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My Review: The Jetsons Pinball


By BackFlipper

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

My Jetson’s Review

Okay, I have now had my Jetson’s game for almost 2 weeks and I feel I owe The Pinball Company, Spooky Pinball and the Pinside Community an honest review. I will use most of the Pinside review structure to try to tell you my thoughts on this game.

Game Design
The layout of the playfield is great and it really works with this game. It (kind of) reminds me of Avatar. Obviously, it only has the one ramp (like Avatar). But it has plenty of shots including the target on the far left, the Spacely scoop on the far left to lock balls, Astro spinner loop shot on the left, the long Judy ramp, Elroy shot to the right of the ramp, the 6 George targets, the captive ball, the Cogswell lock and the Orbitty spinner loop on the far right. There is plenty to shoot at and the game is very fast as are all of the Spooky games. For some reason, maybe speed, Spooky games always feel a little small to me. Overall, it shoots smooth and feels solid to play.

Rules
I have been running Version 2 since the second day I had it. We played our local league night last Saturday night with these rules. First, I have to mention that the scoring is very balanced. There are 28 people in our league. Everybody had time to practice and the scores ranged from 5 million to 37 million. Most were in the 6-12 million range. There was no easy route to a big score. The three skill shots are made by holding the launch button to get different amounts of power on your plunge. There are left, center and right skill shots. I understand a super skill shot is coming where you collect all 3 skill shots in the game and then make a shot to collect it. I also understand that some new “hurry ups” are coming. I just got some new code today.Collecting the different characters is intuitive and the Spacely vs. Cogswell multiball is achieved by hitting the Spacely scoop 3X and then hitting the Cogswell shot. You then collect jackpots by alternating those 2 shots. There are 3 multiballs to achieve, but the best is the “EEK OPP ORK” multiball that lasts the length of the famous Jetson’s song.

Toys and Gimmicks
The game hits a home run here in innovation. Really, I am serious. What the playfield lacks in innovative toys is more than made up for with the innovative and interactive topper. Orbitty is achieved by cranking the right spinner shot over and over. The topper has a hand like a clock that moves from pointing left to right as the spinner is hit. When the “hand” moves all the way to the right, the character and multiball are started if this is your last character. This was the most commented on feature during my league night. The rest is targets, scoops, pop bumpers and a ramp. Most games are lucky to get one innovative feature (like the toy-box on Aerosmith). This one is very cool!

Artwork
The artwork on the game is exceptional. The cabinet is beautiful and the backglass (real heavy glass) is stunning. Multi-color LED’s behind the glass really enhance the beauty. The art blades are included and they really extend the great work done on the playfield. Some sculpted buildings and an Astro and Rosie toy really bring it all together. I would not change a thing on the artwork. I will add some photos to this review this evening. I have just a couple I am including right now from our league night.

Sounds and Music
When you start the game, you get to hear the whole Jetsons theme song while the game goes through the start-up menu and credits. As a 50+ year old guy, this part really brings a smile to my face. The music and sound effects are excellent. The call outs are mediocre. This is probably my one and only gripe about the game. I am certain that there are licensing limitations, but I am hoping somebody can crack the code and give me a few moments like this (I would pay for this):

I also wish everything could be turned up a little louder. Not sure if anyone has put a bigger amp on a Spooky game, but I sure would like to know my options. When it is the only game on, it sounds great. When my newer Stern games are on and others are playing, this game struggles to compete in volume.

Lighting
The lighting on the game is excellent. The inserts are intuitive, but some features are still catching up with the code. The game is bright and the balls are easy to follow. The topper and backbox are lit very well.

Theme and Lastability
I love the theme and the game definitely has that “one more game” factor. I’m not sure how many they will make, but I am very happy to have one. I have owned AMH and RZLE by Spooky. IMO, this one is better than both of those. At $6 grand, it is not cheap, but it includes an interactive topper, art blades, beautiful armor and some nicely crafted toys on the playfield.

Dependability and Build
The game is rock solid and has not had an issue with about 300 plays. No stuck balls; No removing the glass; No loose screws; No inserts ghosting and no cabinet issues. Feels solid when you play.

Overall, I would give this game an 8.5/10 and would say it is an excellent addition to collections of 5 games or more.

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#2 2 years ago

Thanks for the review. Game looks great. Hopefully I'll get to play one some day.

#3 2 years ago

The one I played recently had the tilt-bob set way to tight! Other than that it was a cool game.

#4 2 years ago

Thanks for the review - looks and sounds like a fun game. I hope a Jetsons shows up near me as I'd like to play it. Nice game room too - looks like a great candidate for sharing some photos in the game room pics thread!

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from Dewey68:

The one I played recently had the tilt-bob set way to tight! Other than that it was a cool game.

I am sorry about that. I only had the game for 24 hours and I was trying to "Klankproof" it. It's much better now.

#6 2 years ago

A few more comments:

Service
This is a 10. Period. End of Story. Brooke answered a question on the 4th of July. Dan has been helping me with updates. If you like the service you get from Mercedes Benz, Lexus or Cadillac, you'll love the folks at The Pinball Company.

Animations
I can't believe I forgot this in my initial review. This is a true highlight of the game. They are truly amazing.

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#7 2 years ago

Cool that you bought the machine, but wouldn't your "review" be a bit biased...
I did not get the same impression that you did...sorry.

#8 2 years ago

Well it looks cool that's for sure, desperately needs more pf toys but it's got R.U.D.I

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from BackFlipper:

I am sorry about that. I only had the game for 24 hours and I was trying to "Klankproof" it. It's much better now.

You sob! Lol!! Everyone knows you can't Klankproof a machine! Pinball machines were meant to be nudged.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Cool that you bought the machine, but wouldn't your "review" be a bit biased...
I did not get the same impression that you did...sorry.

Have you played it with the latest code yet? have you had a chance to see it with all of the new features and toys they put on it?

Of course you would think my review would be biased (because I own it), but that is not my history on Pinside nor was it my motivation. The game is lacking in a couple of areas that I clearly mentioned above and excels in a few areas, but, with the current code (I just got another update last night), the game has a real "fun" factor and it is truly challenging and very, very fast. The multiballs are not easy to get, but are very rewarding. You are welcome to come by my house if you are ever in the Chicago area to give it another try. Peace! Jim

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from kklank:

You sob! Lol!! Everyone knows you can't Klankproof a machine! Pinball machines were meant to be nudged.

I know. No problem. From now on, my games will no longer use a tilt bob, they will be hooked up to a Richter Scale. A warning will come at a 5 and a tilt at a 6. lol

#12 2 years ago

A nice newly posted Jetsons gameplay video (not the OP's) from YouTube for anyone interested:

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from BackFlipper:

There are 28 people in our league. Everybody had time to practice ...

Well, almost everybody had time to practice. One of us was dealing with a spontaneously exploding sunroof!

I thought the game was fun. It was a bit simplistic, but I think that's what Spooky was going for with this title. I am definitely looking forward to playing it some more in the future.

3 weeks later
#14 2 years ago

I got mine today. Had to adjust one switch. Other than that perfect out of the box. Plays like a champ and is harder than people might think. Only complaint I have is the poor illumination. I guess I have to get some after market LED strips I can hook up to the topper strip.

#15 2 years ago

I absolutely love the theme of the Jetsons! Astro (aka Tralfaz) is the greatest cartoon character ever made! Love seeing Uniblab on the playfield.....just seeing it brings back alot of memories....all good! Glad to hear it's a good game. Hopefully someday I'll get to play one!

1 month later
#16 1 year ago

We did some Sunday driving after church this weekend and ended up stopping by Lawrence's to show my wife and kid's Jetsons. Actually we were driving in that area and my wife was like..."so where is this Spooky pinball." Since we were about 5 minutes away at the time we did a quick tour of Benton. Anyway...I've played Jetson's several times, but this time my take away was "Damn this game is fast". Those slings have to be the fastest I've ever played.

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#17 1 year ago

Nice review BUT! Why this theme of all you can pick to make. Give us Gobots pinball insteed or Big trouble in little china

Gobots is hanna barbera and is way better then jetsons.

Gobots pinball is what i want

#18 1 year ago

Gobots?! Had to look them up. Now that I have, I have to ask - hasn't this theme already been essentially done (i.e. Transformers)?

#19 1 year ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

Gobots?! Had to look them up. Now that I have, I have to ask - hasn't this theme already been essentially done (i.e. Transformers)?

Gobots and transformers are not the same and transformers pinball is not the cartoon, if they made a transformers g1 cartoon pinball i would buy two

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from TouchingEvil:

Gobots and transformers are not the same and transformers pinball is not the cartoon, if they made a transformers g1 cartoon pinball i would buy two

Just seem pretty similar to me theme-wise, cartoon version(s) or not. Admittedly though, I have no interest in either so my view is from a high level.

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

Just seem pretty similar to me theme-wise, cartoon version(s) or not. Admittedly though, I have no interest in either so my view is from a high level.

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#22 1 year ago

Absolutely. Now The Big Lebowski, on the other hand, is a VERY cool theme!

#23 1 year ago

Haha Gobots were the like the lowest grade shit around. It's what we used to donate to poor children whilst playing with Transformers.

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#24 6 months ago

When will they ever put out a manual and schematics for this machine?

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#25 6 months ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

When will they ever put out a manual and schematics for this machine?

After they sell one.

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