As my previous arcade article went down so well, I thought I’d follow it up with another – especially as I ventured further out than Bournemouth at the weekend, ending up in a lovely little coastal town in Dorset: Swanage.

I wasn’t expecting there to be any arcades in Swanage. It’s a quaint little town with a high number of independent shops – and lots of fish, chips and ice cream (not all at the same time of course). However, I did manage to find three different arcades there; a couple of very small establishments and one larger, though in all cases these were full of more typical modern day arcade fare – claw machines, coin pushers and the like – and had a distinct lack of ‘proper’ games.

Those games that were present were pretty dated and some in fairly poor condition, which is always sad to see. So I don’t have many photos to share; given the lack of these machines that I’ve found, there really isn’t much to see – I just wanted to share what I’d found in the town in general, because it’s always great to know what’s in these little places that might otherwise go almost completely unnoticed.

First up, an OutRun 2 in a slightly rundown state, but in decent working order. The arcade this was found in was a bit dilapidated overall to be honest, so I wasn’t entirely surprised that this wasn’t a pristine machine.

That said, the photos do make it look a lot nicer than it did in person – so it can’t have been as bad as I thought it looked when I was there!

In the same arcade, there was a Time Crisis 4! I’d only seen Time Crisis 5 for the first time the day before and here was the previous game, which I don’t think I’d ever previously seen. This one was in reasonable condition (and if you look closely, you can see me taking the photo!).

A much better photo of it here; clearly the attract mode had reached a much more photogenic point!

OutRun 2 also photobombing a bit in the previous and next photo…

Though I didn’t share any of these from my trip to Bournemouth, I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the coin pushers – they were full of such hilarious bootleg toys that I simply had to have evidence of. If I had to see these, so do you!

And a few more highly amusing, off-brand Marvel Heroes, starting with this amazing Iron Man.

And this INCREDIBLE Hulk (see what I did there?).

The Hulk goodness didn’t stop there though…

And there were these charming little Star Wars knock-offs, with Darth Vader, C3PO, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Stormtroopers and, um…everyone’s favourite Sullustan, Nien Nunb.

A ‘better’ look at ‘Vader’.

Next up…

Nope, I’d never heard of Mars Sortie either. Not even sure who made it – and Google hasn’t been particularly clear.

One thing is clear: you’re FIGHTING FOR YOUR DREAM. Oh, and you get 300 bullets per credit, which seems incredibly precise.

And then onto an absolute classic and a beautiful machine – Namco’s Dreadstorm Pirates.

If you haven’t seen it before, there’s a ship’s wheel between the two guns, which you do have to steer at certain points in the game. It’s great!

Some more hilarious bootlegs here; can’t decide whether Iron Man or Hulk is my favourite of these…

And a whole bowl of bootleg right here!

Definitely a different experience to my Bournemouth arcade visit for sure. Less heavy hitters and way more tacky items in the other machines, but it still has a certain charm.

Swanage itself is a lovely place too, which helps. So if you do get the chance, go and say hello to that lovely OutRun 2 machine. I’m sure it’d be pleased to see you.

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2 Comments »

  1. Fantastic mate, even a slightly run down arcade, is still an arcade 😁 glad to see some top end game machines in there and would love to give a blast to Time Crisis and Outrun. Thanks for sharing your time there mate, was a nice read and pics are great 👍😁

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