Manchester to Host Retro Games Festival

Manchester’s wonderful Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is hosting a celebration of video games, starting Saturday, featuring a collection of 120 playable consoles and computers, dating back to the 1980s up to present day. The PLAY it! Manchester festival is the biggest retro gaming event in the UK, and is expected to attract thousands of visitors over the next fortnight.

The games available to play include Pac-Man, Pong, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Country, Pokemon Stadium, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, GoldenEye 007, Guitar Hero, Minecraft, and Halo, on consoles and computers such as the Commodore 64, Atari, Sony Playstation, Amiga, NES, SNES, Spectrum ZX81, Xbox 360, Sega Mega Drive, Amstrad, BBC, Vectrex, Gamecube, to a high-end PC.

The event is being run by Replay Events, in conjunction with MOSI, and will run until 9th August in the Great Western Warehouse portion of the main MOSI building’s first floor on Liverpool Road. The floor is divided into six gaming zones, each with a unique theme. 90 minute sessions cost £4, £10 for a full day pass, while family tickets are priced £12. Advance booking is recommended.

For those who want to avoid a potential deluge of kids, PLAY it! Manchester is also hosting a series of night-time, adult-only sessions on 30th-31st July and 6th-7th August, from 19:00 to 21:00.

Thank you Manchester Evening News for providing us with this information.