(Topic ID: 293351)

Pinball Re-Theme: Bally Star Trek to ... Kirby!

By Thegeekyhusband

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

So, the lovable Kirby , a pink puff ball from 25 years worth of Nintendo games, once was brought to life in Kirby's Pinball Land for the Gameboy, and that is my oldest pinball memory.

Ever since, I have thought I wanted to do something special for the Pink Prince of Puffballs.

I think I may be close to doing just that: a retheme.

So, I have a rough Bally Star Trek, and before anyone says anything... I am not currently planning to guy it our destroy it in any way. I am using it as a playfield layout to help come up with a basic concept.

I want to see what i can do with existing artwork, and creative art layouts, to see if I can put something fun together. So here is where I am starting.

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#2 1 year ago

I spoke to CBR about their custom game rethemes and the process that entails. I like what I heard and so I might go that route. But before I do that, I want to make sure what I am conceptualizing is possible, without breaking myself within the process.

My biggest concern is the playfield artwork. I believe that I will be able to come up with a layout that works, and an idea for artwork that comes together nicely, but I don't think I will be able to get it to production quality.

You'll see that I have ideas for what I want to see, but I don't currently have the skill to replicate it as an artist.

So this is where I start to evaluate what I would want to see.

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#3 1 year ago

Here is a basic idea of a cabinet. Porbably stickers on the coin door to have Kirby's face.

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#4 1 year ago

So, I love any project with Nintendo characters. But, honest question, why Bally Star Trek? It makes sense if you are using a donor game, they made a lot and beat up ones are cheap and plentiful. If you are going to pay someone to cut and print a new playfield, shouldn't you pick a better shooter? Something with a spinner? More than 1 drop target bank in a more interesting position? Just asking so you don't dump time into a game and realize the base playfield is not something you want to play often enough.

#5 1 year ago

Set yourself up for Visual Pinball. You can export the textures from an existing game, edit them, and re-import them. Sounds like you're just looking for brainstorming tools at this point.

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from Hypercoaster:

So, I love any project with Nintendo characters. But, honest question, why Bally Star Trek? It makes sense if you are using a donor game, they made a lot and beat up ones are cheap and plentiful. If you are going to pay someone to cut and print a new playfield, shouldn't you pick a better shooter? Something with a spinner? More than 1 drop target bank in a more interesting position? Just asking so you don't dump time into a game and realize the base playfield is not something you want to play often enough.

It's a good point. It is currently my starting point as it is the game I have and it's layout inspired the idea for a retheme, but I am not hell bent on doing Star Trek, so I'll have to see. If you have any suggestions on other playfields to use, I am all ears.

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from Thegeekyhusband:

It's a good point. It is currently my starting point as it is the game I have and it's layout inspired the idea for a retheme, but I am not hell bent on doing Star Trek, so I'll have to see. If you have any suggestions on other playfields to use, I am all ears.

If you want to stick with similar era Bally - Harlem Globetrotters? Most people seem to love that game. Multiple spinners, in-line drops.

Good Luck and I plan on following!

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from Hypercoaster:

If you want to stick with similar era Bally - Harlem Globetrotters? Most people seem to love that game. Multiple spinners, in-line drops.
Good Luck and I plan on following!

Yeah but then you need to source the inline drop mech... Those are in high demand

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