Zaps: Retro Arcade Bar
Retro Arcade Bar | Coming to Bournemouth in 2018

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Number three in the van is a little easier to carry into Zaps HQ (which involves walking cabs all the way down to the end of the back garden and then all the way back again – to the only door wide enough to fit cabs through), a cocktail cab of Atari's Missile Command, the trackball controlled roll-fest, and one of the few arcade games we can think of that has you controlling a cursor.

This cabinet came from a collector, who'd already put a lot of work into restoring and maintaining it – so it's pretty great condition (and fully working, which is a joy). There's a little scuffing here and there, but we like that on our cabs.

 Some wear and tear here and there, but in great condition overall

Some wear and tear here and there, but in great condition overall

Control panels and glass. Those are the two things we care about most on a cocktail cabinet, and both are pretty good for a machine made in 1980. The glass has light scratches, but nothing that'll distract from gameplay (which is a relief, as it's a pain to replace). The glass is held onto the table with metal corner brackets, which should be black. Our's are a little scuffed, with some light rust. Nothing to get upset over, but probably worth bundling-in to our next visit to the powder-coaters.

 The glass top is in good condition for a machine that's only a few years younger than I am.

The glass top is in good condition for a machine that's only a few years younger than I am.

The controls are a little more of a mixed-bag. The black volcano buttons are in great condition, another relief, as these can be a pain to source. The trackballs are clean, and have been well looked after, but are definitely clunky to roll. This is usually a sign that the metal rollers that the ball turns are worn. You can strip the trackball down and replace just the worn parts, but as the balls are pretty discoloured with age, we'll probably replace the whole unit.