Tuesday, 28 July 2015

PLAY it Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry.

If you like games then this is for you. If you ever had an Atari, or played Street-fighter, or thought Sonic actually might be a hedghog, then this is for you. An event featuring over 120 games consoles from the last 30 years, all playable and with limited entry numbers to the hall so that everyone gets a turn...

Did we want to come and review ? Yes thanks!!

The Baby - The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine
The first ever stored-program computer.

PLAY it Manchester takes place on the 2nd floor of the Museum of Science and Industry. Very apt that below us is The Baby - a replica of the first ever stored-program computer. PLAY it is in a huge space with loads of room, and the all important video games consoles and arcade machines. Tons of seating, a cafe area, and all of your favourite games from the last 30 years. It even has 2 player, 4 player and larger multiplayer games, and it's only £4 entry. Heaven.


My 5 and 6 year olds love their console games and have played and watched since they were tiny. Our  family don't watch a lot of regular TV, games are a living room event and we all join in. They've never played on arcade machines before though and the big joystick was a brand new thing to them!




It was awesome to see some great themed areas - the Celebrations area includes Tomb Raider, Mario Kart, and Street Fighter through the years, the LEGO games and behind it a Minecraft server and two banks of players playing together.


There is a Multiplayer Lounge area - so our lads got their first ever taste of how ruthless their Dad is at Micro Machines - however I did still beat him a couple of times.


They also got their first ever taste of Halo - playing on a server in 2 teams with other people in the room - including their Dad!


There were also Celebrations displays of Star Wars and Sonic games - these really took me back, I think I've played all the older ones with my lads over the years!


Along the back edge of the room was the Retro Gaming area  full of the wonders of gaming infancy. The amazing Atari and Pong, The Sega Megadrive and in the 80's Classroom Crazy Taxi and those strained text games that were so exciting as we decided whether to 'Face West' or not....Commodore 64 anyone?


There were also areas for Sports Games and Rhythm - we spent many weekends when our big kids were younger playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, we could really belt out a virtual tune! That holds special memories for us.



We all had a try of the brand new, and incredibly impressive Oculus Rift - the 3D Virtual Reality headset. It was awesome, and hilarious to watch as people realise they can see all around inside the spacecraft. Just for reasons of fairness I did have a go myself so everyone could laugh at me too...


There were a few notable games missing from the event, but there really was something to enchant everyone. It was all organised really well and although our boys did try a couple of games they wouldn't usually be allowed to play at home, it was incredibly family-friendly - our 5 year old spent 10 minutes playing Street Fighter against a complete stranger who was more than happy to chat and play away - they were evenly matched too!

We were there for the 90 minute session, which would have cost us £3 each. It obviously wasn't long enough to sit and work through games, but it was long enough to have a play on everything we wanted to. It was an absolutely awesome event and we all had an excellent time. If you like your gaming then I really can't recommend it enough. My highlight of the whole event was the first Playstation game I sat and played through from beginning to end back in 1996 - Tomb Raider. It was like meeting up with an old friend....


PLAY it will run daily until 9th August. Book in advance for timed 90 minute sessions (£4 each/£12 family), day sessions (£10 each), and special adult-only evening sessions. PLAY it is not really suited to children under 5, and all under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry to the Manchester Museum of Science And Industry is free for everyone, although donations are very welcome. They have a whole programme of events during the holidays, including free science crafts and activities for children - we made simple circuits with copper tape....


My Mummy's Pennies

We were given a free family entry with a value of 12 whole English pounds to attend and review PLAY it - I'd have happily paid because it was an excellent 90 minutes - plus the 3 hours we also spent in the museum!

14 comments:

  1. Looks fab for gaming fans and great value for money

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As afternoons out go, it was excellent. I haven't had that much fun for £3 in a long time :)

      Delete
  2. Wow this looks so cool - we have a very similar exhibit at Life in Newcastle and our kids loved it - esp the older one. Looks like a great day out - esp if it's raining #whwh

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah! It's perfect for Manchester - we don't really have anyother type of weather than rain! :D

      Delete
  3. Great post, looks like you all had a blast! We went later in the day and hubby and the kids loved it, they are much more into games that me, but I enjoyed getting my eighties vibe on and playing pacman!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :D I think there was something for everyone, there really was. I was annoyed we missed you!

      Delete
  4. Oh maaaan! I'd seen this advertised but had no idea how cool it would be, I guess we're off to MOSI for another adventure :) #WHWH

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :D It is really cool. I really recommend it!

      Delete
  5. This sounds like a fantastic exhibition with something for all your family. I'd love to go and play with a PSOne or Megadrive! Another win for MOSI. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for having me! You'd love it.I hope you had chance to go:)

      Delete
  6. This sounds amazing. did they have a space invaders machine? that was my game of choice. they had one in the pub at our caravan site. I'd happily "play" the demo game all night and was ecstatic if someone gave me 10p for a real game of it!! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hahaha...awwww kids nowadays wouldn't be happy with the demo - and it isn't 10p for a turn!! :D

      Delete
  7. This looks fab! Monkey's a bit young for it yet but we love MOSI. We're there at least a couple of times a month - even if it is just for the cafe! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The cafe is really good, is'nt it! Reasonable prices and lovely as long as it is'nt really windy! :D

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I read every one and try my best to reply!