Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Bandai Namco’s Panoramic Optical Display cabinet is the best kind of arcade gimmick, surrounding players with a curved screen that’s impossible to replicate at home. The POD has been used for two games in Japan, housing a single player inside a cockpit with a single display filling their vision. But why stop there?
Lost Land Adventure flexes Bandai Namco’s hardware patents and doubles the screen’s size and depth for a twoplayer co-op shooter set amid haunted temples on a lost island, housing the lot in a towering crate of a cabinet with a pricetag and a footprint most arcades couldn’t possibly risk accommodating. Built in Unreal 3 and clearly inspired by Bandai Namco’s own Deadstorm Pirates, Lost Land’s other gimmick is its treasure collection system, which players can save between games.
POD was first built to house 2006’s Gundam: Bonds Of The Battlefield. The game’s popularity ensured a monopoly on the hardware’s USP for years, until the cabinet was repurposed for Mach Storm in 2013. BOTB never made it west, but with Lost Land clearly aimed at a more casual – and more western – audience, you can expect it to pop up outside of Japan later this year.
Game LostLandAdventure Manufacturer Bandai Namco