FAQs about our video game party bus

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How many Children can you Entertain?

This depends on the game type you choose. Our Minecraft party has a recommended maximum of 9 players. It is possible to invite 1 or 2 more but as some of the rounds can last 10-15 mins, that is quite a long time for a child to wait for their go, you can allow somebody to team up with another if they are not so confident with the controls.

Our Fifa League can entertain 8, 9, 10 or 11 players, A 9 player league can be completed in 60 mins, 11 player league will take 90 mins. We have also have a 16 player cup fixture that includes group stages, and finals etc. This format would require 8 players to be in the iBox and 8 outside the iBox.

Multiplayer Games are the most flexible. Multiplayer games mean that all the consoles & screens are linked together so that each player can race and battle against each other. If you want to contain all the children inside the iBox then the max number is 12 rotating through the 9 seats/screens. 9 is ideal as everybody gets to play all the time. If budget isn’t an issue, you can two iBox vehicles, this allows 18 players to race or battle against each other at the same time!!

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Will you turn up if we book you?

Yes we have a 100% record. It is true that you get what you pay for. Our business originated from an original & unique concept and love for playing video games, not because we want to make a fast buck. We have been successfully providing parties since 2011. In those years we have seen rogue operators come and go. So far we have had to take legal action against 2 individuals that unlawfully copied our unique design (they say imitation is the best form of flattery). One of which dragged out legal proceedings for 18 months before a court injunction prevented him from operating with our intellectual property. He subsequently disappointed lots of children and frustrated parents as they couldn’t be compensated because he didn’t take booking deposits, there was no liability/responsibility for him to turn up.

Benefits of booking with the iBox
• We take deposits for your booking
• We will not let you or more importantly your child down
• Unique & Original design
• View each HD screen from a comfortable close position
(not an uncomfortable angle/distance)
• Our staff can quickly and easily access all children and screens
(inexperienced or younger children need our assistance)
• We co-ordinate & host parties as social group competitions
(we don’t just let them play different games from each other)
• Our staff are knowledgeable of the games and their age ratings
• Our party invitations inform parents about age ratings at your party
• Professionally designed Merchandise to enhance your party

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How big is the iBox Gaming Bus?

The iBox is 20 feet long, it’s no wider than any other commercial vehicle and can always fit between your gate posts. It’s just over 10 feet tall, so may not fit under any low branches. Something to bear in mind if hosting at a community centre (you may need the keys to the upper metal gate posts). Off road parking is not an issue, we do need to be parked directly outside your home as we need to run an extension lead from the iBox to one domestic power socket. Reserving a space with your car and/or a neighbours car is a good way to ensure we can park outside.

It is always best to park the iBox on flat ground, the children would struggle to stay on their bar stools if there is a steep slope. We do carry leveling ramps in all vehicles if the ground is particularly uneven.

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Where are the family venues you have?

Organising and hosting parties from your home doesn’t suit everyone. With this in mind, the iBox offers alternative venues to help make the whole experience as convenient and stress free as possible. We are increasing the list of venues all the time, so please contact us if there is not one located conveniently to you, we are also happy to work with one that you have organised. Click here to see all our venues.

How do we combine party food with the iBox?

Option A: We have already teamed up with many family venues which offer ample parking for parents dropping off their children. This option is completely fuss free as you simply turn up without having to worry about buying or preparing any food, we can find out which meal they want, then entertain them in the iBox. Kids meals cost between £4 and £6 per head. After finishing their allotted game time, we can escort them to their table, where their chosen meals will be ready and waiting for them. You then simply pay the venue directly for the kids meals, once finished you are free to go without worrying about cleaning up the mess, let’s hope there wont be too much, as the children will be under your supervision whilst in the venue.

Option B: Most people choose this option, if you are happy to cater for a kids party in your home, then this is the most cost effective way to combine food with our iBox entertainment. You purchase the amount of uninterrupted game time you want for your party, then you can add around 30 mins to feed the children either indoors or in your garden (weather permitting) before or after we’ve entertained the children.

Option C: Another new option is we park up outside your home, set up ready for the party, when the kids are dropped off, they go straight into the iBox, we will have practice rounds whilst waiting for all the children to arrive. Once they have all arrived we will get the competition under way. During the game time you have selected, we will break for 10-15 mins, to allow the kids to eat food you supply, we can time it with you so that once a game round has completed we pause the competition. It could be anything like Pizza or a Big Mac meal, we do insist that drinks are kept closed with either a lid or a sports cap. We would appreciate assistance with clearing up, as I’m sure you will understand the kids wont want to spend too long between games!! At the end of the party, the parents will collect their children from the iBox, then you can go back to your home having sustained no disruption whatsoever!!

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Are children allowed to play older rated games?

We do not make that decision as it is up to the parent who books the party to select which games they want to be played. Our party invitations include check boxes for different age ratings, simply tick the age range of the games you intend to play at your party, this then informs all parents. We provide as much information as possible, please read our brief reviews of the games on our games page, and note the age range symbols.

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Do you plug into our internet?

No not at all, we do not need use your internet to link our games. We use an internal network which is much quicker, doesn’t lag and does not compromise your personal network and security.

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How long do you recommend we book for?

We provide different length parties to appeal to different budgets, however younger children in the 7-8 yr bracket are probably best suited for the 60 to 90 min party. At this age some children have little experience with games consoles, we do provide assistance and will always help those that struggle with the controls. Older children will happily play all day if allowed, we have to peel them off the seats at the end of the party!! To see the different lengths of party we offfer, see our rates page.

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What consoles do you use?

We use Xbox 360’s all hooked up to high definition 24″ displays. We do not use Playstation or Nintendo consoles as they do not allow games to be linked up without being online. This is also the same scenario for Xbox Ones, we have looked into upgrading however there are some catastrophic pitfalls with using these consoles. Games that require Xbox Live can at any given point update the game, unfortunately you can not play the game until you have downloaded the update (which can be as large as 4gb)…. imagine the scenario, we arrive to set up for your party, we plug into your internet connection and then get notified that all 9 consoles require a 4gb update, downloading 36gb of data could take well over a day, spoiling your party. Our Xbox 360’s provide fantastic high definition action, it’s a stable reliable system that will not let you down.