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Iron Maiden: What do you do when your dream theme is a letdown?


1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

All I've wanted for the last 5 years is this theme. I've loved the band since I was a kid, and watched games like Metallica (another dream theme of mine) turn out to be spectacular. I've now played Iron Maiden a bunch of times, and the playfield feels empty. A couple of paper thin plastic Eddies, an anti-climactic center shot and a half sized flipper that doesn't add up to much of anything.

I decided to give it more of a chance after the initial disappointment of playing it at Allentown, then found it on location in Philly. $25 later it still just feels kind of lame and I'm really bummed about that. My wife lost her mind over AC/DC Luci at Allentown, and I actually find myself agreeing with her after playing both side-by-side. I know I'm comparing a Premium to a Pro, but the Iron Maiden Premium still doesn't seem to compete. Didn't think I'd be saying this in a million years, but it looks like AC/DC is the next game in the lineup. What a fumble.

#50 1 year ago

I'm definitely not trolling, it was an honest and what I felt was an unbiased opinion.

Last game I bought was a Star Trek Pro, a game I really thought was great and bought despite a theme that doesn't really appeal to me at all. If nothing else, I'm objective. I won't crap on something good any more than I'd defend something I don't like just because I bought it. I have sort of been coasting in the hobby, playing the games once a month or so and not posting a lot. Iron Maiden was the first thing I've been excited about to get me visiting Pinside on a daily basis again.

#53 1 year ago
Quoted from tamoore:

Q: Iron Maiden: What do you do when your dream theme is a letdown?
A: Move on?

I guess that's a better answer than hot gluing a carton of Iron Maiden action figures to the playfield to make it look like there's more going on.

#57 1 year ago
Quoted from Guinnesstime:

This is how I felt after the Stern Star Wars reveal.

However the only game I've ever bought on the spot and brought home from a pinball show is Iron Maiden. Not my dream theme, but fun as hell.

I played Star Wars and Guardians Of The Galaxy at Allentown, too. Between those and Iron Maiden, it was the first time I've spent a substantial amount of time playing Spike based games and was a bit alarmed that all of them seemed lacking to me.

Guess I need to spend some more time on Maiden, I have to be missing something.

#155 1 year ago

Having it being defended for common features gives me that X-Men feeling all over again. "I'm gonna defend this thing because I bought it, then dump it in 6 months".

Drop targets and an LCD display are no longer things to crow about.

#158 1 year ago
Quoted from musketd:

AC DC code will get to be very repetitive along with their music I have owned the game several times if your not into the maiden game I’d urge you to try Metallica which is a much better game then AC DC

Already have a Metallica.

#174 1 year ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

or... people who have been playing and collecting for decades know a winning combination when they see it. This is one.

I started playing as a kid back when High Speed was new. Maybe I just forgot everything I've learned.

#186 1 year ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

Well unless you are the xmen defender you were talking about... you're good. But don't assume all defenders are just own to polish their own knob...
I don't own the game, I don't have it on order. But I said the first week it was on the street after playing it had the potential to make as good a run as Metallica. I don't know if the theme will stunt that, but as a player's game... it has the potential to drive demand at that kind of scale. My informed opinion... not a buyer defending his choice.

I knew it was a dog from the first time I played it. Iron Maiden is better, but still don't think its gonna stand the test of time. Feels like a bunch of people here that discovered Pinball through Pinball Arcade talking like they're old salts.

#193 1 year ago
Quoted from Maken:

My experience has been the opposite of what you are implying.
As a competitive player, I talk to many experienced, above average players pretty consistently about new games... they all like Maiden. It's definitely a players game.
The only people who haven't really liked it have been below average players.

Yea, I'd be a below average competitive player. Pinball is a recreational activity for me, I'm not killing a weekend to win a plastic trophy at something like that.

#208 1 year ago
Quoted from Billy16:

That's easy enough to conceptualize for the OP. The Star Wars layout could have very easily been Iron Maiden--would that have been better? I think the Star Wars fans would take that trade...

Or they both stink, and it's two wasted licenses.

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