Let The Games Begin is the first exhibition of its kind at the Royal Cornwall Museum and will be a haven for game lovers of all types when it opens on July 29.

This summer the museum will be a hub for all video gamers, and for all things board gaming, interactive or simply fun.

Board games on offer will include a giant Cornish-themed take on Snakes and Ladders - Mineshafts and Ladders - designed by local artist, Melanie Johns, along with more obscure choices such as the Ancient Egyptian game of seega.

Other games on offer that were played thousands of years ago include nine men’s morris and gamers will also have a chance to try their hand in our multiplayer arcade where they can play everything from 21st century video games to old favourites like Pong. Or for something even more retro then hours can be whiled away playing with dolls houses and train sets.

Doug Brown, head of subject at Falmouth University's Games Academy, said: “Videogames are now established as mainstream pop culture. At Falmouth University we make and study the emerging, evolving and intriguing possibilities of games, so it's great to see a games arcade at the heart of this exhibition."

"The growth of videogames hasn’t led to a drop in interest in traditional board games, in fact there’s a huge revival now, with the board game market expanding 10 per cent year-on-year. It’s great to see that the museum has created something that highlights both sides of the games world so there’s something for gamers of all types and ages.”

Let The Games Begin opens on July 29 to September 29, and during the August bank holiday people of all ages are welcome to take part in the museum's Big Gaming Weekend, running from August 26 to 28. For more details go to royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk nearer the time.