• Retro gaming cafe ‘Game Over’ has opened in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • It features 30 consoles and computers with more than 400 playable games 
  • Owner Steve Lowe has spent the past 30 years building the collection 

Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline

Before Candy Crush distracted us during our commutes and the pigs stole the Angry Birds’ eggs, consoles, cartridges and 8-bit graphics were all the rage. 

Now a cafe has opened in a cellar on the south coast dedicated entirely to letting people relive their gaming youth.

The retro gaming cafe, called ‘Game Over’ features 30 consoles with more than 400 playable titles from Jetpac to Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and Asteroids. 

A cafe has opened in a cellar on the south coast dedicated entirely to retro gaming. The cafe, called 'Game Over' features 30 consoles with more than 400 playable games. Owner Steve Lowe is pictured

A cafe has opened in a cellar on the south coast dedicated entirely to retro gaming. The cafe, called ‘Game Over’ features 30 consoles with more than 400 playable games. Owner Steve Lowe is pictured

Owner Steve Lowe, 43, has spent the past 30 years building the largest personal collection of games consoles, TV games and computers in the UK.

Mr Lowe had originally planned to open a museum to house his collection but wanted to make the collection open for anyone to use. 

The cellar is in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire.

More than 5,000 custom tiles were used to make a colourful mosaic that surrounds the gaming area and cafe. This features the iconic Space Invaders characters.

Entrepreneur Mr Lowe, 43, has spent the past 30 years building the largest personal collection of games consoles, TV games and computers in the UK

Entrepreneur Mr Lowe, 43, has spent the past 30 years building the largest personal collection of games consoles, TV games and computers in the UK

Underneath the arches of the cellar, Mr Lowe has positioned rows of desks reminiscent of an internet cafe. Each row features screens of various sizes connected to retro games consoles and keyboards. An original Sega Master System with the biking game Hang-On is pictured centre

Underneath the arches of the cellar, Mr Lowe has positioned rows of desks reminiscent of an internet cafe. Each row features screens of various sizes connected to retro games consoles and keyboards. An original Sega Master System with the biking game Hang-On is pictured centre

The cellar is in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire. More than 5,000 custom tiles were used to make a colourful mosaic surrounding the gaming area and cafe and games and controllers are sorted on shelves (pictured)

The cellar is in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire. More than 5,000 custom tiles were used to make a colourful mosaic surrounding the gaming area and cafe and games and controllers are sorted on shelves (pictured)

Mr Lowe also spent seven months fitting the consoles and securing the location. 

Underneath the arches of the cellar, Mr Lowe has positioned rows of desks reminiscent of an internet cafe.

Each row features screens of various sizes connected to retro games consoles and keyboards. 

This mosaic (pictured in the background) features the iconic Space Invaders characters. Mr Lowe spent seven months fitting the consoles and securing the location. There are also sofas and large chairs in front of larger screens for multiplayer games, and arcade-style games such as Pac-man (pictured)

This mosaic (pictured in the background) features the iconic Space Invaders characters. Mr Lowe spent seven months fitting the consoles and securing the location. There are also sofas and large chairs in front of larger screens for multiplayer games, and arcade-style games such as Pac-man (pictured)

More recent consoles, including the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, are also included and games for these more up-to-date consoles are arranged on bookshelves around the cafe (selection pictured). PS 1 games are pictured top right above Xbox titles. The left-hand shelves are dedicated to PS 2 games

More recent consoles, including the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, are also included and games for these more up-to-date consoles are arranged on bookshelves around the cafe (selection pictured). PS 1 games are pictured top right above Xbox titles. The left-hand shelves are dedicated to PS 2 games

One of the oldest consoles in the collection is the Magnavox Odyssey, known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000 (pictured). Released in 1978, it features removable circuit cards that let players switch between games

One of the oldest consoles in the collection is the Magnavox Odyssey, known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000 (pictured). Released in 1978, it features removable circuit cards that let players switch between games

There are also sofas and large chairs in front of larger screens for multiplayer games, and arcade-style games such as Pac-man. 

One of the oldest consoles in the collection is the Magnavox Odyssey, known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000. 

Released in 1978, it features removable circuit cards that let players switch between the built-in games.

Some classic Sega games are pictured, including Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic 2, as well as PGA Tour Golf, Fifa 96 and Jungle Strike, developed by Electronic Art in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive

Some classic Sega games are pictured, including Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic 2, as well as PGA Tour Golf, Fifa 96 and Jungle Strike, developed by Electronic Art in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive

The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the follow-up Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) feature, as do the ZX Spectrum, the Sega Mega CD and Mega Drive and an original Binatone console that played TV games (pictured)

The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the follow-up Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) feature, as do the ZX Spectrum, the Sega Mega CD and Mega Drive and an original Binatone console that played TV games (pictured)

The 1983 title Jetpac on the ZX Spectrum is pictured left. The Sega Mega Drive, also known as Sega Genesis,  Mega CD is pictured right

The 1983 title Jetpac on the ZX Spectrum is pictured left. The Sega Mega Drive, also known as Sega Genesis, Mega CD is pictured right

Other consoles in the collection include the original Sega Master System and its predecessor, the Master System II. 

The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the follow-up Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) feature, as does the ZX Spectrum, the Sega Mega CD and Mega Drive, and an original Binatone console that played TV games.

More recent consoles, including the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, are also included and games are arranged on bookshelves around the cafe. 

And for people who preferred the arcade machines of the 1970s and 80s, Mr Lowe has installed two large screens with joysticks and controls.  

For people who preferred the arcade machines of the 1970s and 80s, Mr Lowe has installed two large screens with joysticks and controls (pictured)

For people who preferred the arcade machines of the 1970s and 80s, Mr Lowe has installed two large screens with joysticks and controls (pictured)

 Mr Lowe (pictured) had originally planned to open a museum to house his collection but wanted to make the collection open for anyone to use

 Mr Lowe (pictured) had originally planned to open a museum to house his collection but wanted to make the collection open for anyone to use

 

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