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Play Bideford, an arcade in Devon – review

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The south west of England is my preferred holiday location and I do try to make it down to Devon and Cornwall at least once a year, often many times more. So last year when Play Bideford opened and I just happened to be staying around 30 minutes away, I felt it necessary for a visit. It would have been rude not to, would it not? I wasn’t disappointed – but a year on, what has changed? And is it for the better?

I can happily report that it has indeed changed. Quite a bit actually. And definitely for the better.

play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford

Situated in the upper part of High Street in Bideford town centre, Play is a small but well equipped haven for gamers of all ages. Upon entry, I was warmly greeted by Mike and Elliot who were happy to tell me all about the changes that had taken place since my last visit. Amongst the various arcade games on the ground floor, they now have an 80s classics section including beautiful original cabinets such as Space Invaders, Galaxians and Pac-Man but they still cater for the kids (and grandkids) of the original arcade generations – with the first floor being kitted out with modern consoles, classic mini consoles, sofas and large screen TVs. And that is where the appeal of Play Bideford lies – they cater for everyone.

As already mentioned, the ground floor is where the arcade action is, with 90s multi-player sit down racers rubbing shoulders with more modern classics like Guitar Hero. The variety is great, puzzlers, light gun shooters, racers and older classics are all here and the sights and sounds are just pure nostalgia to old arcade addicts like me. Pinball machines, air hockey, a pool table and table football are also located near the bar.

play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford
play bideford

My family were all with me, and although my Wife isn’t particularly into retro gaming at all, she does love a session on Guitar Hero and a quick blast on Space Invaders or Pac-Man. She is now also a fan of Rock Band which was set up for use with guitars and a drum set in the console area upstairs. She spent a good proportion of her time there pretending to be Joan Jett. Needless to say, my retro-loving kids were having a great time, they can often be found playing on my Jamma cab at home and here at Play my Son was constantly torn between playing classic oldies, Mario games on the Wii U, the sit-down racers or the plethora of lightgun games. My daughter enjoyed the consoles, Guitar Hero and the sit-down racers in particular but it is safe to say that none of us were bored for a single minute we were there.

And once at Play, there is no need to leave for something to eat and drink either as there is a well stocked bar and hot food available. I can recommend the cheesy chips!

In summary

The strength of Play Bideford is in its diverse range of games to play. There is something for every generation here, Mums, Dads and their kids can all be kept happy whether they are more at home on a console or would rather experience the thrill of an arcade again. I liked Play the first time I visited. I never wanted to leave this time round.

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Play Bideford, an arcade in Devon – review

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CoinOp: The Arcade Guide by Greyfox Books Kickstarter

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After reviewing GreyFox Book’s fantastic first book; Atari: Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer we were exteremely excited to hear that a second book; CoinOp: The Arcade Guide was already underway.

Being big fans of the arcade, this book’s 300 plus pages showcasing the best games from the golden era of arcades really appeals to us here at RGC HQ.

The visual-heavy A4 sized book not only covers all arcade genres including sections on side scrolling shooters, shoot em ups, arcade driving games, horror arcade titles, 1v1 fighters and arcade action games but will also showcase a huge array of arcade marquee artwork and a section entitled ‘Arcade Hall of Fame’ which will contain artwork from around 30 arcade flyers.

coinop: the arcade guide
coinop: the arcade guide
coinop: the arcade guide

CoinOp: The Arcade Guide is shaping up to be the definitive guide on arcade gaming and if you remember the excitement of dimly lit arcades, full of the sounds of rows of coinops being played then this book is an absolute must.

The Kickstarter campaign is 85% funded at time of writing, so head on over to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/greyfoxbooks/coin-op-the-arcade-guide and pledge to add this amazing looking book to your bookshelf.

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CoinOp: The Arcade Guide by Greyfox Books Kickstarter

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Is this a dead blog?

This article is from Retro Game On. Click the title to hop over there.

 Yes, but be assured, Retro Game On as an entity is still very much active. The YouTube channel is very much alive with the current upload goal being one video a week leading up to the big 10K of subs.

Retro Game On – the motion pictures!

I also still write on a freelance basis. While I’m not currently involved with anyone in particular, you can find my written rambles here and here:

Old School Gamer Magazine

GameCloud 

As always, if you’d like to get in contact, give us a bell at retrogameon@gmail.com

Thanks for checking out the blog (there’s a years of stuff to check out) and happy gaming! 

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Manic Miner 3D by Blake Robinson

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Having just seen Manic Miner 3D shared on a ZX Spectrum Facebook group and now badly wanting to play it for real, I thought I would share it with the wider world in the hope that it’s popularity may result in a future release.

Manic Miner 3D
Manic Miner 3D
Manic Miner 3D
Manic Miner 3D
Manic Miner 3D

Images taken from Blake’s blog page

Manic Miner 3D is a project that was shared by Blake Robinson via his blog here: https://blakearts.artstation.com/projects/0nlgw5

He constructed Miner Willy’s world in 3D apparently in order (and quote) “to keep my games development skills from going rusty and experiment with new ideas“.

Well Sir, your skills look pretty good to us, and according to the reaction over on the aforementioned group, there is an appetite to see this released.

See a walkthrough of the game below and perhaps give the author a nudge in the comments to show how much you love it!

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Manic Miner 3D by Blake Robinson

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ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 Kickstarter already funded

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As of writing this, the Kickstarter for the second production run of ZX Spectrum Next computers is nearing 3 times its original goal of £250,000. This is only 14 hours after launch. The ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 (which sold out within an hour) started at £280 for the early-bird Next Plus with 1Mb RAM, RGB/VGA/HDMI out, 7/14/28Mhz Turbo modes, accelerator port, SD card, PSU, Printed Manual, Wi-Fi module and Real Time Clock.

There are now pledges available for the Plus at £300 and the accelerated version at £325. These prices reflect a significant increase from the first campaign and have caused controversy amongst members of the Spectrum community. The price increases have been blamed on the first campaign not correctly taking into consideration the amount of tax that was needed to be paid – tax that had to come out of the pockets of those involved. There has apparently also been an increase in component costs since the first Kickstarter took place.

If you missed out on a Spectrum Next the first time round and would like to see what the fuss is about check out our unboxing video and upgrading videos below or go direct to the Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spectrumnext/zx-spectrum-next-issue-2

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ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 Kickstarter already funded

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LEGO Adventures With Mario Starter Course – Review

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I have hardly heard anything else from my 6 year old Son since he saw that LEGO were releasing Nintendo sets (which I reported on here) so I finally relented and pre-ordered him the LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course set (73160) – if for no other reason than to give my ears a break. Amazon were great and delivered the set the day following release, as well as honouring their ‘pre-order price promise’ whereby they reimburse you the difference if anyone sells one cheaper anywhere else – returning £5 to my bank account.

The set itself is quite small for the price of £45, but as you will see the cost appears to be all in the rather brilliant interactive Mario figure, which is needed to play this and every other set in the series.

lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course
lego adventures with mario starter course

The starter course comprises of a few special pieces that are exclusive to this set and includes the start pipe, cloud platform, a question block, a Goomba, Bowser Jr., several standard platforms and the goal pole. But the star of the show is the interactive Mario figure. Running on 2 AAA batteries, LEGO Mario has colour sensors in his feet along with LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly which can display over 100 different reactions to movement or position on the course. He can also play iconic sounds and music from the video game through an inbuilt speaker.

There are no building instructions included with the LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course, you will have to use the LEGO Mario app, which gives you step by step instructions that you progress through by actually playing with Mario. This is something my Son really enjoyed doing and is a fun departure from what we are used to with regular LEGO sets.

Barcode tiles and colours are what triggers Mario’s facial expressions and the Mario Bros. game sounds – you will hear the familiar game starting tune when putting Mario in the start pipe for instance, or when flying on a cloud and jumping on a question block. What colour Mario stands on determines what is shown in his belly area. Standing on a red brick means Mario will get hot and die if left on it too long! Defeating Bowser Jr. is as simple as knocking him off his tower and repeatedly stomping on his shell barcode. You will collect coins along the way too, and this is recorded on the LEGO Mario app if you have the figure connected via Bluetooth.

In summary

Whilst at first glance the set looks small and uncomplicated for the price, it is soon apparent that the cost of this set is down to the fabulous interactive LEGO Mario figure. It really is fun to play along with and my Son adores it. The set is adequate to play with for a short while, but for any worthwhile playtime, you will be needing to buy one of the many add-on sets that are now available. All in all, surprisingly fun, but can only give the starter course 4 invaders due to its limited longevity. Check out our unboxing video below for a closer look at the interactive LEGO Mario figure.

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LEGO Adventures With Mario Starter Course – Review

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