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Best pinball variety in a lineup of 5?


By Daditude

49 days ago



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    #1 49 days ago

    I value many types of pinballs, and I feel that with a smaller collection it is best to have a good variety of pins for the owner and guests.

    What would you recommend for a collection of 5 pins? I am mostly looking for styles (e.g. one system 11, one jjp, one EM, one vintage stern, one dmd, etc.), but if you have suggestions for specific games, that would be fine too.

    #2 49 days ago

    Williams Whirlwind, JJP Pirates, Gottlieb 4 Square, Meteor, Medieval Madness, The Walking Dead.

    LTG : )

    #3 49 days ago

    long player dmd, short player dmd, em, system 11, early ss

    #4 49 days ago

    I was thinking of working towards a “best of” small collection. Best System 11. Best DMD, best rules, best art, best EM, best modern, whatever categories you like.

    #5 49 days ago

    id pick 5 games you like
    very few people would enjoy plying both 60s EM and JJP latest offerings

    #6 49 days ago
    Quoted from Pinball_Gizzard:

    I was thinking of working towards a “best of” small collection. Best System 11. Best DMD, best rules, best art, best EM, best modern, whatever categories you like.

    What do you consider the best in those categories?

    #7 49 days ago

    I’d honestly think one EM-1970s, one SS-1980s, one Bally/Williams-1990s, one stern-2000s, and one modern-2010s..
    this always appealed to me..

    #8 49 days ago
    Quoted from InfiniteLives:

    long player dmd, short player dmd, em, system 11, early ss

    I'd second this with a small change.
    I've only ever played a few EM games that I'd seriously consider owning, and an early SS kinda fills that gap as well.
    In the interest of consolidating your spare parts hoard (b/c you'll have to fix them at some point), I'd say:

    Long playing DMD, or giant multi-mode game (LOTR, Hobbit, whatever)
    Short Brutal DMD (BSD)
    System 11 (WW, Pinbot, or Taxi)
    Early SS (Centaur, Fathom)
    Wildcard! Get something different from all the rest. (TNA)

    #9 49 days ago

    some EM's that have lasting power IMO are
    Top Score / 300
    Surfer / Surf Champ
    El Dorado

    #10 49 days ago

    Eight Ball Deluxe
    Whirlwind
    Whitewater
    Twilight Zone
    JJP POTC

    #11 48 days ago

    Any super pin fans?

    #12 48 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Gottlieb 4 Square

    4 Square is pure pinball fun.

    #13 48 days ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    Any super pin fans?

    TZ

    #14 48 days ago

    Medieval madness
    Jjp potc-
    Whirlwind
    Centaur
    target alpha

    Would be my top 5

    #15 48 days ago

    New, old, fast, slow, flow.

    Every answer should hit all of those points. With only 5 games, you need to hit all the correct points. The games themselves almost don’t matter, but the style does. If you have a long player, you need a short player to counteract that. If you have a deep game, you need a kiddie pool to splash around in. If you have flow, you need stop and go.

    Why? Moods. Some nights you want a quest. And others, you want a machine to slap you in the face with a wet hand to check if you have what it takes to keep up. Hit as many of these as you can, and you won’t be bored.

    #16 48 days ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    Any super pin fans?

    STTNG is my favorite of the bunch.

    If I was limited to 5:

    TWD prem
    ACDC prem
    Funhouse
    Big Game
    Grand Prix

    #17 48 days ago

    OP your post reminds me I have the EXACT lineup I want

    I hope you can accomplish a lineup that does the same for you

    (of course I’d like to expand my collection but not replace any part of it)

    5?

    Make it 6

    #18 48 days ago
    Quoted from PW79:

    OP your post reminds me I have the EXACT lineup I want
    I hope you can accomplish a lineup that does the same for you
    (of course I’d like to expand my collection but not replace any part of it)
    5?
    Make it 6

    I currently own a jurassic park, champion pub, LOTR, judge dredd, and paragon.
    I have a stern meteor as well, but it is technically sold (awaiting pickup)

    #19 48 days ago

    1. Pre-war or 1940s flipperless
    2. 60's or 70's EM
    3. Early solid state (segment or alphanumeric displays)
    4. 90's DMD pin
    5. Modern Stern/JJP/Spooky

    #20 48 days ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    What do you consider the best in those categories?

    Hrm, tough one but I'll try:

    Best EM - no idea, not enough experience with EMs personally
    Best System 11 - Whirlwind
    Best 90s DMD - Probably Medieval Madness but there are several great pins here, TZ, TAFM, MB, etc.
    Best 2000s DMD - LOTR
    Best Modern - Metallica?
    Best JJP - Probably POTC

    #21 48 days ago

    2 fast & Brutal (SW PRO, ACDC PRO)
    1 epic (IMDN)
    2 unique (DP + ACNC/WOZ/JJPOTC)

    Hey wait, this is starting to look like my lineup

    #22 48 days ago

    I’m trying to have representation of each era in my collection.
    Bally Rocket (flipperless)
    Shangri-La (EM with flippers)
    Mata Hari (Solid State with Chimes)
    Gold Wings (Solid State music and multi ball)
    Transformers LE (DMD)

    Not the best line up but I’ll trade the pin for the era until I get it right

    #23 48 days ago
    Quoted from PopBumperPete:

    very few people would enjoy plying both 60s EM and JJP latest offerings

    I have one of Stern's latest offerings right next to a great 60s EM. The main row in my gameroom is currently: LCD Stern, 60s EM, 70s EM, ColorDMD Stern, 70's GTLB SS, 70's Bally SS, 80s Williams and 80s Gottlieb.

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    #24 48 days ago

    TWD LE
    IJ
    Batman 66
    Tron LE
    TZ

    #25 48 days ago

    1 early 80’s bally (EBD)
    1 90’s williams/bally (BSD, AFM, MM)
    1 early 2000’s stern (LOTR, X-Men, Tron)
    1 New Stern (BM66, Metallica, Maiden)
    1 Jersey Jack ( WOZ, Wonka)

    I do not like owning EM’s, I like playing them but not fixing them.
    This would be my 5 styles list.

    #26 48 days ago

    Early ss
    Williams system 11 game
    Golden era dmd game
    Tough playing stern (2000 or newer)
    Newer boutique pinball company pin (JJP, spooky, American)

    As an alternate, I might switch out the early ss for an EM

    #27 46 days ago

    I think this would be my ultimate top 5:

    Flash Gordon
    Pinbot
    Monster Bash
    LOTR
    JJP POTC

    #28 46 days ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    I value many types of pinballs, and I feel that with a smaller collection it is best to have a good variety of pins for the owner and guests.
    What would you recommend for a collection of 5 pins? I am mostly looking for styles (e.g. one system 11, one jjp, one EM, one vintage stern, one dmd, etc.), but if you have suggestions for specific games, that would be fine too.

    Are you confident you will have guests that will use them? Like, are they pinheads already? Worth considering - I have lots of guests and you might be surprised at how many people could care less. In which case, don’t consider guests in your expensive investment and get what you like. You may be the only one that plays them 99%

    Jack

    #29 46 days ago

    My wife and I were just talking about this. Here's my list;
    ST:TNG, Bally Fireball (EM), Gtb Black Hole, Wms Aztec and Bally Broadway (bingo)
    I'd add one more mechanical pin; World Series

    Obviously prefer a diverse collection too.
    Steve

    #30 46 days ago

    Difficult question! There are so many great combinations. Ask me again tomorrow and I'll provide you with a different answer. Todays is:
    1971 Bally Four Million BC
    1981 Gottlieb Black Hole
    1988 Williams Banzai Run
    1994 Bally/WMS The Shadow
    2017 JJP Dialed In

    I've taken into account: specialities (zipper Flippers, widebody, extra playfields), brand variety, eras and of course the general quality of games.

    #31 46 days ago
    Quoted from John_I:

    I have one of Stern's latest offerings right next to a great 60s EM. The main row in my gameroom is currently: LCD Stern, 60s EM, 70s EM, ColorDMD Stern, 70's GTLB SS, 70's Bally SS, 80s Williams and 80s Gottlieb.[quoted image]

    I'm really digging the variety in this collection. Beautiful!

    #32 46 days ago

    One LCD game.
    One early Solid state.
    One 90's DMD pin.
    One Stern DMD pin.
    One system 11.

    #34 44 days ago

    I had the thought of a variety of games to keep me interested too, but after playing an em then metallica or maiden or acdc, ems were too slow in my opinion. Cool artwork, but I like the faster games. I have a sinbad ss, rfm, and 4 new games, so still a variety

    #35 44 days ago

    Fathom
    Whirlwind
    TZ
    TRON
    JJP POTC

    #36 44 days ago
    Quoted from Hayfarmer:

    I had the thought of a variety of games to keep me interested too, but after playing an em then metallica or maiden or acdc, ems were too slow in my opinion. Cool artwork, but I like the faster games. I have a sinbad ss, rfm, and 4 new games, so still a variety

    I will admit that i like certain games better than others, but variety keeps my interest more long term.

    #37 44 days ago

    EBD
    Sorcerer
    Afm
    Acdc Le
    Woz

    #38 44 days ago

    Easy one first:
    JJP Pirates. Has a chance to be the GOAT. Super fun game. LE, SE. I am a documented fan of the SE. Money saved pays for the EM.

    If you want an EM. I would go with a 1960’s Gottlieb. The sounds are worth it. I have a nice Diamond Jack and the non pinhead heads who visit , gravitate to it.

    Early SS. Flash Gordon. Fast brutal game but when it gets going magic.

    Best Stern:
    TWD ( over LOTR, TSPP, ). I would go premium here. My favorite rules game. Another brutal game but again , get it going and it is magic.

    Best B/W: For me TZ. Stop and go , yes. But, shots, rules and innovations in this game , best of the era.

    I know only 5 but for system 11. The predominate fav is WW. I prefer the earlier sibling. ES. Similar rules to WW but I prefer the shots in ES better.

    #39 44 days ago

    5 is hard for me. I try to keep good titles from 70's,80's,90's, and a couple newer Sterns around. The 80's and early 90's is when I grew up playing so I have certainly gravitated towards that time (84-92).

    For me, I would grab a Metallica and then an earlier 2000's Stern [OR] a system 11, then an early 80's Bally, then a 90's DMD like Judge Dredd or Demo Man, and then a Gottlieb EM form the 70's.

    #40 44 days ago

    My line up:
    Aztec
    BOPP
    Caribbean Cruise
    Congo
    Sopranos

    Is that varied enough?

    #41 44 days ago
    Quoted from trufflepiggy:

    My line up:
    Aztec
    BOPP
    Caribbean Cruise
    Congo
    Sopranos
    Is that varied enough?

    That's about right... But BOPP does not have a ton of replay value in my opinion.

    #42 44 days ago

    For all age groups?
    1. A Bryan Eddy classic with cool playfield toys that is simple to learn but hard to master (Medieval Madness or Attack From Mars)
    2. A Nostalgic 90s pin most everyone 30+ will remember (Addams Family, Twilight Zone or Indiana Jones)
    3. A pin to appeal to children with cool toys or art, a gimmick or trigger button (Stern Star Wars, DE Jurassic Park, SlugFest (with baseball cards), Revenge from Mars
    4. A super deep pin (Any Jersey Jack, LOTR, or The Simpsons Pinball Party)
    5. A fun 80s machine with a topper or gimmick (Pinbot, Big Guns, Fire, BK2K, F-14, Earthshaker, Whirlwind).
    I am notorious for churning through pins but if I had to appeal to everyone I’d say:

    Medieval Madness, Twilight Zone, Jurassic Park, Pirates, and Pinbot.

    #43 44 days ago

    5 is a good number, I would love to have 5 in my gameroom.

    I would do :
    - 1 deep, stop and go game : WOZ or TSPP
    - 1 no brainer fun shooter : MM or AFM
    - 1 Steve Ritchie : STTNG
    - 1 Pat Lawlor : DI (by far!)
    - 1 Classic licensed SS : TAF (by far too !)

    #44 44 days ago

    For brand variety what about...

    Sega Baywatch
    Gottlieb Barb Wire
    Stern Playboy
    Bally WHOdunnit?
    Capcom Big Bang Bar

    ...as if anyone would admit to owning that group.

    #45 44 days ago
    Quoted from adol75:

    5 is a good number, I would love to have 5 in my gameroom.
    I would do :
    - 1 deep, stop and go game : WOZ or TSPP
    - 1 no brainer fun shooter : MM or AFM
    - 1 Steve Ritchie : STTNG
    - 1 Pat Lawlor : DI (by far!)
    - 1 Classic licensed SS : TAF (by far too !)

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