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Homepin Thunderbirds-real opinions from real owners


By Toucanf16

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 11 months ago by Cabal73
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#1 1 year ago

I'm all about keeping pinball alive. The only way for that to happen is bringing new players, new machines and new ideas to market. We all know that's WAY easier said than done.

I'm honestly curious about Thunderbirds. I'm in Hong Kong just across the border from Shenzhen. I'd love to make it out to the factory, but it has't happened yet.

Bringing ANY game to market is a success. We need to talk it up and get past the first game on onto more titles. I'd like to hear more about this game from those who ACTUALLY own a production game, not speculators or people playing pre-production games at shows. How's its gameplay, ruleset, feel, flow, serviceability, manufacturer/distributor support, etc.

#2 1 year ago

show some pics of the game, I have never seen it.

#3 1 year ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

How's its gameplay, ruleset,

Multiball does NOT have jackpots. There are NO jackpots in this game.

#4 1 year ago

I don't own one but a good friend of mine does. First thing you have to remember is the name of the company, Homepin, and that is exactly what this game is intended for, the home, it is not really a commercial quality game intended to be beat on 10 hours a day on location. That said it is a decent game with some "interesting rules", again, not what we have come to expect from the other manufacturers. They have offered a retro fit of a metal ramp to replace the plastic one, and this is an absolute must, makes the game much better, and now feels solid instead of flimsy. BTW, the game itself is quite well built!

I'm not certain what the price difference is between a TB and a Stern Pro, but I think there is a niche for this game for those who just can't get to the Pro price point.

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

I'm honestly curious about Thunderbirds. I'm in Hong Kong just across the border from Shenzhen. I'd love to make it out to the factory, but it has't happened yet.

Thanks for starting this thread. You are more than welcome to visit any time, with a day or so notice I would be happy to pick you up at the LoWu crossing and bring you to the factory (about 40mins from the border).

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#6 1 year ago

Some comments sent to me from actual owners (most are not on any forums) there are many more but these I found in a few minutes:

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"Stainless steel ramp has kicked it out of the park! I just don't get why these keyboard "Nazi's" are crucifying this game?

If people had a real good look at the quality of the game they would be stunned I can tell you. I had an Iron Maiden for a weekend and the build quality was "Cheap" to be nice about it.

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Hi Mike.

Nice to hear from you. The ramp has been installed and the game is fully operational. Players have said it is a wonderful improvement and I thank you very much for sending this to us.

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Wow Mike. What an incredible video and anyone that questions your commitment has no ground to stand on now. Thank you for sharing that with me. It is an excellent way for me to understand exactly what you are doing and how difficult it is to make these things work so well. Again thank you and I always have nothing but good things to say about you to those that ask about the game.

[NOTE: the mention of a video is a soon to be released factory tour done by a famous Youtuber - next day or so I'm told]

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Having now put some serious time on the game my son cranked up 982 million last night! I think all the keyboard "cockheads" are exactly that! The game is absolutely beautiful and challenging to play. And I will go on any podcast and say this.

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I have taken snippets from these messages to keep this post short but I think you can get the gist of things.

#7 1 year ago

I'll certainty take you up on the offer. Maybe sometime after the New Year holiday.

#8 1 year ago

On route the game has held up well after some initial adjustments. People like playing the game for sure. It may not be the best earner on the floor but it is being played at a significant pace.

As far as rules, they are not deep but they are easy to understand. Objectives are straight forward. Build quality overall is good. Cabinet is very good.

Time will tell how it will last on the street but I am more confident than I was before I received it. Reason for that is our communication has been good from distributor (pinballstar) and manufacturer (Homepin). Any questions we has were responded to in a timely manner.

Final thoughts. I am very pleased with this purchase, if it last on my route it will be something unique in my inventory that I can offer our customers for years to come. I don't have the desdain for anyone making pinball. I know sometimes people are not all treated the same and they are certainly entitled to speak their thoughts on any public forum. I have had a good experience with this transaction from start to end. Anyone wanting to potentially purchase this game talk to Joe at Pinballstar and he can explain the game to you. He has examples for you to play and then you can make a really informed decision.

4 months later
#9 1 year ago
Quoted from dgpinball:

I don't own one but a good friend of mine does. First thing you have to remember is the name of the company, Homepin, and that is exactly what this game is intended for, the home, it is not really a commercial quality game intended to be beat on 10 hours a day on location. That said it is a decent game with some "interesting rules", again, not what we have come to expect from the other manufacturers. They have offered a retro fit of a metal ramp to replace the plastic one, and this is an absolute must, makes the game much better, and now feels solid instead of flimsy. BTW, the game itself is quite well built!
I'm not certain what the price difference is between a TB and a Stern Pro, but I think there is a niche for this game for those who just can't get to the Pro price point.

A game intended for the home that has coin mechs included.

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from Homepin:

Some comments sent to me from actual owners (most are not on any forums) there are many more but these I found in a few minutes:
*********************************
"Stainless steel ramp has kicked it out of the park! I just don't get why these keyboard "Nazi's" are crucifying this game?
If people had a real good look at the quality of the game they would be stunned I can tell you. I had an Iron Maiden for a weekend and the build quality was "Cheap" to be nice about it.
*********************************
Hi Mike.
Nice to hear from you. The ramp has been installed and the game is fully operational. Players have said it is a wonderful improvement and I thank you very much for sending this to us.
**********************************
Wow Mike. What an incredible video and anyone that questions your commitment has no ground to stand on now. Thank you for sharing that with me. It is an excellent way for me to understand exactly what you are doing and how difficult it is to make these things work so well. Again thank you and I always have nothing but good things to say about you to those that ask about the game.
[NOTE: the mention of a video is a soon to be released factory tour done by a famous Youtuber - next day or so I'm told]
***********************************
Having now put some serious time on the game my son cranked up 982 million last night! I think all the keyboard "cockheads" are exactly that! The game is absolutely beautiful and challenging to play. And I will go on any podcast and say this.
***********************************
I have taken snippets from these messages to keep this post short but I think you can get the gist of things.

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from Homepin:

Some comments sent to me from actual owners (most are not on any forums) there are many more but these I found in a few minutes:
*********************************
"Stainless steel ramp has kicked it out of the park! I just don't get why these keyboard "Nazi's" are crucifying this game?
If people had a real good look at the quality of the game they would be stunned I can tell you. I had an Iron Maiden for a weekend and the build quality was "Cheap" to be nice about it.
*********************************
Hi Mike.
Nice to hear from you. The ramp has been installed and the game is fully operational. Players have said it is a wonderful improvement and I thank you very much for sending this to us.
**********************************
Wow Mike. What an incredible video and anyone that questions your commitment has no ground to stand on now. Thank you for sharing that with me. It is an excellent way for me to understand exactly what you are doing and how difficult it is to make these things work so well. Again thank you and I always have nothing but good things to say about you to those that ask about the game.
[NOTE: the mention of a video is a soon to be released factory tour done by a famous Youtuber - next day or so I'm told]
***********************************
Having now put some serious time on the game my son cranked up 982 million last night! I think all the keyboard "cockheads" are exactly that! The game is absolutely beautiful and challenging to play. And I will go on any podcast and say this.
***********************************
I have taken snippets from these messages to keep this post short but I think you can get the gist of things.

It's patently obvious in hindsight that these genuine testimonials were little more than AA bogans parroting up fake reviews to try and boost international interest at the time.

4 months later
#12 1 year ago

I own this game. Funny I thought that was the title of this thread?

Its a great game with impressive features. No, this in not my first game nor my second.... I haven't owned hundreds of pins but definitely more than a dozen. My Thunderbirds sits right next to my AC/DC Lucy and I am impressed with the build quality, the playability, and the overall fun of this game. The mechanisms are amazing and the integration of the theme associated with the different features is, in my opinion, exactly what pinball should be......fun.

Everyone who comes to play it really enjoys it.

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from Dford:

I own this game. Funny I thought that was the title of this thread?
Its a great game with impressive features. No, this in not my first game nor my second.... I haven't owned hundreds of pins but definitely more than a dozen. My Thunderbirds sits right next to my AC/DC Lucy and I am impressed with the build quality, the playability, and the overall fun of this game. The mechanisms are amazing and the integration of the theme associated with the different features is, in my opinion, exactly what pinball should be......fun.
Everyone who comes to play it really enjoys it.

How would you describe the rules and how deep they are? Like system 11 type rules? Not trolling as I honestly know very little about this title other than what has been posted and am curious.

#14 1 year ago

We had this at our show this past summer - I have not owned.

TB was pretty good to play, but gave no indications of being a long term keeper.
That front ramp shot has quite an angle and if you only half hit it the come back is cool...but it's too far down the middle of the playfield.
Really got in the way of the flow of the game real bad IMHO..and causes bad back of pin blindness.

Not the total dog everyone says it is-
Better pinballs to spend 5K on - many-

1 month later
#15 12 months ago

Played it for the first time at Pinball Madness event last weekend. I really enjoyed it. I am a fan of the original series so maybe my opinion is a bit skewed or bias. But I felt gameplay was fun and engaging. Playfield layout is smart and well done. I couldn’t hear the sound too well but I played it for maybe 20-30 minutes and really had a blast.

Going to pick one up soon, I hope.

#16 12 months ago

I have one for sale $3,000 listed on Pinside

2 weeks later
#17 11 months ago
Quoted from murfe88:

I have one for sale $3,000 listed on Pinside

Yeah I saw your add. Very tempting. I’m going to where they have it again in January to play it much more. I only have room for one more pin so it has to be the right one. If yours is still available And I decide on it I’ll hit you up then.

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