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


By Gattiman

39 days ago



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#32 39 days ago

I have owned my Hobbit for a few years and it’s still in my lineup, I also own Iron Maiden pro and it’s going to stay for awhile. The Hobbit starts off like the movies and before you know it you’re in a crazy battle(multiball) and gets pretty exciting. Hobbit also has one of the best finishing shots in pinball, the one shot to kill Smaug(IMO). The game can seem slow at first but once you understand what to shoot and when to shoot it really opens up. The sound on the Hobbit is just awesome, and I think sound has a lot to do with making you feel like you’re part of the game. The 2 games you have on your radar are both great examples of how pinball should be, but 2 different examples. All in all you can’t go wrong with either one... good luck on your decision.

#77 39 days ago
Quoted from holminone:

You get one chance to make a good impression on your family. Hobbit would not be my first choice for reasons mentioned previously. The above recommendation on a proven classic like Attack from Mars or even Monster Bash is a better direction for a first pinball machine IMO.

I had a AFMRLE and it was pretty cool at first especially the topper. After a few months the topper was just a topper and I saved the universe multiple times and all the callouts were kind of repetitive. I traded that game and my Hobbit is still in my lineup.

#78 39 days ago
Quoted from Rarehero:

If you like LOTR, you should like The Hobbit. It’s not really empty - there are 4 beasts that are often used in a variety of ways...and when you realize how every action & reaction is so cleverly programmed, it’s very much like LOTR - each shot can have multiple uses and outcomes. It’s the same sort of Keith logic. You must play it with current code & with the sound blasting. Old code & quiet audio would make me have a different opinion about the game.

We finally get to agree on something... not sure I like that

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