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Is Fathom worth the $$$$$?

By rcbrown316

7 months ago


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#151 7 months ago

Looks like I am trading my ST premium for a pretty nice meteor and enough cash leftover to either get a fathom soon or wait and see what happens with Alien. I have watched a bunch of gameplay videos and have yet to see a fathom that wows me with speed. I do love the way it looks and all of the cool features and sound but not quite sold yet. This is a tough one!

#152 7 months ago

Get frontier or quicksilver for the stern title

#153 7 months ago
Quoted from Damonator:

Combine that with beautiful artwork, good gameplay

Mostly disagree. The backglass is cool... good gameplay--> I personally do not think so.

#154 7 months ago

Meteor is a decent choice but I fear eventually you will grow weary and tired of it.

#155 7 months ago

I have a restored Fathom, mint centaur, and HUO Medusa in my collection and I will say Fathom is absolutely worth it if you are into the early 80's games. I love all 3 games and can't imagine not having all 3.. they are that good and compliment each other very nicely.

If you play the living crap out of any of these old games, they will become "old" lol... I'm not surprised some have said that.. but I also have 8 other modern games (another wall) and I spend more time playing them and everything balances out.

Since we're focused on Fathom, I'll add my $.02- It's super fun if it's dialed in, and mine is dialed in (I have upgraded flippers/coils and is one of the best playing Fathoms ever in my opinion). I've owned it and the 3 for many years and I never look at them like it's time to go... I look at it more like it took me a decade to get 3 amazing samples of these titles and there is no way I'm letting them go now.

Get one and you'll love it! The art, speech, third flipper shot, locks, multi-balls, etc., are just pure gold.

Good luck with your search!

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#156 7 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Vehicular manslaughter on Nitro Groundshaker.
[quoted image]

Dunno about vehicular manslaughter.... that's the starter standing in between the cars at the starting line...but.... a lot of good stuff goes on in the background of NGS. There is a couple having sex in the tower, while another dude watches etc. Another great Dave C. backglass with lots of easter eggs.

#157 7 months ago
Quoted from snyper2099:

Meteor is a decent choice but I fear eventually you will grow weary and tired of it.

I got tired of Meteor very quickly. There's really nothing to do on this one but shoot the spinner, I find this game a lot less satisfying than stuff like Stars or Ali.

#158 7 months ago
Quoted from snyper2099:

Mostly disagree. The backglass is cool... good gameplay--> I personally do not think so.

Gameplay will be the most subjective in any discussion - but I think Xenon has a fun layout and multiball objective. I would probably say Fathom/EBD has a slight edge on gameplay, Centaur is too floaty for me, Flash Gordon is almost too fast/brutal...and the Frontier theme does nothing for me so who cares how it plays. But NONE of them are as good as Xenon on sounds/voice. Suzanne Ciani knocked it out of the park. I always thought Fathom/EBD/Centaur voices were too monotone robotic. Fathom really missed a huge opportunity to have female mermaid voices instead of the male.

#159 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

I got tired of Meteor very quickly. There's really nothing to do on this one but shoot the spinner

That’s often the narrative for Meteor.

But there’s a heap more to it than that.

Meteor target completions is bonus x - I wail on those.

The 1-2-3 banks light your bonus rockets .. those counting down with a big X is worth big points.

So you got the spinner to wail on, when lit .. then the 3 banks of drops, then the Meteor drops.

Meteor and Ali would be my favourite Sterns I reckon. Both cheap, both great pins.

rd

#160 7 months ago
Quoted from rotordave:

That’s often the narrative for Meteor.
But there’s a heap more to it than that.
Meteor target completions is bonus x - I wail on those.
The 1-2-3 banks light your bonus rockets .. those counting down with a big X is worth big points.
So you got the spinner to wail on, when lit ..

The spinner is almost always lit! Unless you do something dumb like shoot those upper drop targets.

#161 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

The spinner is almost always lit! Unless you do something dumb like shoot those upper drop targets.

To get the bonus X.

Also - depends on the game. If the spinner is lubed and spinning like hell, yeah, you do that all day.

If not, go the other way.

Personally - I do all three things. Bonus X, rockets, spinner.

rd

#162 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

The spinner is almost always lit! Unless you do something dumb like shoot those upper drop targets.

So the spinner is lit unless you lite the spinner; got it!

#163 7 months ago

Reading about Centaur on Pinside in recent times, I've come to the conclusion that many examples are just not set up right.

Set it with a high pitch and set to "conservative" settings.

Also folks who say the save gates make it too easy need to reinstall/adjust their tilt bob. It's not fun if it's all reward and no risk.

#164 7 months ago
Quoted from rotordave:

That’s often the narrative for Meteor.
But there’s a heap more to it than that.
Meteor target completions is bonus x - I wail on those.
The 1-2-3 banks light your bonus rockets .. those counting down with a big X is worth big points.
So you got the spinner to wail on, when lit .. then the 3 banks of drops, then the Meteor drops.
Meteor and Ali would be my favourite Sterns I reckon. Both cheap, both great pins.
rd

Spot on Dave. This will be my 3rd one. Going to get it in 5 minutes.

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#165 7 months ago

Thanks a lot, assholes. Just bought a Fathom.

#166 7 months ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:Thanks a lot, assholes. Just bought a Fathom.

Well don't murder us.

#167 7 months ago
Quoted from Mr68:

Well don't murder us.

Ha, no murdering. I've been eyeing early Bally SS games for a while, and I finally pulled the trigger. I'd love to snag a Medusa, Centaur, Flash Gordon, Xenon, etc. down the road.

#168 7 months ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Thanks a lot, assholes. Just bought a Fathom.

I know, I have been playing mine almost every morning before work since this thread started.

#169 7 months ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Ha, no murdering. I've been eyeing early Bally SS games for a while, and I finally pulled the trigger. I'd love to snag a Medusa, Centaur, Flash Gordon, Xenon, etc. down the road.

Ballys are the best.

All this Fathom talk I'm trying to resist.

Especially since I pulled the trigger on a heavily mentioned game in this thread.

#170 7 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:Ballys are the best.
All this Fathom talk I'm trying to resist.
Especially since I pulled the trigger on a heavily mentioned game in this thread.

You will not regret that Nine Ball

#171 7 months ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

Great line up. Have you played FBII? Xenon? Stern Nine Ball is awesome but comes up rarely for sale.

I've got a Fireball II that I'd be willing to sell

#172 7 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

I used to own a Fathom back when they were 3k not long ago. Although I still wish I had it, at the same time, I don't miss it terribly.

Ditto

#173 7 months ago

Fathom real beauty and worth owning . If space challenged and you have blue tile bathroom a good way add extra gamespace . That being said my wife said no to this decorating suggestion . True story .

Enjoy your new titles
Shane

#174 7 months ago

Did you suggest using a rug as well? I heard they can really tie a room together.

#175 7 months ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Ha, no murdering. I've been eyeing early Bally SS games for a while, and I finally pulled the trigger. I'd love to snag a Medusa, Centaur, Flash Gordon, Xenon, etc. down the road.

Flash Gordon was my next one

#176 7 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Ballys are the best.
All this Fathom talk I'm trying to resist.
Especially since I pulled the trigger on a heavily mentioned game in this thread.

Nine ball from Tennessee? Did you get it in house yet?

#177 7 months ago
Quoted from rcbrown316:

Nine ball from Tennessee? Did you get it in house yet?

Not yet. Soon.

#178 7 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Not yet. Soon.

You better have beer in the garage fridge, because I’m coming over when it arrives.

#179 7 months ago

Worth it!!!

#180 7 months ago
Quoted from Coindork:

You better have beer in the garage fridge, because I’m coming over when it arrives.

It’s such a unique game. I really enjoy bankshottin’ it around.

#181 7 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Not yet. Soon.

i watched bowens tutorial on that game yesterday. I should have bought that lol...

#182 7 months ago
Quoted from rcbrown316:

i watched bowens tutorial on that game yesterday. I should have bought that lol...

Playfields are usually worn badly in the center. Took me a decade to find a nice one.

#183 7 months ago
Quoted from Mr68:Here he is drowning in the out hole.

I disagree. I think he's praising the nymphs for a great time they had.

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#184 7 months ago
Quoted from JethroP:

I disagree. I think he's praising the nymphs for a great time they had.

We can call it sexual asphyxiation then. Still a murder.
LOL

#185 7 months ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Thanks a lot, assholes. Just bought a Fathom.

I saw your want add for a playfield. What have you done?

#186 7 months ago
Quoted from rcbrown316:

I saw your want add for a playfield. What have you done?

I’m in way over my head...

#187 7 months ago

We really enjoy our fathom does not play that great, but looks good

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