Written by hippochrome, published May 9th, 2013. 11 comment(s).
I've had a long line of pinball machines come in and then leave the house a few months later. When I found the first "keeper" machine along the way, I accepted the fact that the machine (Williams Diner) would be staying for good and welcomed various 2nd machines to take up the realestate beside Diner. A few years later the 2nd spot got filled with my next "keeper" (LOTR), leaving me with one last free area to take the odd machine in and eventually get rid of. This system was good, I liked it, it was working for me. Then Corvette moved in...oh no, Corvette is a keeper!
The 3rd and final spot left for a pinball machine in my house is now the permanent parking spot for Bally Corvette and I couldn't be happier!
This game is fantastic all around. Firstly, I'm a theme guy. It makes or breaks the game for me. There are a few really fantastic (playing) games out there, but the theme is so annoying or ugly I cannot get over and don't even want to play or look at the game anymore. Corvette in not one of those. Back glass, cab, and playfield art all exceptionally done with a perfect sportscar theme. Plus the theme is timeless...the older the game gets, the more classic the Corvettes pictured on the game become.
the next thing I look for in pinball are the toys in the game. I need a couple big ticket things in a game that I can interact with and do something neat with the ball, and is that wow factor for guests and my kids. This game has them. The LT5 motor is wicked awesome. Shakes and vrooms on cue, bounces the ball around inside, is player controlled, locks the balls, and works like a shaker motor when it really gets going. Such a sweet toy in the game and never gets boring!
The 2nd toy is the racetrack. Again it never gets tiring seeing those cars race up the track, and works as a great incentive to make the next shot so you can get your car to win the dragrace. This feature is the major draw for my kids!
Of course the gameplay is the next important thing to mention about Corvette. So far my story just talks about toys and look of the game, but really a pinball machine isn't much if it doesn't play well. Corvette is fast, has lots of shots, great flow, is not a drainer, not frustrating, tons of combos, not easy...but not too hard, and very addictive; giving you the "gonna play one last game, no this one is the last game, ok seriously I'm turning it off after this last game" feeling.
Funny thing is that when I first bought Corvette I spent all my time just trying to earn the Corvette rewards on the playfield by winning all the races. After a while of that I thought this game was pretty shallow...then I read the scorecard and realized there are tons of modes and other neat things to do. Once that happened I had my moment of clarity where I realized Corvette was a keeper!
Unfortunatly there is one glaring downside of the game; the music. The electric guitar, hard rock, music that plays through most of the gameplay is terrible. It pretty much sounds like JD and WCS94, which do nothing but piss me off and a big reason why I've sold off those games in the past. However, there is a cool 50's bop tune that plays in some modes and at the end of the game that redeems this issue. A common complaint about Corvette is that it is too cluttered. Maybe, but I really don't mind. If you've got a varried collection it really doesn't matter, and only makes this game different than the others in your collection; which is always a good thing!
So, conclusion time. I like this game allot. Buy it, add it to your collection, rate it highly on Pinside, and have a great time playing a great pinball machine! Excellent work by George Gomez...even on your first pin game you hit a homerun.
Jorge for President!
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