Everyone was quite happy to spend another day playing around on the beach and relaxing in the beach hut but I fancied a walk to work off all those fish & chips.
After about an hour with the coastline practically all to myself, I thought I’d walk a bit further on this peaceful morning with Michael Palin’s audiobook ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ on my iPhone to keep me company. I continued on….then a bit further…and as I’d come this far, I thought i might as well go the whole hog and visit an old arcade I discovered last year.
After about three and a half hours of walking (the last hour being quite difficult as it was on deep loose sand) I arrived ready for a cool drink….and a spot of vintage gaming.
Inside, the first arcade cabinet wasn’t working-I think it was playing Wonderboy by Sega’s the last time I was here.
A-ha, so happy to see this still up and running.
After all that walking, a sit down in a cockpit cabinet was just what I needed and this classic Namco cab was just the ticket.
More classic gaming on the two Goliath cabinets that have been fitted with 60 in 1 jamma arcade boards. Games on offer are mostly early vertical games like Donkey Kong, Phoenix, Burger Time, Mr Do, Rally X, Galaga, Frogger, Galaxians, Moon Cresta ,Skramble etc etc – basically all of the greats from the 80’s.
A stack of coins on the control panel and some 80’s rock playing out on the jukebox = very very happy me!
A pitiful score on Moon Cresta only at the top because I appeared to be the first gamer of the day 🙂 Shh, tell no one!
I took a short break and a bite to eat before exploring the second arcade across the road. Here there wasn’t a wiff of any old classics but I did sit down and have a go on Sega Daytona 2 (shame it wasn’t the original), Ridge Racer and Outrun 2:Coast to Coast.
Oh and this one too, before I, erm broke it?
First time I’ve seen a BSOD arcade machine. Modern gaming eh!
Back to Happy Days arcade and another hour of 8 bit fun before the long walk back.
Very tired legs but grinning ear to ear!
<edit – when i got home a few days later, i mapped out the route via Walk Jog Run – 22.6 miles in total, no wonder I ached!>