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What pins are earning well right now?

By V8haha

2 years ago


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#201 3 months ago
Quoted from Isjack:

From my previous route before it died a Covid death, highest to lowest:
Theatre of Magic
The Shadow
Star Trek Pro
The Walking Dead
Whirlwind
Genie (.25 play)
Bally Atlantis
BSD
Target Alpha (.25 play)
Sorcerer
Some of these were on route less time than the others (Atlantis, BSD, Target Alpha, Sorcerer were all short-lived).
All were .50 a play except the ones noted at .25/per.
ToM is a killer and I just rebought it in search of a new route.
Genie and Target Alpha were constantly played at a quarter. Genie paid itself off in under five months.
I would highly recommend checking pinballmap and looking for desirable games that are not on route near you and targeting those games specifically.

It breaks my heart to see BSD wasn’t earning although like you stated not sure how long it was on route. Absolutely love that game!

Picking up a new bubble hockey today hoping that does well!

#202 3 months ago

Collection from the last two weeks, out of 53 games:

The best:

#1 Mandalorian (60% higher than any other pin)
#2 Led Zeppelin
#3 Jurassic Park
#4 Attack From Mars
#5 Avengers
#6 Rick and Morty
#7 Total Nuclear Annihilation

The worst (DMD & newer only):

#29 Bram Stoker's Dracula
#30 Iron Man
#31 Game of Thrones
#32 World Poker Tour
#33 No Good Gofers
#34 Congo

#203 3 months ago

I didn't see Rick and Morty being that low, or TNA being that high. All at the same spot?

#204 3 months ago
Quoted from Chalkey:

I didn't see Rick and Morty being that low, or TNA being that high. All at the same spot?

Yep. Same spot. 6th out of 53 is pretty high in my book. Actually I looked it up and it was #2 in the previous six collections (since reopening from Covid).

TNA is in a secret curtained room by itself, with a black light, starry laser walls, glow in the dark rubbers and balls, and the volume cranked. So it has the edge in terms of presentation that no other game has. It has been between 3rd and 9th since reopening.

#205 3 months ago

Ghostbusters is typically my top earner and this month was no exception, but it was better. I was going to bring it home so I can tear it apart and put new rings everywhere. I tend to drag my feet more if it’s here so I might just do it on location on a slow day there. It’s doing too well to pull right now.

#206 3 months ago

Top 10 here at Blizzard Mountain Pinball (41 games, 38 pins + 3 vids) over the last 8 weeks:
1. POTC (JJP - Standard)
2. Avengers Premium
3. Galaga/MS PacMan combo
4. Stranger Things Premium
5. Medieval Madness (original)
6. Hobbit LE (Premium)
7. Wizard of Oz (Standard)
8. Willy Wonka (Standard)
9. Gauntlet
10. Iron Man (original)

Bottom 10:
32. Tales of the Arabian Nights
33. Black Knight
34. Mousin' Around
35. Earthshaker
36. Time Machine
37. F14 Tomcat
38. Whirlwind
39. Big Guns
40. Supersonic (only classic Bally we have)
41. Dr. Dude

Best LCD Screen Game: POTC (JJP) #1
Worst LCD Screen Game: Aerosmith Premium #25

Best DMD:Medieval Madness (original) #5
Worst DMD: Tales of the Arabian Nights #32

Best Solid State/System 11: Banzai Run #22
Worst Solid State/System 11: Dr. Dude #41

Best Video Game: Galaga/Ms Pac-Man #3
Worst Video Game: Defender #19

All four of our JJP games are now in the top 10...Woz always lagged behind but I put quite a bit of work into it (installed the upgraded LED kit and fixed/cleaned everything up while I had it apart), so maybe that's why it has caught up.

It's kind of sad to see the System 11 games not doing so well. That's the era I grew up with and have a fondness for...

Kevin

#207 3 months ago

Kevkat thanks for posting. I looked your place up at https://blizzardpinball.com/our-games/ too!

Can you clarify whether the top 10 / bottom 10 are in games played or money brought in?

#208 3 months ago
Quoted from altan:

Kevkat thanks for posting. I looked your place up at https://blizzardpinball.com/our-games/ too!
Can you clarify whether the top 10 / bottom 10 are in games played or money brought in?

It's money brought in. If you get a timed card it's pro-rated for whatever was played on that card...otherwise it's just whatever money the game brings in.

That said, if I go off of the number of plays, the list is similar. Most of the System 11's are still near the bottom. Galaga/Ms Pac-man comes out on top followed by Stranger Things then POTC...

Galaga/Ms Pac-man is a 50 cent game so that makes sense. Not sure why Stranger Things also leapfrogs over POTC, but ST is played more by casual players and fans of the show (so therefore it probably has more unlimited-play cards played on it which usually means less $$ per play).

Kevin

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#209 3 months ago

Curious if anyone has Hot Wheels out in the wild?

#210 89 days ago
Quoted from Isjack:

Curious if anyone has Hot Wheels out in the wild?

Here is a link for the Minnseota Pinball Map for Hot Wheels: https://pinballmap.com/minnesota?utf8=%E2%9C%93&region=minnesota&by_machine_id=3257

The Fan Zone
1605 1st Street South, Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 222-9663

The Pinball Place
827 North Broadway Stret, New Ulm, MN 56073
(507) 276-7771

#211 88 days ago

Thanks, was curious about how they are earning

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#212 53 days ago

Have a Led Zep pro on the way.

I was surprised to hear it was earning well. Hope it’s still doing well for everyone.

2 weeks later
#213 39 days ago

Led zep is in the line up. To early to tell. Fun game i like it a lot better then i thought i would.

Also picked up an Austin powers that’s going to need some work. I’m going to go through the whole thing ordered a lot of parts hoping people will want to play it!

#214 38 days ago

Pre-pandemic, Monster Bash remake CE was out earning an “A” jukebox! Pre-pandemic, several pins were earning well. Fast forward 18 months…music, pool and cranes (good luck finding product though) are exceptional right now. Golden Tee and pinball are absolutely flat. All I can figure is people bought pins and GTs for their homes during all this? Or our pin and GT players found new venues? I’m really not upset though. GTs bring top dollar to home buyers and I don’t think I have to tell anyone here about the state of the pinball market…

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#215 29 days ago

I route 15 of the 30 games at Southland Lanes in Middleburg Heights, OH. I generally count out weekly.

Cleveland Pinball League plays here once a week. Our in house league starts up this week. Bi weekly knockout tournaments. Lots of walk up play from bowling alley customers, so a wide mix from tournament play to kids bashing flipper buttons.

Highest to lowest earnings 9/20-9/26
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Who Dunnit (4 weeks at location)
3. Pool Sharks (4 weeks at location)
4. Monopoly
5. Jurassic Park (DE)
6. Rocky & Bullwinkle
7. Wheel of Fortune
8. Taxi
8. Space Shuttle
10. Wipe Out
11. Cyclone
12. PinBot
12. Secret Service
14. Rollercoaster Tycoon (down mon-fri)
15. Genesis

Other games on location: Ultraman (new this week), Mandalorian, Elvira HOH, Batman Dark Knight, Deadpool, Hot Wheels, Jurassic Park Premium, Ghostbusters Premium, Twilight Zone, Medieval Madness Remake, Attack From Mars Remake, Monster Bash Remake, Avengers IQ, Guns N Roses (JJP), Twilight Zone.

#216 27 days ago

Led zep couldn’t take down stranger things however it was 2nd.

Anyone route a P3? It seems that it could be something different that people want to try. I know i can never find one on location to play. I’ve tossed around the idea for the last year but really want to try it first or have someone else who routes them give me their opinion. Seems that it may be a lot to maintain.

However you may be able to charge a premium for play. Maybe $2 a play?

#217 27 days ago

Maybe ask in the P3 thread? or contact Gerry directly, he would definitely have some feedback for you. Great guy, very willing to communicate with excellent service (haven't got mine yet).

#218 27 days ago

I've had people giving me a hard time about $1 / 3 for $2 on a premium. I think if I did $2 a play I'd get run out of town.

I'm also willing to bet Gerry has amazing things to say about routing p3. There may be something to it as kids at the local club seem to gravitate toward the pin 2k games as they're more relatable as being part video game.

#219 27 days ago
Quoted from V8haha:

Anyone route a P3? ... Seems that it may be a lot to maintain.

Not route, but your assumption sounds accurate: the last time someone had one at our local show, it needed a lot of attention. Maybe it's improved since then, but it didn't seem up to commercial operation to me.

#220 26 days ago

Don't wanna hear that, just paid for mine yesterday. There's bugger all tech maintenance stuff in the owners thread. JJP GnR thread is chock full of problems.

#221 26 days ago
Quoted from RoxasUrSoxas:

I route 15 of the 30 games at Southland Lanes in Middleburg Heights, OH. I generally count out weekly.
Cleveland Pinball League plays here once a week. Our in house league starts up this week. Bi weekly knockout tournaments. Lots of walk up play from bowling alley customers, so a wide mix from tournament play to kids bashing flipper buttons.
Highest to lowest earnings 9/20-9/26
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Who Dunnit (4 weeks at location)
3. Pool Sharks (4 weeks at location)
4. Monopoly
5. Jurassic Park (DE)
6. Rocky & Bullwinkle
7. Wheel of Fortune
8. Taxi
8. Space Shuttle
10. Wipe Out
11. Cyclone
12. PinBot
12. Secret Service
14. Rollercoaster Tycoon (down mon-fri)
15. Genesis
Other games on location: Ultraman (new this week), Mandalorian, Elvira HOH, Batman Dark Knight, Deadpool, Hot Wheels, Jurassic Park Premium, Ghostbusters Premium, Twilight Zone, Medieval Madness Remake, Attack From Mars Remake, Monster Bash Remake, Avengers IQ, Guns N Roses (JJP), Twilight Zone.

Wow! That's a quality mix of pinball machines you have going at that bowling alley!

#222 24 days ago
Quoted from V8haha:

Seems that it may be a lot to maintain.

Everything on the machine is modular and repairs are quite simple. Even if you find you are doing maintenance more frequently (not my experience as an owner and developer - much heavier use than a typical homeowner), repairs are much faster. I've built games using the Lexy, Heist, and CCR playfield modules. Thousands of games across each both for my own games and the base games.

Flipper needs tweaking? Alignment is automatic, but sliding the flipper/sling assembly out gives you easy access front and back to coils, etc. Roll pins are held in place with a sturdy collar and can be removed without tools to change bats if needed. Makes changing a flipper bat/linkage a 1min process.

Pop bumper switch need adjusting? Pull the module out, flip it upside down, tweak, reinstall. Maybe 3 minutes (you have to push the balls back into the trough that are staged for launch before reinstalling the module).

The connections and diagnostics are also easy to review and understand, and allow for more in-depth testing of some of the more complex mechanisms.

The complete playfield assembly is heavy, but it can be placed in multiple positions to aid in troubleshooting, if desired.

I test the heck out of all my games with regard to coin/free play and various settings. Never an issue there.

I would also suggest reaching out to Gerry as he will be able to discuss common issues. They have a support site with very clear instructions for adjusting complex mechanisms (like third flipper assembly, or crane in Heist).

I work on a lot of games, including labor-intensive games like bingos. I find the P3 to be the easiest modern game to maintain out of any I've worked on.

Hope to put my P3 on route at some point to see how it earns, and rotate in a different game every few weeks.

But I keep making games for others to enjoy instead. I'm not an op, so just my 2c as a customer and 3rd party developer.

#223 20 days ago
Quoted from DanMarino:

Wow! That's a quality mix of pinball machines you have going at that bowling alley!

Chris and Bryan run a great location if you are ever up this way!

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