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Play your way through classic games, from Pac-Man to Super Mario Kart. Learn about the history of videogaming. Discover the story behind a global phenomenon.

Digital Gaming Timeline

Trace the evolution of digital gaming, from its birth in 1952 to the latest developments.

Console Collection

See a selection of games consoles from our collection, including original models from Commodore, Atari, Nintendo and Sega.

Arcade Games

Recreate the 1980s arcade experience and compete against your friends and family on original arcade machines including Gauntlet, Street Fighter II, Galaxian and Space Invaders. Play for just 10-50 pence per game—the same price as when these games were first in use.

Home Gaming

Learn about and play your way through a selection of groundbreaking games on some of the most popular games consoles released since 1972. Get to grips with Super Mario on the SNES, Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64, and an Atari Super Pong console—all for free.

Table Arcade Games

Get comfy on our Tetris-inspired seating and discover more original games consoles, this time in the table format. Choose from Pac-Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong and Asteroids.

Animation and Videogames

Discover more about the history of animation within videogames through classic titles including Prince of Persia and Actua Soccer. Experience the power of the Microsoft Kinect camera with our experimental digital interactive, designed by Richard England.

Learning in the Games Lounge

Follow the development of videogaming through the decades—then play some of the games that made history!

The Games Lounge is a fun, hands-on way for students to learn about the evolution of digital gaming and the history of animation within videogames. They'll also be able to play some of the titles that helped to establish gaming as a worldwide phenomenon. 

Please note that charges of 10–50p per play apply to some games.