Bespoke Arcades

Month: October 2013

5 Fiendishly Addictive Trackball and Spinner Games

For this post, I thought I’d bring some obscure (and not so obscure) games to your attention which use either a trackball or spinner. These 2 optional extras were all the rage in the early 80’s and onwards providing totally analogue controls for the arcade player to use. This allows for pinpoint precision and lightning fast speeds which enhanced gameplay to the next level. So why don’t we take a look at some classic trackball and spinner games which have stood the test of time and play as well as they did way back when…

Arkanoid (Spinner Game)

This legendary ball and paddle style game was the first of its kind to feature a storyline and is engrained firmly in many gamers’ hearts. You can take full advantage of a Bespoke Arcades spinner to allow for ridiculously precise manoeuvres allowing you to return the ball and get a power up within a fraction of a second. The player always faces a dilemma of going for the power up or the ball- with a spinner you can do both (if you’re good enough).

Cameltry AKA Labyrinth (Spinner Game)

This oddly named game by Taito title features a fantastically simple premise- rotate the screen to get to the ball to the exit of the maze. Again- the game wouldn’t be half as fun without the spinner. The analogue wheel’s flyweight provides silky smooth revolutions which can’t be done on any other peripheral except a spinner. This spinner game is indeed a joy to play thanks to our spinner and is a true gem which harks back to an era of originality and new boundaries in gaming.

Millipede or Centipede (Trackball Game)

When Atari was king of the videogaming castle back at the start of the 80’s these 2 trackball games were a firm favourite with female gamers along with the more traditional male fanbase. The player must defend him (or her) self against waves of insects including an ever advancing centipede wa16 6qx. Again both games’ joy lie in the accuracy of the analogue controls- in this case, the multi-directional trackball. Unlike a spinner which only controls the horizontal (or x) axis, a trackball allows players to weave up, down or left and right. Speed as well as accuracy is of the essence in these 2 titles as the player has to negotiate around obstacles as well as destroy all the on-screen enemies.

Combat School AKA Boot Camp (Trackball Game)

Think of Track And Field for the military and you’ve got Combat School. This 1987 title is one of my favourite trackball games. Take the role of Nick and Joe to work your way through 7 events and graduate through basic training. You might think that’s the end of the game, but the last level sends you into true combat as you have to rescue (you guessed it) the US president. This is extremely tough as you have no continues, no extra lives and is nigh on impossible to clear (for me anyway, I guess I don’t have what it takes…)

The Eurogamer Expo 2013 Roundup

Eurogamer 2013 was bigger and better than before. Taking up the whole of Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre’s first and second floor. The exhibition opened its doors to the public on Thursday 26th September 2013 and closed at the end of the day on Sunday 29th of September 2013. We really enjoyed the exhibition and had a lot of interest in our brilliant arcade machines. Here is the roundup of the main key features of Eurogamer 2013.

Retro Arcade Area

Our retro arcade machine stand at Eurogamer 2013 was based in the Arcade Area. We brought our whole range of arcade machines including the Apex, Synergy, Evo and the brand new Nu-Gen! There were insane queues for people to get their hands on our arcade machines, with our Evo and Nu-Gen being the most popular. We even had a couple of people wanting to play Mortal Kombat 3 dressed up as Sub-Zero and Scorpion from the Mortal Kombat series (see Cosplay section below for pictures)!

PS4 and X-Box One

Eurogamer 2013 was home to Sony’s Playstation 4 and Micrsoft’s X-Box One next generation gaming consoles. The stands for Microsoft and Sony were pretty much side by side, and there were a plethora of people queueing up to get their hands on the control pads for the consoles for even a couple of minutes. There weren’t many games available to play on either console. The PS4 is launching this year on 29th November in Europe two weeks after the US launch, and X-Box One will launch on the 22nd November beating the PS4 by one week.

Other Gaming

Multiplay had a Minecraft area near the Retro Arcade Area and were holding a series of  Minecraft hunger games and walls competitions. We shared some stand space with Replay Events who were letting people play retro consoles in their Retro Gaming Area, including a large selection of retro handheld consoles.

Some of the notable game titles that were playable at the Eurogamer Expo 2013 are:

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Call of Duty Ghosts

The Elder Scrolls Online

Fifa 2014

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Wolfenstein: The New Order

And more.

Gaming Cosplay Gallery

Below are a selection of some interesting cosplay characters round and about our stand. Including Spiderman, Blade, Predator, Sub-Zero, Scorpion and some interesting Ninja-like Spidermen playing loving our Nu-Gen Arcade Machine.

Look forward to seeing you next year at Eurogamer 2014

We had a brilliant time at the exhibition and received lots of positive feedback and applause for our arcade machines. And they withstood the button bashing and joystick yanking from the gamers of all ages, which is a testament to the quality of our arcade machines. If you would like to know more about our arcade machines then drop us a contact form, and we will be happy to assist you.