Revival Solstice 2016 took place at the weekend and I’m happy to report I had an awesome time. There were so many machines to see and games to play. One game in particular though captured my heart, again!!
At the weekend I told you about Revival Solstice 2016 which was taking place in Walsall and I thought I’d tell you about some of the games I was able to get my hands on at the event. It’s simply not possible to cover everything that was present at the event within the confines of a single article so I’ll just give you my highlights.
First up we have the Pinball machines. There’s something satisfying about racking up a high score, hearing the sound effects and seeing the lighting effects., watching the ball bounce around the table can be almost hypnotic. Hours can be spent playing these great machines. Memories of the arcades came flooding back. I’ve played some of these machines before but there was some I hadn’t seen before and it was great to get some time with them.
The Sega Master system was the second console that I owned as a kid and despite it having possibly the worst controller I’ve ever used it did have a great game library. Some of the accessories for the Master system can fetch quite a few Pounds these days which always makes me wish I’d hung onto more of my past gaming hardware. Playing games on this console brought back many memories for me and it’s always nice to see it working at Revival Solstice 2016.
The Sega Mega Drive needs no introduction. I never actually owned one of these and instead had to rely on regular visits to my friend’s house in order to get some time with it. One game I remember playing and enjoying was Desert Strike which I was pleased to see at Revival Solstice 2016. Desert Strike is a shoot ’em up game in which the player pilots an AH-64 Apache helicopter. The game is less frantic than typical shoot ’em ups, with the addition of greater strategic elements. The action takes place on open, multi-directional levels where the player views the action from outside the helicopter, rather than from within the cockpit. the game was released on multiple formats and had follow up games. I can’t help but hope we see similar games to this return to console one day as I had a lot of fun playing this gem.
What can I say about the N64? Perhaps my all time favourite console with some impressive games. Playing Goldeneye is and was one of those moments in life you’ll always remember. The multiplayer was perfect and addictive the map designs were masterpieces and there was nothing better than a session with friends fighting for bragging rights. So many games on this console revolutionised genres and Rare ruled the roost. 1080 snowboarding was another favourite of mine as a kid that I’d forgotten about until I saw it at Revival Solstice 2016. It was so much fun to play the N64 and the selection of games on offer.
Allow me to introduce you to Vectrex, a vector display-based game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering. It was released in 1982 so is older than me but I found them addictive. You can see where games like Geometry Wars draw their inspiration from when you get hands on with these. I remember coding similar games to these when I was in school so it was super cool to play the real thing. Vectrex were certainly one of my biggest highlights of the whole event. I imagine these are pretty rare so to see a number of them working and looking in great condition was something very special.
Arcades were like a place of worship for me. A safe place where I could play the latest games and socialise with my friends and hopefully make new ones. I can’t help but feel that today’s generations are seriously missing out with proper arcades being somewhat rare these days. Revival Solstice 2016 had a large selection of the best arcade machines and it was a pleasure to enjoy them with a great group of friends that I attended the event with.
One game took up more of our time than all the rest. A game that’s been released on many consoles and that remains to this day one of the best games to enjoy with friends, that game is Bomberman. The original game was published in 1983 (as was I) and new games have been published at irregular intervals ever since. Several titles in the 2000s were published by Japanese game company Konami, who gained full control of the franchise when they purchased and absorbed Hudson in 2012. Today, Bomberman has featured in over 70 different games on numerous platforms (including all Nintendo platforms save for the 3DS and WiiU (one was planned for the 3DS, but was later cancelled). His franchise is one of the most commercially successful of all time. Much competitive fun was had with this one and I yearn for the day we see another Bomberman title release in the meantime though to get your fix, idarb on Xbox One even has a mini game based on the popular Bomberman.
Revival Solstice 2016 was a brilliant event and one of the best that I’ve attended. There’s so much to see and do that I just cant talk about it all so I’ll include a few extra pictures of some of the other things that I saw and played at the end of the article. I look forward to attending future events and really do recommend you check them out if retro games interest you. You can find more information on Revival retro events facebook page or at the Revival Retro Events Website.