Got to visit Pinballz Arcade in Austin last Saturday.
They definitely have a huge selection of games. It was a good chance to try some machines I had heard about but never had the opportunity to play.
The pros: Large game selection from old school EM's to a brand new WOZ. They have a snack bar and bar inside for anyone who wants anything from alcohol on down. Plenty of other video games too and very family friendly. Also open til 2AM on the weekends.
The cons: Games are very overpriced to play. Average cost per pinball game was $0.75 with some of the newer popular games like MM and Star Trek costing $1.00. WOZ was $1.25 per play. So even though they have lots of games to try, your money doesn't go nearly as far as it should.
Some of the games weren't kept in great shape. Some weak flippers. If you want to buy one of their games, prepare to sell your first born. $4500 for The Shadow with complete Sanctum burn through (they had it taped over), $3000 for High Speed, and the low low price of $19,995 for MM.
The games I got to try:
The Shadow - Fun and fast. I drained very quickly. Wasn't too sure of how to proceed.
Banzai Run - Unique game with the upper playfield. Was a lot of fun and the ball carrier toy was cool. Played a couple times. Can dfefinitely see why people like it.
Bride of Pinbot - Got drain monstered very fast. Good looking game though.
Indiana Jones (Orig) - Tons of fun. Enjoyed the mini games in the DMD. Could definitely see owning this one.
Iron Man - Insanely fast. Got drained before I knew what hit me. Looks like a great game to own though
Black Rose - Played this 4 or 5 times. Had a lot of fun. Wasn't as complicated as others but really enjoyed the minigames and a fun theme. The cannon popping out of the playfield is a neat toy. Could see owning this one for the right price.
Theatre of Magic - Great game. Lots of different shots and a cool playfield. Had a lot of fun and can see why it's top 10. Would be fun to own.
ST:TNG - Lots of ramp shots and hole shots. Multiple missions in game. The cannons are a neat toy. The voice acting makes it a lot of fun and being a huge fan of the show made it that much better.
So all in all it was a fun trip. I will definitely go back just because they are about the only place around to try a lot of the different games. Just sucks they overcharge. But I will definitely put some time in here when I am ready to grab another pin and decide on which couple to focus on next.