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American Pinball Houdini thread


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2 years ago



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Post #145 Houdini Pinball initial flyer Posted by HighProtein (2 years ago)

Post #184 Initial reveal at TPF Posted by SilverballNut (2 years ago)

Post #190 Introductory Price of Houdini Posted by 1iblind (2 years ago)

Post #198 Initial Pictures of Machine Posted by lllvjr (2 years ago)

Post #229 Playfield Close-Up Pics Posted by bigd1979 (2 years ago)

Post #284 Machine feature details Posted by rosh (2 years ago)

Post #312 More feature details Posted by rosh (2 years ago)

Post #385 Double switch lane picture Posted by pinballrockstar (2 years ago)

Post #420 Pinball show appearance schedule for Houdini Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #434 Houdini pics from Allentown show Posted by PinballSTAR (1 year ago)

Post #533 Official Houdini Flyer with features listed Posted by Join_The_Cirqus (1 year ago)

Post #535 Ball Counter graphic for game Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #609 More mode and feature details from programmer Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #639 More game system details from programmer Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #978 Photos of the updated game for expo Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #1000 Photos of the cabinet interior side art Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #1287 Josh Kugler Interview Posted by konjurer (1 year ago)

Post #1357 Houdini Gameplay video Posted by rosh (1 year ago)

Post #2290 Key posted, but no summary given Posted by BarryJ (1 year ago)


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#1003 1 year ago
Quoted from rosh:

Mirco Playfield
Churchill Cabinet
Here are some photos that show the interior art, which as mentioned is one of a few add-ons. It reflects the inside of a theater and features art elements used elsewhere in the game (playfield, backglass, animations), as well as other period pieces and some, well, other interesting things. I don't think the photos do full justice to how it looks as a whole.

Pictures do it justice and it flows like its actually part of the playfield. If the pix are better than what it shows.. hooray!
Keep them coming, everyone is enjoying these!

5 months later
#2440 1 year ago

Just got mine last night and setup today.... Got with the side art installed and looks GREAT!
Its a challenging game, tight shots as many say. Lots to learn on how to score but worked 100% out of the box with the latest software (18.2.27) and no adjustments needed so far.
Looking forward to a great weekend. Be patient everyone, its worth the wait!

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#2457 1 year ago
Quoted from vireland:

There's some weird inconsistency with that scoop. Hitting the sling top corner is because the power for the coil is too high. But if you set it low enough so the ball barely kicks out and rolls in front of the right sling like it's SUPPOSED to, sometimes for no apparent reason it can't kick a ball up and out of the scoop. Without changing the power, I've noticed sometimes the ball is slow and other times it FLIES out of the scoop. Seems like a software issue, and I imagine it will be resolved eventually. The software is pretty robust, but there's still a number of weird glitches in it that will be worked out over time. Still a LOT of fun to play, even with the occasional glitches.

I agree, seeing the same thing. Inconsistent power when exiting out of the scoop, 80% of the time fine, but after certain modes/shots it will hang up for 3-4 times before ejecting properly. Good to see others having same issue, so can be corrected (I'm sure Rosh is monitoring this). I also am seeing issue with ramp shot for shot for trunk. I think I may have issue with solenoid that makes it lock to waterwheel ball lock or to trunk. Sometimes ball(s) go to waterwheel lock and not recognized. I tested all 3 of the switches there and they work, but game gets hung up and searches when it goes there sometimes. It will release it but has to search first...

#2470 1 year ago
Quoted from vireland:

Never happened on the one here. There are ball management issues, especially with mixed/stacked modes, but we've never had that happen, and we've been in Séance mode (stacked and normal) many, MANY times. Sounds like an issue with yours.

I have had this happen early on when I started playing mine the other day. Are you sure its not "The Man from beyond" in Movie mode, I think thats what happened on mine. Check the manual, all the GI goes out in this mode

#2618 1 year ago

Anyone seeing this happen ? I've bent switch back a couple times as it continues to occur, and actually made sure it was slightly angled as to try and prevent the sideload or hitting at an angle. I believe that when it hits front Blue "A" to the right of it, it hits Green "E" at angle
Got a new one from AP and will put on today but lining it up appears may do same...

Curious if others are seeing this ?

Love the game !

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#2908 1 year ago
Quoted from vireland:

Don't feel bad. I missed it, too, on the Houdini here. When we first got it and were having problems with the locks there, I didn't know there were three suspended switches on TOP and was having a hard time figuring out how to approach the problem. Once I "discovered" the switches, it made it a snap to get it all working right.

I had exact same issue with mine, ball bounces off of post and I believe that the switch when not aligned causes the issue
My fix was to slightly bend roller arm on switch #2 (the middle one) so that it acts like a one way. Ball goes in and past first two switches hits post and last switch, but with switch arm bent down it keeps ball at post.
To be clear my switch isnt all the way down on playfield but just enough to knock the ball back. It will actually allow the ball to go back this way with minimal effort rolling it back up the path
Hope this helps everyone!

4 months later
#5528 7 months ago
Quoted from Pinphila:

When did you order the Cliffy? I was told weeks for delivery.

Mine took 6-7 weeks, got them last week and installed them all. Its worth the wait and Cliff always delivers! Just have to get in line.

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