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Hot Wheels it is - says Kaneda


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#551 82 days ago

Does anyone actually have any faith that they will make a good decision with theme and art for this next game? I hope I'm wrong but I have none.

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#552 82 days ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

How the hell do you play with a coke machine?

I played the dollar bill changer machine for over an hour one time in Vegas.

I broke even.

#553 82 days ago
Quoted from Palmer:

The design of that ad is terrible.

Don't blame me

#555 82 days ago

Fascinating, the response to this idea. I’m disappointed that the amazing ideas shown in Houdini and Oktoberfest aren’t taken seriously enough to carry this (still unrevealed!) Third title.

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#556 82 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Fascinating, the response to this idea. I’m disappointed that the amazing ideas shown in Houdini and Oktoberfest aren’t taken seriously enough to carry this (still unrevealed!) Third title.

I agree. Way too much cynicism for the dynamic and interesting approaches and build quality that AP has had with two games. Stern is predictable, and I've yet to play a Spooky title that feels fun.

So aside from JJP, AP has done some interesting things their own way, and deserve less backlash and more credit.

#557 82 days ago

Hot Wheels? Lame.
Jesus who comes up with this shit.

#558 82 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Fascinating, the response to this idea. I’m disappointed that the amazing ideas shown in Houdini and Oktoberfest aren’t taken seriously enough to carry this (still unrevealed!) Third title.

I agree that there are a lot of good, unique ideas in both of those games but each are incredibly flawed. In terms of sales, both were complete flops and for good reason. Oktoberfest should have never been made IMO. They need to show that they can put a complete package together if they want to be taken seriously.

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#559 82 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

Oktoberfest should have never been made IMO.

Oktoberfest is my favorite game, I love it! My JJPOTCSE is not going anywhere either, but I like OKT even better.

We all like different stuff, there is no right or wrong, just what we prefer.

#560 82 days ago
Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

We all like different stuff, there is no right or wrong, just what we prefer.

When you own a business that needs to turn a profit, there absolutely is a right or wrong.

#561 82 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

When you own a business that needs to turn a profit, there absolutely is a right or wrong.

I can see that with OKT. It may not do well on location. But in home it is awesome because of all the variety to try.

For business probably every cookie cutter game that is easy to figure out probably is best. But for home, a game like OKT is way better for all the variety.

I only play at home, and the more variety a pin has the longer it lasts. And for me OKT has the best variety period.

And hell no, on location I would not want to keep putting money in to try all the different stuff.

#562 82 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

I agree that there are a lot of good, unique ideas in both of those games but each are incredibly flawed. In terms of sales, both were complete flops and for good reason. Oktoberfest should have never been made IMO. They need to show that they can put a complete package together if they want to be taken seriously.

Flawed how? Oktoberfest is really fun, and has some incredibly innovative modes and mechs, as does Houdini

#563 82 days ago
Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

I can see that with OKT. It may not do well on location. But in home it is awesome because of all the variety to try.
For business probably every cookie cutter game that is easy to figure out probably is best. But for home, a game like OKT is way better for all the variety.
I only play at home, and the more variety a pin has the longer it lasts. And for me OKT has the best variety period.
And hell no, on location I would not want to keep putting money in to try all the different stuff.

I was actually referring to AP, not operators or locations. There is a right and wrong when it comes to the decisions they make and their sales numbers are a reflection of that. I guarantee that if they could have a do-over with Oktoberfest, there wouldn’t be an Oktoberfest.

#564 82 days ago

The only thing they improved on from Houdini was the layout. I give Houdini a pass because it was really their first attempt and it was rushed. The layout/shots in the game leave a lot to be desired, let’s be honest. The art, animations, sounds and theme on Oktoberfest are absolutely atrocious. As much as I really love the layout there’s no way I would ever consider owning one. Unfortunately for AP, there’s only a few hundred people that would strongly disagree with my assessment. I’m glad that those that own it are enjoying it but you have to realize that you’re in the extreme minority otherwise they would have sold thousands. They really need to focus on delivering the total package instead of putting everything into one or two elements only.

#565 82 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

I was actually referring to AP, not operators or locations. There is a right and wrong when it comes to the decisions they make and their sales numbers are a reflection of that. I guarantee that if they could have a do-over with Oktoberfest, there wouldn’t be an Oktoberfest.

I’ve never seen sales numbers for Houdini? How many units were made and sold?

#566 82 days ago
Quoted from zahner:

I’ve never seen sales numbers for Houdini? How many units were made and sold?

I’ve seen speculation that up to 600 were sold, but I have no idea what that’s based on.

#567 82 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

Unfortunately for AP, there’s only a few hundred people that would strongly disagree with my assessment. I’m glad that those that own it are enjoying it but you have to realize that you’re in the extreme minority otherwise they would have sold thousands. They really need to focus on delivering the total package instead of putting everything into one or two elements only.

Like I said, there is no right or wrong, we all like different things.

If AP really needs to sell thousands of a machine to keep the doors open, then hell yes I hope they have some big hit soon so they can keep going.

In the meantime IMO, AP has the best quality control. My OKT, and HOU have never had any playfield issues. And both are so unique, and not cookie cutter games.

#568 82 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

I’ve seen speculation that up to 600 were sold, but I have no idea what that’s based on.

The speculation that I’ve seen is that the combined sales of Houdini and Oktoberfest is south of 1000. Not good.

Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

In the meantime IMO, AP has the best quality control. My OKT, and HOU have never had any playfield issues. And both are so unique, and not cookie cutter games.

I will agree with that. I do think that AP has the potential to make a truly amazing game. There’s glimpses of that in both Houdini and Oktoberfest, no doubt about it.

#569 82 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

The speculation that I’ve seen is that the combined sales of Houdini and Oktoberfest is south of 1000. Not good.

I will agree with that. I do think that AP has the potential to make a truly amazing game. There’s glimpses of that in both Houdini and Oktoberfest, no doubt about it.

AP needs to figure out who their target market is, and what their priorities are as well. Houdini here was sent down the road after a bug was introduced early last year that caused the game to crash when you cleared audits for collections, so essentially collections were messed up from then on. After it went unfixed for like 4 months the operator I help was done with AP and we sold it. I'm not positive, but I think it was like 6-8 months before it was fixed. Unacceptable if they are targeting operators. After this, Oktoberfest was a hard pass by the operator I work with, and I wasn't really excited about changing his mind. AP also had a situation where the Houdini high score screen didn't time out, so if someone on location didn't complete the high score entry, the machine was stuck as far as most casuals were concerned. That's a BASIC, first checklist kind of thing that should have never made it to release as-is. Things like those two examples do not endear AP to operators that can give them and their games street visibility.

That said, Barry was EXCELLENT support, beginning to end, every single time there was a parts or tech issue to report. GREAT contact point man for the company.

#570 82 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

AP needs to figure out who their target market is, and what their priorities are as well. Houdini here was sent down the road after a bug was introduced early last year that caused the game to crash when you cleared audits for collections, so essentially collections were messed up from then on. After it went unfixed for like 4 months the operator I help was done with AP and we sold it. I'm not positive, but I think it was like 6-8 months before it was fixed. Unacceptable if they are targeting operators. After this, Oktoberfest was a hard pass by the operator I work with, and I wasn't really excited about changing his mind. AP also had a situation where the Houdini high score screen didn't time out, so if someone on location didn't complete the high score entry, the machine was stuck as far as most casuals were concerned. That's a BASIC, first checklist kind of thing that should have never made it to release as-is. Things like those two examples do not endear AP to operators that can give them and their games street visibility.
That said, Barry was EXCELLENT support, beginning to end, every single time there was a parts or tech issue to report. GREAT contact point man for the company.

Not so sure Barry is still there any longer.

#571 82 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Not so sure Barry is still there any longer.

Well, that sucks for AP. I haven't had a need to call since Houdini was shown the door before last summer. If he's not, wherever he landed is very lucky. He's a great asset.

#572 82 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

Well, that sucks for AP. I haven't had a need to call since Houdini was shown the door before last summer. If he's not, wherever he landed is very lucky. He's a great asset.

My understanding is he landed a similar job local soon that will fully appreciate his hard work and dedication. Good guy.

#573 82 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

My understanding is he landed a similar job local soon that will fully appreciate his hard work and dedication. Good guy.

Looks like he already has it on his linkedin as he started last month at JJP. Jack is lucky to have him.

Hopefully I don't have to bother him much for Guns N Roses!

#574 82 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

Looks like he already has it on his linkedin as he started last month at JJP. Jack is lucky to have him.
Hopefully I don't have to bother him much for Guns N Roses!

Interesting.

Barry was always great to deal with on my end!

Josh has also always been stellar.

And even though I haven't had direct contact, Dan seems pretty cool too.

#575 81 days ago
Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

Like I said, there is no right or wrong, we all like different things.

There kinda is. I mean let me ask ya this. AP #3 Hot Wheels or BTTF I doubt very much that if you were to take a poll it would be even slightly close. And for the very few who would have opted for Hot Wheels? there's nothing right about it. Its not right for AP sales or the vast majority of pinheads or just general rightness. Didn't someone say at all with this was suggested? Get out ur fired. The only reason anyone wants this is because maybe their kids love Hot Wheels and thus their wife might allow them to buy a very expensive toy.

#576 81 days ago

I heard Oktoberfest only sold ~200 units.

#577 81 days ago
Quoted from JodyG:

I heard Oktoberfest only sold ~200 units.

I know when Williams was open , they needed about 3500 games sold to break even. This has to hurt big time.

#578 81 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

My understanding is he landed a similar job local soon that will fully appreciate his hard work and dedication. Good guy.

Oh damn. Well done JJP

#579 81 days ago
Quoted from wesman:

Interesting.
Barry was always great to deal with on my end!
Josh has also always been stellar.
And even though I haven't had direct contact, Dan seems pretty cool too.

Dan isn't at API anymore either. Didn't know about Barry though. They had really an awesome team assembled there.

Hope their third game sells like hotcakes. I for my part line my Oktoberfest.

#580 81 days ago
Quoted from T3quila:

Dan isn't at API anymore either. Didn't know about Barry though. They had really an awesome team assembled there.
Hope their third game sells like hotcakes. I for my part line my Oktoberfest.

I agree that the team on paper seemed great but from a business perspective, a team that delivered two failures, the latter being an absolute mess. I don't mind the shakeup as it obviously wasn't working but hot wheels? Latest rumor being a very low BOM. Oh boy. About the only thing saving it was a pirates like experience. We'll see.

#581 81 days ago
Quoted from wesman:

Dan seems pretty cool too.

I do seem pretty cool don't I?

#582 81 days ago
Quoted from T3quila:

Dan isn't at API anymore either. Didn't know about Barry though. They had really an awesome team assembled there.
Hope their third game sells like hotcakes. I for my part line my Oktoberfest.

Dan too? Crap. I just saw him post the other day about game 3.

#583 81 days ago
Quoted from JodyG:

I heard Oktoberfest only sold ~200 units.

This theme was just all wrong for a 2nd machine. That being said, it a great game, just not for a location. To get through all the different themes and choices, someone would have to pump 20 to 30 bucks in it on location and that just wasn't going to happen. If I had the spending cash and more room, I would own an Oktoberfest in my collection.

I sincerely hope that Hot Wheels is an amazing game with simplified rules that will appeal to operators AND home buyers. I can tell you for a fact that the powers that be at A.P. visited a few of their distributors and operators a few months back and asked for suggestions and ideas.

#584 81 days ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

I can tell you for a fact that the powers that be at A.P. visited a few of their distributors and operators a few months back and asked for suggestions and ideas.

AAA licences would have a been a good suggestion!

They need a licence here and there that gives them instant market appeal, it’s how Stern sell out before they even reveal their games.

#585 81 days ago

I know many will not agree with me, but the art on Spooky and AP machines just do not seem to be at the professional level they should be on a product of this caliber. Not enough detail, and too much photoshop clipart with splotchy single gradient colors.

#586 81 days ago

American Pinball and JJP should just join forces at this point.
Bummed to hear Barry and and Dan moved to JJP, but good for them. They will be an asset to JJP.

#587 81 days ago
Quoted from wesman:

Interesting.
Barry was always great to deal with on my end!
Josh has also always been stellar.
And even though I haven't had direct contact, Dan seems pretty cool too.

Not to be Debbie Downer but I believe Dan (sales) also left. Going to be an interesting lease just Hoping they finally pulled #LTG on board to buffer some new release issues.

#588 81 days ago
Quoted from JodyG:

I know many will not agree with me, but the art on Spooky and AP machines just do not seem to be at the professional level they should be on a product of this caliber. Not enough detail, and too much photoshop clipart with splotchy single gradient colors.

ACNC artwork (playfield and cab) are fantastic.

#589 81 days ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

American Pinball and JJP should just join forces at this point.
Bummed to hear Barry and and Dan moved to JJP, but good for them. They will be an asset to JJP.

Dan did not go to JJP only Barry. I am hoping for bigger things for Dan if I have my way....

#590 81 days ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

American Pinball and JJP should just join forces at this point.
Bummed to hear Barry and and Dan moved to JJP, but good for them. They will be an asset to JJP.

I'm not at JJP.

#591 81 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Dan did not go to JJP only Barry. I am hoping for bigger things for Dan if I have my way....

Signs point to YES!

#592 81 days ago
Quoted from DanDanDAN:

Signs point to YES!

Hmm.

SpaceX. Hollywood. Or....intergalactic time travel as an alien god?

#593 81 days ago
Quoted from DanDanDAN:

I do seem pretty cool don't I?

You seem pretty.....groovy, for sure!

#594 81 days ago
Quoted from wesman:

Hmm.
SpaceX. Hollywood. Or....intergalactic time travel as an alien god?

why not all three?

#595 81 days ago
Quoted from DanDanDAN:

why not all three?

Well, technically Space X is my client so Indirectly yes. Lol

#596 81 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Hoping they finally pulled #LTG on board to buffer some new release issues.

Seriously doubt that.

I do wish American Pinball, Dandandan, and Barry the best in the future.

LTG : )

#597 81 days ago
Quoted from DanDanDAN:

why not all three?

All hail Prez. DanDan!

Go big or go home and sleep it off..!

#598 81 days ago

At TPF I'm expecting:

AP - Hot Wheels reveal / announcement
JJP - Guns N' Roses reveal / announcement
Multimorphic, Inc - reveal / announcement
Spooky / Ben Heck / CGC - reveal / announcement
Stern - Heavy Metal reveal / announcement
Stern - Corner stone game reveal / announcement

#599 81 days ago
Quoted from mrclean:

At TPF I'm expecting:
AP - Hot Wheels reveal / announcement
JJP - Guns N' Roses reveal / announcement
Multimorphic, Inc - reveal / announcement
Spooky / Ben Heck / CGC - reveal / announcement
Stern - Heavy Metal reveal / announcement
Stern - Corner stone game reveal / announcement

A little optimistic I would wager.

#600 81 days ago
Quoted from DudeRegular:

A little optimistic I would wager.

And it would be a very safe wager.

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