(Topic ID: 146295)

Popeye, Back to the Future or Simpsons Data East pinball


By sebess

5 years ago



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“Popeye, Back to the Future or Simpsons Data East?”

  • Popeye 20 votes
    56%
  • Simpsons data east 9 votes
    25%
  • Back to the Future 7 votes
    19%

(36 votes by 0 Pinsiders)

#1 5 years ago

Im going to buy one of these three pinballs, wich one do you consider to be the best one?

#2 5 years ago

DE Simpsons....sold my 1st one 4 years ago...always regretted it.

just picked up #2 a month ago. Getting ready to tear into it and do a full blown shop job.

#3 5 years ago

I like the multi ball....it starts out at 2 ball...lock both of those, and you get a 3rd multi-ball.

It doesn't hold a candle to TSPP, but it's atill a fun/simple game to play.

#4 5 years ago

Look for the typical wear between the flippers, as well the upper right corner in the orbit are, (black artwork mostly).

Can't say much about Back to the future...never played it.

I owned a Popeye for a couple months...not a bad game. Was just finishing the shop job on it when someone came to buy one of my other pins. He made an offer I couldn't refuse on Popeye...so, off it went.

Popeye's not a bad game.

#5 5 years ago

Draw another card. There are better games in that price range.

I don't have much time on Back to the Future, but it seemed to play the best of those three.

Simpsons is a one-shot game (left ramp all day long.)

Popeye is actually pretty fun and has decent depth but too many of the shots are obscured by the upper playfield and the game requires some modifications to really be playable. Actually, I might take Popeye out of those three.

#6 5 years ago

If I had kept my Popeye for a while, I'd probably have to agree w/ you. I hear it's a really fun/deep game.

I agree about that upper PF...really blocks the view on a couple of the critical shots.

#7 5 years ago

Simpsons is just a horrible horrible game. Stay away.

#8 5 years ago

Popeye, deep fun game!

#9 5 years ago

I like Simpsons if you can make it difficult to shoot the ramp all day.

I quite enjoy my Popeye, but I totally get why most people don't. It's hard for me to recommend that game to anyone else.

Back to the Future is terrible. I am a HUGE Back to the Future fan and I have no interest in owning one. None.

#10 5 years ago

Simpsons might not get much love....but it's amazing how many flashers DE has in this pin.

#11 5 years ago

I'm going to have to go with Popeye. Just a good set of rules and great animations.

#12 5 years ago

I'd flip a coin between Popeye and Simpsons, I didn't care much for Back To The Future

#13 5 years ago

I may seem biased because I own a DE simpsons, but I also live 15-20 min from a Popeye on route (ironically which is 2 machines down from another DE simpsons).

Popeye would be the absolute go-to if it weren't for the horrible visibility of the lower PF. It's not about needing to see where your shot is going, it's about your ball coming back and being able to react appropriately.

Having said that, simpsons may sound like a "one trick pony" with the ramp, but in reality the main objective for massive scores is getting to 3-ball multiball which first requires hitting 3 centrally-located drops (SDTM risk) and then locking for multiball... and then in turn locking both of those. If you can get this (approximately 5% of games I play) then in 3-ball you still have to hit the drops and then hit the ramp for a sliding jackpot. It's an insanely tough objective to have all those stars align. It's not a deep game, but for 1-2 main objectives in the game, damnit the jackpot is one that requires mastering the entire machine to do. That alone is enough to make simpsons have replay-ability.

If you can get past the upper playfield acting as a giant blinder for most of the game (and the fact that once your timing is good, the skill shot is as hard as stopping your gas pump within $0.25 of what you want to pay), Popeye is a much deeper game with a lot to do. But if the upper playfield makes the game unenjoyable, simpsons >>> BTTF. My $0.02.

#14 5 years ago

Popeye is fun, gets a bad rap unjustly IMO. Great art upper playfield. Looks like a boat deck, very Python and he did no wrong!

#15 5 years ago

Popeye has the best for the buck of the 3 choices. The Mutant spinach multiball is amazing on that pin with sound and animation, but really hard get since all the shots needed to get it (complete Bluto's quests) are blocked by the upper playfield on right hand side. There is a learning curve on how to make the 2 blind shots (holes) Once you learn how to shoot those shots by using PF graphics as a guide, it gets easier. Replace the lightening flippers with normal ones, DO NOT use superbands, and make sure latest game ROM is installed and it's pretty fun. Oh, and the colorDMD with Taxman's Colorized ROM looks unbelievable.

Popeye, hands down- Also, it's made by the gold standard in pinball, Midway Manufacturing-Bally/Williams.

#16 5 years ago
Quoted from kporter946286:

Popeye is fun, gets a bad rap unjustly IMO. Great art upper playfield. Looks like a boat deck, very Python and he did no wrong!

Stop saying nice things about popeye. Since i bought it back from you i haven't had the heart to let it go again

#17 5 years ago
Quoted from Yoko2una:

Having said that, Simpsons may sound like a "one trick pony" with the ramp, but in reality the main objective for massive scores is getting to 3-ball multiball which first requires hitting 3 centrally-located drops (SDTM risk) and then locking for multiball... and then in turn locking both of those. If you can get this (approximately 5% of games I play) then in 3-ball you still have to hit the drops and then hit the ramp for a sliding jackpot. It's an insanely tough objective to have all those stars align. It's not a deep game, but for 1-2 main objectives in the game, damnit the jackpot is one that requires mastering the entire machine to do. That alone is enough to make Simpsons have replay-ability.

Exactly what Yoko said. I'll add that for me, I love going for the 5-drop bank for the bonus hold > extra ball > special. It's only a one-shot game if you want to play it that way.

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