So, after 1 year of getting my deposit back, I finally had an opportunity to play an Alien. 20180506_134356 (resized).jpg
There are seemingly endless posts of shot analysis, game descriptions, and gameplay videos. I'll offer my opinion and it is this: it is a crying shame this is not getting mass produced.
I got to play about 10 games on one, Polk PSW10 sub rocking the already stellar sound system. All the room lights off, and this game has atmosphere like nothing I've seen. The sounds, videos, and call outside are SO well incorporated. Orchestra score/music was excellent - nearly the same quality as the OST of the movies.
I never did Alien gameplay, only Aliens. WeirPinball did the Alien gameplay, so I got to see both. Man, this game is just on its own level. I loved the "You Failed" videos on each ball, especially the Dallas tunnel clips - so well done. All the videos are integrated so well, and I never ever noticed all the switches missing and that they are UNDER the playfield. What a solid presentation. The Alien head picking up the ball is very cool to see IRL, and I loved that it opens and closes its mouth sporadically throughout gameplay. Like an alien TRex from JP .
Ambush MB, holy smokes, what a fantastic start to a MB. All the lights go off, Hudson drops the "how could they cut the power, man???" Line, the Aliens show up crawling on the ceiling.....just...wow.
This should have made it. It's not fair that so few made it out of the warehouse. This was something special and would have forced some pinball makers to seriously upgrade their game. I am in pure awe...WHEN the game is functioning properly. Unfortunately, the one I played did go down after about 2 hours of play, but those 2 hours were amazing.
If you have a chance to play one, it's not even a question. The question is "how many games????" because this is one everyone should get to experience.
Word to the wise: be tech savvy if you buy one. Some people dont know how to take the glass off their games, or they're too scared to even change a bulb. This is not the game for them. It is practically a prototype game, and it will require a lot more attention than any mass produced game.
Loved playing it. I would almost buy one of the $9k games, but I cannot justify that price tag for what is, in essence, an "exotic" in pinball. It just needs too much attention - at least the one I played on. Some will say "I did one adjustment and mine has been fine since". Trust me, I speak from experience, they are NOT all that way.
Such a shame it won't be given a long life of production. This was something different in all the right ways.