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9.560/10
70 days ago
Really nothing negative to say. I just wish the animations came on an lcd with some old Universal movie clips and the topper for the LE was animated. These "improvements" would really freshen the game up a lot. But, it is supposed to be a remake and it excels at that
9.900/10
84 days ago
A state of the art, really fun game that needs to be in every collection. Worth the wait and worth the cost. Makes my 3rd JJP pin (no DI and no interest in it) and maybe the best one of all but so hard to say because they (WOZRR, THBA, and POTCLE) are all so different from each other; makes for a great collection!
7.278/10
1 year ago
I had the chance to play several games on a Dialed In LE this weekend. It is a interesting, attractive game with an unique theme. Problem for me is that I never really quite 'got it'. But, I was slow to fully appreciate the WOZ and TH too and now I own and love both. Given the reputation of JJP games I am sure that it will do well. It plays very fast and the targets and game rules will make it a challenge for most players. But, its theme just isn't for me. Now I am looking forward to playing a POTC and considering it for my next game. But, MBR is numero uno for me on my wish list. It has to be MBR and I believe fully that it will be. Just makes way too much sense!
UPDATE TO MY COMMENTS; I NOTE THAT 3 PINSIDERS FLAGGED THEM. WHY? WHAT DID I SAY THAT OFFENDED THEM? ITS SEEMS LIKE THERE IS A CADRE OF DI ZEALOTS THAT DEMANDS ALLEGIANCE TO THEIR 'CHURCH" AND 'HOLY TRUTH' OR BANISHMENT IS CERTAIN. WHAT RUBBISH! YOU 3 ARE WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COUNTRY NOW; NO OPPORTUNITY FOR DISSENTING OPINIONS AND CONSTRUCTIVE DISCUSSION. TOO BAD THAT 3 PINSIDERS FORGOT TO WEAR THEIR BIG BOY PANTS.
9.392/10
1 year ago
Boy, was I ever mistaken. I have considered buying a Hobbit many times over the past 4 years but every time I tried one, I wasn't impressed. Same thing for the WOZ. But, last year my liking of WOZ's theme and the many strong reviews of the game and JJP in particular convinced me to give it a try. Wow!! I bought a WOZ 75th and I absolutely love it as does all of my family. Great artwork, game play, sound effects, quality, etc.; what's not to love (unless you hated the movie).
So with all of that as backdrop, I decided to take another look at a Hobbit. I played a Gold LE at my local dealer and again, I was not impressed. I hated the 'slow' ball launch and the racket the game makes when resetting the targets. But, like WOZ, I loved the theme (big Hobbit fan). Remembering my initial feelings about the WOZ, I thought I should really give the Hobbit a fair try. I took the chance and bought a Black Arrow. Update! Having played it many times over the past several days, my opinion of it has changed immensely. It is tons of fun with enough complexity to maintain my interest in it for a long time to come. I really like the cabinet art work of the Black Arrow version and the black wrinkle finish on its metal work makes it a very classy looking machine. With all due regards to theme, the Gold LE and the Smaug LE was just to bright and distracting to me. But each to his own.
So, what do I dislike? The ratcheting noise as the target/mode selections are changed and the selection button on the lock down bar looks cheesy. Also, for $8500, a Topper should have been included. And, the playfield lighting around the ball trough really needs to be improved; I can hardly see the barrel bumpers. These issues can and will be addressed quickly with some readily available mods. There is one sound system problem that I need to try to resolve with JJP. I get a 'low background hum/tone' and static from the speakers which I find distracting. And, at start up, the booting display on the monitor is played out through the sound system such that it sounds like a modem; Annoying.
After the sound issues are dealt with and the mods are added, I think the Hobbit will be close to a '10' in my book. I am very impressed with JJP games and their manuals are superb, best in the industry. Now, if Chicago Gaming/PPG blows it and does not make Monster Bash its next game (I am convinced it will be next and I am ready to buy one immediately), I may have to order a POTC because I really like JJP's games. BTW, Dialed In plays great but its' theme is just not for me.
8.416/10
1 year ago
I have to rate this game for it's time which it was clearly ahead of with multi-ball and a lane change feature. It was one of my first pinball purchases and it 'hooked' me. I had to have more.
8.960/10
1 year ago
This is fun game but it can be frustrating to play because certain shots e.g., the Black Widow ramp are damn difficult to make with consistency and the ball can frequently get caught behind the Hulk figure's arm thereby creating a pause in the action while the machine 'clears the problem'. One flaw (Hulk) is a definite design problem and the other is due to my poor skill set. Setting those issues aside, Avengers is a very attractive, topical game (and underrated game) that should be part of anyone's collection.
9.680/10
1 year ago
I received my AFMR LE last month (#456) and I absolutely love everything about it. I wasn't too sure about a 'remake' but CGC did themselves proud. The only flaw is that the ball occasionally jumps the right side ramp and re-enters the playfield typically draining. That notwithstanding, it is a game that I love owning and probably will keep in my collection for a long, long time. BTW, get the LE version just to get the topper; it is awesome!
10.000/10
1 year ago
I tried to pre-order a WOZ in 2013 but gave up and cancelled my order because I did not think it would ever be produced. I WAS WRONG. But, I am glad I waited because I just received my WOZ 2.0 75th Anniversary Edition machine and it was worth the wait. Instead of getting an SE (all of the LE's were already gone in 2013) I got an LE and it is everything I had hoped for 4 years ago. Just proves the adage that some things are worth wait. Tons of fun to play and to look at.