Revival Mini -2013

I’ve just got home, tired but extremely happy after an absolutely amazing day spent retro gaming and catching up with friends at Revival Mini. Smaller in scale to it’s bigger brother event held earlier in the year (see blog post – ) but still just as fun made even more special with the release of a new book following it’s successful kickstarter project.

Chris had brought a stack of them along with him so that project backers attending the event could get there mitts on their copy early.


As an extra bonus, many members of Ocean Software were attended the event  and were only too happy to sign copies for us all.


The main room with a good selection of classic computers and consoles to play.




I have no idea if this is a custom paint job on this Atari Jaguar or that it’s some sort of Dev unit (anyone out there can shed any light on this?)  I did see a white Commdore CD32 unit for sale though and clearly it was a  home spray job and quite awful is was too. I’m not sure why you would want to recolor a console/computer but then again, each to their own.


Although……..this C64 in custom C16 case  is rather cool don’t you think?


Custom Mini cabs lined up on the bar. Surely this is the future….I’d never leave 🙂


Out in the conservatory area was a long row of arcade machines including some of Chris’s Zaccaria cabs. I absolutely love his Super Cobra cabinet –  A great  Skramble type game itself, but it’s the stunning cabinet art  on the side, CP, glass and marquee that I really like.


I spent some time in the hombrew section playing games on the C64 including some of the latest from the RGCD competition and from Psytronik software.

The Vice Squad on a ‘ZX Specadore 64’.


Plenty of gear to buy from quite a few traders considering that this was a small event. That cool  ZX Spectrum +2A at the front caught my eye. So much better looking than the drab grey +2 model.


It might have looked a bit rough around the edges but the screen on this Asteroids cabaret cabinet was pin sharp. It was up for raffle too so one lucky person would be taking it home with them. Sadly it wasn’t me but the immediate silence throughout the room when the  winning ticket was being picked was surreal  🙂


Members from Ocean Software gather for a toast and we gamers thank them all.


That’s probably the last time I’ll see some of my friends until the new year and Revival Mini was the perfect place to wish  them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s hoping next years retro gaming calendar will be just as full.


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