PLAY Expo Glasgow

Play Expo Glasgow

Heading into its fourth year, Play Expo Glasgow (hosted by Replay Events) show will run on the 8th and 9th June 2019 with a whole host of other activities to take part in beyond pinball, including but not limited to Cosplay, a Retro Gaming Market and something called Fortnite.

Tickets range from £16 for adults for a day pass (£10 for under 16’s), or £28 for a weekend pass (£16 for under 16’s) with other options available for family day and weekend passes too. Purchase tickets before the day and you get access an hour earlier than those that pay on the door, which is nice. There’s also something called the dark room you can pay extra for, but I didn’t dare risk the browser warnings by clicking on that.

Pinball at Play Expo events

The pinball team will be running a high score competition on the Metallica Pro game they have there, which will cost £1 per go. All profits will be going to Get Well Gamers, a charity that provides donated games and consoles to thousands of children and young people in hospital, and if that isn’t enough, which to be honest, it should be – what a quality charity; the winner will get a trophy, bonus! There will also be a raffle as well as a collection for any games and consoles you wish to donate, again, what a great thing to do for a really worthy charity.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will also be a tournament on both days played on the 2 linked NBA pinballs. The cost will be £2 and with a guarantee of at least 3- 4 games if you qualify, that’s great value. For us pinball fans, I think this is a great use of the link ability on NBA Fastbreak for a worthy cause, it’s only at shows like this you will get to utilise that ability of the game, so that will definitely be worth a look. Fastbreak is a game that over the last few months seems to be gaining a bit of traction as pinheads give it a second look. There’s also a tournament for the children on these linked machines, not that I am suggesting for a second trying to get into that by putting shoes on your knee’s and turning your flap cap 180 degrees…

A great list of games on offer, with my top 5 picks highlighted in bold…

  • X- files
  • Indiana Jones ( Williams Version)
  • Batman: The Dark Knight
  • NBA Fastbreak (Linked Games)
  • Domino
  • Black Knight 2000
  • Junk Yard
  • Creature From The Black Lagoon
  • Bram Stokers Dracula
  • Taxi
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Simpsons
  • AC/DC (Prem)
  • Metallica (Pro)
  • Family Guy
  • Judge Dredd
  • The Sopranos
  • Terminator 2
  • DE Star Wars
  • Austin Powers
  • Demoltion Man
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Plus 10-13 others to be confirmed!

Possibly a bit much of an ask for us southerners to bundle the family up in the car and head to, but a great event for anyone remotely local as there is a huge number of games on offer here.

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