TIME OUT LONDON article 14/1/2020


Whether we’re gobbling our way around town like a glorified Pac-Man or cramming like Tetris blocks on to the Central Line, London life can sometimes feel a bit like being stuck in an arcade game. But The Actual Reality Arcade takes things several steps further…. It’s a pleasingly hands-on set-up featuring ten giant playable models of classic retro games: everything from an IRL Donkey Kong-style challenge to life-sized asteroids and a huge scale Whac-a-Mole (starring a brave volunteer as the mole). If your 2020 resolution was ‘look at screens less’, then pelting pixelated spaceships with beanbags to the save the planet from alien invasion might be just the ticket.

El Hunt



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‘This is deadly!’ St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin

‘Great fun for young and old. Love it!’ Just So Festival, Staffordshire

‘Best fun in ages’ Hat Fair, Winchester

‘This is quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!’ London Games Festival

‘For small and giant children alike!’ Norfolk and Norwich Festival

‘The Actual Reality Arcade is going down a storm, smiling faces everywhere you look!’  Light Night, Leeds

‘Couldn’t get my kids out of the real arcade at GDIF. Genius idea!’ Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

‘This arcade has been the bane of my weekend. My child did not want to leave!’ – Just So Festival, Staffordshire

‘Bravo, The Actual Reality Arcade is genius!’ Norfolk and Norwich Festival

‘This is the most awesome thing I think I’ve ever seen!’ Mouth Of The Tyne Festival, Tynemouth

‘All kinds of retro fun to be had at the Actual Reality Arcade. Absolutely genius’ NNF,

‘This is absolutely amazing,, so fun! I love it!! … Fantastic!!’ GDIF, Greenwich

‘This is the most awesome thing I think I’ve ever seen!’ Mouth of the Tyne

“This is so cool! ” Geronimo , Arley Hall

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