We’ve sold some of the biggest and best games room equipment over the last 15 years. Some were smash hits with our customers, selling hundreds of units, whilst others were, frankly, just weird (I’m looking at you, Robobar).
This is a round-up of the 10 best products we’ve discontinued from sale. If you really decide that the one thing your life’s been missing all these years is a set of arcade joysticks to hang your coats on, or a pool table with LED lighting, or even a pet robot barman who will provide caipirinhas and conversation at the flick of a switch, just hit ‘vote to return’ and we’ll see what we can do.
The Voyager Digital Upright was one of the first true multiplay arcade machines available from Liberty Games.
It allowed players to cycle through a game list of over 30 titles, including massive arcade hits like Millipede, Moon Cresta, Xevious and many more.
Its arcade-standard controls really did bring the best of the arcade into people’s homes for the first time.
The Voyager Digital Cocktail was the casual version of the Voyager Digital. Made in the cocktail style that was so popular in arcades in the ’80s and ’90s, it was packed with the same classic games as its larger sibling.
Low-slung and casual, set at just the right height to be played from the sofa, it was the perfect addition to any living room.
A sleek, space-age coffee table arcade machine based on a Windows operating system, the Platinum could be used as a full home PC. So once you’d finished gaming, you could flick through your holiday pictures, write your next book or even play Solitaire.
As home arcades became more advanced, the Platinum became obsolete. But it remains one of our favourite products due to its design – especially that gorgeous smoked glass top that protects the screen.
Serious gamers need serious home accessories that reflect their serious gaming hobby. Luckily, HangUp decided that the best way of showing your visitors your passion is to force it on them as soon as they come into the house.
Serious visitors would hang their serious coats on these seriously serious pegs, noting the seriousness with which you, the dextrously-thumbed host, must take your video gaming. Dare you challenge the host to a round of Mortal Kombat?
The Novotable was a unique approach to a one-stop home games centre. Based around a large 32-inch touchscreen, it also featured two sets of game controls, built-in stereo sound and a great-looking aesthetic.
It could be used as a home casino, a gaming centre that plugs into your consoles, a jukebox, a home cinema and plenty more.
We didn’t sell too many, though, perhaps because it looked like the sort of thing a Bond villain would use in his lair to control the trapdoors over the shark tank.
This is probably the weirdest thing we’ve ever sold at Liberty Games. It’s a full-size drinks bar equipped with counter, fridges, drinks storage and a robotic barman – complete with a screen which shows a friendly face – who mixes your drinks right there in front of you.
In practice, it was less Philip K. Dick and more Douglas Adams. It spooked customers, worked too slowly and once paused for a software update during Happy Hour. But it made a passable martini, both shaken and absurd.
The Aurora combined that most traditional of games room games, English pool, with the latest (at the time) lighting technology. In each of the 6ft table’s pockets was a bright LED light that shone across the cloth.
This popular table ended up in plenty of living rooms across the UK and beyond, where visitors were invariably led into the games room to watch the Aurora glow.
Today we sell plenty of outdoor pool tables in various styles, sizes and finishes. But it wasn’t that long ago that they were almost unheard of, and the only options you’d have were these impressive tables by Evergreen.
They were made of a corrugated marine wood, specially treated to avoid damp damage, mould or rot that could affect the table. Seated inside was a quality slate bed for the best play performance. We were sad to see these go.
This was the higher-end, exclusive version of the Evergreen. With the same weatherproof wood cabinet and precision-honed slate bed, it provided an excellent standard of play – good enough for any pub tournament player.
With its marine ply cabinet and weatherproof cloth, you could leave this outside all year round, in all weathers, safe in the knowledge that your Evergreen Classic would need little more than a wipe-over to be ready for spring.
Saving the best for last, the Offside found itself a very unique niche by combining a feature-packed foosball table with a glass top and the functionality of a coffee table.
Beautifully engineered, this premium piece of home furniture was a hot seller before being given the red card a few years ago. With appeals falling on deaf ears, we’re afraid the Offside had to take an early shower.
Still Want One?
Sadly, all of these products have gone the way of the dodo. But nothing is forever, and like the dodo, it’s possible that any of these products could make a comeback.
Use the ‘Vote To Return’ feature on any of these products to register your interest and you could be enjoying a caipirinha served by your personal robotic barman very soon indeed.