So a few months ago, I took my kids to Silverball Sanctum in Sterling, VA (since relocated to Ashburn), which at the time had 10 games, as I recall: Star Wars (Premium), Ghostbusters (Pro), GOTG, TS, NBA Fastbreak, Bride of Pinbot, etc... My youngest daughter, 11, played basically every game there, but spent almost the entire time we were there playing Royal Flush. Afterwards, I asked each child what their favorite machines were. My 15-year old son said The Shadow (smart kid), my 13-year old daughter said GOTG, I think, but my youngest enthusiastically said Royal Flush. She was SUPER excited about it! Thus began my quest to add a Royal Flush to my collection. Mind you, I didn't really play it at Silverball, because my daughter monopolized it, so I didn't know what to expect.
I found one north of Philadelphia last week, and the guy was asking $500 for it. I couldn't go up last weekend, so I made a round trip after work during the week and brought it back last week--8 hours total with inspection and load time. I gotta say, I'm thrilled with this pin! It's in pretty nice condition, I think, considering it's age. The back glass isn't perfect, but from 5 feet away looks pretty damn close. The cabinet and head have a few marks here and there, but nothing drastic. Playfield and plastics have some wear, but again, nothing ridiculous. It had been in this guy's home for 24 years. It was his only pin. He had some jukeboxes and vintage vending machines and the like, but nothing else pinball.
There are a few kinks to work out with it--e.g. the kick-over from the drain to the shooting lane doesn't work and neither does the right saucer-eject, so for now we're playing glass off; the open-gate switch triggers the gate, but it flips right back to closed instead of staying open; etc. All-in-all though, the game is an ABSOLUTE blast to play! I totally understand why my 11-year old loved it so much! I've played probably close to 50 different EM's, but none are as much fun as this one!! The fact that all of us can play it together in multiplayer makes it even more fun! Needless to say, all my kids, but especially my youngest, were thrilled!!