A visit to Arcade Club, Europe's Biggest Arcade.

Hello Duders,

Last Sunday I was sitting at home in Manchester when on a whim I googled "arcade manchester". To my immense surprise this place came up in the search results, www.arcadeclub.co.uk. Now there's a few places near me which have arcades in them such as cinemas and bowling alleys, but the arcades in them tend to be small and the arcade nearest to me is in a bowling alley where the machines are designed to dispense tickets that you trade in for mugs and pencils. So when I found Arcade Club it's not an exaggeration to say that I went into fits of excitement and was amazed that I'd never heard of this place before.

The view as you walk in.
The view as you walk in.

Jumped in the car on Sunday afternoon and made the 20 minute blast down the M60 & M66 to Arcade Club in Bury. Met Andy the man behind the whole operation on the front desk, he asked me how I'd heard about them as they don't advertise. Told him I googled "arcade manchester" and asked where the Galaga cabinet was. Paid £10 and I was in. Upon entry your immediately hit by the sheer noise of pinball tables and cabinets. It's fairly dimly lit in there but that helps the cabinets to give off a nice warm glow. It was pretty busy and there were a lot of kids running around but that eventually subsided over my four hours at Arcade Club. Played a large variety of pinball tables and arcade cabinets including; Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, 1942, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Ghost 'n' Goblins, Ridge Racer, Space Invaders, Crystal Castles, also there's a Metallica pinball table. As mentioned earlier you pay on the door but all arcade machines and pinball tables are set to free play. All the pictures in this blog were taken on Friday night on my second visit to Arcade Club, it's an 18+ policy on Friday night so it was a bit more civilized than last Sunday. There was also quite a bit of vaping going on on Friday night so Duders should feel right at home.

Double Dragon II does have the roughest opening ever.
Double Dragon II does have the roughest opening ever.

The Biggest of Boss Men.
The Biggest of Boss Men.

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Nothing but immersion. Also apparently this Star Wars X-Wing cock-pit is worth about £4000.
Nothing but immersion. Also apparently this Star Wars X-Wing cock-pit is worth about £4000.

Swinging on vines, not easy.
Swinging on vines, not easy.
Just like Blazin Squad Defender allows you you to flip reverse it.
Just like Blazin Squad Defender allows you you to flip reverse it.

It's between this lady and Mrs Thatcher for my lady of the 80's.
It's between this lady and Mrs Thatcher for my lady of the 80's.
Now with a background.
Now with a background.

This uzi > lil uzi vert
This uzi > lil uzi vert
This game is mucho strange. Turn the key to start engine and force feed back before power steering.
This game is mucho strange. Turn the key to start engine and force feed back before power steering.

The driving section.
The driving section.

Still dope
Still dope

Why are these tables never featured in interior design magazines.
Why are these tables never featured in interior design magazines.
Feel the warm glow as the vape swirls around you.
Feel the warm glow as the vape swirls around you.
Proper gaming mouse.
Proper gaming mouse.
Look at that wood paneling on that Hunchback cabinet.
Look at that wood paneling on that Hunchback cabinet.
Looking down Pac Man cul de sac.
Looking down Pac Man cul de sac.
I never knew Frogger wore a neck tie.
I never knew Frogger wore a neck tie.
Pac Man before he experimented with LSD in championship edition.
Pac Man before he experimented with LSD in championship edition.

The TRON game we've all been waiting for.
The TRON game we've all been waiting for.

A game room favourite.
A game room favourite.

Some would say Killer Instinct is the best one here.
Some would say Killer Instinct is the best one here.

Hell of a year.
Hell of a year.
Vape alley
Vape alley

These are directly opposite Killer Instinct. (the best one)
These are directly opposite Killer Instinct. (the best one)

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