Great British Gaming The Pixel Bunker

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Jordan Smith

Publish Date:

30 Jul 2021

The summer is finally here, the sun is shining, skies are blue, Boris has said we can all go outside and play again and what do we want to do … play video games! But it's not the summer without getting outdoors and trying new things, so the 3Bit team are venturing across the country to find some incredible venues for you to have new gaming experiences! In this mini-series of articles, we will take you to venues new and old and bring you our favourite spots for gaming outside of the house this year.

We have no affiliation with any of the venues that we will be checking out throughout this mini-article series. We have tried and tested each of these amazing locations ourselves to guarantee you the best experience you can get for your money.

Welcome to The Pixel Bunker

Before going into our experience at The Pixel Bunker, we thought we'd go into a few details about what it is and what's on offer. Based in the centre of the New City of Milton Keynes, The Pixel Bunker brings retro gaming back to the masses with an arcade featuring classics from the 70's right into the '90s. This nostalgia-driven venue is filled with arcade classics, including Galaxian, Centipede, PacMan, Asteroids, Star Wars, Time Crisis Street Fighter, and so much more! Your admission to The Pixel Bunker will give you up to 3 hours of gaming with unlimited turns on each machine, no 50ps required! You will be able to set high scores and with many games even play with your friends or family.

Coming this August to the same venue is the National Film and Sci-Fi Museum, which will adjoin The Pixel Bunker (hopefully next month), making this 3-hour experience a full day out. The Pixel Bunker is currently only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 3 sessions throughout the day with a 30-minute space between each group.

The 3Bit experience

When I walked into The Pixel Bunker, I honestly didn't know what to expect until I was greeted by the bright lobby adorned with memorabilia from many franchises, including Star Wars, Dr Who, WWF, Transformers and many more. Upon closer inspection of these items, we realised they were all for sale, too, making this lobby one epic gift shop! Every guest was encouraged to wear a mask and enjoy their time before a barrier was pulled back to a large dark room, with a slight glow from the colourful machines, and we were allowed to enter the dark bunker.

Inside this alluring and dimly lit room was paradise, tonnes of games ready to play, leaving you spoilt for choice. I instantly let nostalgia take over and jumped onto a beach arcade favourite of mine, Time Crisis 2. After enjoying the classic light gun experience, I moved onto some more iconic games competing with other 3Bit team members, friends and the other visitors at the Bunker to set the high score. After playing competitively, I moved onto different experiences within The Bunker, from the co-operative beat 'em-ups like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,  playing some of the games based on classic movies such as Tron and Indiana jones, clambering into the cockpit of an X Wing in Star Wars and even smashing some Street Fighter themed "moles" in the Street Fighter 2 Whack A Mole.

The Pixel Bunker had a great family-friendly vibe to it as nobody was hogging any of the machines, there was no seedy atmosphere, and everybody was just having a lot of fun! With the ongoing pandemic still looming overhead as well, the staff on hand were quite vigilant, disinfecting and cleaning the machines regularly throughout the 3-hour experience. With its location right next to the shopping centre too it makes for a fantastic addition to a trip to the City or an evening out after a movie or meal with family or friends.

Is The Pixel Bunker worth a day trip?

Absolutely! The Pixel Bunker makes for a fantastic day trip idea. With tickets priced at £13,50 for adults, £9.50 for children or £35 for 2 Adults and 2 Children, The Pixel Bunker is an amazing way to be entertained for hours. However, the 3 hours does go by a lot faster than you would think! With the upcoming museum joining onto The Bunker later this summer, your day trip is definitely complete for the ultimate Nerd Day Out.

The Pixel Bunker has lots of parking available with prices starting at 50p an hour. The Pixel Bunker is also a short walk from the main city bus stops and a 15-minute walk from the Central Milton Keynes train station. In terms of eating and drinking, you are also spoilt for choice, as just across the road you have the main shopping centre with many great chain restaurants including Nando's, Yo! Sushi and Wagamama's. There are also many great bars and restaurants a short walk away in Milton Keynes' Theatre District, Snowdome and Hub.

Will you be checking out The Pixel Bunker over the Summer Holidays? Let us know in this article's comments on Facebook and Twitter! If you want us to check out a venue near you, feel free to drop us a DM on these pages, too, and you may see us coming to your town soon!

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