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Month: August 2017

TWIP – Houdini Gameplay, Electroluminescent Decals, Trudeau Arrest, More

TWIP – Houdini Gameplay, Electroluminescent Decals, Trudeau Arrest, More

The Scoop

John Trudeau Arrest

In very disturbing news, last Friday Stern pinball designer John Trudeau was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.  You can read more info from the Glendale Heights Police Department here.  Here is the Pinball News article regarding the arrest.  TWIP will follow up on this story as necessary.


<insert smooth transition from horrible news to getting back to fun pinball news>


Houdini Updates

On a lighter note, American Pinball shared some updates last week regarding their upcoming release, Houdini.  They mentioned that parts are being ordered and/or made in preparation for production, and that they are planning to ship games by the end of the year.  American Pinball also mentioned they hoped to have some games on location by Halloween (10/31), which is also the anniversary of Houdini’s death.  Check out American Pinball’s website here, where you can also find detailed Houdini pics.


Houdini Gameplay

For those unfamiliar with Houdini – a couple months ago, we got some quality Houdini gameplay footage from Zach and Greg on Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show.  Check out the four part series with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and a fly-by of the game here.  Here are some of the highlights:

 

Check out more from Straight Down the Middle on their YouTube page, Twitch page, and Facebook page.


Thunderbirds Electroluminescent Headbox Decals

In spite of battling multiple typhoons last week, Homepin posted a feature list for Thunderbirds Pinball on their Facebook page (check it out here).  Some highlights include:

Homepin also posted a video showing playfields being cut by their CNC machine, check it out here.  Previously, we saw a pic of the lock inserts, the approved translite art, and teaser pictures of the playfield plastics.  Homepin plans to show off the machine at Pinfest in Australia coming up October 7th and 8th.  Check out Homepin’s Facebook page here for more updates.


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Pinball News Website

Last week, Pinball News launched a website upgrade which features a more modern and clean, minimalistic look.  Martin Ayub started Pinball News back in 1999.  Martin and the team at Pinball News provide tons of useful information related to pinball, including in-depth articles on industry news, new game reviews, an up-to-date pinball calendar, reports from pinball shows, information about where to play, and more.  Check out the announcement on their Facebook page here, and make sure to check out their new-look website here!


Star Wars Updates – R2D2 Topper, Premiums Shipping Soon

Two updates regarding Stern Star Wars – first, an R2D2 Topper is supposed to be released soon.  Although specifics are not known about the topper, previous code included an option to “Disable R2D2 Projector”.  Check out the message here.  Second, there are several reports that distributors are telling customers the Premiums should start shipping in the next week or two.


Stern Updates – New Cabinets Bracing, Brazil Manufacturing?

If you’re unaware, Stern has had some issues with cabinets splitting on newer games.  They seemed to have addressed this issue with extra cabinet bracing – see pics of the extra bracing here and here – hopefully this won’t be an issue going forward.  Second, according to this Instagram post, some Stern Pinball titles will now be made in Brazil.  Translated, the post reads: Stern made in Brazil !!! It’s been a huge challenge keeping this secret since December 2015. But finally we can shout to the world that we will make Pinball again! Matic, who manufactured the famous J Esteban and EletroMatic until the 80’s, made a deal with Stern Pinball and will set up Pinball’s again in Brazil! Long conversations and negotiations took place. But now it’s official! These will be the first titles! Aerosmith premium, Star Wars pro, WWE Premium”


Alien Updates

Heighway Pinball announced that they will be removing the fiber optic ramp lights and refunding LE owners the cost of the lights.  Cointaker is also expecting a shipment from Heighway Pinball on 9/1.  It isn’t known exactly what will be included with the shipment.

 

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Pin of the Week

METALLICA PREMIUM (MONSTERS VERSION)

Interesting notes about Metallica Premium:

  • There are two premium versions – Premium Monsters (pictured above) and Premium Road Case
  • Brendon Small provided the voices for ‘Sparky’ and ‘The Snake’.” – IPDB
Manufacturer: Stern Pinball
Display: Dot Matrix
Players: 4
Flippers: 2
Ramps: 2
Release date: April 2013
System: Stern SAM System
Design: John Borg
Software: Lyman Sheats
Artwork: Donny Gillies
Music/Sound: Metallica
Production run: ?

 


Website of the Week

ipdb.org

If you want to find more information about any pinball machine, IPDB is the place to go.  From their website: “The Internet Pinball Machine Database — also known as the IPDB — is a comprehensive, searchable encyclopedia of virtually every pinball machine ever commercially made. The database currently includes 66,798 images of 6,084 games, 4,620 other game related files, and links to other pinball websites, grouped by machine. The database also includes pitch & bat baseball games, cocktail table machines, bingos, and payout machines … when they have a pinball theme.


The data in this database has been laboriously gathered by the Editors over many years, from books, photographs, flyers, web sites, pinball manufacturers, collectors’ personal records, and of course the pinball machines themselves. Most of the actual photographs in the database came from various collectors – over 2,377 different contributors to date.
”  Check it out!


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Name the Game

 Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a gift card to Pinball Life!  The August winner will be announced next week!

 

Photo courtesy of Christopher Hutches, www.highendpins.com

Hint: This pin will blow you away

 

Last Week’s answer: Big Brave / Big Indian


Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in August 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?
  • Pulp Fiction?


Spooky Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos (*contract game)
  • Jetsons (*contract game)
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation (*contract/house 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
  • Cannon Lagoon
  • Cosmic Cart Racing


Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I am willing to walk into the forbidden forest – WITHOUT my wand – if you approve this!

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TWIP – Dead Flip Stream of TNA and The Jetsons, Thunderbirds Sneak Peeks, Buffalo Summer Open Winner, More

TWIP – Dead Flip Stream of TNA and The Jetsons, Thunderbirds Sneak Peeks, Buffalo Summer Open Winner, More

The Scoop

Total Nuclear Annihilation Stream

Last week, Dead Flip (Twitch, Facebook, Twitter) went to Spooky Pinball to stream Total Nuclear Annihilation – the first time it was shown with the full artwork.  Check out the full TNA portion of the stream here.  TWIP posted Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned which shows highlights from the stream.  Here are the top four most viewed highlights:

  1. The light show in this sequence.  First Scott Danesi hits the scoop for the reactor startup sequence (light show!), then he quickly destroys the first reactor (light show!), then he drains and his bonus is calculated (another light show!).
  2. Attract mode light show.  People in the chat were actually requesting the players to slow down between games so they could see more of the attract mode.
  3. High five gone wrong, sells game.  Charlie doesn’t see a high five attempt from a person, and that person immediately decides to put a deposit down on a game. That is how you sell a game.
  4. The Danesi Lock in action.

Check out Spooky’s Facebook page here and their website here, and email kt@spookypinball.com if you want more info or to buy this machine!


The Jetsons Stream

The Dead Flip Twitch stream was a double feature, as they also streamed The Jetsons while at Spooky Pinball Headquarters.  Check out the full Jetsons portion of the stream here.  TWIP posted Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned which shows highlights from the stream.  Here are the top four most viewed highlights from the Jetsons stream:

  1. A video of an extremely fast Lazarus save.
  2. Jack Danger hits the ramp four times in a row.  Smooooooth ramp.
  3. A multiball is started without using the flippers.
  4. A look at the interactive topper.  The topper shows the travels of Orbitty from Cogswell Cogs to Spacely Sprockets.  (That’s Jetsons’ speak.)

The game was designed by The Pinball Company and is being built by Spooky.  Check out The Pinball Company’s Facebook page here.  You can buy this machine from The Pinball Company (click here) or from Spooky Pinball, a distributor of the game (email them at kt@spookypinball.com).


Thunderbirds Sneak Peeks

Last week we found out some more new information regarding Homepin’s Thunderbirds Pinball:

  • Homepin leaked a bit of the playfield on the Aussie Arcade forum – check out this pic of the lock inserts.
  • The Head2Head Pinball Podcast (more on them below) got an exclusive sneak peek of the Thunderbirds playfield art (which is not yet approved).  They were restricted on how much they could share, but described it on their podcast last week as “hand drawn”, “colorful”, “very Thunderbirds”, “very 2D, not very 3D”, and that it had “lock 1 and lock 2 inserts on the playfield“.  Can you picture it in your mind perfectly now?  To listen to the entire segment, click here and skip to 53:45.
  • From the Homepin Facebook page: “How amazing – we are loading and shipping our first two finished factory Thunderbirds pinball machines on the 30th of August – they should arrive (land – LOL) in Australia in time for the inaugural ‘Thunderbirds Day’.”  Thunderbirds day is September 30th.  Check out the full post here.

Last week, we saw the approved translite art, teaser pictures of the playfield plastics, and the front of one of the cabs.  Homepin plans to show off the machine at Pinfest in Australia coming up October 7th and 8th.  Check out Homepin’s Facebook page here for more updates.


Buffalo Pinball Summer Open Recap

Congrats to 14 year old Aleksander Kaczmarczyk who won the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open!  He beat out Levi Nayman in a tiebreaker after they beat out Zach Sharpe and Robert Gagno.  He made a great save here during the tiebreaker, and here is the moment he won.  See an interview with the top three finishers with Jeff Teolis here.  The competition was covered in the local news – check out the story here.  This tournament led to this great photo as well.  You can check out the Buffalo Pinball group here on Twitch, where their popular Thursday night Bro, Do You Even Pinball stream will return in few weeks.


Alien Production Update

Heighway Pinball sent out an update via their Facebook page on Sunday.  It reads: “The Production is underway at the factory. An annoying error on one of the newly designed and improved metal ramps has forced us to have them re-made. The supplier has promised the correct ones early next week and, as soon as they are here, games will be finalised for quality checks and start to be shipped out. We apologise for this frustrating delay and thank you for your patience. In the meantime, as shown in the pictures, stock has filled up at the factory for continued production.”  Click here to see the Facebook post and check out the pictures.


Star Wars Updates

Stern released a video of their newest employee, Zach Sharpe, destroying the Death Star on the new Star Wars LE pinball machine.  Check it out here.  Stern also released new code (v0.89) – see what has been updated with the Pro here, the Premium here, and the LE here.  Speaking of the LEs, they are shipping and arriving in homes!  Also check out this LE unboxing video from Pinball Supernova (check out more on their website below on Website of the Week).


New Pinball Podcasts

Head2Head Pinball Podcast (mentioned above) is a new podcast by Ryan and Martin out of Australia, and they released their fourth episode last week.  It is entertaining and it is a great source of pinball news.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, check our their Facebook page here and their website here.  Also, The Pinball Players Podcast with Jeff Parsons recently released their first episode.  This podcast focuses on playing (including competitions) as opposed to collecting.  Check out more on their Facebook page here.  Both podcasts can be found on your favorite podcast listening application.


ColorDMD: Champions Pub Video

ColorDMD, which increases your happiness in life by 12-15%, released the Champions Pub video preview – check it out here.


Pinball Arcade New Release

Pinball Arcade released World Cup Soccer “World Championship Soccer” last week.  The hint in their newsletter seems to indicate that Fathom 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.


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Pin of the Week

LITTLE CHIEF

You thought it was going to be Gottlieb’s Eclipse, right?  That would’ve been better, but TWIP has no pics of Eclipse (yet).

Manufacturer: Williams
Display: Mechanical Reels
Players: 4
Flippers: 2
Ramps: 0
Release date: September 1975
System: n/a
Design: Steve Kordek
Programming/Mechanics: Steve Kordek
Artwork: Christian Marche
Music/Sound: n/a
Production run: 6,300

 


Website of the Week

pinballsupernova.com

Pinball Supernova is “the epicenter for all things pinball”.  If you haven’t been to this site before, check it out!  They do several pinball related posts each week on their blog, which can be found here. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

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Name the Game

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

Hint: An opposite of sorts to the Game of the Week, Little Chief (are these PC?)

 

Last Week’s answer: Cyclone

 

Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in August 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?
  • Pulp Fiction? «New!


Spooky Pinball
Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos (*contract game)
  • Jetsons (*contract game)
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation (*contract/house 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
  • Cannon Lagoon
  • Cosmic Cart Racing


Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I am willing to subject myself to listening to mandrakes without earmuffs if you approve this!

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Total Nuclear Annihilation – Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned

Total Nuclear Annihilation – Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned

Here we go!  Thursday evening, Dead Flip (Twitch, Facebook, Twitter) went up to Benton, Wisconsin to visit Spooky Pinball and stream both Total Nuclear Annihilation and The Jetsons.  Below are Five Things that were seen/heard/learned during the Total Nuclear Annihilation portion of the Twitch stream.  To watch the entire Total Nuclear Annihilation portion, click here.

 

General Info: Total Nuclear Annihilation 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 to have a retro-futuristic feel.  The artwork was revealed a few weeks ago, and this stream was the first time we saw the game in action with the new artwork.

Photo courtesy of Spooky Pinball

Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned

1. The Light Show

Over-analyzing pinball machines is what we do, and it is completely fine to have differing opinions on what you like vs. what other people like.  But if you don’t like the light show on this game you’re crazy!  🙂

 

Here is the evidence:

  • Exhibit A: Attract Mode.  People in the chat were actually requesting the players to slow down between games so they could see more of the attract mode.
  • Exhibit B: Check out the lights in this sequence.  First Scott Danesi hits the scoop for the reactor startup sequence (light show!), then he quickly destroys the first reactor (light show!), then he drains and his bonus is calculated (another light show!).
  • Exhibit C: Slings changing colors.  Check out this clip and this clip.

 

Time to move on, we could spend all day on the light show.


2. 
The Rules

Photo courtesy of Spooky Pinball

Jack Danger of Dead Flip explains some of the rules in a few different clips:


3. The Danesi Lock

Photo courtesy of Spooky Pinball

Check out the Danesi Lock in action in this clip.  Also, check out the chaos that can happen on this machine in this multiball clip.


4. Ball Save Countdown

Instead of a blinking ball save light, this machine has a countdown display so you can see exactly how much time is left until the ball save ends (example here).  It looks great and fits the theme really well.  That display also shows when you have an extra ball by displaying Eb (see it here).


5. The Beacon

 

The beacon on the top of the machine goes off when the reactor status is “crucial”, check it out here.

End of Post Bonus

Miscellaneous

  • You can steal locked balls
  • There is different music for each reactor
  • Playfield scoring multiplier is determined by the number of balls in play
  • Here are the audits on the game at the end of the night


Charlie Ignores High Five, Sells Game

Banger Jay was left hanging when Charlie didn’t see a high five attempt.  Banger Jay then immediately put a deposit down on a game.


Perfect Ending

To end the evening, Scott Danesi got to reactor number four after destroying the first three (one, two, three).  With that he put over 2 million points and a Grand Champion score, beating Jack Danger’s GC score from earlier in the evening.

Photo courtesy of Spooky Pinball

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The Jetsons Gameplay Stream – Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned

The Jetsons Gameplay Stream – Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned

Exciting times in pinball!  Thursday evening, Dead Flip (Twitch, Facebook, Twitter) went up to Benton, Wisconsin to visit Spooky Pinball and stream both The Jetsons and Total Nuclear Annihilation.  Below are Five Things that were seen/heard/learned during The Jetsons portion of the Twitch stream.  To watch the entire Jetsons portion, click here.  For the last four player game that went the deepest into The Jetsons and lasted about 25 minutes, click here.

 

General Info: The Jetsons was designed by The Pinball Company and is being manufactured by Spooky Pinball.  Check out The Pinball Company’s Facebook page here and Spooky’s Facebook page here.  It is an easy to understand family friendly pinball machine.  You can buy this machine from The Pinball Company (click here) or from Spooky Pinball, a distributor of the game (email them at kt@spookypinball.com).

Photos courtesy of The Pinball Company

Five Things Seen/Heard/Learned

1. Skill Shot

There are three skill shot options – left spinner, right spinner, or top jet lanes.  You hold down the launch button and a moving power bar displays, and you release the launch button at correct power level to successfully shoot the one skill shots.  Here is an example of Bug from Spooky Pinball getting the top jet lane skill shot.


2. 
The Rules

Photos courtesy of The Pinball Company

There are seven names on the playfield, and you’re trying to collect all of the names to get to the Orbit City Multiball.  In order to collect the names, you must shoot different shots and targets on the playfield.  There is also a wizard mode called Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah Multiball.  To get to Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah Multiball, you must complete Orbit City Multiball and Spacely vs. Cogswell Multiball.  The Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah Multiball is described a little bit here.  (It is fun to type Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah Multiball.)


3. Interactive Topper

An interactive topper comes on all Jetsons pinball machines.  It shows the travels of Orbitty from Cogswell Cogs to Spacely Sprockets, which is advanced by shooting the right spinner.  You can hear it explained in more detail here.  Jack Danger from Dead Flip gives us a closer look here.  You can click here to see Yancy get Orbitty all the way to Spacely Sprokets, or click here to see Jack do it.


4. That Ramp is Smooth

Check out Jack hitting it four times in a row.  Smooooooth.


5. Limited to 300

As explained here by Charlie from Spooky Pinball, there will be at least 100 and up to 300 of The Jetsons Pinball machine produced.

End of Post Bonus

Banger Jay Lazarus Save

Click here for an extremely fast Lazarus save.


Jack Starts Multiball Without Using Flippers

Click here to see a multiball start sans flippers.


More Pics of The Jetsons Artwork

Check out more pics below of the artwork on The Jetsons pinball machine.  All photos are courtesy of The Pinball Company.  Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

 

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TWIP – Thunderbirds Coming, Stern Marketing, Buffalo Pinball Summer Open, More

TWIP – Thunderbirds Coming, Stern Marketing, Buffalo Pinball Summer Open, More

The Scoop

Thunderbirds is Coming

It is exciting times for Homepin as they are getting closer and closer to releasing their upcoming pinball machine, Thunderbirds.  Homepin plans to show off the machine at Pinfest in Australia coming up October 7th and 8th.  This week, we saw:

Check out Homepin’s Facebook page here for more updates, and check out this flyer for a pic of the machine.  We look forward to seeing the pin in action soon!


Buffalo Pinball Summer Open

The Buffalo Pinball Summer Open takes place this coming weekend (August 18th-20th)!  The competition has been designated as a PAPA Circuit Major this year.  Check out the tournament schedule and format here.  If you arrive early, there is a “warmup” tournament that will be held the night before (on the 17th) at Pocketeer – more info can be found here.  You can also check out the Buffalo Pinball group here on Twitch and follow them here on Twitter.

 

Also this weekend is the UK Pinball Open which takes place August 19th-20th in Salisbury.  For more information, check out this link or click here to register.


New Stern Director of Marketing – Zach Sharpe

Stern announced this week that Zach Sharpe would be the new Director of Marketing, replacing Jody Dankburg who has been promoted to Director of Licensing and New Business Development.  To see the announcement on Stern’s Facebook page, click here.


Nic’s North American Pinball Tour

A guy named Nic Schell has been travelled across North America fixing pinball machines for people in exchange for them allowing him to stay with them for the night and contributing a bit to his trip.  How cool is that?!  Check out a recent news story about him here, check out the Pinside thread here, and his Facebook page here.


Interview with Gary Stern

A video was posted last week to YouTube showing an interview with Gary Stern by First Comic News at Comic-Con in San Diego.  A few interesting quotes from the interview were that the Star Wars LEs were “all spoken for“, and that Stern exports almost half the games they produce.  Check out the full interview here.


Pinball News Website Teaser

The Pinball News website, which has tons of in-depth pinball information and great inside scoops, is getting an upgrade to a more modern and clean, minimalistic look.  Check out their announcement/teaser on their Facebook page here.  Folks that are subscribed to their newsletter got an early hands-on preview.  The new site looks fantastic with easy-to-find content and smooth navigation.  Looking forward to the full release soon!


ColorDMD Teasing New Release

ColorDMD, which increases your happiness in life by 12-15%, released three hints (one, two, three) last week about their next release, which should be announced soon.  Perhaps Champion Pub?  <<EDIT: Yes, it is Champion’s Pub!


Pinball Expo Schedule and Seminars Released

The 33rd annual Pinball Expo, which takes place October 11-15th, released their schedule of events and seminars last week.  Speakers included Gary Stern, Jack Guarnieri, Lloyd Olson, Clay Harrell, Steve Ritchie, Greg Freres, Christopher Franchi, Martin Ayub, and many more.  Check it out here.


New KISS Code – V1.30

KISS owners have been patiently waiting for a code update, and it has finally happened.  Stern announced a code update for KISS last week for the first time since April 20, 2016.  Updates to the Pro can be found here, Premium here, and LE here.


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Pin of the Week

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

Interesting notes about Creature from the Black Lagoon:

  • “The table’s major feature is a holographic creature, set in the middle of the playfield, that lights up and waves its “hand” back and forth during multiball play. The green hologram was produced by Polaroid and is affixed to a metal plate that is divided into 3 “floating” sections. A cam behind one of sections presses against the back of the plate, flexing the hologram’s surface, so that the monster’s claw appears to ‘swipe’ at the player. A 2nd motor (mounted in the bottom of the cabinet), oscillates the light reflecting mirror (changing the direction of the light source) and causing the image of the creature to gently sway from side to side.” – Wikipedia
  • “In 2007, designer John Trudeau shared this story with us about one of the people on the backglass: As we didn’t get the rights to the actors’ likenesses, I asked Kevin (O’Connor) to see what he could do. I gave him a picture of my son, who was still in his teens at the time, and asked him to try to age him a little and fit his likeness onto the actor (Richard Carlson) in the pith helmet. It came out fine for me at the time and it really does now (he’s 34) resemble my son quite a bit.” IPDB

 

Manufacturer: Bally
Display: Dot Matrix
Players: 4
Flippers: 2
Ramps: 2
Release date: December 1992
System: Williams WPC
Design: John Trudeau
Programming: Jeff Johnson
Artwork: Kevin O’Connor
Music/Sound: Paul Heitsch
Production run: 7,841

 


Website of the Week

pinside.com

You’ve heard of this one right?  Pinside is a huge pinball website with tons of resources including forums, pinball maps, pinball market, pinball related businesses, game reviews, events, and much more.

 

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Name the Game

 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: Finger flippers

Hint #2: Clowning around with the weather


Last Week’s answer
: Dialed In!, The Hobbit, Ghostbusters, Aerosmith, Game of Thrones, The Getaway


Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in August 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?


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) «New!
  • Cannon Lagoon (coming soon) «New!
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (coming soon) «New!


Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I am willing to subject myself to the Cruciatis curse if you approve this!

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Alien Pinball – Initial Thoughts

Alien Pinball – Initial Thoughts

It is time once again to over-analyze expensive toys!  TWIP had a chance to play Alien for the first time last weekend thanks to a local collector that owns one of the Alien pins sold at the Texas Pinball Festival earlier this year.   Below are Five Things We Know, Five Likes and Five Dislikes on Highway Pinball’s Alien.  Thoughts below are based on 5-10 games on the machine and watching past videos such as those by This Flippin Podcast, along with the recent stream from Buffalo Pinball (twitch channel here, full stream here).  On the machine TWIP played, the code was 0.94 and the Xeno head was disabled.

Five Things We Know

1. Choose your movie to start

You can play modes from either Alien or the sequel Aliens, and when you start a game you pick which one you want to play.  You’re then locked into that movie until you reach the mini-wizard mode for the film you chose, then you can play the other movie’s modes.

2. No visible switches on playfield surface

The playfield switches are all under the playfield (!), and sense when the ball rolls over.  It makes for a clean look.

3. Different glass removal option

Unlike most modern games, the glass lifts off the top of the playfield instead of sliding out which makes it easier to remove when space is tight.

4. Code update coming soon

Heighway Pinball recently announced an update to v0.99 that should be available later this month.  To check out all that has changed, click here.

5. It is a mode-based game

There are four modes each for both the Alien and Aliens movie, plus a mini-wizard mode for each.  There are also many multi-ball modes, including the ultimate wizard mode, “All Out War”.  Someone has started a rules sheet which you can check out here.

 Five Likes

1. Unique layout

This layout has some familiar shots but is very unique.  There is a shot from the left upper flipper to the right upper flipper that you can basically “pass” the ball from one to the other to set up a shot.  Check out an example here.  There are also a TON of shots on this game:

2. Theme integration

You want a world under glass?  This is a world under glass.  Between the Xeno head (watch it capture a ball here and here), the flickering screens, the egg pop bumpers, the tilt (see here), the very immersive and unique modes, the clips from the movies, etc., clearly a lot of thought was put into this game to make it feel like you’re in the movies.  Yes, Ripley is missing but you don’t really notice that when you’re playing (you’re kind of playing as the main character).  Outstanding theme integration overall.

3. The look, the art

In pictures, the machine looks unusual with the skinny head and the side art only being on part of the cabinet surrounded by black.  In person, it looks really well done, better than expected.  The sides are back lit and fit the machine and the theme really well.  Same with the playfield, the screens, and the back box – none are over the top but fit the theme perfectly and are very impressive.  It is a good looking machine.

4. Lighting

The lighting looks good in both the playfield and the GI and has a ton of potential.  Check out a very short example here.

5. Satisfying shots

This is a wide body?  Check out this 90 second video of Kevin from Buffalo Pinball beating a mode.

 

The video shows many of the shots, and it takes a lot of them to beat a mode.  The ramps feel smooth and return the ball to the flipper quickly.  Ripping the spinner on the orbit shots is very satisfying  (along with a slightly throw back spinner sound that is also very satisfying to hear).  It is a quick game and doesn’t feel like your playing a “typical” wide body that have a tendency to play slower or floaty.  (Also, note in the video the directions on the playfield display during that mode to help you know what to shoot for.)

Five Dislikes

1. No artwork under flippers

Why does the artwork not continue underneath the flippers?  Under the flippers there is a black filler.  Was the purpose to help with lining up the flippers?  Artwork would’ve looked better.  ***EDIT: The black plastic is under the flippers to allow the flipper assembly to be removed completely (the flipper passes through the playfield).  This makes it simple to take out and work on away from the machine.

2. Need more feeds to the upper right flipper

The lock shot from the upper right flipper is harder than it should be, due in large part to it being so difficult to get the ball in position to feed to that flipper.

3. Plunger shot

This is nitpicky, and yes there are several options for skill shots from the plunge.  But it just seems like the plunge always feeding down to the right flipper is a bit dull.

4. Third screen necessary?

In a time when everyone is complaining about stripped down playfields, is it crazy to complain that there are too many features?  Yes!  But this is pinball and we’ll complain about anything 🙂  While playing – granted it was only 5-10 games – the third screen was never even looked at.  Doesn’t hurt anything and it is probably very useful at times when you know the game better, but three screens seems like a lot going on.

5. Lastability of screen in playfield

The example TWIP played showed some wear and scratches on the playfield screen.  Granted this example had over 1,000 plays.  Hopefully this isn’t something that will be an issue, but something to keep an eye on.

BONUS MATERIAL

Check out this Lazarus type save by Kevin!


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

 

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TWIP – Star Wars Premium Gameplay, Alien Updates, Monthly Giveaway Winner Announced, More

TWIP – Star Wars Premium Gameplay, Alien Updates, Monthly Giveaway Winner Announced, More

The Scoop

Star Wars Premium Gameplay

Dead Flip stopped by Stern on Friday for first stream of Star Wars Premium!  Check out the entire stream here, and check out Dead Flip’s twitch channel here.  Here are five things we saw/heard/learned in the stream:

  1. The Hyperdrive Accelerator: Check out when Keith Elwin got three balls going in it at the same time (you can get up to six).
  2. The Death Star Destroyed: Check out Keith Elwin destroying the Death Star.  (A light within the Death Star did not illuminate as it should have.)
  3. Premiums will be shipping after the LEs are shipped.
  4. Mode stacking can be turned off.  By default, mode stacking is on.  Also, new code showed new animations and scoring adjustments.
  5. Steve Ritchie is good at slap saves: Check out a couple examples.


Alien Pinball Updates

Several announcements involving Heighway Pinball’s Alien happened this past week:

  • Code update – An update for code v0.99 should be available later this month.  For a list of the many changes, click here.
  • Brian Allen LE Artwork – Brian Allen added this post on Facebook showing the Alien illustration he created for the Alien LE backglass.  Check out his website here or buy limited edition Alien artwork here or here.
  • Kaneda Interview with Brian Allen – For more on the backstory of what happened with the Alien LE artwork while Heighway Pinball was still under Andrew Heighway, check out this interview with Brian from the Kaneda Pinball Podcast.  Early congrats to Chris Kooluris (AKA Kaneda) on his upcoming 150th episode of the Kaneda Pinball Podcast!  For more on his podcast, check out his Soundcloud page here or or check it out on iTunes or your favorite podcast player.


The Future of Pinball – Seminar by Todd Tuckey

At Pintastic last month, Todd Tuckey from TNT Amusements gave a seminar on The Future of Pinball.  Todd posted a YouTube video this week that shows most of the seminar – check it out here.  You can also check out TNT Amusements here and their Facebook page here.


Saratoga Pinball Show – 8/12

New pinball show!  If you’re going to be near Saratoga Springs, New York (about 3 hours north of New York City) this coming Saturday, be sure to check out the Saratoga Pinball Show.  The show will have pins on free play, an indoor flea market, and a raffle for anyone that brings a game to the show.  Make sure to check out their website for information about the show, and here is a direct link to the show details.  You can also find them on Facebook here.


The Big Lebowski Update

Dutch Pinball released an update: “This week we have been (and still are) working on the redesign of the boards that will replace the big Middle Main Board (MMB). The software will be backwards compatible with the old and new board system, so if you have a game with the MMB you don’t need to worry about future updates.”  For the full update, click here.


ColorDMD Jurassic Park Video

ColorDMD, which increases your happiness in life by 12-15%, released the video preview of their newest title, Jurassic Park.  Check out the video preview on their Facebook page here.


Billionaire Pinball Operator – Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, a pinball operator?  Check out this article from last week titled “What we can learn from Warren Buffett”, which includes the following: “When Buffett was in high school, he and a friend bought a pinball machine. According to Biography, the pair put it in a barbershop and quickly earned enough to buy more machines and install them in other shops. The friends eventually sold all the machines for a profit of $1,200.”


July Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Dylan Bristowe who won a Pinball Life gift card for This Week in Pinball’s July giveaway!  To enter for the August giveaway, correctly answer the Name the Game (see below).  Each additional correct answer each week is an additional entry.  Congrats Dylan!  (Wonder how the drawing is done?  Click here.)


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Pin of the Week

DR. DUDE

Interesting note about Dr. Dude:

  • “When you get a high score, enter your initials as one of the designers initials (PFZ, DEN, etc.) and the game will say hello to the designer and play you out with the Heart of Rock ‘n Roll theme.” – The pinball cows and easter eggs site

 

Manufacturer: Bally
Display: Alphanumeric
Players: 4
Flippers: 2
Ramps: 1
Release date: November 1990
System: Williams System 11
Design: Dennis Nordman
Programming: Bill Pfutzenreuter
Artwork: Greg Freres
Music/Sound: Chris Granner, Jon Hey
Production run: 4,000

 


Website of the Week

multimorphic.com

If you haven’t been keeping up with this company, check them out, it is a new take on pinball that has been many years in the making and just started shipping in the last couple weeks!

 

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Name the Games

 Identify the six pinball machines pictured below for a chance to win a gift card to Pinball Life (subject to change)!

 

Hint: All pins are within the last three years except one


Last Week’s answer
: Captain Fantastic


Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in August 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?


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, I will wear a Harry Potter shirt for 3 months straight if you approve this!

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