Warlok (Williams, 1982)


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“Warlok is a game that received an upgrade and a downgrade from its previous incarnation: Blackout. The design credits say Mike Kubin... but this is heavily based on the Fernandez design.

The Pros:
The upgrade had to do with the game rules and how this wonderful layout was implemented even better than the original deck. The slight change of the angles on the lower playfield make a huge difference in how the ball bounces back and forth, side to side. Make sure your control skills are up to the task or your ball is heading out towards the outlanes. three lanes with spinners is always a good thing. The rules of knocking down the 1-1-1, 2-2-2, and 3-3-3 targets, building up bonus and collecting on right gate to the orbit/plunger lane is a great way to build up to a really tough shot... and then collect. Righteous! Light all 3 spinners (3 spinners on a pinball game is always a good start for me), rip the left spinner and have it loop around to the upper right spinner on the same shot. WAY SWEET! So many shots on this game... I gotta play it some more! This game has more flow on it than most games made years later with plastic ramps and all that multilevel stuff. I imagine Steve Ritchie would appreciate this table.

The Cons:
Seamus McGlaughlin made the BG and the PF look like a mess. Note to the art department. I would rather have a great looking art package on a pinball deck as compared to playing "Where's Waldo" for the hidden faces on the game. Id' like to recreate a new BG with a Moebius theme. That would be much better IMHO.

The Takeaway:
A great table that takes a really solid layout and makes it better with a well thought out ruleset that keeps you moving and thinking towards your next bonus payout. A total shooter's table that keeps your sniper skills on point. Looks worse and plays better than the original game Claude Fernandez laid out with his team. Please focus on the scores on this game from the game design and play and play not the artwork. The game play is where this deck shines. Since this game is SOOO ugly, it gives you extra incentive to keep your eyes on the ball. Not many of these games were made so... GitSum' when you can. The more I play this game, the more I like it. It's on the want list. Warlok is not a looker, it's a player. Play on player... play on...

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  • Caucasian2Step has this game on the wishlist.

  • “EDIT:Played this again, discovered the Orbit shot and the deeper strategies. Much better than I first thought. Well worth putting the time in.

    It uses the same sounds as Flash, it's kinda ugly too. So not the greatest of 82, but it feels crisp and snappy to play especially after a session on older EMs. Nice flow too.”

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