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8.800/10
6 years ago
I like that Gorgar is known as the first talking pinball machine, and from what I have read, was possibly the first pinball machine to implement a magnet that catches the ball. It seems impossible to find one without substantial playfield wear, so you might want to pick it up if you do. The rest of my pins are much faster, so I like having Gorgar in the line-up to be able to experience the slower, more deliberate pace that many pins used to have. On a good ball, Gorgar's heartbeat accelerates as you play, which is a really cool touch. The game is strangely addicting.
8.096/10
6 years ago
I really like Baby Pac-man (it's the only game in my collection that my pinball-friends can't seem to beat any of my high scores on too, haha!). I was always pretty good at Pac-man, and I like the integration of a half-sized pinball machine that rewards good play with power pellets, increased tunnel speed, and fruits that are worth more points. The game is very challenging (mine was set for 5 lives when I got it, and I have left it that way), and most people don't have the skill to do well at both the Pacman and the pinball aspect of it, so it can be frustrating for some. Zealously going after the center drop target is a recipe for SDTM drains, so focus on other things. The game is not known to be very reliable, although I've had mine for almost two years now and it has been ok. It has a definite "Wow, cool!" factor when people see that it integrates Pacman and pinball, so it's a fun addition to a collection, even if just for the novelty factor.
8.220/10
6 years ago
Riverboat Gambler is a fun game. It's not particularly fast, but that suits the theme. The spinning roulette wheel in the backglass is very cool. Part of the game involves hitting ramps repeatedly (a la Hurricane), so if you like shooting ramps, you'll enjoy RG. The jaunty theme music is addicting and you'll find yourself singing it long after you've finished playing (which can eventually become annoying when you're at work, and hours later the the theme song is still in your head :p ). I don't ever plan to sell mine, as it is a charming game with a fun gambling edge to it. I'm not sure if it has a tournament mode, but if it doesn't, it's probably not well-suited for tournaments, since the chance/gambling element of the game can inflate high scores if you go on a lucky streak (hey, it's a casino/gambling theme, what do you expect?). Supposedly the right LEDs behind the backglass make it appear that the voluptuous woman in red is wearing see-through clothing, so if your teenage son suddenly takes an interest in LEDing your RG, he's probably been googling your pin collection!
9.220/10
6 years ago
JD is a good widebody DMD that can be acquired at surprisingly reasonable prices. The playfield artwork is awesome. The "Supergame" feature, which starts you off with unique multiball modes, is very popular with guests, and is useful for practicing "trap and play" ball control skills during multiball. If you're using JD for home use the Deadworld mod is well worth it. The menacing "Prepare to face the immortallllllllll..." line that one of the Dark Judges utters when multiball starts is awesome.
9.900/10
6 years ago
One of my holy grails. I've loved it every time I've played it.
7.088/10
6 years ago
Hurricane is a game for those who like shooting ramps. Kind of annoying that it has no ball-save, and guests don't find it engaging. Not a keeper, but I got it cheap in a package deal. I actually do like playing it, but it's definitely not ideal for a small collection.
8.780/10
6 years ago
Batman Forever is a very nice widebody pin. It is my only Sega title, but it feels at least as solid as any of my Bally/Williams machines. It is a very sharp looking machine, possibly the best looking one in my line up when they are all off. If you can pick one up for around $2k, I wouldn't hesitate.
9.000/10
6 years ago
I will own one someday. The blinders are a very cool gimmick. Obviously the musical soundtrack is superb.
9.900/10
6 years ago
Among my non-pinball friends, RFM is one of the most popular games I have. The Pinball2000 format is very cool. I have yet to install my Nucore and LCD flat screen, but even the stock game is incredibly engaging. Guests are drawn to it. It isn't too hard, so those looking for a challenge might not enjoy it as much, but the animations are very engaging. Definitely a novelty worth acquiring if you have the chance.
9.136/10
6 years ago
Stargate is strangely addicting and mesmerizing, and I speak as one having zero familiarity with the show. It is not a particularly hard pin and is fairly generous with multiballs. Also, Gottlieb's flipper design allows for angles that make cradling the ball easy (useful in multiball sequences). My guests seem drawn to it, so I have no intentions of selling it, as I like having several pins in my collection that engage noobs (Revenge from Mars being my other go-to noob pin). Yet despite the outward appearance of ease, Stargate engages me and my pin friends. It is a great addition to a small collection, simply because it is so engaging. The playfield is attractive and has a lot of interesting toys to look at.
8.065/10
6 years ago
DM is cool, and has amazing flow once you figure out the logical shot combos. The game actually points out and rewards the combos. I like Sly Stallone movies, so I don't mind the backglass too terribly much, but it is still one of the cosmetic weak points of the game. The pistol grip handles are cool and worth adapting to, since your bonuses are larger if you learn to play using them (beware, tilts are easier with the increased leverage the handles offer). I now naturally reach for them when I play the game. The key to big scores in this game is the lock freeze option from the crane to set up lots of multiball jackpots.
10.000/10
6 years ago
My favorite of all my pins. Disclaimer: I am a car guy. People who see this pin in my line up immediately associate the red Diablo on the backglass with my red NSX in the garage. This pin really does an amazing job of creating the feel and excitement of driving an exotic car with impunity for the law and decency, which makes for a very fun theme. The ZZ Top musical score is awesome too. I bought mine from a collector who had the playfield clear coated, and it plays fast and looks awesome. A must for any collection, especially if you're into cars.
8.800/10
6 years ago
A good buddy owns this pin, and it's a great one. Definitely deserving of top 20 status.
9.352/10
6 years ago
Swords of Fury is one of the sleeper pins in my collection. It executes its theme masterfully, with a musical score that draws you completely into the game; I highly recommend playing it with the room lights out, as it will put you into a trance. It gets a surprising amount of play from guests, and the mini playfield is a very cool aspect of the game. At $750 in March of 2011, it is one of the 3 least expensive games among my collection (it was my second pin I ever purchased...and I bought it really by accident when an Earthshaker I wanted wasn't up to my standards and the collector offered me some of his other pins). I could not imagine selling this pin. LEDs really enhance the gameplay.
8.615/10
6 years ago
F14 was my first pin. It can kick your butt, but is gratifying to figure out. The light show is phenomenal. I added Cointaker LEDs to mine just before it was used in a recent tournament and it is intense (several people actually wore sunglasses while playing it!). The topper lights really augment the experience and command a presence in the room. If freshly shopped and waxed, this pin is crazy fast, so if you fire it up, be ready!!
9.900/10
6 years ago
Funhouse is one of the best games in my collection. The game isn't easy, but your task at hand is logical enough (frolicking in a Fun House), and the game draws you in and rewards success in a very satisfying way, with it's sounds and actions (like those that accompany hitting the jackpot during midnight multiball). My mother considers it her favorite game among my collection, so its appeal is really universal.