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Flippers Arcade in Grandy, NC

By obxamuse

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    #1 4 months ago

    Pinball Museum in the back has over 75 pins to play. All on free play. Current pricing is 5.00 one hour, $9.00 for two hours or $15.00 all day. Open everyday 7am to 9pm. Large selection of newer Stern’s, Bally/Williams and classics from the 70’s and 80’s. Pictures in their Flippers Arcade Facebook page.

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    #2 4 months ago

    Always kick my self for not stopping here on my past trips to Outer Banks. I guess just fighting through traffic to get where I need to go for vacation.
    It certainly looks like a great place to flip plenty! I need to stop next go around.

    #3 4 months ago

    I was highly impressed by this arcade when I visited a couple of years ago during an outerbanks vacation. Most games were in pristine condition and the sheer number of amazing titles was incredible. Definately stop in if you are in the area.

    #4 4 months ago

    Awesome place with an ever-growing selection! If you ever head to the Outer Banks, definitely stop by.

    #5 4 months ago

    Nice looks like the classics room is open, wasn’t when I was there in April.

    Always a great place to stop by.

    #6 4 months ago

    Love that place. Hadn't heard they went to hourly rate.

    #7 4 months ago
    Quoted from ectobar:

    Love that place. Hadn't heard they went to hourly rate.

    I usually frown upon the hourly rate scheme as these places tend to have beat up games and kids running all over the place starting 4 player games, but at OBX it has the opposite effect.

    The pinball rooms are in the back far from all the kiddie gambling and racing games, and those games are NOT on "pay by the hour." So the only people back in the pinball room are people who actually play pinball, which is to say, not many. It means the games aren't going to get beat to shit, and there aren't gonna be tons of civilians running around making the place unbearable.

    They even have a velvet rope to keep the birthday party crowd out of the pinball rooms! I thought it worked out really well and it's cheap for the pinball you get.

    There is one bank of games on $ play out in the main room, I remember Elvira and Munsters were over there. I think it's probably just because they ran out of room in the pinball area, and it would be too difficult to "rope off" these games and leave them on free play in the main area.

    #8 4 months ago

    It’s my favorite pinball place on the planet.

    Interesting it’s called “Flippers pinball museum” rather than “Flippers Variety Store” like in the past.

    #9 4 months ago

    Just stopped by about 2 weeks ago. It's going to be my Saint Patrick's Day shirt too.

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    #10 4 months ago
    Quoted from Spiderpin:

    Just stopped by about 2 weeks ago. It's going to be my Saint Patrick's Day shirt too.
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    I like it. I'm kinda over black tshirts. Hopefully I can swindle my work into sending me back down that way so I can pick one of these up.

    #11 4 months ago
    Quoted from ectobar:

    I like it. I'm kinda over black tshirts. Hopefully I can swindle my work into sending me back down that way so I can pick one of these up.

    Grab me one too!

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    #12 4 months ago

    Flippers got the new GnR and there was a mini pinball tournament tonight. GnR is pretty amazing and I’m awful at it, but this new DDR style game, DanceRush Stardum, is my new jam!

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    #13 4 months ago

    So pumped. My family tradition is to hit grave digger tour then flippers. Keep one of those shirts in 2xl!

    We will be down on Saturday. Hoping for a rainy day to come back!

    #14 4 months ago
    Quoted from LilRocky:

    Flippers got the new GnR and there was a mini pinball tournament tonight. GnR is pretty amazing and I’m awful at it, but this new DDR style game, DanceRush Stardum, is my new jam!
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    Sick! I love that game, I'm going to the outer banks in a few weeks so now I'm definitely stopping there.

    4 weeks later
    #15 3 months ago

    Bump: Monday tournament night 7pm sharp. Staying on the OBX Come by and play show up around 6:30pm. Stop by any time and play. $5 an hour, $9 for 2 hours or $15 all day. They have a boat load of games. Just to name a few. JJP GNR, Stern Mandalorain and one of Spooky's newest games on the way. I had a blast on 7-12-21

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    #16 72 days ago

    Update: We had a twister and what we thought was a tornado hit the back pinball room this past Wednesday, Aug.4th. It actually was classified as a Gustnado by the National Weather Service. The pizza place, Wise Guys Pies actually got a recording of it on a outside cam shooting across the road at our arcade. Anyway the twister ripped part of the roof in our back back pinball room that housed our oldest pins, Early 80’s, late 70’s and EM’s. We moved about 30 pins that were in these rooms to our warehouse and the room is being remolded with a new roof and repairing all the damage. This will probably take at least a month since the building inspector required new electrical and more. The good news is none of the newer games and DMD games were bothered. We have the new Guns & Roses, Mandalorian LE all still in the museum.
    So for now it’s a little over 50 games and none of the older classics. Anyone want to design a Gustnado pinball? There already is a Whirlwind, Comet, Cyclone and Hurricane.

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    #17 72 days ago

    Can't wait to visit again in the Fall! Glad the games are all ok.

    #18 71 days ago
    Quoted from obxamuse:

    Update: We had a twister and what we thought was a tornado hit the back pinball room this past Wednesday, Aug.4th. It actually was classified as a Gustnado by the National Weather Service. The pizza place, Wise Guys Pies actually got a recording of it on a outside cam shooting across the road at our arcade. Anyway the twister ripped part of the roof in our back back pinball room that housed our oldest pins, Early 80’s, late 70’s and EM’s. We moved about 30 pins that were in these rooms to our warehouse and the room is being remolded with a new roof and repairing all the damage. This will probably take at least a month since the building inspector required new electrical and more. The good news is none of the newer games and DMD games were bothered. We have the new Guns & Roses, Mandalorian LE all still in the museum.
    So for now it’s a little over 50 games and none of the older classics. Anyone want to design a Gustnado pinball? There already is a Whirlwind, Comet, Cyclone and Hurricane.[quoted image]

    Sorry about the damage. I heard last week's weather was bad. Haven't played GNR or Mandaloria yet. In Corolla this week and will see you Tuesday or Wednesday.

    #19 71 days ago

    Glad everyone was safe! Will be down in a few weeks to support!

    #20 68 days ago

    Made it to Flippers today. Huge upgrades to the redemption / prize games over last year. Kids absolutely loved it. For me $5 for 1 hour a free play in the pin section was the best bargain around. I played a few for the first time. Impressions:

    GNR LE.
    Great light show and theme but overall stock down. It was a never ending game of multi balls like I thought it would be. Seems next to impossible to lock 6 balls on the Gibson headstock. Too many balls get kicked out during gameplay. JJP flippers are sponges (Wonka felt the same way).
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    Avengers Premium
    Really liked this game. A bit clunky and damn is the Captain Marvel ramp tough to hit. 9/10 are rejects. Still it's a unique layout and well done.
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    Stranger Things Premium/LE
    I don't get why this game is getting popular. At all. Airballs galore. Demogorgon rejects galore. Playfield dimpled to death. Not surprised.
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    Mandolorian LE
    Holy crap this was a nice surprise. It shot so well. Seems really well done. Cool layout. Sleeper for me. Lots of fun.
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    Led Zeppelin Premium
    I'm about the biggest Led Zep fan there is. This is the worst Stern pin in a decade. So barren. So boring. Did Ritchie leave to go to JJP or was he fired? (I kid...I think)
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    #21 68 days ago

    I like how flippers just moves games into storage and fixes their roof without starting
    A go fund me and asking for money.

    It’s still possible!

    #22 68 days ago
    Quoted from Guinnesstime:

    Made it to Flippers today. Huge upgrades to the redemption / prize games over last year. Kids absolutely loved it. For me $5 for 1 hour a free play in the pin section was the best bargain around. I played a few for the first time. Impressions:
    GNR LE.
    Great light show and theme but overall stock down. It was a never ending game of multi balls like I thought it would be. Seems next to impossible to lock 6 balls on the Gibson headstock. Too many balls get kicked out during gameplay. JJP flippers are sponges (Wonka felt the same way).
    [quoted image]
    Avengers Premium
    Really liked this game. A bit clunky and damn is the Captain Marvel ramp tough to hit. 9/10 are rejects. Still it's a unique layout and well done.
    [quoted image]
    Stranger Things Premium/LE
    I don't get why this game is getting popular. At all. Airballs galore. Demogorgon rejects galore.
    [quoted image]
    Mandolorian LE
    Holy crap this was a nice surprise. It shot so well. Seems really well done. Cool layout. Sleeper for me. Lots of fun.
    [quoted image]
    Led Zeppelin Premium
    I'm about the biggest Led Zep fan there is. This is the worst Stern pin in a decade. So barren. So boring. Did Ritchie leave to go to JJP or was he fired? (I kid...I think)
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    Stranger Things is a great game. So fast and great shots. I didn't think the one at Flippers was particularly tuned in very well. We have 2 locally where I am and I love them. (the pro is better, fyi)

    Led Zeppelin is just a fast "shoot em up" kind of game. It's a smasher. No finesse. 100% smashing the ball all day. It was nice that the one at Flippers had the middle spinner working properly. Still didn't do much for me , but it's a really cool concept/toy/mech. Ripping that spinner was great fun. The ramps are really all that there is in this game, and it loses it's gusto (no relation to a Gustnado) fairly quickly. The song selection is on point though!

    The mando LE got there 3 days after we left town so i was super bummed. I like the pro though. Hopefully will be my next pin.

    And GNR SE is currently in my basement and loved playing it at Flippers!

    #23 68 days ago
    Quoted from obxamuse:

    Update: We had a twister and what we thought was a tornado hit the back pinball room this past Wednesday, Aug.4th. It actually was classified as a Gustnado by the National Weather Service. The pizza place, Wise Guys Pies actually got a recording of it on a outside cam shooting across the road at our arcade. Anyway the twister ripped part of the roof in our back back pinball room that housed our oldest pins, Early 80’s, late 70’s and EM’s. We moved about 30 pins that were in these rooms to our warehouse and the room is being remolded with a new roof and repairing all the damage. This will probably take at least a month since the building inspector required new electrical and more. The good news is none of the newer games and DMD games were bothered. We have the new Guns & Roses, Mandalorian LE all still in the museum.
    So for now it’s a little over 50 games and none of the older classics. Anyone want to design a Gustnado pinball? There already is a Whirlwind, Comet, Cyclone and Hurricane.[quoted image]

    So sad to see this and hear the news. We had so much fun visiting and the pinball is top notch. Heartbreaking to see those classic games in that condition. Did Hercules and Space Invaders make it out ok?

    I really hope everything turns out for the best and everything goes right back where it was! I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner for a little bit while I was there. Awesome gentlemen and hope to talk again some day!

    Hands down the best $15 you'll spend on your trip!

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    #24 56 days ago

    Had a great time down here this morning. Pretty much had it to myself. My wife won’t play so she patiently waited.

    What an amazing place with all very well kept and playing machines. Only CC was off which I enjoy, but had plenty to play. I haven’t played a new stern since maybe Aerosmith? Wow, I’m missing a ton.

    My favorite is GnR. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it near as much as I did.

    Looks like they’re still working on the repairs in the back.

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    #25 56 days ago

    Flippers is a must visit for any Pinsider coming to OBX. My place is open to Pinsiders if you make it all the way to Corolla.

    #26 56 days ago
    Quoted from wtatumjr:

    Flippers is a must visit for any Pinsider coming to OBX. My place is open to Pinsiders if you make it all the way to Corolla.

    I enjoyed playing AIQ in the Corolla arcade too. They listed 3 pins on the sign, but only AIQ there.

    #27 56 days ago

    I have visited this place twice although not for a few years now. It's pinball paradise. Very nice folks too.

    #28 56 days ago

    What an awesome place and amazing people as well! We make the drive down from VA Beach as much as we can and always have a blast while down there! The place is super clean, never over crowded, the pay to play setup works great and there always seems to be something new on the floor. The redemption area and like games up front are great for kids as well and aren’t overpriced like many fun centers. I wonder how many people drive by it on the way down to the OBX and have no idea what they’re passing?! If you get a chance it’s definitely worth the trip!

    #29 55 days ago
    Quoted from dmacy:

    I haven’t played a new stern since maybe Aerosmith? Wow, I’m missing a ton.
    My favorite is GnR. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it near as much as I did.

    Did you catch "the bug" again? Will we see a new machine in your lineup soon?

    #30 55 days ago

    Still only AIQ at Corolla arcade. If you want to play the newest, latest or the classics go to Flippers. I test out new games there. Last time there I tried out EHOH, DP, and Iron Maiden but 'had trouble deciding which one to buy...I ended up getting all three. That trip cost me about 24k...but I have 3 great games!

    #31 55 days ago

    I took the family last week while visiting the outer banks (stayed in Duck). What a great place! There are now about 5 more machines on my list that I must have after playing at Flippers. A lot of newer machines which is very cool! I watched as the tech was installing plastic washers under the posts on GNR to save the Playfield and we had a nice discussion about it. Will definitely go back next year.

    #32 55 days ago
    Quoted from wtatumjr:

    Flippers is a must visit for any Pinsider coming to OBX. My place is open to Pinsiders if you make it all the way to Corolla.

    Doh! I would have taken you up on this! See you next August!

    #33 55 days ago
    Quoted from insight75:

    Doh! I would have taken you up on this! See you next August!

    Would love to have you! Get here early and avoid that darn traffic. Play some pins, use the pool until your 4pm check in.

    #34 55 days ago
    Quoted from wtatumjr:

    Would love to have you! Get here early and avoid that darn traffic. Play some pins, use the pool until your 4pm check in.

    Thank you! I did it different this time around. Went Sunday to Sunday. My neighbor across the street went Saturday and hit a ton of traffic on the bridge tunnel! We hit nothing....but a ton of rain from Henri on the way home.

    #35 55 days ago

    I'm headed down to my OBX house in Southern Shores on Sunday for 2 weeks. I plan to make 2 or 3 visits to Flippers during my stay. I'm really bummed that the back room is out of service. I can't wait for it to re-open.
    When I was last there in May, I chatted with the Operator/Owner and also his assistant. Super nice guys.
    Whoever said it was one of their favorite places on Earth, I agree with them.

    #36 54 days ago

    Is the Fall Pinball Bash still happening?

    #37 52 days ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Is the Fall Pinball Bash still happening?

    I do believe Dave is still going to have it. That's what he said last month when I was at Flipper's.
    But that was before the Gustnado.

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    #38 40 days ago

    Posted over on Tiltforums:

    "It is with sad news to announce that Flippers OBX 2021in November will be cancelled. The county had a uptick in cases and wanted to be safe than sorry on maybe have a super spreader event . Sorry to announce this to all , I love putting on this event but hopefully 2022 will be better year for pinball tournaments."

    #39 40 days ago
    Quoted from westofrome:

    Posted over on Tiltforums:
    "It is with sad news to announce that Flippers OBX 2021in November will be cancelled. The county had a uptick in cases and wanted to be safe than sorry on maybe have a super spreader event . Sorry to announce this to all , I love putting on this event but hopefully 2022 will be better year for pinball tournaments."

    Thanks for the undate , but not the news anyone wants to hear. Better safe than sorry.

    #40 39 days ago

    Had a great time at Flippers yesterday. I can’t wait for the back room to open up. Lots of primo games from Jersey Jack, Stern, Spooky, and Bally/Williams. All games played great and I spent quite a while enjoying the Beatles machine.

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    #41 35 days ago
    Quoted from DanMarino:

    Had a great time at Flippers yesterday. I can’t wait for the back room to open up. Lots of primo games from Jersey Jack, Stern, Spooky, and Bally/Williams. All games played great and I spent quite a while enjoying the Beatles machine.
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    That AIQ in the pic is the reason I now have one in my house!

    #42 35 days ago
    Quoted from insight75:

    That AIQ in the pic is the reason I now have one in my house!

    Ya. Same here played it in July and sent payment for one at the end of August. Received it Sept 9th. Didn't let them unload it. So I'm still waiting.

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    #43 35 days ago
    Quoted from Spiderpin:

    Ya. Same here played it in July and sent payment for one at the end of August. Received it Sept 9th. Didn't let them unload it. So I'm still waiting.
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    This still makes my heart ache.... hope you get another real soon......

    #44 34 days ago

    Yikes! That poor box with a pinball machine inside of it! How does that happen?

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