First let me begin by saying I am a huge Pat Lawlor fan. He is like a god to me of pinball designers. He has made all my favorite games. (TZ,TAF,FH, etc.) I have to say I had very high hopes for the reveal of his latest "home grown" endeavor. I was at the Expo reveal and everyone was psyched to see it. The Expo reveal room was electric. People chomping at the bit to see it unveiled. After all the hype, he finally reveals it and all you hear is complete silence. He says the new game is "Dialed In" and pulls the sheet off the game. People in the audience look at each other like WTF. Are you kidding. Is this some kind of cruel pinball joke. After five minutes, people start walking out.
I am in shock. Look at my brother and he just starts laughing. I say this can't be. Let me try it. I play it the night of reveal, and again on Saturday. It is a cross between SimCity, some left over parts and figures from Road Show, and thrown in "trending" topics that really don't work together visually or mechanically. Scale is all messed up as well. Drones tiny compared to electric guy, and scale between two figures on playfield are completely off. Play is weak as compared to other Lawlor titles. I was more impressed with the infrastructure / cabinet build than I was of the game. I tried it several times and the game is weak. Probably worst of all Lawlor titles.
Pat, why did you play it safe and try and pick socially trending topics like smart phones, droids and resource based city apps. You might as well have saved two years of your design time by doing a google trend search and make a game of socially trending topics like Kim Kardashian, Pokémon Go, and Trump / Clinton campaign. Those three topics string together as well as your three. Where are the awesome toys we have come to expect that wow us and make us wonder how they work. Where is the desire for me to put my money in the game to see how your mechanical toy works and how it interacts with the ball. I really feel you tried to play it safe and phoned in a sure D- instead of trying to take a chance and wow us. The genius mind of Pat Lawlor is asked to make a pinball game with no restrictions according to him and Jersey Jack, and we get "dialed in". Come on man. Coupled with the fact you have John Yousi and the dream team working with you and this is your grand idea for a game. Disappointing Pat, real disappointing. I am sure flams will commence, but this is what a lot are thinking but afraid to say it cause you are Pat Lawlor. I am going to hold dear the existing games you made while at Williams / Bally and Stern and assume you were under some mental and emotional stress when you designed this mess. Sorry man, I was one of your biggest fans.
Disappointed in Chicago