(Topic ID: 204210)

What do you think is the best looking pinball machine?


By mrossman5

1 year ago



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“Most beautiful pin”

  • TOTAN 32 votes
    29%
  • Centaur 7 votes
    6%
  • Fathom 8 votes
    7%
  • Aerosmith 6 votes
    5%
  • Creature 11 votes
    10%
  • WOZ/The Hobbit 28 votes
    25%
  • Star Trek LE 11 votes
    10%
  • Tron 8 votes
    7%

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#1 1 year ago

Hey guys, just wondering what you guys thought was the best looking game ever created. Feel free to attach images

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#2 1 year ago

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#3 1 year ago

Fathom.

#4 1 year ago

I love that game! "Destroy Centaur"

#5 1 year ago

I vote for Stern STLE. Unmodded, it just has a ton of bling. From the stainless steel speaker panel with starfleet insignia, to the side armor with enterprise cutouts and two-tone animated led backlighting, how can you beat it?

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from mrbillishere:

I vote for Stern STLE. Unmodded, it just has a ton of bling. From the stainless steel speaker panel with starfleet insignia, to the side armor with enterprise cutouts and two-tone animated led backlighting, how can you beat it?

Too much photoshop.

#7 1 year ago

Fathom and Centaur are great looking. But for me the overall package of a great looking game is TOTAN.

Most new games are out. The playfields are uninspired clip art. Except for maybe games like Hobbit, Ghostbusters and Aerosmith. But they are nowhere near best looking. Heck, PBR tried harder than most.

#8 1 year ago

Fathom and Xenon are 2 of my favorites. For modern games AS is fantastic looking.

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#9 1 year ago
Quoted from mrbillishere:

I vote for Stern STLE. Unmodded, it just has a ton of bling. From the stainless steel speaker panel with starfleet insignia, to the side armor with enterprise cutouts and two-tone animated led backlighting, how can you beat it?

Most are focusing just on the playfield art which star trek is pretty weak. As an overall package star trek LE is by far the best, nothing even close.

#10 1 year ago

Pretty weak? It just plain sucks.The playfield is the main piece of the look of the game. It is based on a bad movie about a bad reboot of the Star Trek universe so there isn't much to work with, but throwing a couple of baked potatoes on the ramps makes it comical.

Back to the serious discussion. I'll also give props to Pharaoh and POTO. Something about those games catches your eye.

#11 1 year ago

You guys aren't even close.
Full props have to go to Ghostbusters and Aerosmith. The artwork on the play fields is just that -art.
Of course, that means that MagicGirl has to be considered and that hardly seems fair.

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#12 1 year ago
Quoted from Taxman:

Pretty weak? It just plain sucks.The playfield is the main piece of the look of the game. It is based on a bad movie about a bad reboot of the Star Trek universe so there isn't much to work with, but throwing a couple of baked potatoes on the ramps makes it comical.
Back to the serious discussion. I'll also give props to Pharaoh and POTO. Something about those games catches your eye.

All 3 movies were great. The playfield artwork was weak, but it doesn't look terrible. The light show more than makes up for it, at least for me it does. The LE is a beautiful pin in so many ways.

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#13 1 year ago

Zaccaria Farfalla is a work of art .

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#14 1 year ago

Playfield wise the one that impresses me these days is Secret Service.

John

#15 1 year ago

Either way, Star Trek is not a candidate for "Best" looking machine.

#16 1 year ago

I don't know. I'm starting to rethink my choice. NOT!

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#17 1 year ago


Quoted from Taxman:I don't know. I'm starting to rethink my choice. NOT!

Haha, playfield lights aren't even on. Try again.

Added 17 months ago: I've already admitted that the playfield art is pretty weak on Star Trek. I think most would agree with this. In order to really appreciate this pin, you need to see it with the lights on, staring at this pin with the machine turned off doesn't do much for me either. With the lights turned on it really comes to life with the color changing inserts and the warp ramp LED chase lights. The laser starfield projector is beautiful and my favorite feature is the LED side armor. That led illuminated emblem on the backbox looks great also. I think this is a great overall package and one of Stern's best LEs. Also forgot about the stainless steel speaker panel with the emblems and mirrored backglass. Put on a bunch of Zitt's awesome mods and it looks even better!

#18 1 year ago
Quoted from mrbillishere:

I vote for Stern STLE.

Lit cut outs on the backbox, the side lighting on the rails. This games design is outstanding. Having one in between 2 other games does it no justice, it has to sit on the end of a line up.

#19 1 year ago
Quoted from pcprogrammer:

The light show more than makes up for it, ...

Quoted from pcprogrammer:

Haha, playfield lights aren't even on. Try again.

The man likes his lights!

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from pcprogrammer:

Haha, playfield lights aren't even on. Try again.

That is all IPDB had. I don't have to try and make it look bad.

Here are your lights -

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#21 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

The man likes his lights!

YUP! Light show on ST is awesome.

#22 1 year ago

My only point is that most are focused "only" on the playfield artwork. I was just looking at the overall package. Star Trek is beautiful when turned on and playing it, I do agree the playfield artwork does nothing, it doesn't look bad though, just kinda plain.

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#24 1 year ago
Quoted from pcprogrammer:

My only point is that most are focused "only" on the playfield artwork. I was just looking at the overall package. Star Trek is beautiful when turned on and playing it, I do agree the playfield artwork does nothing, it doesn't look bad though, just kinda plain.

I think the point opposing you is stating that the pf art on ST is God-awful and for that fact alone cannot be in the running for best looking pinball machine. The pf should be a pretty big part of the overall score...I mean, that’s what you look at while actually playing the game. I agree with them.

#25 1 year ago

To be fair, the question was what is the best looking game. I agree that STLE is lacking in the art department on the playfield and the cab art but overall it is a very appealing total package. Not my favorite but I see why people like it.

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#26 1 year ago
Quoted from Pimp77:

I think the point opposing you is stating that the pf art on ST is God-awful and for that fact alone cannot be in the running for best looking pinball machine. The pf should be a pretty big part of the overall score...I mean, that’s what you look at while actually playing the game. I agree with them.

I don't think it's "god awful", just kinda plain. Everything else they did more than makes up for it in my opinion.

Maybe you just have to be a Star Trek fan, but I love looking at this machine...

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#27 1 year ago
Quoted from pcprogrammer:

My only point is that most are focused "only" on the playfield artwork. I was just looking at the overall package. Star Trek is beautiful when turned on and playing it, I do agree the playfield artwork does nothing, it doesn't look bad though, just kinda plain.

OK, still don't see it.

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#28 1 year ago
Quoted from pcprogrammer:

Maybe you just have to be a Star Trek fan, but I love looking at this machine...

I love Star Trek so much I don't even consider those shit movies as Star Trek

#29 1 year ago

I really don't like playing TOTAN, it's too reliant on the lamp for scoring AND it's too easy to progress to rescue the princess via collecting jewels at the scoop. HAVING said that, it IS a beautiful machine and I'd say it's top 5 for best looking machine, above Star Trek at least.

In order to be a candidate for this thread, the pin needs to create the "World under glass" feel.

#30 1 year ago

Fathom or CFTBL. Scared Stiff if pretty great too but I’m a big horror.

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from pcprogrammer:

I don't think it's "god awful", just kinda plain. Everything else they did more than makes up for it in my opinion.
Maybe you just have to be a Star Trek fan, but I love looking at this machine...

Quoted from TheLaw:

I love Star Trek so much I don't even consider those shit movies as Star Trek

Exactly! I've been a fan my whole life. Until the abominations came along.

Quoted from jonesjb:

I really don't like playing TOTAN, it's too reliant on the lamp for scoring AND it's too easy to progress to rescue the princess via collecting jewels at the scoop. HAVING said that, it IS a beautiful machine and I'd say it's top 5, above Star Trek at least.
In order to be a candidate for this thread, the pin needs to create the "World under glass" feel.

Yes I totally agree, the game play is too easy to collect jewel by skipping with wishes. But this thread is about looks. Still, getting a Lightning Lamp with Multiball is great. Art, sound and animations are great.

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#32 1 year ago

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#33 1 year ago
Quoted from Taxman:

Exactly! I've been a fan my whole life. Until the abominations came along.

Yes I totally agree, the game play is too easy to collect jewel by skipping with wishes. But this thread is about looks. Still, getting a Lightning Lamp with Multiball is great. Art, sound and animations are great.

So here are my picks from top of my head, not locked in stone as there are some I'm sure I'm forgetting:

Scared Stiff
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Ghostbusters
The Shadow (With Aurich Package)
Total Nuclear Annhilation
Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure
Cirqus Voltaire
Big Bang Bar

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#34 1 year ago

My favorites...

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#35 1 year ago
Quoted from jonesjb:

So here are my picks from top of my head, not locked in stone as there are some I'm sure I'm forgetting:
Scared Stiff
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Ghostbusters
The Shadow (With Aurich Package)
Total Nuclear Annhilation
Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure
Cirqus Voltaire
Big Bang Bar

Ghostbusters is where it's at.

#36 1 year ago
Quoted from snaroff:

My favorites...

I agree those all look great! Here's amother good one:

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#37 1 year ago

What do you guys think about the newer Stern games? Also can't forget about TNA.

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#38 1 year ago

Oh, the machine with the absolute Artwork for me is

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#39 1 year ago
Quoted from Metengo:

Oh, the machine with the absolute Artwork for me is

The backglass is the best part imo.

#40 1 year ago

TOTAN is my favorite playfield

#41 1 year ago

Agree with votes above for TOTAN and agree with snaroff for beating me to the punch on suggesting Paragon. Also voting for Aerosmith, Metallica Premium Monsters, TSPP, WOZ, and Hobbit. All of these should be in Top 10 IMHO.

#42 1 year ago

Fathom....A classic beauty, the Marilyn Monroe of pinball machines but seriously not that many I don't like. The artwork has always been a draw to me.

#43 1 year ago

WOZ, by a mile. WOZ is a gorgeous game. I owned one for a couple years, and when people walked into my house they were instantly attracted to WOZ.

Pingeads just because there were not that many around. Non-pinheads because it was a stunning machine. That clear coat can, the big screen, the art. It was always interesting to watch it happen.

#44 1 year ago

Classic: Paragon

Current: Tron LE

#45 1 year ago

Paragon has the best complete art package ever .

#46 1 year ago

TOTAN, the Hobbit, and WOZ.

Tron is is in the running too if it has led ramps as is Star Gate.

Just my two cents, but it is hard to argue that TOTAN, the Hobbit, and WOZ are not some of the most beautiful games ever created.

#47 1 year ago

My restored chromed out Whitewater with that topper is an beautiful looking pin.

#48 1 year ago

I think we have to consider this game as well

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#49 1 year ago

Yeah, I️ was going to say Aerosmith too.

My votes are WOZ, TOTAN, the Hobbit, and Aerosmith. Tron too if it has the right lighting.

#50 1 year ago
Quoted from Taxman:

Exactly! I've been a fan my whole life. Until the abominations came along.

Oh you mean the one where they went to find God? Or was it the whale one?

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