If you're a fan of old 80's and 90's arcade games, trawling through the arcades on Southend sea front can be pretty depressing. The arcades are all still there, but the games aren't, now it's all fruit machines and coin pushers. Astro City is the exception, and is the only proper arcade for miles around, quite possibly the only arcade of its type left in the UK. It can be found some way off the sea front, just off the high street - it helps if you're going out of your way to look for it because it's not the easiest place to find.
Inside, there is a good range of arcade games from nicely restored early 80's classics (Frogger, Phoenix), all the way up to early 2000s games (Virtua Fighter 4, Cave shoot-em-ups), and a whole load of stuff in between (Final Fight, Ghosts & Goblins, etc.) as well as a dancing machine (DDR, I believe) and a load of pool tables.
If you're looking for a retro arcade in the South East, Astro City is the best one because it's the only one, and well worth making the trip if you want a retro gaming fix.
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