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Bognor Regis / Re: Trip report to Bognor Arcade
« on: 08 February, 2020, 20:45:25 »
Glad you had a top day, enjoyed the videos you uploaded!

Hope Dave and Amelia are well

Thatís the pain..the dreaded commute! Now days I tend to space my visits out a bit and stay over night for a few nights to get the most out of my visits. Never enough time otherwise to enjoy everything. By the time I get there providing thereís no delays itís around 2 I arrive, 6 hours of play time if lucky then get back at 1am. Wished I lived closer or the connection train times were better.

Bognor Regis / Re: Trip report to Bognor Arcade
« on: 08 February, 2020, 13:25:27 »
Have fun Chris!

Littlehamton, thereís meant to be a arcade there with a classic squids in. Not been myself but been told by a friend who lives near by.

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: Tyne pier amusements 1983
« on: 03 February, 2020, 16:43:04 »
Brilliant to see.

So many upright video cabinets around back in the day then they just seemed to vanished.

Been seriously considering buying a 1uparcade machine or two. I doubt theyíll be quite as good as the real thing but the size and weight are advantages plus the reliability issues are a plus.

Bognor Regis / Re: Bognor trip report 16th December
« on: 23 December, 2019, 15:23:31 »
Iíll be back for sure and next time win the battle lol. Still a brilliant time had none the less, day one could of been better, sooo many classics I still wanted to play! But day 2 was much better thanks to the Maygays giving a good game value wise.

Iíve been to the arcades soo many times so I was way over due a bad day at the office really!

Bognor Regis / Bognor trip report 16th December
« on: 22 December, 2019, 17:24:07 »
Recently back from a 4 night stay in Bognor. Wished I had more to write but my luck was dreadful lol. The machines clearly werenít happy at me for missing the 10 year party! They gave me my karma alright

I started off on my beloved Colossus which must of just been had big time. It really wasnít doing anything. £6 in I got money belt for £2ish but for the next £30 it wasnít really doing anything. No hidden features, handful of wins not worth taking. After close to £40 in it woke up a bit, got a couple of hidden features paying around a quid inc cash attack for £2. Normally pays much more than that! Finally got the top feature for a flat £4. After a bit more I did manage to get a £16 top and tried a few more quid to see if it had any more life in which it didnít appear to.

Moved onto final front I think it was called. Brilliant sound effects but not one of MDMís best machines in term of game play I thought. All seems way too controlled. Around £30-40 in for 3 flat top features. Nothing in between worth taking. By the time your a tenner in it feels like the only options youíve got is take your bronze shots to win upto a quid or force for the jackpot or top feature which is around due.

Decided to have a few quid in player 3 red white blue without any success followed by a few in golden winner with again no luck.

Then entered the over 18s area at the back where I tried for a board on road hog. Took a wee bit and failed on the MOT which killed me after rejecting the first offer. ďNo bid scrap it!Ē

Then went onto Andys great escape and things didnít improve! Very very very few boards. Woke up a tiny bit but felt it was averaging £15 a board. After £70ish in I did manage to get £30 back. Also had a few quid in hyper hyper whilst passing by trips to the change machine feeding it £1s Andy Capp wouldnít accept. Managed a jackpot after around £3 in. Put them in bullseye for £2.20 back.

At this point my money was fast running out after hardly playing anything or getting some game play which is the sole reason I go. I decided to go onto the crystal maze but again things werenít looking great!

Think I managed 1 board after exchanging a £3 win with a 1 crystal start within £35. 1 spin and dead! I did thankfully manage a jackpot off the reels via a 3rd time hold. Tried a few extra quid to see if itís woken up but hadnít so I decided to move on to red hot ibiza.

Could my luck change?! After around £10 in for a board things werenít looking promising! With a tiny amount of coins left out of £150 I had to take 2 knockouts and managed to get a fiver. At this point I had to call it a day after 3 and a half hours. The way things were going I didnít fancy a trip to the cash machine and blowing the 4 days spending money in a single day.

Certainly a bad day at the office on day one, my worse experience yet but itís just now the cookie crumbles. We all have those days. A tad disappointing I didnít get any real game play but ah well.

Day 2 with around £110 spending money left I decided to play the maygays.

Much much much better in terms of fun. No big wins or profit but actually got to play the game which is what itís all about for me. Played cash is king for the first time ever. Quite a few boards which was a nice change after the crystal maze and Andy Capp £10 version. Seemed a nice soft game which was fair to the player. Think I averaged a top feature for every £8 put in. Had 4 which were all flat fivers. Played trivia pursuit at the same time, no real luck but got some entertainment so Iím happy. Also played donkey kong and fruit explosion. Probably around £30 down there but had a hours of game play playing multiple machines at once so a good result.

Then decided to go in the over 18s at the back again to have another battle with the crystal maze which didnít go too well again. I did manage to get boards at least after £15 or so and finally got to the dome for a jackpot but no repeat unfortunately. Got the gold streak for £16 too but took it all back going for more.

I then decided to go on bullseye and Noelís house party. Bullseye I hate to say was in a absolutely dreadful mood. Noelís house party not great either but would at least give you a board, 2 if lucky within a tenner. Think I must of did around £40 in without bullseye doing anything. Might of got one or two dead boards but wow the machines didn't like me lol. I did end up getting a few jackpots at the end but soon ate it all back and some.

I did also manage to play red hit Ibiza again. Some amazing sound effects in that! Put a fiver in and got the jackpot so happy days there, would loved to played it more but I just didnít have the bank roll.

Unfortunately didnít have any spending money for day 3 and 4 mainly after the luck on day one eating up almost £150 without doing almost anything. My fault probably for staying on the crystal maze after it not boarding after a fiver, same with Andy Capp. Just such fun machines normally when you get to play the game! I did at least enjoy some game play on the £5 Maygays which made the mini holiday worthwhile.

Fingers crossed for 2020! ;D

Apologies it wasnít a more positive report. I just caught them all at the wrong time. Fair play to whoever played them before me (and after me lol)

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: 10 Year Party extravaganza
« on: 08 December, 2019, 21:37:59 »
Cheers al almost better now thank goodness! Off to Bognor tomorrow for 4 nights...canít wait!

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: 10 Year Party extravaganza
« on: 07 December, 2019, 23:51:01 »
Great write ups. Gutted I didnít make it myself, ended up getting a bad case of the flu so havenít even been online much. Just too weak but nearly better now. Been enjoying the videos Chris, jackpot bros and reel world slots have uploaded at least. Got a few trips down Bognor shortly so shall make up for my missed party day visits!

Bognor Regis / Re: Christmas shopping finally made fun for men
« on: 18 November, 2019, 12:12:12 »
You can yes. They have a log book behind the cash box to keep track of how many everyones saved/cashed in though a receipt given to the customers would be a nice touch for those like myself with a memory of a fish ;D

Looking forward to winning something else next time.

Bognor Regis / Re: Christmas shopping finally made fun for men
« on: 14 November, 2019, 16:16:56 »
Determination ;) Hypa viper is a brilliant machine for fast tokens. Every board gives you some tokens via snake bite if you donít reach a win over £3. 20p/£6jp so boards are dead frequent too. Did get lucky on Las Vegas strip think a quid in for £16 worth of tokens and did alright on monopoly £8jp which gave 3 jackpots within a tenner. Got a fair few off Andy Capp 5p/£6 and some others such as gladiators and bullseye though I found them much harder to get token wins from. Shame cops and robbers wasnít working, would of been a nice machine for winning tokens on too.

I made the same mistake as you jackpotjon, managed around £100 worth a few weeks back and ended up putting them all back in after getting absolutely nowhere trying to win some extra tokens on bullseye. Thought it must be blocking token wins if the token tubes were low but it seems to just favour the cash wins. After around £100 through it without any token wins I admitted defeat and put my tokens in it along with Viz and hyper viper. .

Bognor Regis / Christmas shopping finally made fun for men
« on: 13 November, 2019, 12:31:51 »
Got to love the new Mr Pís prize shop! Got the Christmas shopping sorted for the wife and had a brilliant time in the process! - a shiny new iPad, just what she wanted!

Took 2 days in total though I could of done it in a day if I didnít play any non token machines.

Beats going down the high street any day of the week!

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: Strike it rich
« on: 13 November, 2019, 12:03:02 »
Sounds good, something a bit different which sounds half interesting!

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: 10 Year Party extravaganza
« on: 08 November, 2019, 22:57:02 »
Iíll be there for at least the Maidstone and Bognor ones. Mental how times flown isnít it!

My only regret was not visiting the Gravesend arcade sooner than I did. Managed a fair few trips down there at least but wished I had went as soon as I found out about the place.

Do miss the Gravesend arcade, was there on the final closing party (before it was reopened again temporarily with the refit). Many happy memories there thatíll live on forever. One memory - I think it was my 2nd visit and I won some promotion coin which resulted in something like a free £17?!?!?! I couldnít believe it! Iím already in heaven and then theyíre basically paying me free money on top? Gosh I felt dreadful lol. Iíve never experienced promotions in my life of going to arcades which made it worse! Felt like I robbed the place! I mean it wasnít the biggest of places, they werenít in it for the money hence offering good old fair fun machines on top payouts unlike other arcades and they were so friendly! Again something never experienced in other arcades.

Wonder where Big Kev and boom147 are these days?

Fruit Machine Chat / Re: It actually IS coming home afterall!
« on: 12 October, 2019, 17:20:54 »
Old thread I know but whatever happened to this beauty?

I might be wrong but donít think itís been out in any of the arcades yet? Unless itís still on the van lol. Put your foot down, put your foot down!

Bognor Regis / Re: Trip report to Bognor Arcade
« on: 15 September, 2019, 16:24:20 »
Great write up and result! Would be a dream come true if I could come away only a fiver down lol.

Was worried I had missed an official party day given how many people had headed down and Dave messaging me the other day saying I bet you canít wait for Saturday. ďWhat?!Ē Massive moment of panic thinking Iíd mixed up the decade party dates! Would of loved to popped down Saturday but got a 4 night holiday at reelfruits booked in October so need to save as much as I can for that.

Been enjoying all the YouTube videos getting my fix in the mean time :)

Bognor Regis / Re: Bognor visit wed/thu.
« on: 24 August, 2019, 01:01:03 »
Cheers for the report. Certainly did the right thing by staying over the night, a must if you arenít local I find! Iím 2 and a half hours away when the trains are running on time so not too bad compared to others but the train service is absolutely terrible. Next time I go down Iím going to hopefully get a hotel booked.

Bognor Regis / Re: Meet Polly!
« on: 21 August, 2019, 23:05:02 »
Crikey thatís terrible luck! ďI love the sound of moneyĒ at least sheís honest lol. Be interesting to know whatís in her golden eggs! Will have another bash myself next time and hopefully find out

Bognor Regis / Lucky 7 Bingo
« on: 16 August, 2019, 22:18:35 »
Interesting machine this, first one I had ever seen or indeed played! Had a little go on it today.

Dave was saying itís true skill/luck...which probably explains why I didnít do too good ;) had 6 goes and won 5 tokens before my 4th quid rejected into a hidden reject tray I couldnít find and didnít want to embarrass myself too much trying to find it like a headless chicken ;D

Great cheap fun...will definitely play it again next time and aim for a prize this time. They had some awesome old school penny sweets in tubs I wished I got now! Old school machines and prizes, it doesnít get any better than this! Until the Mr Pís / Reel fruits march comes out!!!

Sorry for the poor camera work. Really not a easy machine to film

Bognor Regis / Re: Meet Polly!
« on: 16 August, 2019, 21:21:00 »
Uploaded to YouTube as a unlisted video for easier viewing

Bognor Regis / Meet Polly!
« on: 16 August, 2019, 21:18:23 »
Look whose back in town?!

Sheís on a quid vend and pays out a mystery amount of tokens. Had 2 goes myself and got £2 worth and £1.60 in my 2nd egg. Decided to quit whilst ahead! Thereís a golden egg in there too which I think is the jackpot egg. Nice blast from the past!

Bognor Regis / Re: Opening Times
« on: 28 June, 2019, 20:47:31 »
Iíve found Mays opening hours on a past weekly waffle posted below

ďMAY OPENING TIMES for Bognor (will extend from June 1st). Note these are the MINIMUM amusement hours:

Mon - Thurs 10am - 8pm

Friday - 10am - 9pm

Saturday - 10am - 9pm

Sunday - 11am - 7pm

Hours will only extend, NOT shorten and we on average are open mostly an hour additionally each day, sometimes more.Ē

Iíd imagine June hours would likely be +1 hour added to the above closing times with the additional hour or more most days when customers are in but am sure Dave will update us shortly to confirm.

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