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pinball themes


By ek77

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    There has been a lot of talk about what should be or what could be lets hear what people think would be good non license themes and what are the best of the past by game sales not todays prices.

    #2 6 years ago

    My top five themes would be something like:

    Time Travel thru different ages
    Search for Sasquatch/Yetis/Bigfeet
    Space travel/UFOs/Wormholes etc
    Haunted Cabin/House in the woods
    Hell with the devil and all his buddies

    I'd throw Zombies in there too but it looks like we have a couple on the way already.

    #3 6 years ago

    Hell and time travel could have some cool modes

    #4 6 years ago

    A burglar or thief themed game might be fun as well.

    #5 6 years ago
    Quoted from schwarz:

    A burglar or thief themed game might be fun as well.

    Safecracker might fill this void.

    #6 6 years ago

    The sad thing is most non license game fail look at the number of ARM or CV that sold the most popular games today were flops in there day

    #7 6 years ago
    Quoted from bjoechamp:

    Safecracker might fill this void.

    I was thinking more like jewel thieves or cat burglars. Maybe starting off as a pick pocket.
    More cloak and dagger esque.

    #8 6 years ago

    Like so.

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    #9 6 years ago

    I love original, non-licensed theme games. Time travel and space/wormholes as mentioned above sound great. I also highly prefer drawn/painted artwork to photo-realistic art.

    #10 6 years ago

    cheech and chong!!

    #12 6 years ago
    Quoted from Ballsofsteel:

    cheech and chong!!

    Both unoriginal licensed themes.

    #13 6 years ago

    I love some of the original carnival themed games that have been done... FunHouse, Cyclone, etc. How about a haunted carnival theme, like what happens at night after the carnival is closed?

    #14 6 years ago
    Quoted from tcore:

    I love some of the original carnival themed games that have been done... Funhouse, Cyclone, etc. How about a haunted carnival theme, like what happens at night after the carnival is closed?

    Agreed, like something wicked this way comes.

    #15 6 years ago

    Astral Plane

    #17 6 years ago
    Quoted from ryanwanger:

    How about a snowball fight?

    With building forts? I'm in.

    #18 6 years ago

    What about a food/cooking theme?
    Seems all the rage these days.

    Pan searing bumpers.
    Flambe extra ball.
    Poached egg orbit.
    Minced meat multiball.

    I think I'm officially out of ideas.

    #19 6 years ago

    My son comes up with novel themes all the time while he designs playfields. Some of my favorites were:

    Ice Cream Shop (he thought of this theme as a pun on "scoop" and went with it, had cool modes and multiballs collecting flavors, filling orders, getting raw ingredients and such)

    Solar Madness (the outer planets all had modes and rules, there was an "orbit" around Saturn for the rings, the pops had hidden standups and were the asteroid belt, Pluto was a behind the field ramp shot for a lock, the inner planets were an under the table playfield ala' Black Hole, etc... pretty cool)

    Backpacker (pretty easy to imagine this, equipment to collect, mountains to climb, hazards to avoid, there was a random reward / mode start saucer where he said the backglass would have an animation where the guy complained about prices)

    I have more than 100 of these things.

    #20 6 years ago

    Backpacker sounds awesome.
    Lost in the mountains, lost in the jungle, lost at sea.
    Just getting lost all over the place with a backpack sounds good to me.

    #21 6 years ago

    Still think there is a lot to do with the "Knights of the Realm" or medieval period game (yeah those descriptions stink)... Dragon moving toys, cool sword mods, castle toys, dungeon toys damsels in distress on backglass (as female pin art seems to be returning) etc etc- hell yeah!! Or maybe a storm the castle mode with a catapult...

    #22 6 years ago

    Some of the train model sets are super cool....i think something like that would cool

    #23 6 years ago

    My themes would be:

    Mexican Meningitis Meltdown

    or

    Colonial Plague Catastrophe

    #25 6 years ago
    Quoted from TheDarkKnight68:

    Still think there is a lot to do with the "Knights of the Realm" or medieval period game (yeah those descriptions stink)... Dragon moving toys, cool sword mods, castle toys, dungeon toys damsels in distress on backglass (as female pin art seems to be returning) etc etc- hell yeah!! Or maybe a storm the castle mode with a catapult...

    So basically a Game of Thrones pin. Sounds good to me

    #26 6 years ago

    the best theme would come from a non pinball player 10 year old there wild ideas wold be best

    #27 6 years ago
    Quoted from ek77:

    the best theme would come from a non pinball player 10 year old there wild ideas wold be best

    I'd put my eight year old's designs up against some random 10 years old any hour of any day of any week.

    #28 6 years ago

    For non licensed themes, there are many, but can they be successfull?

    In no particular order. Ghosts, zombies, vampires, occult, magic, sci-fi, circus, space, western, clowns, travel, sports, gambling, patronism, parties, beach theme, arcade theme, cards, dinosaurs, Roman age, knights, steam age, dragons, evolution, mythology, cryptozoology, there are many.

    #29 6 years ago

    You hear so much about people yearning for original themes - I'm curious why more collectors aren't searching for the 80's/90's Gottlieb and Al G games. Original themes out the wazoo, but no one really seems to care about these games. Bonebusters, Class of 1812, Cactus Jacks, Lights Camera Action, Surf 'N Safari, Al G's Garage Band, etc. Super original themes, layouts and features....and, they're not priced through the stratosphere. Most are prob $1500 or less.

    #30 6 years ago

    The game about a person life stages start as an infant , teen years, thirties , etc up to the golden age nursing home wizard mode.

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