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post #1 of 22
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I recently downloaded the Android app Arcade Pinball and gotta say I'm pretty impressed with the painstaking attention to detail and the fact that they picked some pretty good tables (especially Medieval Madness - one of my all time favs).

What's more though, I had briefly forgotten how much I absolutely love pinball. Growing up in the 80's and 90's, while everybody was busy with Street Fighter II and the like, pinball was my game of choice, before and during the sad decline of the neighborhood arcade. In my opinion, nothing was more satisfying than the sound and feel of a pinball machine; I guess out of all the games in an arcade, it just felt the most real.

So what are some of your favorite pinball titles and if there's any owners here on SF, what tables do you currently have and what's on your wish list? I don't own any yet due to the lack of finances and space, but I'd really like to own two or three particular tables.
post #2 of 22
Theatre of Magic is my absolute favorite. Circus Voltaire is second, Arabian Nights comes third. Corvette is solid, NASCAR is surprisingly great.

Oldschool ones I like: all the Pinbot related ones (Bride of Pinbot, Pinbot Adventures) and Funhouse

If they have them, good movie/TV licensed ones are Twister and Popeye and any of the Batmans. South Park, The Sopranos, The Shadow and Demolition Man are pretty interesting as well.
post #3 of 22
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You mentioned two of my favorites to in Theatre of Magic and Bride of Pinbot.

That Arcade Pinball app I mentioned earlier has Theatre of Magic, Arabian Nights and Bride of Pinbot if you're interested.

I'm hoping they'll either do Twilight Zone or Addams Family next. That or Lord of the Rings.

Man I need a table but don't feel like dropping the $6,000+ on a table in good condition.
post #4 of 22
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You mentioned two of my favorites to in Theatre of Magic and Bride of Pinbot.
That Arcade Pinball app I mentioned earlier has Theatre of Magic, Arabian Nights and Bride of Pinbot if you're interested.
I'm hoping they'll either do Twilight Zone or Addams Family next. That or Lord of the Rings.
Man I need a table but don't feel like dropping the $6,000+ on a table in good condition.

There was an Addams Family table in the student center where I went to prep school (large boarding school close to 20 yrs ago) and I would love to have this just for nostalgia. I can't even say I like pinball but the sounds alone would bring me back to another time.
post #5 of 22
Stargate had to be one of the best pinball games I've ever played!!
post #6 of 22
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There was an Addams Family table in the student center where I went to prep school (large boarding school close to 20 yrs ago) and I would love to have this just for nostalgia. I can't even say I like pinball but the sounds alone would bring me back to another time.

Addams Family is an excellent table. Interesting upper center ramps, with a good obstacle split.
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Stargate had to be one of the best pinball games I've ever played!!

Pinballz in Austin (best arcade in existence.. 100+ pinball machines and classic arcade games) has Stargate, I'll give it a go next time.
post #7 of 22
I miss pinball. You can't emulate the experience of playing a real pinball machine like you can old video games. It's sad that the industry for them is all but dead. I would like to collect a couple to keep in my garage once I own a house.
post #8 of 22
I really liked the Terminator2 table. I played that a ton, back in college.

Wonder what they go for these days....
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I really liked the Terminator2 table. I played that a ton, back in college.
Wonder what they go for these days....

Came here to post T2. I used to play it at this dive bar on Chambers St, that served underage kids when I worked at NYPIRG in college.
post #10 of 22
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I loved the T2 table as well. I read somewhere that it was the first table to use the dot-matrix scoring screen.

Looks like there's one going for about $3300.00 if there's any takers who want a trip down memory lane:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Terminator-2-Pinball-Machine-/200725547963?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebc2ccbbb
post #11 of 22
Does anyone remember a Pac Man game that was half pinball machine and half cabinet arcade game?
post #12 of 22
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Does anyone remember a Pac Man game that was half pinball machine and half cabinet arcade game?

Hell yeah, I do. Baby Pac-Man.
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post #14 of 22
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I loved the T2 table as well. I read somewhere that it was the first table to use the dot-matrix scoring screen.

Looks like there's one going for about $3300.00 if there's any takers who want a trip down memory lane:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Terminator-2-Pinball-Machine-/200725547963?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebc2ccbbb

I bet upkeep would be a bitch. Have to find someone local who could actually work on it.
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I bet upkeep would be a bitch. Have to find someone local who could actually work on it.

There are some guides for specific machine upkeep. Plus I think there's online sites to get basic parts for machines such as flipper rubbers.

Pinballz sells their Theater of Magic for like 6,500 or so and they've since sold two machines. Medieval Madness is like 10,000.
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