Ok it's been a few months but I wanted to follow up about the Pinball Parlour in Earlington.
Quoted from poppapin:
If its the pinball parlour in Earlington there's been a lot of grumbling about lack of maintenance on machines. I can't personally say because I haven't been there in years.
My wife and kids were out of town recently so I decided to head out here to check it out, and man what a let down! The list of pins on their website is amazing A ton of popular games, and almost everything I would want in an arcade if I could choose the greatest hits of pinball: Cirqus Voltaire, Scared Stiff, Theater of Magic, Medieval Madness, Indiana Jones the Pinball Adventure, Star Trek The Next Generation, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Mars Attacks, Monster Bash, all of the Pinball 2000 games (except for Wizard Blocks), etc. They even have some fairly rare games like BMX, Blackwater 100, and Banzai Run.
Here's the crusher - almost none of these machines worked. Dirty, broken, and anything but maintained. The majority of the games I listed above weren't working. The ones that did had major issues with them like a sticking or weak flipper, drop targets that were totally stuck in place, ramps that would dump a ball directly into the outlane, missing mods, etc. The UFO from mars attacks was completely gone, and the DMD for a lot of the games were either not working or only partially visible. The Cirqus Voltaire was functional, but so dark that I couldn't even see the ball, and many of the other games were so dark they were unplayable. I could go on - it was tough / depressing to see all of these awesome games in disrepair.
There were a few standouts that ultimately made the trip worthwhile. Breakshot from Capcom and Diner were both mostly intact and fun games. They also had a huge selection of really cool older EM's. Some them actually worked (which was weird considering the solid states). I spent most of my time on the EM side, but was in and out of there within an hour.
I would definitely not recommend a trip out here, unfortunately. Hopefully someone can take over these pins and get them some rehab!