Side Quest

Side Quest

Level up your fun in the Side Quest gaming zone!

Looking for an old favourite, or the chance to try something new? There’s plenty to do for gamers at the show…

Free-to-play Console Gaming

Test your skills against a friend, go head to head in a king of the hill style tournament, or simply play solo for a minute away from the busy show floor - either way we have you covered! 

From retro gaming to modern consoles and PCs, gamers of all types will have something to enjoy in Side Quest.

The Gaming Library

From the original Xbox, to Gamecubes, PS2’s and 3’s, right through to trusty PCs, our gaming library has them all. 

Peruse the huge selection of titles, select your favourite and check it out of the library. Find a console and play to your heart’s content!

Retro Zone

Nostalgia, take the wheel! Whether you're reliving your childhood or experiencing these games for the first time, the Retro Zone is a must-see part of the action!

Whichever old school gaming system takes your fancy, throw it back to days gone by as you solve quests and defeat the baddies with all your favourite pixelated pals.

Multi-player Lounge

Pull up a beanbag and challenge your friends (or make new ones!) in one of the MCM Multi-player lounges. We’ve got classic games and family favourites at the ready!


Fancy bringing your own? Kick back, relax and battle it out in comfort in our BYOC gaming area (that’s “Bring Your Own Console” between you and me).

Could you be the Side Quest Champion?

NEW for 2022; the MCM Side Quest Championship. Open to MCM ticket holders, the aim of the game is to be the best at three selected mystery retro games. 

Reckon you’re the best at whacking zombies, driving track and solving puzzles? We encourage you to try your luck. The challenge is not necessarily to be the fastest, or to throw in lots of pro-gamer tricks. The winner will be the person who gets the best scores overall across all three games; it really is anyone’s battle!

Head to the Side Quest gaming zone at any point over the weekend to take part. The winner will be announced after the show closes on Sunday 29th May and will receive a pair of weekend tickets to their next MCM event, with one runner up receiving a fun merch prize.

Watch this space for more details and challenge rules coming soon!

The Tabletop Realm

Whether you want to play a quick round of Codenames or something new by blossoming indie devs, our tabletop lending library and board game area is the perfect place to grab some friends and play a quick round.

All-Ages Tabletop Gaming

Our friends at Imagination Gaming will be back in 2022 to host a free-to-play tabletop gaming area that has something for all the family.

Dive into movie themed board games from your favourite fandoms, or discover something new; Invasion of the Cow Snatchers, City of Zombies, Katamino, Tumble Tree and more are waiting for you!

Dungeons & Dragons

If becoming a Bard, Paladin or something in between is more your thing, ask for Dungeons & Dragons. New to the game? No problem! There are beginner level games running all weekend long and experienced folk on hand to help you get started.

Or…try your hand at Wrath of Ashardalon - the D&D co-op adventure game that’ll have you embarking on the quest of a lifetime!

Free-Play Area

Purchased a game at the show and can’t wait to get stuck in with your squad? Pull up a chair at our tabletop free-play area, and breathe that new board game smell!

It’s dangerous to go alone, so grab your friends and head on over because we’re ready to play.

Who will be in Side Quest?

Imagination Gaming

Imagination Gaming will be hosting our tabletop zone, where gamers and families alike will be able to experience a fantastic range of games from across the world in a free to play area. 

A member of the Imagination Gaming team will always be on hand to teach you the rules or simply let you get on and have a great time.

For the last 16 years Imagination gaming has been working in schools across the UK and run family zones at many major gaming and social events aimed at highlighting the enjoyment and learning that can be achieved through tabletop games. Their passion is in making games highly accessible to all ages and abilities.