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The Hobbit (Smaug Ed) a good pinball for first time buyer?

By Gattiman

44 days ago

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#23 44 days ago

The Hobbit is the one pinball I really wanted to love, I'm a big JJP fan, I have a WOZ at home and I'm a big Tolkien fan. With JJP awesome way of integrating a theme in a pinball, with the many movies assets they got totally looked like a dream to me.

But I've spent countless coins playing it on location and as much as I tried to get into liking I just couldn't, so I gave up on the idea of buying one and don't feel compelled to put more coins in it, although I do enjoy watching other people play since there is a lot going on on the screen.

So my best advice is to spend time playing it and see if it fits you.

#34 44 days ago
Quoted from CLEllison:

Up front there doesnt look like much to shoot/do, and to be honest my first impression wasnt that good either. However understanding the rules and getting to the mini wizard modes ... that's the real magic right there. I assure you if the machine is running the latest code and you get to Into The Fire your attitude will change. Ill also assume you havent likely killed Smaug either.
Go play it again. Simply put, hit all 4 beasts whenever they pop up and start beast frenzy. start smaug mb, shooting the right ramp during smaug mb will.also start a regular mode and if you keep it going long enough you'll complete not just the one required mode, but also very likely you'll start feast frenzy as well. When that ends focus on shooting the orbit. Reach erebor. Start ITF by shooting a flashing hole.

That's exactly how it felt, not much too shot and "obvious" shot (ramps and targets) didn't feel like they were doing much. I'll give it another shot with your guidelines, who knows I might finally end up liking that game.

#41 44 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

Oh, you should DEFINITELY play WoZ before making this decision, then. It's in your price range and has huge bang for the JJP buck if jjPotC is out of your price range.

True ! But you better like the theme and music, because there is a lot of WOZ in WOZ.

#61 44 days ago
Quoted from Goronic:

You may want to consider a Monster Bash remake. Really nice looking, good for beginners, and even hardcore pinball fans would nod in approval when they saw it.
A bonafide classic!

Meh, Monster Bash starts with a Bash but gets old quite quickly, the rule sheet holds on a stamp and there aren't many shots to play. I would think twice before having MB at home.

#72 43 days ago
Quoted from Rarehero:

Yeah, nah, it's just one of the most popular games of all time, was selling for over $10k due to high demand/short supply, and got remade to great applause...yeah, nah...no one wants that for their home.

I play MB on location and I do enjoy playing it, it just wouldn't stay more than 3 months in my house, not enough replay value. But I am glad there is a shoe for every foot.

#75 43 days ago
Quoted from Rarehero:

It’s easy, but it’s always fun. It’s still a satisfying challenge to get all the Monsters going to stack with Frank Multiball...plus, any game can be made as difficult as you want it...make it steeper, remove the outlane posts, turn off extra balls, etc.

I totally agree with you. Truth is I’m not a big fan of shooters, I’m more into achieving modes, going through a story of some kind and having a close to impossible wizard mode. That’s why I have a WOZ, a TSPP and also why my next pinball in sight is LOTR.

And to get back on the topic it’s also why I still feel I should like The Hobbit although the empty playfield is not very compelling, but Im willing to give it another shot, at their current resell price they are quite a steal.

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