CHG will be closed Dec. 31, 2022 through January 1, 2023

CHG will be closed Saturday (Dec. 31) and Sunday (Jan. 1). We'll be open from 1pm to 9pm Monday through Friday next week. Happy New Year, gamers!


CHG will be closed Dec. 22-25, 2022

Due to continuing bad weather, CHG will be closed today and tomorrow (12/22-12/23). We will also be closed this Saturday and Sunday for a holiday break. The shop will be open next Monday (12/26) through Friday from 4-9pm. Stay safe and warm, gamers. Happy holidays from Critical Hit Games.

We are closed Friday, Nov. 25th

CHG will be closed Friday (Nov. 25th). We'll be open our normal hours on Saturday. Happy gaming!

CHG is closed Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st

We will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31st and Saturday, Jan. 1st. Happy New Year, gamers!

Closed 12/24 & 12/25

CHG will be closed Friday (Dec. 24th) and Saturday (Dec. 25th). We'll be open our normal hours on Sunday. Happy holidays, gamers!

Closed 11/25 & 11/26

We are closed today and tomorrow (11/26). Critical Hit Games is thankful for each of the awesome gamers who help to make our humble shop such a fun and welcoming place to gather. Happy gaming, everyone!

Abbreviated schedule this weekend

We will be operating on limited hours this weekend. Today (Saturday), we will be open from 5pm to 9pm. Tomorrow, we will be closed. The shop will be open normal hours next week. Stay safe and happy gaming!

Updated COVID-19 Policy


In accordance with CDC and Johnson County Public Health Department recommendations, as of Friday, August 6th face masks (covering both the nose and mouth) will be required for all visitors to Critical Hit Games, regardless of vaccination status. For those without a mask, we will happily provide one free of charge.

We have been keeping a close eye on the status of COVID transmission in Johnson County and our neighboring counties. Earlier this week, the CDC upgraded Johnson County to “substantial” levels of community transmission and now recommends mask use indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in areas of substantial or high transmission. 90 of Iowa’s 99 counties are now at high or substantial levels of COVID transmission.

New data reinforces that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can transmit it to others. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can further reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and transmitting it to others by wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.

CHG will continue to offer in-store gaming to vaccinated community members, though face masks will once again be required.

Our in-store gaming hours are: Mon-Thurs 5-9pm; Fridays 6-10pm; Saturdays 5-9pm; and Sundays 12-6pm. Our walk-in hours for shopping are Mon-Sat. from 12-7pm and Sunday from 12-6pm.

CHG and its staff are happy to offer curbside pickup to anyone who would prefer not to come inside or wear a mask.

We are so appreciative of our community and care deeply for all of our gamers. We proudly offer a fun, safe gaming space for each of you and this will help to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible while gaming at the shop or in the Lost Quarter Arcade.

We appreciate your support and cooperation in keeping new and breakthrough infections at bay and in protecting the vulnerable members of our community, especially those under age 12 who are not yet vaccine eligible.

If you are eligible but have not yet been vaccinated, please reconsider. This cycle won’t end until everyone who CAN get vaccinated DOES. We don’t do it only for ourselves, but also for each other.

We will only get through this pandemic together.

Happy and safe gaming from CHG!


We will be closed this weekend

Due to the extreme cold in the forecast for this weekend, we will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and safe, gamers!

CHG's response to Covid-19

Hello to all of our gamers.

With the growing concern over the spread of Covid-19, we have found ourselves at a crossroads and are navigating the difficult path dividing the financial stability of the shop and its staff and our ethical responsibility as small business owners to promote social distancing to ensure the health of our community at large in Iowa City and beyond. We take this rapidly evolving health risk very seriously and hope all of you are as well.

As of today, March 17th, 2020, we are closing CHG’s public gaming spaces and canceling all events, big and small, as well as casual play for the immediate future. We expect this to last at least through the end of March and will reevaluate the situation at that time and provide any updates both on FB and our website at

This decision was not an easy one to make. It is by far the most difficult scenario we’ve faced since assuming ownership of Critical Hit Games in 2015. That said, we acknowledge that our public gaming spaces can be quite crowded during busy periods and we feel we must be proactive about reducing the risks these high-traffic areas may pose during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the coming weeks, and likely months, we ask all of our gamers to bear with us as we develop and institute new policies here at CHG. We love our gaming community and are proud to have grown into a safe space for all to gather and play together free from judgment or prejudice. As an LGS, we do not have the privilege of working from home, which makes this situation all the more scary for us. Our hope is that by instituting these precautionary steps now, we will be able to avoid a complete closure in the future.

We are committed to remaining open, minimizing the loss of wages to our staff, and providing our community with gaming and hobby staples, as these forms of escapism are needed now more than ever. We have implemented increased and more rigid cleaning and sanitizing protocols in our public and retail areas (including tables, chairs, doorknobs, counters, register screens, credit card readers, etc.) and will be servicing in-store purchases and online orders alike. We will also still be buying in cards, toys, and video games. So, feel free to submit orders, or offers of items to trade in, via our website, over the telephone, or in person. We appreciate all of our gamers more than we could ever properly express. CHG is trying its best to do what we feel is right while also looking out for the welfare of as much of our community as possible and we are grateful for your continued support as this public health crisis unfolds.

Stay safe and keep on gaming.

Chance Kirchhof and Wayne Hoover

Owners - Critical Hit Games