This arcade is pretty unique and has some real classics.
The ultimate way to play OutRun! The movement of the machine, the illuminated dashboard dials, the positioning of the speakers and the subwoofer in the back seat – it’s awesome.
I first visited this arcade back in 2010 and at that time OutRun was out of order, so it was a nice surprise seeing it up and running. Unfortunately background graphics did have some corruption, but the game was still perfectly playable and it was a joy to play whilst whistling along to the sound of Splashwave in 2015!
I remember playing this as a kid and never managed to do the 360 degree loop. With 3-D graphics and replays, Atari was well ahead of its time. I dropped a coin in, turned the ignition key and took the wheel. It was going well up until the first bend, suddenly feeling like I was driving on an ice rink. However after a few more credits my game had improved and after all these years finally managed the loop!
It was also nice to see Asteroids, Kung Fu Master and Operation Thunderbolt.
That Asteroids panel has seen some serious play!
In one corner of the arcade there is a graveyard of classic machines bordered off from the general pubic by fruit machines. I asked the owner about these machines and he talked about the cost of running and maintaining them. He was working on Space Invaders and keen to get it repaired and back in service.
The owner said the Hang-On board had been sent away for repairs twice, and failed after each repair within a matter of weeks.
A video and some more pics of
Pavilion / SuperbowlJust a short walk along the seafront from
Peter Pans fairgroundI had a walk around the arcade and didn’t see anything of interest. Then tucked away and very well hidden in a corner I spotted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The machine was in really good condition, and proved to be a big hit with my wife and daughter!
Not an arcade, but an awesome videogame shop with a fantastic range of titles across all formats.