Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dorset Coast 2 Coast

This time work took me to Portland, and I had a chance to check out some arcades during my time there.

Bournemouth Pier Update

The pier has an excellent selection of modern titles, including Dark Escape 4D, Jurassic Park, Moto GP, Star Wars Battle Pod, Storm Racer G, Terminator Salvation, The House of the Dead 4 and Time Crisis 5.  The arcade was very popular, with a lot of families visiting the arcade.  I enjoyed a couple of credits on Storm Racer G, Time Crisis 5 Mastermind Edition and Ghost Busters pinball.

Since my last visit, Star Wars Battle Pod had been replaced by two Flat Screen Editions set up for multiplayer.

It was the first time I’ve seen Storm Racer G, by Wahlap Tech. 

MotoGP, by Raw Thrills is another new addition since my last visit.

The arcade still has an impressive selection of pinball tables. 

The line-up has altered slightly since my last visit, with the excellent Ghost Busters replacing X-Men.

Funworld arcade on the seafront had a fair selection of modern games.


The Pier Bandstand

I visited this arcade a couple of times after work, only to find it was closed.  I phoned them up and enquired about the opening hours, and was told it closes between half five and six depending on how busy they are.  I finished work a bit early to check it out.

In the window was this very clean Pac-Mania cab.  The Op said it was working as well, so not to sure why it wasn’t running?  Update: Since my visit, the Pac-Mania ‘window display’ is now back with an arcade collector, the same person who originally sold the cab to the arcade.

In the arcade I had a couple of credits on The House of the Dead, THOTDIII and Alien Extermination.  The calibration of THOTD gun was way off and I got killed by the first zombie, but the other games played well and in good condition. 

It was the first time I’d seen a Pac-Man Battle Royale cocktail cabinet outside Japan.

Harry’s Amusements
Lucky & Wild and Ridge Racer 2 were nice surprises.

The Ridge Racer 2 was in excellent condition for its age and played well.

The arcade also had some pinball tables.

Royal Arcade Amusements
It’s always good to see an OutRun2.  The LCD conversion was horrible, but the game was still perfectly playable.

Fantasy Island, Bowleaze Cove
Other than Sega Rally 2 DLX and The House of the Dead 4, there was not much to report here.

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