text: Ice Cream Factory
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Sunday 12pm - 9pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12pm - 9pm
Thursday 12pm - 9pm
Friday 12pm - 9pm
Saturday 12pm - 9pm
267-ICE-HERO
267-423-4376
4369 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA
Currently playing on Wall-O-Vision
R-Type

Irem's 1987 title R-Type is a horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up game. Though infamous for its difficulty, R-Type is among the most beloved games in its genre. Players control the star ship R-9 "Arrowhead" and strike against the evil alien race known as Bydo.

July 31, 2019

In this episode of Tubby Talk, Terry, Steve, and Chris dash into the world of Sonic the Hedgehog. This character hit some amazing high points in the 90s, but has had what we'd charitably call an inconsistent run in the two decades since. Of course, we can't talk about Sonic in the modern era with touching upon his powerful influence on the world of memes.

Games discussed include: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic 4, Sonic Mania.

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July 04, 2019

Happy Independence Day, everyone! The Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory will be closed on Thursday, July 4th.

We'll immediately resume our normal schedule on Friday, July 5th. Come on by and celebrate America commando-style with Super Contra!

June 28, 2019

In this episode of Tubby Talk, Terry, Steve, and Chris talk about video game marketing and how terrifyingly effective can be when done well. They quickly discover how these ad campaigns insidiously wrapped themselves around our brain stems from a very young age and are even successfully crossing generational lines.

Topics discussed include: The Nintendo Cereal System, McDonald's Happy Meals, The Sega Scream, David Fincher-esque insanity in 90s TV ads, Godzilla 2000 and Final Fantasy VII, Mickey Mouse-ification of franchises, Game Boy rap songs, Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer, Burger King advergames, and the entire monolith of Pokemon domination.

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May 16, 2019

This week marks the 100th unique game we've played on WALL-O-VISION, our custom projected arcade system. We've played a ton of classics and a nice collection of obscure curiosities, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

To mark the occasion, we're now playing a tragically unheralded gem. Sega's 1998 title Spikeout: Digital Battle Online is a 3D beat-'em-up game. Deceptively deep fighting mechanics allow players to use button combinations and charges to perform a wide variety of attacks, each with specific crowd-control applications.

This one holds a special place in our hearts, and this just might be the only place in the tri-state area you can play it right now.

May 04, 2019

We've been wanting to make a special sundae for Cinco de Mayo for years, but this time we finally got it done!

Our Fried Ice Cream is a hearty scoop of vanilla tossed in pan-fried cinnamon and butter crunch, topped with fudge, caramel, and whipped cream. Enjoy it this weekend only, because we won't be able to keep ourselves from eating it any longer than that.

May 01, 2019

In this episode of Tubby Talk, Terry, Steve, and Chris explore the money and ego-fueled realm of rappers and rock stars in video games. Now you will have to live with the knowledge that David Bowie starred in a sci-fi game on the Sega Dreamcast.

Games discussed include: Journey, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Revolution X, Omicron: The Nomad Soul ( AKA the David Bowie game ), Kiss Psycho Circus, Space Channel 5, Def Jam Vendetta, Wu-Tang Shaolin Style, Shaq-Fu, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, 50 Cent: Bulletproof, Xplora1: Peter Gabriel's Secret World, Brutal Legend, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dropmix.

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March 20, 2019

We can't believe how time has flown, but Tubby Robot is officially two years old!

We've now served up over 86,000 scoops of ice cream, but we have big plans to spread the love even further this year.

To celebrate, Ice Cream Hoagies are back for the first time in 2019! If you greet us with a hearty "Happy Birthday!" tonight ( Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 ), we'll give you a 50% discount on any Ice Cream Hoagie you purchase ( while supplies last ).

Oh hey! Lavender Honey ice cream is back, too. I hear people like that one.

March 16, 2019

In this episode of Tubby Talk, Terry, Steve, and Chris take a deep dive into their favorite gaming music and the real-world bands it came to inspire. There's a little bit of group therapy during a discussion on emotional end credit themes, followed by an exploration of the chiptune and video game cover scene. The episode is capped off with a little game of "guess that tune I'm humming poorly".

Bands discussed include: Tanguy Ukulele Orchestra, Smooth McGroove, The Megas, The Minibosses, Arm Cannon, Mega Ran, XOC, and Kirby's Dream Band.

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March 11, 2019

This weekend we were thrilled to be featured on PHL17's Weekend Philler. We think they did a wonderful job highlighting what we do, and we're very thankful for the opportunity. Check it out!

February 28, 2019

In this episode of Tubby Talk, Terry, Steve, and Chris talk about Kirby and his wide-spanning gaming career. Thanks to Steve we get deep into the philosophy of Kirby's lore, and it gets very dark very quickly. Also: Is Metaknight a Kirby?

Games mentioned include: The Kirby's Dreamland Series, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby Super Star, Super Smash Bros., Kirby 64, Kirby's Air Ride, Kirby's Canvas Curse, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Tilt 'n Tumble, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Planet Robobot, and Kirby's Return to Dreamland.

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