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Homepins Spinal Tap!

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#1101 1 year ago

This trainwreck is no fun to watch, far too slow.

#1102 1 year ago

I'll be playing one at PHOF tomorrow. Given the Youtube videos and the manufacturer, I'm keeping my expectations low. Hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

I've played the TBAG they have there and it's the only pin that makes me think that Punchy The Clown wasn't as bad as I thought.

#1103 1 year ago
Quoted from PismoArcade:

I'll be playing one at PHOF tomorrow. Given the Youtube videos and the manufacturer, I'm keeping my expectations low. Hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
I've played the TBAG they have there and it's the only pin that makes me think that Punchy The Clown wasn't as bad as I thought.

T-bag

#1105 1 year ago
Quoted from PismoArcade:

I'll be playing one at PHOF tomorrow.

Got a review for us? I know Mike is really keen to see real reviews from people who have played his game

2 weeks later
#1106 1 year ago

Ok just played Spinal Tap at PBHOF and it’s not good… it’s looks good but plays worse than Thunderbirds.

I actually think Thunderbirds is not as bad as people say it is and I played it after Spinal Tap just to compare and I say Thunderbirds feels better.

I think Spinal Tap looks cool but the video on the back box is just cut scenes from the movie and barely integrates in any way. The speaker lights and the cabinet looks cool, the art is Ok and it’s basically a hardtop on wood which is just like Thunderbirds and not a bad idea.

The little toys the guitars and drum set are all cool but the flippers were weak and I lost a ball that Tim had to clear for me. Wasn’t worth more the two games for me, I wanted to like it but it was slow and not that much fun.

I am a minority I don’t think Thunderbirds is that bad probably because the whole theme is cool to me and translates well to a game. I wish someone would take a fast pinball board or a raspberry PI and make a better game out of it. Because the theme is campy fun but the game is not that good either.

Sorry all - wanted to like it and it’s just not that good.

Praise for Tim though since my last visit to the Hall of fame more games were up this time so big praise for him and his team.

#1107 1 year ago
Quoted from wamonkey:

Ok just played Spinal Tap at PBHOF and it’s not good… it’s looks good but plays worse than Thunderbirds.
I actually think Thunderbirds is not as bad as people say it is and I played it after Spinal Tap just to compare and I say Thunderbirds feels better.
I think Spinal Tap looks cool but the video on the back box is just cut scenes from the movie and barely integrates in any way. The speaker lights and the cabinet looks cool, the art is Ok and it’s basically a hardtop on wood which is just like Thunderbirds and not a bad idea.
The little toys the guitars and drum set are all cool but the flippers were weak and I lost a ball that Tim had to clear for me. Wasn’t worth more the two games for me, I wanted to like it but it was slow and not that much fun.
I am a minority I don’t think Thunderbirds is that bad probably because the whole theme is cool to me and translates well to a game. I wish someone would take a fast pinball board or a raspberry PI and make a better game out of it. Because the theme is campy fun but the game is not that good either.
Sorry all - wanted to like it and it’s just not that good.
Praise for Tim though since my last visit to the Hall of fame more games were up this time so big praise for him and his team.

Such a waste of an epic license

#1108 1 year ago
Quoted from wamonkey:

Sorry all - wanted to like it and it’s just not that good.

Well, at least Homepin is consistent.

#1109 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Well, at least Homepin is consistent.
Thanks for writing up your experience with it. Is Thunderbirds at PHOF, too?

He said he played it after Spinal Tap to compare. Yeah it’s there.

#1110 1 year ago
Quoted from BallyKISS1978:

He said he played it after Spinal Tap to compare. Yeah it’s there.

Heh, that's what I get for perusing.

#1111 1 year ago

The cabinet and rails lock down bars all improved in build quality but the art looks fuzzy is the best way to say it. Outlane switches looked weird they looked small maybe they were magnetic or something - just smaller in the outlanes.

Playfield just bricked for me when the flippers were weak.

On Thunderbirds at least the flippers worked. Say what you will about Homepin Thunderbirds was working at PHOF think all the games played on it.

Love the cabinet, the cabinet art, the DMD and LCD display were cool but they didn’t integrate with the game.

I am not a Homepin hater (minus some of the owners widely reported inappropriate comments) I think he produces some decent replacement parts. I think he should stay in that lane or maybe sell kits to re-theme games or something else. Clearly software and game code is an issue for them maybe they could have made ways to upgrade game code by a group of hobbyists.

#1112 1 year ago
Quoted from manadams:

Such a waste of an epic license

In the last few years different Mfg’s have wasted more than a few epic licenses.
Thunderbirds, Jetsons, Heavy Metal and now Spinal tap

#1113 1 year ago
Quoted from ultimategameroom:

In the last few years different Mfg’s have wasted more than a few epic licenses.
Thunderbirds, Jetsons, Heavy Metal and now Spinal tap

IDK if I would classify Jetsons or Thunderbirds as 'epic' licenses.

Is there a video with any decent gameplay of Spinal tap? I can just find little clips or older plays where things don't seem set up properly... I'd imagine someone on the team could do a video where they could actually demonstrate what it does in gameplay? (I'd hope).

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Agree for thunderbirds.. it was a playable machine, but just could not stand where it was marketed.. If the MSRP and market target were in the below Stern home pin region, step up from zizzle for a 'real' machine, I think people would love it... but at 5k, it just was never there for a offshore constructed machine where there was an expectation of exceptional value.

#1114 1 year ago

Just in…exclusive footage of Christopher Guest playing Spinal Pinball!

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#1115 1 year ago
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#1116 1 year ago
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#1117 1 year ago

Thunderbirds is most certainly an epic license. If I could be bothered I'd show you why. Homepin are pretty clueless with it comes to making fun pinball experiences. They need a talented Creative Director.

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#1118 1 year ago

I wouldn't buy any pinball just based on those licenses. Epic? sheesh, childrens shows and a band i've never heard of before.

#1119 1 year ago
Quoted from punkin:

a band i've never heard of before.

The band is not real. It's a made up band from a parody documentary movie of the same name. Watch it if you get the chance. It really is a hillaroiusly great movie.

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#1120 1 year ago
Quoted from RCA1:

The band is not real. It's a made up band from a parody documentary movie of the same name. Watch it if you get the chance. It really is a hillaroiusly great movie.

Ahh, sorry i don't watch television.

#1121 1 year ago
Quoted from SLAMT1LT:

Thunderbirds is most certainly an epic license. If I could be bothered I'd show you why. Homepin are pretty clueless with it comes to making fun pinball experiences. They need a talented Creative Director.

They had Balcer for a hot minute on Spinal Tap, but that failed for some reason and Homepin decided they could do it themselves.

They were wrong.

#1122 1 year ago
Quoted from wamonkey:

and it’s basically a hardtop on wood which is just like Thunderbirds and not a bad idea.

If it's just a hardtop, then why even use a piece of wood? Why not develop your own plastic, metal, or other piece of engineered material? Or is it just a cheap piece of plywood?

Quoted from SLAMT1LT:

Thunderbirds is most certainly an epic license.

Here in the states, it was mildly popular, but in most of the rest of the english speaking world, it was WAY more popular.

#1123 1 year ago

Whatever happened to Mike's balls?
Maybe he had a few left over used them in these games, giving the flippers a hard time to make ramp shots.
Tony refused to have them in the Shed. Mumbled something about them magnetizing every thing in the joint!

#1124 1 year ago
Quoted from shaneo:

Whatever happened to Mike's balls?
Maybe he had a few left over used them in these games, giving the flippers a hard time to make ramp shots.
Tony refused to have them in the Shed. Mumbled something about them magnetizing every thing in the joint!

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#1125 1 year ago

They are junk. Do not put them in any of your games. We learnt that lesson the hard way.

#1126 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballaddicted:

They are junk. Do not put them in any of your games. We learnt that lesson the hard way.

Easily roughed up? Easily magnetized? Rust easily? Pitted? How are they junk?

#1127 1 year ago
Quoted from wamonkey:

Ok just played Spinal Tap at PBHOF and it’s not good… it’s looks good but plays worse than Thunderbirds.
I actually think Thunderbirds is not as bad as people say it is and I played it after Spinal Tap just to compare and I say Thunderbirds feels better.
I think Spinal Tap looks cool but the video on the back box is just cut scenes from the movie and barely integrates in any way. The speaker lights and the cabinet looks cool, the art is Ok and it’s basically a hardtop on wood which is just like Thunderbirds and not a bad idea.
The little toys the guitars and drum set are all cool but the flippers were weak and I lost a ball that Tim had to clear for me. Wasn’t worth more the two games for me, I wanted to like it but it was slow and not that much fun.
I am a minority I don’t think Thunderbirds is that bad probably because the whole theme is cool to me and translates well to a game. I wish someone would take a fast pinball board or a raspberry PI and make a better game out of it. Because the theme is campy fun but the game is not that good either.
Sorry all - wanted to like it and it’s just not that good.
Praise for Tim though since my last visit to the Hall of fame more games were up this time so big praise for him and his team.

I did the same played Spinal Tap first then went to play Thunderbirds which oddly wasn't as bad as I remembered it was.

I guess Homepin is finally on to something every time they release a game the previous one suddenly doesn't look as terrible as it was.

Let's wait for the next game to enjoy spinal tap !

#1128 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Easily roughed up? Easily magnetized? Rust easily? Pitted? How are they junk?

Balls are not good quality steel and have been polished a lot. It makes the outer shell really hard. When you start flinging them around a pinball machine they pit and you have steel flakes everywhere.

#1129 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballaddicted:

Balls are not good quality steel and have been polished a lot. It makes the outer shell really hard. When you start flinging them around a pinball machine they pit and you have steel flakes everywhere.

Is that from recent experience or from years ago? I spoke to an operator who is using these ones in the link and is pretty happy with them. Haven't tried them myself as I have a huge barrel of ball baron ones.

#1130 1 year ago

Maybe this is the next best thing - a while back I designed a Gottlieb Spinal Tap graphic to replace my destroyed ROCK translite. I think it's pretty cool...

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#1131 1 year ago
Quoted from robm:

Is that from recent experience or from years ago? I spoke to an operator who is using these ones in the link and is pretty happy with them. Haven't tried them myself as I have a huge barrel of ball baron ones.

From a few years ago. No chance we would ever use them again.

We are in the same boat. We bought hundrrds of balls years ago and we still have some left. When we run out I think we will go for Ball Barron.

#1132 1 year ago
Quoted from adol75:

I did the same played Spinal Tap first then went to play Thunderbirds which oddly wasn't as bad as I remembered it was.
I guess Homepin is finally on to something every time they release a game the previous one suddenly doesn't look as terrible as it was.
Let's wait for the next game to enjoy spinal tap !

OMG - hillarious - you may be right. I am not a homepin hater, Thunderbirds is not horrible. But, I can say I did not think much of Spinal Tap so you may be right after the next game each prior game will look better. So, after 4-5 more releases Thunderbirds will not be ranked the worst game ever (which I believe is not true anyway).

2 weeks later
#1133 1 year ago

https://www.knapparcade.org/post/homepin-resumes-production-of-this-is-spinal-tap-pinball-machines

I'm guessing they had to pause production while they waited for an order /s

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#1134 1 year ago

Homepin released an official trailer for This is Spinal Tap pinball this morning...

https://www.knapparcade.org/post/homepin-launches-official-trailer-for-its-this-is-spinal-tap-pinball-machine

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#1135 1 year ago
Quoted from Knapp_Arcade:

Homepin released an official trailer for This is Spinal Tap pinball this morning...
https://www.knapparcade.org/post/homepin-launches-official-trailer-for-its-this-is-spinal-tap-pinball-machine
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today is going to just be a fountain of entertainment!

#1136 1 year ago
Quoted from Knapp_Arcade:

Homepin released an official trailer for This is Spinal Tap pinball this morning...
https://www.knapparcade.org/post/homepin-launches-official-trailer-for-its-this-is-spinal-tap-pinball-machine
[quoted image]

How much is the babe in the video?

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#1137 1 year ago
Quoted from manadams:

How much is the babe in the video? [quoted image]

I was looking at her more than the game

#1138 1 year ago

I can't wait for the game play!

#1139 1 year ago
Quoted from insight75:

I can't wait for the game play!

I actually like the look of the dmd and the LCD screen together .

#1140 1 year ago

Interested in Homepin’s Spinal Tap pinball ? Coming soon…

PinballSTAR is the exclusive USA distributor for Spinal Tap - email us at [email protected] to get on our interested list !

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#1141 1 year ago
Quoted from screaminr:

I was looking at her more than the game

Was there a pinball machine in that video?

#1142 1 year ago

Who can't resist a cricket bat on a spring?

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#1143 1 year ago

I feel like I just watched a porn video that ended before it got to the porn part.

#1144 1 year ago

It is fitting that their release video is the same quality as their pinball machine, pure trash… With all of the other releases out there not sure who is going to buy this machine.

#1145 1 year ago

What was with the eye rolling? Even she's over it already!

#1146 1 year ago

Its a pinball machine i guess.

Why would they not showcase the tracklist in the trailer?

#1147 1 year ago

Better marketing than GTF already. I keed.... sorta...

I love how badly cut the decal is even in their promo shots

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#1148 1 year ago

Has the price been listed somewhere yet?

#1149 1 year ago
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#1150 1 year ago

Truly a strange and baffling trailer. Can’t believe that’s the second time I’m saying this in a matter of weeks.

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