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amethyst
28-11-2014, 21:16
Who loved to go on the piers whilst on their seaside holidays.

Maybe the odd loose plank of wood as you were walking along

If it was a long pier you could jump on the pier train

Old gents sitting on the seats with a knotted handkerchief on their head

Amusements I rem the penny one arm bandits

The machine with a silver marble going around where you had to keep it in play to win fruit polos or something

The noises of the machines the laughing policeman

That machine with MONEY and maybe a watch where this arm had to reach for them for you to win,There was a catch it never worked

Twocky61
29-11-2014, 10:27
One of the arcade machines I remember was the Tutti Frutti, where you dropped a 2p into one of the slots at the top of the machine. The coin then moved its way to the bottom via discs and spikes and if it hit a disc that disc would light up. A line of lit discs meant you won some 2p's - I forget how many :D

amethyst
29-11-2014, 13:48
One of the arcade machines I remember was the Tutti Frutti, where you dropped a 2p into one of the slots at the top of the machine. The coin then moved its way to the bottom via discs and spikes and if it hit a disc that disc would light up. A line of lit discs meant you won some 2p's - I forget how many :D

Cant rem that one twocky

80sChav
06-12-2014, 21:57
Who loved to go on the piers whilst on their seaside holidays.

Maybe the odd loose plank of wood as you were walking along

If it was a long pier you could jump on the pier train

Old gents sitting on the seats with a knotted handkerchief on their head

Amusements I rem the penny one arm bandits

The machine with a silver marble going around where you had to keep it in play to win fruit polos or something

The noises of the machines the laughing policeman

That machine with MONEY and maybe a watch where this arm had to reach for them for you to win,There was a catch it never worked

What memories indeed amethyst - all these are fond memories no doubts with a few that perhaps are less so now - like your 2nd one (re; due to Health and safety) and the old Gent with an Hadkerchief possibly too!

On the subject of pier amusements - I recall at least until about 1996 ..... in a Town near by me, thy had an Amusement Arcade based in an old Bingo Hall wth a Coffee Shop and the works - Games-wise!! sadly it does'nt exist now (as far as I know) but the memories that place brought on the 3 or 4 occasions I went - really brought the old Seaside Pier memories returning in a unique and special way no doubts!

80sChav

amethyst
07-12-2014, 08:09
A lot of old piers have been burned down were they set on fire on purpose,for insurance payouts because it costs a lot of money for their up keeps

bakermuk
07-12-2014, 20:26
Growing up in Norfolk I had access to many an amusement arcade in Yarmouth, Cromer etc

My personal favourites were:

the horse racing game where you placed a bet by putting a 2p on a slot - the race started and the coins all dropped into the machine.....and we always lost!!

the ball bearing game where you sat on a seat and held onto a large "steering wheel" with which you could move lateraly in all directions and had to steer the ball bearing round a course - I never ever made it!

The first video games - Space Invaders, Asteroids, Scramble, Pacman

My favourte was a driving game (early 80s) where you had to steer a VW Beetle down a course.... two gears with speeds "fast" and ""going to crash" - if (and when) you crashed the VW went red and the thing made a loud crashing noise! Played that one for hours!

Richard1978
07-12-2014, 23:47
I think that VW Beetle driving game was called Speed Bug. I remember the "crash" sound effect.

The Arcade in Wells New The Sea had one for years.

amethyst
08-12-2014, 20:05
There are a lot of machines now that give you tokens in exchange for a bit of tack ,especially the 2p games where you put the coin into the slot and the piles of 2ps get pushed forward and down onto the next level
More often or not you end up putting the coins back in rather than taking them home with you

I. R. Fincham
08-12-2014, 20:53
The slot machines today aren't nearly as much fun as when I was a kid. It was far more satisfying to pull a lever and spin the wheels than to push a button. And the price is horrifying. Back then, you could have hours of fun for a couple of quid, and sometimes even win, and end up with more. Today, you can blow through five quid in a minute. Shocking.

amethyst
08-12-2014, 21:50
The slot machines today aren't nearly as much fun as when I was a kid. It was far more satisfying to pull a lever and spin the wheels than to push a button. And the price is horrifying. Back then, you could have hours of fun for a couple of quid, and sometimes even win, and end up with more. Today, you can blow through five quid in a minute. Shocking.

We save up the 2p for our but of fun on holidays,but as you say it can be expensive if your not careful.We always avoid 10p,50p and

darren
09-12-2014, 08:45
oh your so right ive played slot machines since the early eighties and into the 2 thousands they are more expensive now a quid per go on some machines but its very hard to find those that cost 2p per go.

i remember playing one machine where the 2ps are just about to fall.





The slot machines today aren't nearly as much fun as when I was a kid. It was far more satisfying to pull a lever and spin the wheels than to push a button. And the price is horrifying. Back then, you could have hours of fun for a couple of quid, and sometimes even win, and end up with more. Today, you can blow through five quid in a minute. Shocking.

I. R. Fincham
09-12-2014, 09:56
i remember playing one machine where the 2ps are just about to fall.

The waterfalls? Like this?
http://www.fotolibra.com/gallery/983511/a-penny-waterfall-machine/

I hated those. They hardly ever paid out.

amethyst
09-12-2014, 23:05
Yes I like the 2p drop fall machine but they have a boxes inside the machines that collects the coins so you dont always get the ones that drop to you

darren
10-12-2014, 12:56
thats the very ones i never actually knew that was there real name

i loved it dont think ever won on it tho.

i did love pinball machines tho.


The waterfalls? Like this?
http://www.fotolibra.com/gallery/983511/a-penny-waterfall-machine/

I hated those. They hardly ever paid out.

amethyst
11-12-2014, 08:06
The noise and flashing lights of machines attracts you to them

Twocky61
11-12-2014, 11:18
I think that VW Beetle driving game was called Speed Bug. I remember the "crash" sound effect.

The Arcade in Wells New The Sea had one for years.

There was something similar in London, where there is a large amusement arcade called Trocedero. They had a Mazda MX5 that had the front engine compartment/bonnet cut off, replaced by a plasma screen. (I think it was actually a real car before they converted it into an arcade machine). It was a pound a go and you had the choice of driving it auto or manual. There were two seats so you could have a passenger. :D

bakermuk
14-12-2014, 00:17
I think that VW Beetle driving game was called Speed Bug. I remember the "crash" sound effect.

The Arcade in Wells New The Sea had one for years.

I think I have found it - Called Super Bug - can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBPe14I13Lk

I seem to remember driving faster and crashing a lot more!

bakermuk
14-12-2014, 00:24
and here it is how I remember it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N61Lacr9IGs

Richard1978
14-12-2014, 00:55
Yes that's how I remember it from those 2 clips.

I did wonder how it used limited colour, which the 2nd clip reveals.

staffslad
13-03-2016, 18:49
The old penny bandits were great fun. As others have said, there was something very satisfying and addictive about pulling that arm. I also liked the horse-racing and racing car betting games. If I remember correctly, there were 'odds' when betting on them, in that each horse or car had a different probability of winning, so one less probable paid out more if it won, whereas one more probable paid out less.

zabadak
14-03-2016, 15:18
I remember once, on Hampstead Heath for their Bank Holiday fair, winning a single cigratte from a one-armed bandit! :eek:

staffslad
15-03-2016, 09:58
I don't remember seeing any one-armed bandits that gave out anything other than cash or very occasionally tokens. Makes you wonder what other items some may have paid out to winning customers.

staffslad
15-03-2016, 10:22
Still on pier amusements, does anyone remember those animated dioramas that used to be found in arcades well into the 80s? There was one of a haunted house. The scene was a bedroom, complete with sleeping occupant and a burglar attempting to break in to a safe. Deposit your penny and the scene would animate. The safe opened and something came out, the sleeper sat up but his head remained on the pillow, the bedroom door opened and there was a ghost or monster behind it, plus several other effects I am hazy about. There was also a similar scene set on a road with a night watchman being subjected to various frights, only this one I don't remember nearly as well.

There were also two rather grim ones showing execution scenes. One was a hanging and the other the electric chair. Deposit your coin and the condemned's eyes would bulge, his hair stand on end, his mouth open in a silent scream, and there would be a sound effect of a crackling electric current and possibly a light to simulate an electric arc as he is executed.

These machines were very old even in the 70s and 80s and I wouldn't be surprised if they dated from the 30s or 40s. You would often find one in a dusty and obscure corner of the arcade, well away from the glitzy video games and other more up-to-date machines.

I. R. Fincham
15-03-2016, 15:59
I remember them. I found a few of them on Youtube. They were called "working models", it seems.

Here's the hanging.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMxx0H8ahcs

One of several hannted houses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvveBnTNFH4

And this, I'd guess, is what you remember as a night watchman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj2cUkxt-yo

staffslad
15-03-2016, 19:51
Thanks very much for the links. That brought back memories of seeing them in the 70s and 80s. Wow, according to that vid of the hanging it is from the 20s, so that would have made the machine around 60 years old when I last saw it circa 1985 or so.
As well as these working models I remember several dancing clowns. Put your penny in and a puppet clown on strings would dance to tinny music--the movements being similar to how the puppets moved in the old Andy Pandy programmes. Those clowns were so creepy with their painted, staring eyes.

Big Tim
17-08-2016, 15:40
Scarborough (North Yorks) still has a lot of amusement arcades on the sea front. While many are dominated by the more expensive 1 a go "puggies" or video games, there are some smaller arcades (particularly at the far end of the South Bay) which have numerous 2p "Waterfall" machines, plus the aforementioned Horse Racing betting game - most of these have been upgraded to 10p a play.

The game I used to enjoy most in arcades as a child was one which I haven't seen for years. It was like a shooting range, where for 20p you would get something like ten shots of an air rifle (which did not use any ammunition / pellets, it was merely an invisible beam or something) and if you hit a target, something would happen - often these were "Wild West" or "Hillbilly" themed. I remember many of them squirting water back at you if you successfully shot the target, sometimes it would be something like a character would start playing a banjo, or a door would fly open and some exhibit would appear sat on a toilet reading a newspaper! :D I certainly remember them in arcades at Scarborough, Filey, Blackpool and in places like Flamingoland up until the early 1990's.

Richard1978
17-08-2016, 17:46
There was an arcade in Wells Next The Sea that had one of those shooting galleries until about 1990.

Mulletino
18-08-2016, 00:56
Scarborough (North Yorks) still has a lot of amusement arcades on the sea front. While many are dominated by the more expensive 1 a go "puggies" or video games, there are some smaller arcades (particularly at the far end of the South Bay) which have numerous 2p "Waterfall" machines, plus the aforementioned Horse Racing betting game - most of these have been upgraded to 10p a play.

The game I used to enjoy most in arcades as a child was one which I haven't seen for years. It was like a shooting range, where for 20p you would get something like ten shots of an air rifle (which did not use any ammunition / pellets, it was merely an invisible beam or something) and if you hit a target, something would happen - often these were "Wild West" or "Hillbilly" themed. I remember many of them squirting water back at you if you successfully shot the target, sometimes it would be something like a character would start playing a banjo, or a door would fly open and some exhibit would appear sat on a toilet reading a newspaper! :D I certainly remember them in arcades at Scarborough, Filey, Blackpool and in places like Flamingoland up until the early 1990's.

Same at Southend-on-sea, although one of the arcades there still has one of those Hillbilly shooting things. It's indoors though so doesn't spray water like they used to. You'd know which rifles got wet from which target and deliberately soak other players. An arcade here in Australia (Gold Coast) still has one too.

amethyst
18-08-2016, 21:16
Its about having fun getting rid of 2ps in the arcades

staffslad
19-08-2016, 16:10
The wild west/hillbilly shooting galleries I can remember were in North Wales resorts such as Rhyl. I think I first saw one in about 1987 or so. Lots of people were playing on it but by the last time circa 1992 I didn't see anyone have a go. The one I recall the best was indoors and I think it did spray water but I suppose it must have been well away from the other machines.

staffslad
16-07-2018, 10:32
A few more amusements I remember...

A shooting game in which the butt end of a rifle stuck out of the machine and there was an eyepiece to look through to see a target. Optics made the target appear far away. You could move the rifle and had one shot at the target. After shooting, the machine dropped a paper target out of a slot and you could see how close you got to the bull.

A machine gun mounted as to appear like those you would see on old WWI aircraft. Enemy aircraft would fly across and you had to shoot them down, cue flashing lights and sound effects.

A game where crocodiles would poke their heads out of holes, their mouths would open and you had to use a kind of hammer to bash their mouths shut. The crocodile heads would move in and out faster and faster as the game progressed.

A football game where you would press various levers to make players run up and down grooves to kick the ball.

The arcade bingo section where people would sit at boards and a person would shout out the numbers. If you had a number you would slide a little door to cover it. Lots of older woman and young women with babies in pushchairs seemed to play this one.

Not an amusement, but almost every amusement arcade would have a little cubicle inside which a bored looking person would sit to give change, which would drop down a chute.

George 1978
16-07-2018, 15:48
I have always associated these sort of things a lot more with northern coastal towns such as Blackpool or Scarborough - there seems to be a very northern feel to them, just like bingo and gambling (think of Coronation Street characters doing that sort of thing). I suppose that it is because working class people are more likely to use them when they visit or stay in a coastal town.

Not quite coastal towns but when the annual Goose Fair comes around at the start of October each year, there are plenty of those sorts of things there as well, although it is only for a maximum of five days in the year.

cbenee
22-11-2019, 14:53
I have always associated these sort of things a lot more with northern coastal towns such as Blackpool or Scarborough - there seems to be a very northern feel to them, just like bingo and gambling (think of Coronation Street characters doing that sort of thing). I suppose that it is because working class people are more likely to use them when they visit or stay in a coastal town.

Not quite coastal towns but when the annual Goose Fair comes around at the start of October each year, there are plenty of those sorts of things there as well, although it is only for a maximum of five days in the year.
just as many of these down south, living in Kent would see these in loads of towns, also holidays to the Ise of Wight

George 1978
22-11-2019, 16:58
I don't think I saw any when I was in Bournemouth this year, but I suppose that I wouldn't say that there weren't any.

amethyst
23-11-2019, 12:56
I don't think I saw any when I was in Bournemouth this year, but I suppose that I wouldn't say that there weren't any.
Dont tell me Bournemouth pier has vanished just like that.I remember having a cream tea a few years ago lol

tex
23-11-2019, 13:10
I was in Southport recently and although i wouldn't normally go into arcades it was raining so my wife and i popped into one for shelter, we decided to pass the time until the rain eased off by wasting a few bob on the machines, we were under no illusions that we might actually profit from this endeavour but as we walked around we became aware that it was never possible to do so as all the machines with the exception of the "10p shove" payed out in in bits of paper and when you had 200 bits of paper you could exchange them for a comb or maybe a fridge magnet ...what a rip!! :rolleyes:

Zincubus
23-11-2019, 14:08
I was in Southport recently and although i wouldn't normally go into arcades it was raining so my wife and i popped into one for shelter, we decided to pass the time until the rain eased off by wasting a few bob on the machines, we were under no illusions that we might actually profit from this endeavour but as we walked around we became aware that it was never possible to do so as all the machines with the exception of the "10p shove" payed out in in bits of paper and when you had 200 bits of paper you could exchange them for a comb or maybe a fridge magnet ...what a rip!! :rolleyes:

Plus the machines are / were always fixed even when they paid out in cash ..


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George 1978
24-11-2019, 00:25
Dont tell me Bournemouth pier has vanished just like that.I remember having a cream tea a few years ago lol

I didn't explore every square inch of the town - it's probably because I didn't go on the pier was the reason why I didn't see it for myself.

cbenee
25-11-2019, 16:19
I don't think I saw any when I was in Bournemouth this year, but I suppose that I wouldn't say that there weren't any.
oh yes a lot have gone now, back back in the 70's and 80' they were everywhere

George 1978
26-11-2019, 03:18
Not surprised - I am certain that I would have seen them with my own eyes if they were still there.

Anyway, the best amusement when you go on holiday is a trip to the theatre. ;)