Reliving The Past With Replay Amusement Museum
It was my first time ever playing an original Neo Geo arcade cabinet. I selected one of my all-time favorites, Metal Slug. I was halfway through the first level when I hear the sound of a metal stool being pushed across the hard floor. To my right I see nothing but a tiny seat coming my way, then, an even tinier kid climbing it. Without a word, the toddler hits start and joins me in my game. It was adorable.
That’s exactly the environment that Replay Amusement Museum created in Tarpon Springs, Florida. With over 100 arcade and pinball games, there was something for any age group to enjoy. I was super excited to visit after hearing great things about it.
I was lucky enough to talk to owner Brian and manager Skyler to learn some more.
I could immediately tell that Replay Amusement Museum was built from a long love of classic pinball and video games. I was super excited to play on the large selection of pinball machines. I never got to play pinball much growing up. What’s great about Replay Amusement Museum is how it attracts both “Pinball Wizards” and those who have never launched a little metal ball in their life.
…many games have a whole progression and way to “beat” them.
I went there for the arcade games, but I killed at least two hours just playing pinball after I got there. My personal favorite of the night, Monster Bash. It was amazing to see how deep pinball games could actually be. Brian mentioned how most people think the extent of pinball is hitting the ball with the flippers. It actually goes a lot deeper and many games have a whole progression and way to “beat” them. I learned the key to Monster Bash was to defeat all of the Universal monsters and make them perform a musical number! Needless to say, I didn’t get close.
After setting a high score or two (or zero), I finally got into some classic arcade games. I instantly gravitated towards the machines that I never had a chance to experience. Playing games like Spy Hunter, Star Wars, and Super Off-Road the way they were meant to be played is always incredible. There were countless other classic as well such as: X-Men, Dragon’s Lair, Donkey Kong, Punch-Out!!, Street Fighter II… The list really just goes on!
The guys told me how they see a generation of pinball coming back. More and more, people new to pinball are coming in and more and more they become regulars. They go straight to their machines and actually start getting better.
It’s great to see pinball emerging once again. Places like Replay Amusement Museum are doing their part to revitalize an art and make it accessible to legions on new fans! Well, they’ve gained another fan and I really can’t wait to go back!