While the arcade itself only holds a small 4 games and a handful of fruit machines, it's nice to catch a glimpse of cabinets still hiding across the country.
The arcade itself is located at the back of the bowling alley in the village square, in quite possibly the most discreet corner of the venue.
So, what machines are deep within the forest?
Easily the spotlight of the lot, Chase HQ 2 was the reasoning behind this article. A cabinet not often seen in the UK, sitting there in fantastic (unloved) condition.
Chase HQ 2 plays very much like a Cops 'n' Robbers B-Movie, very tongue in cheek and not quite the most advanced racer around. Gameplay focuses more on the fun and dramatic events than realism, requiring you to smash a target car before the timer runs out. Rather faithful to the original Chase HQ game, it's definitely worth a play if you're a fan of the original otherwise there might not be enough here to hold your attention span.
Sadly, the power supply feeding Rambo today was turned off. However, having played this game previously in Hollywood Bowl, Leeds, there is something to be said about this cabinet.
Rambo is simply the mindless version of Time Crisis. Frantic shooting and grenade throwing towards of hundreds of men set across various scenarios from the countless Rambo films. Clips from the movies are played between levels as a reward, or just to remind you how macho Rambo really is.
Like Chase HQ 2, Rambo is worth a credit or two should you have a few minutes spare. If I remember correctly, the game isn't too difficult and the fifth level can easily be reached on a single credit.
H2Overdrive is the clearly the arcade love child of Star Wars Racer and Hydro Thunder. Featuring a throttle controlled accelerator, you are in control of an over powered jet ski in surreal locations perfectly carved for water racing.
The game handles rather well and offers a good level of competitive play for those interested in racing their mates. While smashing into your friends and CPU players, you will need to collect as many of the boost power ups left around the course to give you enough juice to stay in front.
I'm often rather cynical of the penny recycling machines. The ones that magnetically pull old ladies towards them and hold tight for hours, often the machines I will steer clear of while hunting down the games. However there is always one that manages to pull in my interest.
Namco really did manage to combine the hardcore gamers with the casual penny feeders with Pac-Man Ball. The game features a Puzzle Bobble style mini game which is activated once a coin falls through one of the few lit up fruit blocks on the back wall.
Should a coin fall through one of these blocks, bubbles of that fruit/colour are thrown into the mini game setting off a chain of events. Should a small bundle of same coloured bubbles touch, they pop off screen and a set number of coins are thrown into the 'real' game to help you
recycle win, even more coins.
Surprise surprise, eh? What some might describe as arcade poison, Dancing Stage has invaded the forest of Nottinghamshire.
I think it's safe to say there is little needed to be said about this arcade game.
Arcade Gaming not your thing? Prefer the Nintendo Wii?
New Super Mario Bros Wii was hooked up in the room and had a small audience surrounding it. It was the only machine on in the room out of the three, but more interestingly in the back corners of the rooms lay empty wall mounts for Nintendo DS units.
Our curiosity remains regarding this room, is it Nintendo advertising their products or the resort offering a gaming lounge?
Next time on Arcade Gaming Hunt, hopefully some more Retro Arcade Cabinets!
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