one-of-a-kind  partnerships  that  include  product demonstrations  with  hands  on  trials,  product  sampling,  featured  videos,  in-event signage and mobile billboards.

Skylanders Trap Team brings a ground-breaking innovation  to  the Skylanders franchise by reversing the magic of its signature Toys-To-Life™ play pattern to let kids bring life-to- toys for the first time. With Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Players can then send villains back into the game where they play as them to fight for good.

ABOUT GAMETRUCK

GameTruck offers a premier party experience for both children and adults in a mobile, interactive, multiplayer environment. The original and longest-running mobile video game theater concept, GameTruck expanded to include mobile laser tag adventure in 2013. Since it was founded in 2006, GameTruck has grown to 70 franchisees operating 100 GameTruck rigs and serving 150 territories across 30 states and Lagos, Nigeria. Headquartered in Tempe, AZ; GameTruck aims for the continuous improvement of theircurrent franchises, the expansion into new territories, and the extended opportunities of their National Marketing Team in 2014. www.gametruckparty.com.

©  2014  Activision  Publishing,  Inc.,  SKYLANDERS,  SKYLANDERS  TRAP  TEAM,  SKYLANDERS  SWAP  FORCE,  SKYLANDERS  GIANTS,  SKYLANDERS  SPYRO’S ADVENTURE, TOYS TO LIFE and ACTIVISION are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.  

1 According to The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track and Activision Blizzard internal estimates, including toys and accessories. All time since NPD and GfK Chart-track began recording


Skylanders Trap Team First-To-Play Tour Launches at Comic-Con International: San Diego

Originally posted by the Toy Book on July 23, 2014 by Phil Guie


Activision Publishing Inc. is kicking off a four-month, nationwide Skylanders Trap Team First-to-Play Tour, in which attendees can playSkylanders Trap Teaminside a customized Game Truck, which serves as a mobile video game media room.

The tour will give fans a hands-on experience of the game prior to its North American launch on October 5. The first stops coincide with Comic-Con International: San Diego, and are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fans can visit the Game Truck at Interactive Zone, located at Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Lot, Imperial Avenue at 11th Avenue.


Real Deal: GameTruck, Skylanders Trap Team in Deal

Originally posted by aNbMedia, Inc. on July 30, 2014:


GameTruck, Skylanders Trap Team in Deal

GameTruck Licensing announced that it will bring Skylanders Trap Team, the newest installment to the Skylanders franchise, to fans this summer through a nationwide tour with Activision Publishing. The Skylanders Trap Team First-to-Play Tour is a three-month, five market mobile marketing campaign that kicked off on July 24 at San Diego Comic-Con and will end in late October. For each leg of the tour, a Skylanders-branded trailer will be converted into a mobile theater, providing fans one of the first hands-on gameplay opportunities before the official launch of Skylanders Trap Team on October 5 in North America. Other stops on the tour include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, and New York.

GameTruck has partnered with Skylanders for the last three years for the launch of each game in the franchise, including Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants. For launch of Skylanders SWAP Force, every GameTruck location featured hands-on gameplay and giveaways.


Be the cool Mom with a GameTruck Party

GameTruck Arlington hosted a party for Dawn, The Frugal Mom, in mid-June 2014. Owners since 2011, David and Kim Richardson were able to coordinate a great event for Dawn and her guests. The GameCoach did a great job making sure all gamers were having fun and the parents had a chance to relax outside the Game Theater, making it "the easiest (and coolest) party" Dawn had ever thrown.  Dawn came away from the event with great feedback on how easy and cool (both in a fun way and an air-conditioned way!) her GameTruck party was.

Dawn, the voice behind The Frugal Mom, is a mother of three in Fort Worth, TX. The Frugal Mom posts about ways to save with deals and coupons, as well as everything from recipes, travel stories to product reviews and giveaways.

See Dawn's review, "Be A Cool Mom with a GameTruck Party", below, originally posted on June 16, 2014 on TheFrugalMom.net.


Summer is here and the hot sun is upon us!  Last week, we invited our friends out for a Game Truck Party!  It was the talk of the school, and though I had heard about a game truck, it was nothing like seeing it in your front yard and then… getting inside!

Setting up the Game Truck Party was quick and easy:

The Game Truck arrived at our house, and I was excited to be invited inside first… before any child could have a look.  The party attendant was quick to explain the games available, and answered any questions I had about ratings or experience level.  I was asked if I wanted to remove the mature games as playable options, and I did.  I appreciated the fact that I went inside first… none of the children even knew those mature games were an option and no one had to be the “bad guy” by removing them in front of children! Read more...


Win a GameTruck Video Game Party

GameTruck San Antonio hosted an end-of-school party for Shauna, the voice behind Adventures of 8 in early June. Randy Klepetko and his wife Christy were able to organize a smooth and successful event. The GameCoach and assistant GameCoach that Shauna worked with were able to deliver a great experience for all the guests using their knowledge of the games and patience with the guests.

Adventures of 8 shares the day-to-day happenings of Shauna and her multi-generational family, family-friendly reviews, and giveaways.  Shauna's review will walk you through the entire GameTruck Party Process - from the online Party Planner to a step by step guide to what happens during the day. See Shauna's review, "Win a GameTruck Video Game Party" below, originally posted on Adventures of 8 on June 17, 2014.


Party planning for kids can be super-overwhelming. Last year Little Man chose a party place for his birthday and it was a fiasco. Not only was it hard to make sure he gave the invites to all of his friends, once we got to the location we found out that there were two other parties at the same time. Oh my goodness, what a mad-house. Thankfully I now know that there is a better way to do things. You see, Little Man asked for an end-of-school party and at first I brushed him off as I thought it would be too much work, but then I learned about GameTruck, the ultimate video game party truck!

GameTruck is a literally a truck filled with video games and TV’s that actually comes to the location of your choice. Planning your GameTruck video game party is super-easy, using their Online Party Planner to help you with free invites that can be emailed to all of your guests and even keeps track of your RSVPS! Read more...

 


Giveaway-GameTruck Party

In late May, the GameTruck North Houston team hosted an end-of-school event for Alba, the voice of Independent Mami. Inspired by her nephew's birthday party, Alba found the GameTruck a well air-conditioned party option. New owners Ivonne and Luis Robledo made sure the event was on time and ready to go. The GameCoach made sure every player got a turn and that the Game Theater stayed cool and comfortable. Seeing GameTruck as  great for both boys and girls, Alba came away from her GameTruck party with a positive experience.

Based in Houston, TX, Independent Mami covers everything from giveaways to fitness, to family-friendly movies. See Alba's review of GameTruck, "Giveaway-GameTruckParrty" below, originally published on May 29, 2014 on IndependentMami.net.


The end of the school year is here and summer break is just a few hours away.  What is the one thing your kids love to do the most when at home?  My kid is play games.  A couple of months ago my sister in law threw my nephew a birthday party and she had a game truck come for a couple of hours.  This is was great because it kept all the kids entertained.  There was plenty of room in the truck for all of them to play-with 4 HGTVs, different game systems, and so many games to choose from. 

I was worried about the heat and worried about my kids being too big but I didn't have to worry about it.  The GameCoaches were great.  They were on time.  They set up the tvs and games fast.  Everyone got a turn to play.  I liked having an air conditioned area space available that I don't have to clean up afterwards. Read more...

 


Unique Party Idea & GameTruck Party Giveaway

Stephanie, the voice of Mammamoiselle offered a GameTruck give away to her readers in late June 2014. While her son was too young to have the best possible GameTruck experience for her to review, Stephanie though her readers would appreciate hearing about GameTruck and the chance to win a GameTruck party.

Stephanie is the mother of two-year-old twin girls and a four-year-old boy. Her blog, Mammamoiselle, is dedicated to sharing parenting and lifestyle tips, recipes, and glimpses into her life as a mother of three in the New York/New Jersey Metro Area. 

You can read about Stephanie's give away below, originally published by Mammamoiselle.com on June 27, 2014.


My son is entering an age where birthday parties with friends are so important. We live in an area where everyone is always trying to, in my opinion, outdo one another and have the most unique party. When the good people at GameTruck contacted me, I was interested in learning more because it was such a unique idea. I was offered a party for review, but my little guy is still a bit too young for the concept, at 4.  Still, I wanted to bring my readers this unique party idea and take GameTruck up on their offer to provide my readers with the chance to WIN a Game Truck Party (see below). Read more...

 


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