TWD, POTC, Shadow, scared kids what to do?

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TWD, POTC, Shadow, scared kids what to do?


By flashinstinct

10 months ago



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    #1 10 months ago

    I bought a TWD NIB about 2 years ago and really like the game. The kids have finally showed some interest in pinball with Mustang coming in this week. They've played more this last week than they have in the past 2 years. With that said my oldest (7) is scared of the zombies and he really doesn't want to be anywhere near the game (My 5 year old daughter loves it LOL, go figure). The games are located in a small room that can fit 4 games. Current line up consist of TFLE, TWD Pro, Mustang Pro, XM LE.

    I've got 3 scenarios I could choose and I'm really on the fence and looking at some other people's insight and experience with this. I like TWD but also love that my kids are playing more pinball.

    Scenario 1
    I've got a potential trade for a very nice shadow + cash for my TWD. This scenario potentially let me increase my collection by one more game around xmas. (Sell unused pool table and move the collection to the bigger room)

    Scenario 2
    Find a POTC of the caribbean and sell TWD. Have a small amount of cash back and put a few mods in upgrades my current games.

    Scenario 3
    Move TWD way to the end of the line up and arrange it
    TWD (turn off), TFLE, Mustang, XM LE and let him grow into it slowly for the next 2 years or so.

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    #2 10 months ago

    #3 10 months ago

    Just looking for people that were in the same situation that's all. When I'm lost I ask for directions. Sometimes people saying some things makes me think of a different angle. As for kids, they tend to change their minds like women like to change outfits before going out for dinner.

    #4 10 months ago

    At least his fear of zombies is rational, kinda.

    Kids can be scared of strange things. My son (5) is fine with RZSSI, but was not a fan of the ghost cow on the AMH backglass. I was able to fix that one by making it silly rather than scary for him. I told him it said "Moo boo".

    A nephew was scared of the wolfman on MB when I owned it. He's like 12 now, and he still says he's glad I sold it.

    Good luck.

    #5 10 months ago

    I think if you really enjoy TWD, you should keep it, and let try to get your 7yr old comfortable with it. My kids are 4 and 2 and couldn't care less about my TWD machine. I think part of it is trying to get them to let go of that fear of ugly things (will probably help them in several aspects of adult life) and get them to focus on what it actually is (a fun and challenging pinball machine).

    OR, you could always take down or cover up the translite, then there won't be anything to look at, but that's kind of counterproductive to my suggestion above. Either way, GL! (and sell that pool table, it's taking up precious pin space! )

    #6 10 months ago

    Get new kids.

    #8 10 months ago

    Put a cover on the ones that scare them...play them when kids are sleeping

    #9 10 months ago

    Throw some blankets over it. See if the kids stick with playing.

    But then again, I love my Shadow and you can probably get a TWD pro again later without much issues.

    #10 10 months ago
    Quoted from cosmokramer:

    Put a cover on the ones that scare them...play them when kids are sleeping

    That's what I would do. If you truly love the game hold on to it. Maybe down the road your oldest wont be afraid of it anymore.

    #11 10 months ago

    I know the feeling, TWD, BSD are 2 games I like but they are banned in my household with the young grandkids.

    I have The Hobbit and they are scared of that one as well (Gullum)?. I have it in the other side of room farthest from everything.

    Oddly enough my grandson loves Met, probably because my son in law likes them. I think IM is also a solid choice especially popular with my nieces and nephews who are older teens and twenty's.

    #12 10 months ago

    sell the kids and keep the pins! buahahahhahaha

    #13 10 months ago

    Covers won't work. I know being a kid is ancient history for all of us, but kids will look under large, easily accessible covers to see what's under there. It's what they do. 100 percent of the time.

    Really, the options here are 1. get rid of the offending games until the kids can handle it (which probably won't take a long time), 2. make your own "daddy only" room with a lock where you can keep the scary games and all your porn, or 3. tell the kids (and mom) tough shit and do whatever you want and see how that works out for you.

    #14 10 months ago

    Honestly POTC is actually kind of boring and gets old quick. As it is fairly easy. Specifically if you have a small collection. Mine lasted in my small collection for almost a year then I moved on.

    I had the Shadow for about 3 years. And actually miss that the most. And would own another. It's a players game though. Everyone that came over hated it for the fact that it had the 4 buttons for the diverters. So I was the only one who pretty much played it. But I traded that for a XMen LE.
    Which is a great game (that you own) shadow is on the same difficulty and fun level as XMen.

    I understand the kids being afraid of TWD.
    When I had Frankenstein my youngest wouldn't go into the games room. I traded MSF for JM.
    Which my girlfriend hated. So that didn't last either.

    That's why I'm down to MMr and Totan.
    2 games I love. The family loves to play. Friends love to play. Any other games I add now have to be keepers. I only have room for 5-6 so I'm on the fence about most pins.
    It has to be real special for me to buy one now.

    Hoping for MB remake.
    And hoping to find a Scared stiff.
    And possibly a Centaur for myself to restore, play and keep. But I know that would be a pin mostly only I would play. And a couple of my pinhead buddies.

    If you see TWD as a keeper, keep it. Move it or cover it up.
    But if you can see yourself letting it go honestly I would take TS over POTC.
    It's a much better game with more to shoot.

    #15 10 months ago

    I borrowed a RFM once and it scared my nephew. I put a cover on it and he was fine. Go figure.

    I agree with the add a cover and play it later crowd.

    You can always put a cover on it and see how it goes. If your son is fine with that, problem solved. If not, then you need to move it out.

    #16 10 months ago
    Quoted from flashinstinct:

    I bought a TWD NIB about 2 years ago and really like the game. The kids have finally showed some interest in pinball with Mustang coming in this week. They've played more this last week than they have in the past 2 years. With that said my oldest (7) is scared of the zombies and he really doesn't want to be anywhere near the game (My 5 year old daughter loves it LOL, go figure). The games are located in a small room that can fit 4 games. Current line up consist of TFLE, TWD Pro, Mustang Pro, XM LE.
    I've got 3 scenarios I could choose and I'm really on the fence and looking at some other people's insight and experience with this. I like TWD but also love that my kids are playing more pinball.
    Scenario 1
    I've got a potential trade for a very nice shadow + cash for my TWD. This scenario potentially let me increase my collection by one more game around xmas. (Sell unused pool table and move the collection to the bigger room)
    Scenario 2
    Find a POTC of the caribbean and sell TWD. Have a small amount of cash back and put a few mods in upgrades my current games.
    Scenario 3
    Move TWD way to the end of the line up and arrange it
    TWD (turn off), TFLE, Mustang, XM LE and let him grow into it slowly for the next 2 years or so.

    For someone who's on a #wheresthecode crusade, I'd stay way clear of potc. Code isn't bad, the multiball stacking is fun, but it's very limited and not as creative as today's games that you've deemed plagued with unfinished code.

    I had my Twd when my son was 2 and was able to get away with it. I since sold and almost picked up another recently but opted for SMVE for the same reason of him beginning to reach that age where those sort of things can scare him (he's almost 5 now).

    If Twd is one of your favorites, you're going to want to get something really good to replace it to help that missing piece in your life. I think going the route of getting a shadow now and another later or trading up shadow is a good idea.

    I would definitely try scenario 3 first though and see what happens.

    #17 10 months ago

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    #18 10 months ago

    Trade TWD for something more kid friendly an get it back at a later date, there's nothing worse than having a machine that gives your kids nightmares. I love the walking dead, game is awesome but I can see how the little ones would freak out on it, ive herd of this situation happen a bit between collectors an they gave them up, because for the kids it's like a constant horror movie getting played over an over again an then it gets interpreted in to there dreams which create the nightmares, there's so many other pins you can have an enjoy with the kids while there young (Tspp,shrek,pirates) to name a few an get TWD back in a few years when there old enough not to care anymore.

    #19 10 months ago

    If it's to encourage the kids to play, you can't beat the sinking ship on POTC. I don't see them enjoying the Shadow nearly as much as that can be a hard game for adult guests with multiple buttons and moving Phurbas. Maybe you can store the TWD with a friend until they are older?

    #20 10 months ago

    Kids are fickle. My 2.5 year old is scared to death of Roadshow (but LOVES FH) and Spanish Eyes.

    #22 10 months ago
    Quoted from flashinstinct:

    Just looking for people that were in the same situation that's all. When I'm lost I ask for directions. Sometimes people saying some things makes me think of a different angle. As for kids, they tend to change their minds like women like to change outfits before going out for dinner.

    Twd helped my youngest kids with their dental hygiene. One night they woke up and came downstairs to us watching it. It must have left a big impression because the next morning as im getting ready for work the youngest looks at me all serious and concerned and says "dad how did they become zombies?" I look at her and as I spit my toothpaste in the sink (lightbulb) I respond "cuz they didn't brush their teeth." She's now 6 and has been brushing every day without being told for fear of turning into a zombie. Guilt free as her teeth are cavity free and beautiful. When we brought twd into the gameroom she just stared at it. When it's off, she's cool with it....not so much if I turn it on, so I just don't play it when she's in the gameroom and it's not an issue. Not sure that helps but that's my experience with kids and twd. The older kids have no issue with it at all except the wife thinks it's to violent for them. I'm happy we can coexist because twd is to good a pin to get rid of imho.

    #23 10 months ago

    In my best Swayze voice
    "Nobody puts TWD in a corner."

    #24 10 months ago

    Buy them a "Tales from the Crypt"

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