I think Dr. Dude is a pretty fun game. Maybe on the high end of your budget, but It's pretty simple to play. Kids would like it.
Quoted from markmon:
Maybe because EMs suck and aren't fun. I can't see any 10 year old kids being enticed by these relics.
Hmm, so we can take your tired ignorance on this topic, based on nothing, or we can take my direct experience with large groups of 10 years olds who are regularly here and constantly ask me if they can play my EMs.
I'm going with my experience I think!
My eldest daughter is 10, and her Girl Scout troop meets at our house, and she has friends over, and they all love my pins, including the EMs.
Depends on the kids. Not all kids are that into pinball. One of my nephews who I thought would love pinball didn't even want to play when offered.
Condition is also critical. At that price level, you are looking at older pins that are not in the best condition. My advice would be to prioritize condition over title.
I would suggest a few EMs also but the OP said can't be EMs so I won't . I do suggest whatever it is get something with short ball times kids lose interest quickly .
Quoted from phillymadison:
I find EM's a little boring my son does love playing them at the Silverball pinball museum
Kids will eventually get bored with ANY toy...and there's nothing saying they have to love pinball in general. That's why a cheap working EM--like a Gottlieb--would be perfect. You can resell anytime for the same price and change titles. Wedgeheads are great since they are smaller and super easy to transport....I would not want an old SS pin as a first pin if I knew nothing of repair. I think you need to spend a bit more than $1000 for a solid low maintenance SS as a beginner...
Quoted from neurokinetik:
Why not something plentiful and relatively inexpensive, like a Williams Flash?
That's just what I was going to say. One of these, even in pretty good shape, could be had for under 1k. Not to mention these are still pretty straightforward to work on when trying to troubleshoot problems. Anyway just my 2 cents.
Lots of games in range, if you keep it simple.
Simple is good, a first time buyer doesn't need the headache of resets, Ball trough, lock mechs, display issues, etc.. that comes with more modern, muiltiball-type games.
Quoted from pinnaf:
problem is this. You put limit of $1000-$1200 on your game.... I get it, but most folks are mentioning games that probably will be at YOUR HIGH POINT (yeah, or they would have bought them first... me too! HA)
Here's where your financial quandary lies: You top out and pay $1000 - $1200 for a LW3, and you risk that you may have inherited problems and issues , along with acquiring your own with any pinball and play. Okay,,,,, NOW YOUR FINANCIAL LIMITS ARE MET and YOU NEED PARTS, LABOR and such to be able to play it or experience full game play at 100%. If those repairs are not met the 10-12 year old will figure it out eventually and it will SIT! $1000lb anchor.
you get my point. Don't buy a Ferrari unless you can afford the gas (AND PARTS and MECHANIC to fix it)
hate to be a Debbie Downer but either 1 of two things are most plausible:
1. you find a steal of a deal in a LW3, LAH or data east - gottlieb game for $600-700 (and bank $300-400 for future fixes/parts/labor whatever)
2. you set your sights a little lower and seek a $600-700 good game from the start... okay enter the 2nd quandary... what "GOOD FUN EXCITING FULLY WORKING HAVE A BLAST" game sells for $600???
As far as that LIST OF GAMES in that price range, sorry cant help ya.
Not trying to discourage your friend but a little forethought may go a long way.
GOOD LUCK and patience with a sprinkle of luck may be his best friend!!!!!!
I am going to have to agree with this post. You will have to leave budget space for repairs. Most of these old games will not be in complete working order when you buy them. Especially at the lower end of the scale.
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