(Topic ID: 239609)

Best 80s Era Pin.....the Poll!


By Sonic

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by kklank
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    Topic poll

    “Best 80's Era Alphanumeric?”

    • Fathom 8 votes
      5%
    • EATPM 8 votes
      5%
    • Centaur 10 votes
      6%
    • Taxi 14 votes
      9%
    • 8BD 8 votes
      5%
    • Flash Gordon 9 votes
      6%
    • Time Machine 0 votes
    • BK2K 6 votes
      4%
    • Spirit 1 vote
      1%
    • Quicksilver 5 votes
      3%
    • Barracora 1 vote
      1%
    • Earthshaker 4 votes
      3%
    • Pinbot 8 votes
      5%
    • Seawitch 4 votes
      3%
    • Space Station 0 votes
    • Banzai Run 2 votes
      1%
    • Black Hole 7 votes
      4%
    • Swords Of Fury 2 votes
      1%
    • TX-Sector 3 votes
      2%
    • Andromeda 0 votes
    • Medusa 3 votes
      2%
    • Star Gazer 0 votes
    • Catacomb 0 votes
    • High Speed 6 votes
      4%
    • Rollergames 3 votes
      2%
    • Phantom Of The Opera 0 votes
    • Funhouse 14 votes
      9%
    • Skateball 0 votes
    • Diner 1 vote
      1%
    • Whirlwind 19 votes
      12%
    • Dr. Dude 2 votes
      1%
    • Cheetah 4 votes
      3%
    • The Simpsons 2 votes
      1%
    • Firepower 4 votes
      3%
    • Cheetah 1 vote
      1%

    (159 votes)

    This poll has been closed.

    #1 1 year ago

    Thinking of getting an alpha/later SS
    ....a lot of these polls don't usually seem to include Gott's, DE's and such...so here's my best attempt to get the more prominent ones most folks play......yes, there are a few 1990 pins of course....

    #2 1 year ago

    A large portion of your list aren't even alpha-numeric games.

    #3 1 year ago
    Quoted from RJW:

    A large portion of your list aren't even alpha-numeric games.

    What does that have to do with anything? It's just a display. The later 80's pins had more "gadgets and what have you" but the early 80's pins were the best pure playing pins, in my opinion. Quicksilver, Eight Ball Deluxe, and Flash Gordon among many other early SS pins are some of the best games ever made, regardless of display. I never understood the obsession with the display, I mean seriously fellas, games aren't better just because they have a DMD. Who plays the display? The action is on the playfield.

    #4 1 year ago

    Any 80's list that doesn't include Fireball Classic I disregard. Who set the parameters for what is a Classic? The International Pinball Council?
    Sorry, I don't like these standards, disagree with their implementation and challenge their veracity.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from Frippertron:

    What does that have to do with anything? It's just a display. The later 80's pins had more "gadgets and what have you" but the early 80's pins were the best pure playing pins, in my opinion. Quicksilver, Eight Ball Deluxe, and Flash Gordon among many other early SS pins are some of the best games ever made, regardless of display. I never understood the obsession with the display, I mean seriously fellas, games aren't better just because they have a DMD. Who plays the display? The action is on the playfield.

    Exactly.....I didn't want to get too literal here...just consider 80's era pins...nothing complex, just a simple poll of the some more notable 80's era pins that are a mix of alpha and 'later' SS pins....

    #7 1 year ago

    I raise you Eight Ball Deluxe.

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from Frippertron:

    I raise you Eight Ball Deluxe.

    That’s not enough. BIG GAME is at least double EBD. You’re going to need to throw in at least a Flash Gordon to stay in this hand.

    #9 1 year ago
    Quoted from Frippertron:

    What does that have to do with anything? It's just a display. The later 80's pins had more "gadgets and what have you" but the early 80's pins were the best pure playing pins, in my opinion. Quicksilver, Eight Ball Deluxe, and Flash Gordon among many other early SS pins are some of the best games ever made, regardless of display. I never understood the obsession with the display, I mean seriously fellas, games aren't better just because they have a DMD. Who plays the display? The action is on the playfield.

    Lol, the poll specifically asks best alpha-numeric pin?

    Seems strange to include non-alphanumeric pins, that's all.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from RJW:

    Lol, the poll specifically asks best alpha-numeric pin?
    Seems strange to include non-alphanumeric pins, that's all.

    Just a simple title oversight...the voting choices are precise...

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    That’s not enough. BIG GAME is at least double EBD. You’re going to need to throw in at least a Flash Gordon to stay in this hand.

    I RE-raise Quicksilver and the darkhorse RoboWar! I know you like this gem just like I do.

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from Frippertron:

    I RE-raise Quicksilver and the darkhorse RoboWar! I know you like this gem just like I do.

    Now that’s a serious bet! Haha

    #13 1 year ago

    Rudy is an icon....

    #14 1 year ago

    Now that is what i call a poll!

    Usually they only have some games, i applaud you for the effort. May the best game win.
    i love Barracora, Fathom, Funhouse, quicksilver and flash gordon, but Whirlwind gets my vote.

    #15 1 year ago

    FIREPOWER
    the one to really get my juices flowing first.
    BEST ERA EVER!

    #16 1 year ago

    Sorcerer is a better game than over half of the options listed...

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from Axl:

    Now that is what i call a poll!
    Usually they only have some games, i applaud you for the effort. May the best game win.
    i love Barracora, Fathom, Funhouse, quicksilver and flash gordon, but Whirlwind gets my vote.

    This is my favorite era too. How about another Roger Sharpe classic, Cyclopes! Incredible ruleset in this rarely seen game. If any of you have a chance to play it, I highly recommend it.

    #18 1 year ago

    Let me give an honorable mention to "Fire!" Not sure why it didn't make the list, but I enjoy it more than many on the list.

    On the list, I'm torn between BK2K and Funhouse...

    #19 1 year ago

    Whirlwind, taxi and mousin around you're welcome yes I have been drinking.

    #20 1 year ago

    Haha, man you stick to your guns and beat that drum in every thread I see like this. I need more play time on one.
    My personal flav is taxi if we are talkin 80’s

    #21 1 year ago

    It's almost mean that we can only vote for one of these. In a nod to two really nice ones - one across from my booth at York and one adjacent to my booth at TPF, I went with Rollergames. Both examples played very well and kept me entertained when I need a break from the booth. I hope some from this list are near my booths in Allentown and/or the Northwest show in May/June. "Go for the Wall!"

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement potentiometer solutions for Williams system 3-7 sound boards

    #22 1 year ago

    Also dr dude, funhouse, rollergames, whirlwind, and diner were all 1990 so technically they don’t fit

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from tilted81:

    Also dr dude, funhouse, rollergames, whirlwind, and diner were all 1990 so technically they don’t fit

    Right...thanks' for re-capturing the very first post....

    #24 1 year ago

    Another vote for Cyclopes!

    #25 1 year ago

    Man talk about an impossible choice. I went Flash Gordon because I obviously haven’t been racked by that game in a while.

    #26 1 year ago

    If you include 1990, you might as well include the late 70's classic Paragon! One of the greatest widebody designs ever. This pin WILL make you a better player and it is very tough to beat. You have to have a Valinor like run in order to complete every objective and Max your bonus. Game never gets old.

    #27 1 year ago

    flash gordon all the way. emperor ming awaits!

    #28 1 year ago

    Whirlwind is a very good pin...

    #29 1 year ago

    This is not a alpha-numeric vote. Void.

    Edit: And where is Meteor and Flight 2000 anyway. Null and Void.

    #30 1 year ago

    Sorcerer or Mousin Around for me

    #31 1 year ago

    I was thinking Mousin’ Around and someone just posted it. It’s a better game than you know.

    #32 1 year ago

    Your poll doesn’t include F14 Tomcat, so as such it is void.

    rd

    #33 1 year ago

    I should have left off the usual suspects WW, FH and Taxi - and get into a little more of the deeper titles....I'll leave the poll open for several days and see what the results are...

    #34 1 year ago

    Impossible to answer question, but nice experiment.
    80's went from Quicksilver to Flash Gordon to Fathom to Cyclopes to Pinbot to Earthshaker, and so much more in between.

    The 2 most important games:
    1. High Speed: Saved pinball. 100% saved it.
    2. Space Shuttle: Showed what was possible, and started the renewed interest.

    #1 80's game I have never had and would keep forever if I grabbed: Fathom

    Edit:
    Phantom of the Opera has no business on this list. None.

    #35 1 year ago

    There's a world of difference between an early solid state & an alphanumeric. Eight Ball Deluxe and Whirlwind are both fantastic games, but you'd be hard pressed to find two more different titles.

    I'd figure out whether you want a solid state or an alphanumeric first.
    Pro-tip: You need a few SS, and one Alpha

    #36 1 year ago

    Fathom. Amazing.
    Dragonfist. Spectacular.
    Cheetah and BIG Game. So good.
    Atlantis. Really fun.
    EBD. Best pool theme ever.

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