Alien or Dialed In

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Alien or Dialed In


By jonesjb

1 year ago



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“Would you prefer Alien or Dialed In for your next NIB pin?”

  • Alien 65 votes
    23%
  • Dialed In 216 votes
    77%

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#1 1 year ago

I'm looking at getting a new pin, and I'm tossing up between Alien and Dialed In. I really think the rules, layout, lighting, and audio of Alien look great, and I like that it is both mode based, with many multiballs, and wizard modes. I've recently played Dialed In, and like the "Disaster Movie" theme, it reminds me of a classic Bally Williams. What are thoughts here? Has anyone played both?

I won't be buying the pin until later this year, and let's assume Alien starts shipping in mass in August.

#2 1 year ago

Alien is on hold isnt it? DI is ready to roll.

I like both, that would be a tough choice for me too. Although, with the issues with Alien (mech not shipping with machine, financing issues), I would be inclined to go DI.

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#3 1 year ago

Even if Alien were better than Dialed In (spoiler alert: it's not), you said you're looking at getting a new pin. You didn't say you're looking to get in a long line where you maybe get a pin at the end.

So, Dialed In.

#4 1 year ago

To clarify, I won't be buying the pin until later this year, and let's assume Alien starts shipping in mass in August.

#5 1 year ago

I played both, yesterday. Both great games. While DI is well engineered Alien is superbly engineered. The best I have ever seen by far, no wonder they ran out of funds. Everything is modular, playfield and even the cabinet decals. The ball never got stuck anywhere like it did on DI a few times. Alien does have a lack of lighting, maybe a light mod would fix that, but it can be challenging to follow the ball b/c its so dark. Both games have wire connectors everywhere for easy repairs or exchange of parts. Are you listening Stern?
DI is also well put together and has invisi-glass which meets or exceeds expectations. The ball did get stuck a few times and the ramp feeding into the left inlane does a poor job stopping the ball. It overshot on several occasions and the ball jumped over the flippers or lane guide to drain. The lighting on DI is much better than on Alien, it is bright and colorful and in no way distracts from the play. The flow of DI is (one of) the best in the business. It has easy shots and some very challenging shots. Coll ramp action and plenty of toys. Overall layout, I'd say advantage DI.
I hope Heighway Pinball will survive, they make a great product. Both are awesome games but given the recent problems my money is on DI. I also found DI a bit more cheerful and fun to play. It does more to entertain the audience when you are watching someone else play. Alien is better thought out with its modular design and probably has the highest build quality of any pin ever made. Overall quality and engineering, advantage Alien. Either machine are better bang for the buck than any recent Stern LE product.

#6 1 year ago

If both games were made and supported by JJP I would go Alien, but there are just too many unknowns with Heighway right now. Alien is a fantastic game but I would need to see a couple hundred games leave the factory before I would feel comfortable ordering a game from them. Hopefully that will be the case in 3-6 months.

#7 1 year ago

Pinball is old hat. It's hydrofoils you want now, mate.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from jonesjb:

To clarify, I won't be buying the pin until later this year, and let's assume Alien starts shipping in mass in August.

If you're willing to make that assumption, you might as well have an Alien to go along with your Kool-Aid.

#9 1 year ago

Alien has a way better theme, looks, sounds and just overall awesome ominous vibe (not to mention a pinball eating alien head!). Also either model is 1000 cheaper.

DI's layout is better, thats the only positive I can think of, other than its availible now.

Id buy a DI now, and sell it in a year when you can get a Alien cash and carry.

#10 1 year ago

Dialed IN's layout looks like it may flow better, but Alien's looks unique. The funny thing about DI is no matter where I shoot I make a shot... there are that many targets!

#11 1 year ago

I now own a DILE. But, before i owned it, I played both Alien and Dialed In at Allentown. Atleast 25 plus times each. There is no comparison to these two games. ZERO!! Dialed In is by far the BEST pin this year. The flow, the shots, programming, build quality, fun factor, etc... I could continue but I have to go back to work.

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from libtech:

Alien has a way better theme, looks, sounds and just overall awesome ominous vibe (not to mention a pinball eating alien head!). Also either model is 1000 cheaper.
DI's layout is better, thats the only positive I can think of, other than its availible now.
Id buy a DI now, and sell it in a year when you can get a Alien cash and carry.

1000 cheaper??? It is unavailable right now. We have no idea what the price will be IF it ever becomes available again.

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from Yoski:

1000 cheaper??? It is unavailable right now. We have no idea what the price will be IF it ever becomes available again.

Prices are available on the site, on the ordering page.

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#14 1 year ago
Quoted from jonesjb:

let's assume Alien starts shipping in mass in August.

Did you just wake up from a coma?

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from Skyemont:

I now own a DILE. But, before i owned it, I played both Alien and Dialed In at Allentown. Atleast 25 plus times each. There is no comparison to these two games. ZERO!! Dialed In is by far the BEST pin this year. The flow, the shots, programming, build quality, fun factor, etc... I could continue but I have to go back to work.

...on the JJP#4

#16 1 year ago

I personally like alien much more for many reasons it is one of my favorite games but I would get dialed in because I would not even get close to buying an alien until the games are shipping out and that everything is under control because right know there have been to many people concerned if they are even going to get there game so get dialed in and once aliens are shipping and everything is under control and you like alien more sell dialed in and buy alien.

#17 1 year ago

Not a fair comparison unless you compare pins that actually are available for purchase. At this point, JJP is a solid company with a history of support in case something goes wrong, and DI is available for purchase today (and it's fun and excellent overall once you get over some strange and questionable choices). So DI is the only real choice. It's like asking whether airplane or teleportation is best to go from London to New York.

#18 1 year ago

Tough choice. I played both at NWPAS. Both are really good. But, they are different games. If I could have either one right now, assuming they are all 100% complete and all that, I'd pick Alien. Just my personal preference.

#19 1 year ago
Quoted from jonesjb:

Prices are available on the site, on the ordering page.

The Price for a Studebaker Champion is also available at $1487. The chances of obtaining either at the advertised price are slim to none.

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#20 1 year ago
Quoted from Yoski:

The Price for a Studebaker Champion is also available at $1487. The chances of obtaining either at the advertised price are slim to none.

It's in South Bend--I'm in. It'll go great with my Alien.

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from stevevt:

If you're willing to make that assumption, you might as well have an Alien to go along with your Kool-Aid.

You should have something to drink too; you sound upset.

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from TVP:

Did you just wake up from a fucking coma?

POTW

I'll get around to playing more Alien but it didn't super excite me. Got some interesting stuff going on for sure but it def has that boutique feel to it. Looks & sounds pretty well but I didn;t know the rules so had to tell.

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from stevevt:

If you're willing to make that assumption, you might as well have an Alien to go along with your Kool-Aid.

Sorry, I hope I didn't offend you. I was just trying to ask a legitimate question about what people thought of the two pins.

#24 1 year ago

This will make skyemont very happy: I voted for Dialled In, and it wasn't even close.

#25 1 year ago

I ordered my DILE a month ago, but then the estimated ship date for it was end of summer. So if you order it now, I would expect you are still at the end of a line. Maybe not huge, but seems doubtful you will get it soon unless your distro can do better than mine. I'll look at ordering Alien after they are shipping as I really like both games a lot.

#26 1 year ago
Quoted from angus:

I ordered my DILE a month ago, but then the estimated ship date for it was end of summer. So if you order it now, I would expect you are still at the end of a line. Maybe not huge, but seems doubtful you will get it soon unless your distro can do better than mine. I'll look at ordering Alien after they are shipping as I really like both games a lot.

Some places have stock of dile i believe.....

#27 1 year ago

I have played both, and I would take Dialed In for sure. That said, Alien is a very unique experience that might click with people in a very big way (assuming it ever gets shipped in real numbers).

#28 1 year ago

I played an Alien prototype in December 2016 and the DI a few weeks ago. So it´s almost an unfair comparison. Although I love JJP and my WoZ, DI just didn´t touch me in any way. This "Sims-like-looking-animation" is just boring imo. The Alien experience has been completely different. It was a "me2" after the first ball. Amazing atmosphere... dark and authentic. That´s a killer. Ordered my LE after the first pins had been shipped. Now I´m just praying for a better hp-management and a mass production starting in August like promised. Refund is no option, this epic pin is a must have. But hey, after all it´s just a matter of taste...

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

This will make skyemont very happy: I voted for Dialled In, and it wasn't even close.

Holy shit. That does make me very very happy!!

#30 1 year ago

Dialed in is the clear winner.......

#31 1 year ago

Alien games have been shipping in small numbers. They have a large number of parts coming in and will be ramping up production as soon as they arrive. They have also been sending out refunds. For me personally it's not even close...Alien by a large margin.

#32 1 year ago
Quoted from daddyxxx:

Dialed in is the clear winner.......

I agree.

#33 1 year ago

Alien is a great theme, but given the situation Heighway was in, is in, and the unknowns of the future, there's no way I'd touch that game with a 10-ft pole as a home collector. Several years down the road (if Heighway proves to be legit), then maybe. Right now, tho... no way.

#34 1 year ago

I'm going to go against the grain and say Alien. It's nice to have a pin with some dark, creepy moments involved. Besides, Xenomorphs!!!!

#35 1 year ago

This question is asking about gameplay and such for each pin, not if and when it would be available. If I have a line to buy a second hand Alien, complete with the working xenomorph, should I buy it be a DI.

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#36 1 year ago

Alien of course!! ....but I do have owners bias.

#37 1 year ago
Quoted from SunKing:

Alien of course!! ....but I do have owners bias.

Why because you don;t have an alien head and your LCD in the PF doesn;t work?

Ha...sorry I had to

#38 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Why because you don;t have an alien head and your LCD in the PF doesn;t work?
Ha...sorry I had to

And yet the fact he still loves it speaks volumes.

#39 1 year ago

Played both.

Themewise Alien is winner for sure. It really pulls you into Alien world.

Built quality wise DI wins easily. The cabinet may be strong with Alien but the built under the playfield didn't impress me at all and the one I played already developed several issues. Hope-think they will be solved however befor mass production.

Given the fact that Alien (with previous per order pricing) is also a couple thousand euros cheaper over here Alien wins it for me but that doesn't mean that DI is a bad pin !! It played with a good flow, many shots, animations on display are well made but not my taste, the selfies is great fun !!

So at the end of the day you can't go wrong with either of them.

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from Astropin:

And yet the fact he still loves it speaks volumes.

You're smart enough to know that isn't necessarily true. But of course you're the iceman/skymount of Alien so it's expected

Maybe I'll play some more tonight...haven't had time for a hardcore session on it.

#41 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

But of course you're the iceman/skymount of Alien so it's expected

#42 1 year ago

Alien can't win this poll, but an absolute " no contest" for me.....let me see....xenomorph vs. selfies..

They will ship, and machine is a true grail for some...no way that can be said about DI....

#43 1 year ago

i drained the heighway threads - are they still not shipping?

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from mountaingamer:

i drained the heighway threads - are they still not shipping?

CT got 4 last week...majority of refund requests have been processed....a silver lining is starting to appear....slowly

#45 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

You're smart enough to know that isn't necessarily true.

That what isn't true? He's the one person that gave my post a thumbs up. I know he loves it.

#46 1 year ago
Quoted from Astropin:

I know he loves it.

I DO LOVE IT!! I played a bunch of games last night - and yes, even with all it's 'pre-production' shortcomings, it's still awesome IMHO.

#47 1 year ago

Played some more last night and it's growing on me as I understand it more. Are the 2 ladders exact mirrors? I played 2 back to back and just started with the pop bumpers modes and was just wondering.
An alien head would be nice of course.

#48 1 year ago

Alien gets my vote, 2in1 Alien and Aliens.

#49 1 year ago

One game is shipping completed with full support and the other has people begging for their money back. (So as of right now) it's no contest.

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#50 1 year ago
Quoted from Mfsrc791:

One game is shipping completed with full support and the other has people begging for their money back. (So as of right now) it's no contest.

They want the money back because its long delivery time not because of a bad product. Pinball is all about WAITING

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