As promised, above the video I got of Castlevania Arcade and below the pictures that I took of Konami’s new game as well as the rest of the Hollywood Bowl arcade, which is a pretty good arcade as they go. They have lots of new games like Mario Kart GP 2, Sega Rally 3 and Silent Hill Arcade (although that been there for a while now. Other games on site where Deal or No Deal, Time Crisis 3, Outrun 2, Superbikes and Let’s Go Jungle. Definitely worth a visit as there is also a VUE cinema, Pizza Hut, Nando’s and a Chimchanga in the same complex.
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I doesn’t get any better than this I tell you. I thought I’d swing by the Finchley Hollywood Bowl to play a few games and was extremely pleased to see Castlevania Arcade on test there! I’ve now played it, photographed it and videoed it, but what do I think of it?
As we know Konami have gone for an enclosed type cabinet, much like thier Silent Hill cabinet but on a grander scale. You step in to the the play area, insert a credit and pick up your wand. You are immediately reminded of the Wii, which I guess is unavoidable. You are then prompted to place you feet in the correct position, which I presume is to keep 2 players at a safe distance from each other. The usual opening game cut scene begins, not really sure what it’s trying to tell me, pretty standard then for a video game and I don’t really care anyway because I just want to play.
Enemies consisted of skelton dudes, bats and zombie type creatures and were relatively creepy looking. Like a light gun shooter you move around the various locations on rails and must defeat the enemies, but instead of shooting you are either whipping or pointing and firing blades at them. I found the whipping a little inaccurate at times, perhaps I was doing something wrong, but I found myself relying on the blades to bail me out when an enemy was about to strike.
Graphically the game looks good and there’s a nice atmosphere to it all. I quite like the way the game sets up scenes by looking around quickly at all the surrounding enemies and then taking them out one group at a time. By doing this it allows the player to roughly know what to expect. Hopefully this is an early game mechanic and gets a bit trickier later (not that I breezed through the first level myself!)
In summary the game felt a lot more polished than Silent Hill did and is definitely better than that katana game Muzan, even with it’s minor inaccuracies.
I’ve got more pictures on the way and a video but currently am working off a very slow connection. Should have it all up by tomorrow. Stay tuned!
And in case you were wondering, this was where Konami tested Silent Hill, and yes it’s still here, in the very same spot!
The main reason I picked up on this article by Clarion Gaming’s Laura Mountford is the quote; “It was clear that the arcade is central to the overall entertainment offering.” Now that’s definitely something I like to hear, and it got me thinking. Imagine a Hollywood Bowl, or any bowling alley for that matter, with no arcade. It wouldn’t be the same would it? It would be a life-less, dull night out, don’t you think? Thank god for arcade games!
Clarion Gaming’s Laura Mountford gained an invaluable insight to one of the most respected operators in the leisure business when she was the guest of the Hollywood Bowl in Finchley, north London.
During the visit, the company’s electronic leisure machine manager, Eve Oliver, provided an overview of the Hollywood Bowl brand, its business philosophy, marketing strategy and commitment to providing the British public with a fantastic value for money entertainment experience.
Expanding on her visit Laura said: “I am tremendously grateful to Eve and her team for taking the time to provide such a comprehensive ‘behind the scenes’ perspective on the business and how the various components of bowling, catering and games work together.
It was clear that the arcade is central to the overall entertainment offering.” She added: “My main points of contact in the industry are exhibiting companies, so to be able to gain an insight into the challenges faced by leisure operators and how they respond to those challenges has been really beneficial.”
Operated by Mitchell & Butlers, the Hollywood Bowl brand was founded over 15 years ago and comprises 24 tenpin bowling centres located throughout Britain.