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“Easy” Pinball Machines/ Approachable For Casuals


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12 days ago



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    #1 12 days ago

    “Easy” Pinball Machines/ Approachable For Casuals.

    What are some good “Easy” Pinball Machines? I have had family visiting this week and it is plain to me that Medieval Madness is much easier to explain with some easy goals for casuals (blowing up castles), while The Simpsons Pinball Party and Jurassic Park are difficult to fathom. Furthermore… after 4 months with the game I still haven’t reached the visitor center. Going to have to change it over to 5 ball.

    Most system 11s would fit that bill (High Speed, Whirlwind, Taxi), but what about DMD games? The games that have rotated through my basement that I feel fit that bill include World Cup Soccer, Fish Tales, Medieval Madness, Attack From Mars… and that’s about it. Which games… say DMD or newer would fit that bill? The clearest winner I know of is Addams Family and that’s on the list eventually, but what else?

    #2 12 days ago

    Austin powers

    #3 12 days ago

    South Park is always a solid game to show to somebody new. The core rules are simple to understand. Most of the shots are relatively easy to make and the theme/callouts are top notch.

    #6 12 days ago

    The Getaway High Speed 2

    #7 12 days ago

    While some of the shots can be challenging, GOTG is about as easy to follow as you can have in a modern game. Select character complete lit shots. Repeat til you finish 4. Hit mini wizard mode

    #8 12 days ago

    I think that some older game’s are easier than the newer ones. The EM 4 Square comes to mind as pure pinball fun with easy goals. Newer games are really hard for a total new person to figure out because there are so many distractions on the playfield.

    #9 12 days ago

    Most EM games. Of the modern ones, Gilligans Island.

    #10 12 days ago
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    #11 12 days ago

    Theater of Magic.

    #12 12 days ago

    Beatles

    #13 12 days ago

    Big Hurt... its one hell of a clunker, but if you like baseball its a ton of fun! Very satisfying and easy to load up bases... and hit grand slams. The catchers mitt is a cool toy for the novice.

    #14 12 days ago
    Quoted from Jeffswack:

    While some of the shots can be challenging, GOTG is about as easy to follow as you can have in a modern game. Select character complete lit shots. Repeat til you finish 4. Hit mini wizard mode

    That scoop for mode select / start though.....don't think I'd put that in the easy category.

    #15 12 days ago

    Checkpoint is a incredibly easy and satisfying for new players.

    Iconically, Seawitch has so far been my guests favorite game.

    #17 12 days ago

    Stern's POTC - you hit a thing and it does something. Hit it more and it does that thing more.

    #18 12 days ago

    I actually think TAF can be pretty punishing for casuals. No ball save, lots of brutal drains off a missed shot, and multiball is usually over quick unless you have great ball control to set up those jackpots. What about some of the other 90s DMDs like NBA Fastbreak or Monster Bash?

    #19 12 days ago

    I disagree. It is brick city if you just flail away. Anything with a straight shot up the middle. MM. SS. Transformers. Wcs94. Metallica.

    #20 12 days ago

    Cirqus Voltaire. I beat it all the time but I have had it a while. Still fun.

    #21 12 days ago

    WH2O is easy to grasp & approachable.
    WW also gets played frequently by newbies/casual visitors.
    Surprising me, the most approachable, and consistently played machine by the 3-11 year olds during family get togethers is the borrowed Dailed In.
    Finally, Bally Surfers also gets played a lot- I think it is a combination of the slower play and the “wow” moment of zipper flippers.

    #23 12 days ago

    Spider Man on factory settings is the correct answer.

    Almost everybody new to pinball says it's their favorite game. Cause it's easy and a long player.

    #24 12 days ago
    Quoted from grantopia:

    I actually think TAF can be pretty punishing for casuals. No ball save, lots of brutal drains off a missed shot, and multiball is usually over quick unless you have great ball control to set up those jackpots.

    So true, along with the power magnets.Three ball games can be over very quick.

    #26 12 days ago
    Quoted from grantopia:

    I actually think TAF can be pretty punishing for casuals. No ball save, lots of brutal drains off a missed shot, and multiball is usually over quick unless you have great ball control to set up those jackpots. What about some of the other 90s DMDs like NBA Fastbreak or Monster Bash?

    I picked up a FH short time ago and same thing. Easy to understand but difficult to play. WCS, AFM, MB, MM are good choices with AFM my fav. I would throw in Congo. It was designed to be on the easy side. You just start shooting things and something will happen. It was my go to game when I just wanted to flip without getting all serious. Wish I could of kept it but can't keep them all.

    #27 12 days ago

    Lexy Lightspeed is the best game I've ever seen at informing the player what to do. It's really easy to learn how to play it, and guests seem to be drawn to it.

    #28 12 days ago

    I’ve had the best luck with Iron Man and Theatre of Magic. Noobs get super stoked when Monger pops up or the ball sticks to the trunk in TOM, which also has a pretty epic multiball buildup.

    #30 12 days ago

    Munsters Pro is the first one that popped into my head....

    #32 12 days ago

    I WOULD have said Breakshot but I have a friend and her husband come over to play and the husband said it was “too easy” although he never even got multiball and couldn’t break over a million. My friend said the game seemed complicated and a bit difficult. The rules are somewhat simple, but explaining them to a casual player and having them understand the goals is different.

    It comes off as wordy and complicated.
    She enjoyed MNF the most. Games that are simple, rewarding and have a cool gimmick. Older guys seem to like the “old school” games.

    #33 12 days ago
    Quoted from AUKraut:

    Munsters Pro is the first one that popped into my head....

    Easy to understand but it’s brutal.

    #34 11 days ago

    TNA was the first game that I was able to get my family to understand.

    #35 11 days ago

    SMB and South Park are the two that immediately come to mind. Fantastic themes, extremely easy, and both.... Not so awesome games.

    #36 11 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Spider Man on factory settings is the correct answer.
    Almost everybody new to pinball says it's their favorite game. Cause it's easy and a long player.

    That was my answer too

    #37 11 days ago

    Another one is Champions Pub.... the general idea is super basic. It can be a frustrating game though... no shot is really safe from draining.

    #38 11 days ago

    Have to pick this as well, followed by TAF. WCS has so much, but it's so easy to get massive points, and takes very little instruction.

    I rotate between those 2, as well as Munsters LE for wind down quite often ( though Munsters can get aggressive quick)

    #39 11 days ago

    Monster bash has seemed to work in my house. It’s drawn more people in than any other title. I also agree w/ spiderman.

    #40 11 days ago
    Quoted from PinballBeerGuy:

    TNA was the first game that I was able to get my family to understand.

    I 100% agree. Co-op mode in TNA is the best game to play WITH your non pinball friends and family. Great music and lights with very clear objectives and goals that you complete together.

    #42 11 days ago

    T2.Nice fun playing game.Rules are fairly simple.Great game for the whole family to play!

    #43 11 days ago

    Lost in Space. Newbies fall in love with the light show, great sound effects and easy to achieve multiball. A lot of multiball and they are pumped after a single game. It's also my favorite Happy Hour game when I want to just slap a ball around and ooh and aah at the presentation.

    #45 11 days ago

    Anything with a central bash toy. A couple examples would be MM castle, AFM saucer, MET sparky, I even found that the goal on world cup is enjoyed by the casual player. Anything that does crazy flashing and/or loud noises will draw people to it.

    #47 11 days ago
    Quoted from TheCanadianGuy:

    T2.Nice fun playing game.Rules are fairly simple.Great game for the whole family to play!

    Any game that requires you to take your hands off the flipper buttons and move them somewhere else isn’t too good for noobs.

    #48 11 days ago

    Sure anyone can approach a TNA and marvel at sound/lights or bash monger a bit on IM.

    But after a game I wouldn’t equate these titles to “easy” with short ball times and low overall scores. Casuals tend to shrug and walk.

    DMD - SS, WCS, MB/MM more crowd pleasing.

    #49 11 days ago

    Stern Playboy is a great easy game. No deep rule sets, but a lot of fun and great playfield layout with lots of multiball.

    #50 11 days ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    I WOULD have said Breakshot but I have a friend and her husband come over to play and the husband said it was “too easy” although he never even got multiball and couldn’t break over a million. My friend said the game seemed complicated and a bit difficult. The rules are somewhat simple, but explaining them to a casual player and having them understand the goals is different.
    It comes off as wordy and complicated.
    She enjoyed MNF the most. Games that are simple, rewarding and have a cool gimmick. Older guys seem to like the “old school” games.

    Interesting, but if he couldn't get multiball, it's not too easy for him. Strange that one of 'em said too easy, the other complicated and difficult. Makes me wonder what you told 'em, ha...

    I think the multiball is one of the great things for a beginner. No explanation is even necessary. The locks are immediately inviting to shoot for, and it's not too challenging to frustrate a beginner. It's also fun to see the balls banked / combo'd in there. I brought mine to our show one year, and could tell beginners enjoyed it: they just seemed to like to go for the multiball, no rules or explanations necessary.

    I could definitely see MNF: kind of similar in regard to seeing it makes it immediately obvious what you want to do, no explanations necessary.

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