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Month: July 2017

TWIP – Total Nuclear Annihilation, Stern Ghosting, Pinburgh, More

TWIP – Total Nuclear Annihilation, Stern Ghosting, Pinburgh, More

The Scoop

Total Nuclear Annihilation Reveal

Total Nuclear Annihilation’s artwork and price were revealed this week in this Facebook post from Spooky Pinball.  TNA was created by Scott Danesi (website here) and is being manufactured by Spooky.  The game was built like an early ’80s solid state game but with up to date displays and components.  In Scott’s words, it was built to have a “retro-futuristic feel”.  For TWIP’s initial thoughts and much more info on the machine, click here.


Pinburgh 2017 Champion – Colin MacAlpine

Congrats to Colin MacAlpine on winning Pinburgh!  Colin beat out Josh Sharpe (2nd), Keith Elwin (3rd), and Cayle George (4th) to win the first prize of $15,000.  In the end, Colin had very well played game on Andromeda, and Josh stepped up needing a huge score on ball three to win – click here to watch Josh’s final ball and the moment Colin won.  These players are unbelievably talented – to watch the full stream click here.  Here is an interview with Colin afterwards, and here is an interview with Josh.  Congrats Colin!   (Note: Did anyone else notice Keith Elwin, who works for Stern Pinball, wearing a Jaws hat during the finals?  Is he just trolling us or does Jaws need to be officially added to the Stern Rumors of Future Titles section below?)


Ghost in the Machine

The first page of the manual for Stern’s recently released Star Wars machine includes the following: “Normal plastic insert crazing (tiny stress cracks) and ghosting (small cloudy areas around insert edges) are often seen in pinball machines, due to a combination of plastic mold stress, pushing of inserts into purposely undersized holes, and heating and breaking of inserts’ plastic “skin” when the playfield field is sanded.”  This is the first time this statement has appeared in a Stern manual, and is significant because many in the pinball community believe the crazing and ghosting are defects with the affected playfields (particularly in games with low plays), but this statement in the manual indicates it is considered by Stern to be normal.


Attack From Mars Remake, Dialed In!, and P3 Multimorphic

Attack From Mars Remake from Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball, Dialed In! from Jersey Jack Pinball, and the Multimorphic P3 Pinball Platforms are all shipping, so make sure to check them out if you get a chance.


Stern Star Wars Premium/LE Video, Code Update

A short video has surfaced of the Star Wars Premium/LE Gameplay.  Unfortunately the video doesn’t show the hyperdrive accelerator in action.  Stay tuned this week as it is expected that more Premium/LE videos will emerge.  Stern also put out yet another code update (0.85 to 0.87) for the new Star Wars Pro pinball machine.  To read what has changed, check out this page.


Alien Update

More good news this week from Heighway Pinball.  According to Heighway’s Facebook announcement (found here), Alien pinball is now in “full production” and they plan to start shipping games on August 14th.


ColorDMD Release: Jurassic Park

ColorDMD, which is scientifically proven to increase your happiness in life by 12-15%, continued their barrage of new titles with Jurassic Park this week.  Here is the announcement on their Facebook page.  To buy, visit ColorDMD.com.


Pinball Arcade New Release: Firepower II — World Cup Soccer Next?

Pinball Arcade recently released Firepower II.  The hint in their newsletter seems to indicate that World Cup Soccer will be their next release.  To learn more, check out their website by clicking here, or download the Pinball Arcade app onto your phone or tablet.

 

What’d we miss?  Have an announcement for next week?  Email us at thisweekinpinball@gmail.com

Pin of the Week

LASER CUE

 

Interesting notes about Laser Cue:

  • “Williams Laser Cue … features an unusual “billiards in space”, science-fiction theme.” – Pinside.com
  • “Originally named ‘World Hockey’.” – IPBD.com

 

Manufacturer: Williams
Display: Digital
Players: 4
Flippers: 4
Ramps: 0
Release date: February 1984
System: Williams System 7
Design: Edward Tomaszewski
Programming: ?
Artwork: Pam Erickson
Music/Sound: ?
Production run: 2,800

 

 


Website of the Week

pinrepair.com

Lots of information and helpful guides on this site for repairing and restoring pinball machines – if you have a problem with a machine, this is a great place to look for a solution!

 

Have a site we should check out or want your website featured?  Send an email to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com with the URL and a short description and we’ll include it.

 

Name the Game

 Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a gift card to Pinball Life!  This is the last chance for July, the winner will be announced next week!

Hint #1: Four flippers
Hint #2: Controversial (yet fantastic) artwork

 

Last Week’s answer: Taxi

 

Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in July are entered into the drawing for a gift card to Pinball Life!


Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Guardians of the Galaxy?
  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?  «New!

 

Spooky Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos (*contract game)
  • Jetsons (*contract game)
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation (*contract game)

Announced/Confirmed

  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Ben Heck’s game

 

American Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini

 

Dutch Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)
  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)

 

Silver Castle Pinball

  • Timeshock (coming soon)

 

Jersey Jack Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Pirates of the Caribbean?
  • Toy Story?

 

Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?

 

Heighway Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (production issues)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?

 

P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed (coming soon)
  • Cannon Lagoon (coming soon)
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (coming soon)

 

Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)

 

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, how can I help make that happen?

 

Total Nuclear Annihilation – Initial Thoughts

Total Nuclear Annihilation – Initial Thoughts

It is time once again to over-analyze expensive toys!  Below are Five Things We Know, Five Likes and Five Dislikes on the upcoming Total Nuclear Annihilation pinball machine after the artwork was revealed today.  For those unaware, TNA was created by Scott Danesi (website here) and is being manufactured by Spooky Pinball.  The game was built like an early ’80s solid state game but with up to date displays and components.  In Scott’s words, it was built to have a “retro-futuristic feel”.  Thoughts below are based on artwork photos released on Spooky Pinball’s Facebook page, on Dead Flip’s gameplay broadcasts found here and here.  For more info on the game you can watch two interviews with Scott from this past week here and here, and Spooky also plans to release their monthly podcast this Tuesday (August 1st) which will have more information on the game.  (Note: Thanks to Charlie and KT for permission to use the photos below and for all they do for the pinball community!  Check out Spooky’s website here, and watch the recently released documentary on Spooky Pinball here.)

 

Five Things We Know

1. The price point is $5,995

The price seems very fair for this game.  Yes it was designed as an “early 80s solid state type game” so it doesn’t have ramps and some of the things we’re used to seeing, but there are a lot of features included in this game that those early 80s games did not include, like the LCD display, RGB insert and GI lighting, and much more.  $5,995 in 2017 roughly equals $2,000 in 1980, it would be interesting to see what this machine would’ve sold for then.

2. 100% original soundtrack

The music for this pin is all original and is catchy.  Check out some previews on Scott’s Sound Cloud page here.

3. Spooky plans to start shipping before the end of the year

According to the Facebook post, Total Nuclear Annihilation will start shipping in 2017.

4. No limited editions

No need for pros/premiums/limited editions/collectors editions/super limited editions/etc. with this game.

5. More info on time frame coming August 14th

Again according the Facebook post, “on August 14th, KT will send all previous Spooky customers and those who asked to be added to the sales list an email with all the ordering details (deposits, time frame, etc)”.  If interested in purchasing this game, you can send an email to kt@spookypinball.com.

 Five Likes

1. Lighting effects

The lighting effects on this game look absolutely incredible.  Check out just the attract mode here for about 30 seconds (and that was on the white wood version with no artwork).

2. Unique features and artwork

At a time when some new releases seem to be very similar to past games, Total Nuclear Annihilation features a unique theme, unique and beautiful artwork, a unique soundtrack, a unique mini playfield with rollovers and a mini display, and unique ball lock mechanisms to start multi-ball.

3. Backglass, LCD Display and Score Displays

The retro look of the white numeric score displays mixed with the LCD display, along with the backbox art, creates the “retro-futuristic feel” perfectly.

4. The rules

With all the complexity in the rulesets of current pinball machines, which admittedly does help keep a pin interesting in a home environment, it is refreshing to see a machine that looks to have a fun ruleset yet is straightforward and relatively easy to understand.  For an explanation of the storyline/rules, click here.

5. The chaos

The game played pretty chaotic and fast in the streams, and that was just on the white wood.  Now with a clear coated playfield, this game will likely play insanely fast.  And that pop bumper on the right side will just add to the chaos!

Five Dislikes

1. Artwork on the nuclear reactors

It feels like more could have been done on the nuclear reactor area on the playfield.  It doesn’t look bad and fits the retro look of the playfield, but it just seems like more could have been done to make that area stand out more since it is important to the main storyline.

2. Font on the nuclear reactors

Back to the nuclear reactors – the font for the numbers is just ok.  Yes, this is subjective and nitpicky.

3. Simplicity

This machine was designed to be a simpler pin with updated technology, and it pulled that off very well.  However, the simpler design will be a turnoff to some.

4. Sound repetition

Depending on how it is implemented, over time the sounds have the potential to become repetitious.  Or they could just be enjoyable and catchy like the Mario Brothers soundtracks.

5. Cabinet artwork

The cabinet side artwork looks fine but feels like it doesn’t fit the Total Nuclear Annihilation theme as well as it could.


Disclaimer: All opinions are subject to change because I’m fickle with pinball machines the more I play them 🙂

 

Feedback?  Email thisweekinpinball@gmail.com.

TWIP – Pinburgh, Jetsons Gameplay, Guardians of the Galaxy Mystery, More

TWIP – Pinburgh, Jetsons Gameplay, Guardians of the Galaxy Mystery, More

The Scoop

Countdown to Pinburgh/Replay FX

Pinburgh is only a few days away!  It is the largest pinball tournament in the world, featuring 328 pinball machines and 800 players competing over three days to see who will be come out on top. It also includes a guaranteed $100,000 prize pool.  For the schedule of the show, click here.   Most of the top names in competitive pinball will be there – check out last years results here.  For the list of the bank of pins included this year, click here.  For tips on how to score well on the games, check out this amazing site.  (Note: The size is small because at Pinburgh you’ll likely be looking at the site on your phone.)   The competition will be streamed live on PAPA’s YouTube channel.  Also coming up on the same weekend as Pinburgh is California Extreme in Santa Clara, California.


The Jetsons Gameplay Video

A gameplay video for The Jetsons pinball machine was released over the weekend, click here to check it out.  This game was designed and is sold by The Pinball Company and manufactured by Spooky Pinball.  You can order a Jetsons pinball machine here.


Guardians of the Galaxy Mystery Photo

Earlier this week, TWIP shared a story which helped explain this Facebook post that showed pinball cabinets for Guardians of the Galaxy.  TWIP reached out to Escapism Pinball, the company that is building the game, to get the full story which can be found here.  To get TWIP updates during the week, please follow us on Twitter here or follow/like us on Facebook here.


Alien Updates

Good news this week from Heighway Pinball under the new management.  First, Nitro Pinball reported they had received “Xeno heads, parts & upgrades” for Alien customers that had already received their game, and reported that the communication has been much better since the management changes.  Second, CoinTaker reported that they had four Alien Standard Editions delivered.


The Big Lebowski Weekly Update

Dutch Pinball sent their weekly update, which was a video from Jaap.  In it he discusses many topics, perhaps most importantly financing options with the new contract manufacturer.  Click here to watch the video.  To check out last weeks review of The Big Lebowski from TWIP, click here.


This Flippin Podcast – 50th Episode

Congrats to Tommy and Taylor on their 50th episode of This Flippin Podcast!  Their 50th “Epicsode” is nearly four hours long and perfect to listen to on your way to Pinburgh.  The 51st episode was also released this week, and it is also a great pre-Pinburgh listen as it covers different banks of games and specific tips/rules for games.  If you’d like to check out the podcast, their Facebook page can be found here or check it out on iTunes or your favorite podcast player.  And good luck to them at Pinburgh!


ColorDMD Release: No Fear

ColorDMD, which is guaranteed to increase your happiness in life by 12-15%, released their newest title, No Fear.  Check out the video teaser here.  To buy, visit ColorDMD.com.


Stern Star Wars Updates

Stern put out a second code update (0.84 to 0.85) for the new Star Wars Pro pinball machine.  To read what has changed, check out this page.  The pinball community is “patiently” waiting for the Premium and Limited Edition versions so we can all check out the hyperdrive accelerator and other upgrades.


What’d we miss?  Have an announcement for next week?  Email us at thisweekinpinball@gmail.com

Pin of the Week

TRON: LEGACY (LE)

Interesting note about Tron: Legacy LE:

  • “David Thiel wrote several levels of background music. Carol Thiel voiced the Tron Computer Grid voice and David voiced the Sentry voices for custom speech.” – IPBD

 

Manufacturer: Stern
Display: Dot Matrix
Players: 4
Flippers: 3
Ramps: 2
Release date: June 2011
System: Stern SAM
Design: John Borg
Programming: Lonnie Ropp, Lyman Sheats
Artwork: John Youssi
Music/Sound: David Thiel
Production run: 400

 

Website of the Week

pinballvideos.com

If you like watching pinball videos, check out this site!  You can search by machine, player, or event, and there is also a section for tutorials.

 

Have a site we should check out or want your website featured?  Send an email to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com with the URL and a short description and we’ll include it.

 

Welllll, Lets See What We’ve Got Here

 Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a gift card to Pinball Life!

photo courtesy of Christopher Hutchins, High End Pins (HEP): http://www.highendpins.com

Hint: Possible collusion with Russia

 

Last Week’s answer: The Addams Family


Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in July are entered into the drawing for a gift card to Pinball Life!


Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Guardians of the Galaxy?
  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World? «New!

 

Spooky Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos
  • Jetsons

Announced/Confirmed

  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Ben Heck’s game

 

American Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini

 

Dutch Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)
  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)

 

Silver Castle Pinball

  • Timeshock (coming soon)

Jersey Jack Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Pirates of the Caribbean?
  • Toy Story?

 

Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?

 

Heighway Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (production issues)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?

 

P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed (coming soon)
  • Cannon Lagoon (coming soon)
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (coming soon)

 

Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)
TWIP – Timeshock, Thunderbirds, TBL Review, more

TWIP – Timeshock, Thunderbirds, TBL Review, more

The Scoop


Homepin Thunderbirds Pinball Machine Update

Homepin released a video this week of the ball lock release on the upcoming Thunderbirds pinball machine, based on the Thunderbirds TV show.  Here is the video of the ball lock release, and here is the part of the show it is emulating.  For those unfamiliar with Homepin, check out this article from 2015 or this video for more info.


Silver Castle Pinball Timeshock

Silver Castle posted a long awaited update to their Facebook page which shows a prototype playfield for their upcoming machine, Timeshock.  Check out the post and video here.  For more details on the Timeshock pinball machine, check out this article from a couple years ago.


The Big Lebowski Update

Dutch Pinball sent their weekly production update which states that they started ordering parts for the “0-series”, which they have a goal to finish by October 2017.  Click here to read the full update.  TWIP recently had the opportunity to play The Big Lebowski, check out the review here.  (The review is just like, our opinion, man.)


Project Pinball

In what was the coolest pinball related news last week, Project Pinball donated two pinball machines to children’s hospitals – one in Wichita, Kansas (more) and one in Kalamazoo, Michigan (more).  Check out more about Project Pinball here.  Want to help out?  Enter into their sweepstakes drawing here, which not only help put pinball machines in children’s hospitals but also gives you a chance to win a new Stern Star Wars pinball machine.


For Amusement Only Pinball Podcast – 400th Episode

Congrats to Nick Baldridge on his 400th episode of the For Amusement Only Pinball Podcast!  The podcast focuses on EM and bingo pinball.  Nick plans to attend the York Show, so if you’d like to learn more about bingo pinball, come see him there and play a few games.  More info on the York Show can be found here, it takes place on September 29th-30th.  If you’d like to check out his podcast, his website can be found here or check it out on iTunes or your favorite podcast player.


ColorDMD Release: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

In their longest named pinball release so far, ColorDMD (the pinball mod that will increase your happiness in life by 12-15%) released their newest title, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.  Check out the video teaser here.  To buy, visit ColorDMD.com.  Another release is expected this week.  Possibly No Fear?


Stern Star Wars Updates

Stern already put out their first code update (0.83 to 0.84) for the new Star Wars Pro pinball machine.  To read what has changed, check out the bottom of this page.  There are also rumors that production for the Star Wars Limited Edition began this past week.  To check out TWIP’s initial thoughts on the Star Wars Pro from last week’s post, click here.


Pintastic Wrap-up

The panel discussions from Pintastic are in the process of being loaded onto YouTube.  These will include Jersey Jack, Barry Oursler, David Thiel, Zombie Yeti, and more.  Check them out here.  Also, if you attended Pintastic, here is a link to a five minute survey to take to help improve the show.

 

What’d we miss?  Have an announcement or news for next week?  Email us at thisweekinpinball@gmail.com

Pin of the Week

THE MACHINE: BRIDE OF PIN-BOT

Interesting notes about The Machine: Bride of Pin-Bot:

  • “It is the second game in the Pin-Bot series, and is the last game produced by Williams to use a segmented score display rather than a dot-matrix screen. It is also one of the few pinball games produced that uses a variable-brightness segmented display.” – Wikipedia
  • According to this Cows and Easter Eggs website, you can get an interactive “Old McDonald Had a Farm” song by doing the following: With the ball in the plunger lane from a ball start (won’t work if you land in the lane while playing), hold the right flipper for at least 45 seconds.  Hold the left flipper for at least 45 seconds.  Hold both flippers for at least 45 seconds and you will hear a small beep sound to show that you did it correctly.  Now, tap out the song starting with the right flipper.  R-Old/L-Mac/R-Don/L-ald/R-had/L-a/R-farm, and the display will show; EEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIII EEEEEEEIIIIIII OOOOOOOOOOOOOO, L-and/R-on/L-this/R-farm/L-he/R-had, and the display will show a cow which will MOOOOO.  Note: The timing between the RLRLRL is sensitive so tap consistently as you sing the song.

 

Manufacturer: Williams
Display: Alphanumeric
Players: 4
Flippers: 2
Ramps: 2
Release date: February 1991
System: Williams WPC
Design: John Trudeau, Python Anghelo
Programming: Brian Eddy
Artwork: John Youssi
Mechanics: John Jung
Music/Sound: Chris Granner, Jon Hey, Rich Karstens
Production run: 8,100


Website of the Week 

pinballmakers.com

“This site is a web resource for those interested in making their own pinball machines, from the initial idea to a completed and working game. Thanks to advances in home-based computer-aided design, CNC routers, laser cutters and 3D printers, it’s easier than ever for the home hobbyist to construct a commercial quality machine in a garage workshop.”  This site has a plethora of great information for anyone crazy enough to try to make their own pinball machine!

 

Have a site we should check out or want your website featured?  Send an email to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com with the URL and a short description and we’ll include it.

 

Welllll, Lets See What We’ve Got Here

 Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a gift card to Pinball Life!

photo courtesy of Christopher Hutchins, High End Pins (HEP): http://www.highendpins.com

Hint #1: Young mustache
Hint #2: This thing has magnets

 

Last Week’s answer: Harlem Globetrotters

 

Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in July are entered into the drawing for a gift card to Pinball Life!


Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Guardians of the Galaxy?
  • Iron Maiden?

 

Spooky Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos
  • Jetsons

Announced/Confirmed

  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Ben Heck’s game

 

American Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini

 

Dutch Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)
  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)

 

Silver Castle Pinball «New!

  • Timeshock (coming soon) «New!

Jersey Jack Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Pirates of the Caribbean?
  • Toy Story?

 

Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?

 

Heighway Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (production issues)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?

 

P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed (coming soon)
  • Cannon Lagoon (coming soon)
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (coming soon)

 

Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)
TWIP – Star Wars Gameplay, Pintastic, more – 7/10/17

TWIP – Star Wars Gameplay, Pintastic, more – 7/10/17

The Scoop

Star Wars Gameplay

At long last we got some gameplay footage of the new Star Wars Pro pinball machine.  Dead Flip went to the Stern Factory and streamed the first showing which can be viewed here, and this weekend the game was at Pintastic, which was it’s first public showing.  For TWIP’s initial thoughts on the machine, click here.

 

Pintastic Silverball Rumble

Congrats to Eric Stone who won the Pintastic 2017 Silverball Rumble.  Stone, ranked 27th in the world, beat out Phil Birnbaum (37th) who finished second, Tim Sexton (47th) who finished third, and Alberto Santana (52nd) who finished fourth.  Check out full results here.

 

Alien and The Big Lebowski Updates

Over the weekend, both Heighway Pinball and Dutch Pinball sent out production updates.  Both seemed to be positive updates, so fingers crossed that these companies are headed in the right direction and games will soon be being built and shipping.  You can read Heighway’s update by clicking here, and Dutch’s update here.

 

Spooky Pinball Updates

In case you missed it, Things That Go Bump In The Night: A Spooky Pinball Story is now available to the public.  To rent or buy this documentary, or to watch a trailer, click here.  Also from Spooky – last week the new Rob Zombie code was released.  This update includes new modes, new speech, new animations, and new sub modes.

 

Coast2Coast Pinball Podcast is Back

After a long hiatus, Coast2Coast Pinball studios have released two podcasts in the last week and a half.  It’s great to have Nate Shivers (and Theresa) back on the airwaves.  If you’d like to check it out, here is the Coast2Coast website or check them out iTunes or your favorite podcast player.

 

ColorDMD new release

ColorDMD, the pinball mod that will increase your happiness in life by 12-15%, should be releasing a new title very soon.  Speculation is that it is The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.  Stay tuned!  Checkout ColorDMD here.

 

Pinball Arcade new release

Pinball Arcade released Wipe Out, the Gottlieb machine from 1993.  The hint in their newsletter seems to indicate that Firepower II will be their next release.  To learn more, check out their website by clicking here, or download the Pinball Arcade app onto your phone or tablet.

 

What’d we miss?  Have an announcement for next week?  Email us at thisweekinpinball@gmail.com

Pin of the Week

FIREPOWER


 

Interesting notes about Firepower:

  • “Firepower was the first solid-state electronic pinball to feature 3-ball Multi-Ball, as well as “Lane Change.” This feature allows the player to control the lamps of the topmost rollovers utilizing the right flipper button.” – Wikipedia
  • “It was the second Williams pinball to talk (Gorgar being first), and the voice is from the God of pinball himself, designer Steve Ritchie (“the King of flow”)!” – firepowerpinball.com
  • “The first playfield animation. This “countdown to multiball” animation was innovative and amazing in 1980. It was also near the limit of the electronic and computational capacity of the hardware.” – pinside.com

 

Manufacturer: Williams
Display: Digital
Players: 4
Flippers: 2
Ramps: 0
Release date: February 1980
System: Williams System 6
Design: Steve Ritchie
Programming: Eugene Jarvis
Artwork: Constantino Mitchell
Mechanics: John Jung
Sound: Eugene Jarvis
Voices: Steve Ritchie
Production run: 17,410

 

Website of the Week 

pintips.net

“PinTips is a place for pinball players to share short playing tips. Players vote on the best tips so you can always see the best tips at the top.”  Over 1500 tips on over 350 pinball machines!

 

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 Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a gift card to Pinball Life!

 

photo courtesy of Christopher Hutchins, High End Pins (HEP): www.highendpins.com

Hint #1: Magic is not in the title
Hint #2: World traveller

 

Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in July are entered into the drawing for a gift card to Pinball Life!

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Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars (shipping soon!)

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Guardians of the Galaxy?
  • Iron Maiden?

 

Spooky Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos
  • Jetsons

Announced/Confirmed

  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Ben Heck’s game

 

American Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini

 

Dutch Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)
  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)

Jersey Jack Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In (now shipping!)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Pirates of the Caribbean?
  • Toy Story?

 

Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?

 

Heighway Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (production issues)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?

 

P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed (coming soon)
  • Cannon Lagoon (coming soon)
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (coming soon)

 

Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)