A small shop on a small side street now contains a small collection of sea-side style mechanical entertainments. Hidden from casual passers by, this adult arcade games arena is familiar to any seaside visitor, yet utterly different.
No time for silly games of picking up a soft toy with a remote arm — here its nuclear waste. Guess your weight — no thanks, here its a drastic weight loss.
Cant be bothered with a holiday, try the holiday simulator. Or dare the frisky pat-down.
It is, as they say, a mad arcade full of home-made coin operated machines, built by enthusiasts. Wander in, hand over £4.50 for 5 tokens, and away you go.
The eclipse simulator is a tiny box to sit in, and when the doors close, the glowing orb above your head is slowly concealed, as the sounds of animals become more animated. Darkness falls, the animals go to sleep, and the stars glow for a brief moment. Then scare the people outside as the door unexpectedly opens and you walk out.
Put your hand in a steel cage and dare the red-eyed dog, and even though you know what is about the happen, it’s still a surprise. And I hope that was plain water that was used.
Best of all though, loading the nuclear reactor, a long-winded game that I was delightfully good at, and took an arm tiring 10 minutes to complete.