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What theme would you choose for a pinball??

By Mancave

5 years ago

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    #51 4 years ago

    I would do a theme similar to Plague Inc. on the Ipad. Start at patient zero and try to infect the world. Evolve your deadly virus, plague or pathogen. Strategy involves morphing it to adapt to be more survivable or deadly.

    Play strategy would be similar to the app, spread it by starting specific modes or hitting certain shots or combos. Use wind currents, infect water or livestock.

    Anyway, been awhile since I played the game, but I always thought this would be a killer theme. Probably not very timely with Ebola, but a great theme no doubt.

    You could also make this a pin where you choose sides. Don't like killing people? How bout trying to create a cure. Be a hero!


    #53 4 years ago

    Venture Brothers

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    #54 4 years ago

    I think Blade Runner w/ a Tron feel to it would be sweet.

    #55 4 years ago

    great themes, popular movies, missed chances:

    1. Dune
    2. Game of Thrones
    3. Total Recall (Ahnold movie)
    4. Conan the Barbarian (alzo Ahnold vehsion)
    5. Ghostbusters
    6. Gremlins
    7. Mad Max trilogy
    8. Aliens
    9. Labyrinth
    10. Willow
    11. Die Hard
    12. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    13. Groundhog Day
    14. Forrest Gump
    15. Speed
    16. The Crow
    17. The Mask
    18. Braveheart
    19. Mission Impossible
    20. Scream
    21. The Rock
    22. Armageddon/Deep Impact

    #56 4 years ago

    Daft Punk,enough said

    #57 4 years ago


    I can see someone someday going back and creating at least a one off based on the whitewood

    #58 4 years ago

    My dream would be to see a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Pinball. Not that new garbage but the Gene Wilder movie. So many good ideas for that one.

    #59 4 years ago

    You MUST include The Great Cornholio. Keep hitting him to satisfy his need for TP! He should be a pop-up bash toy that shakes, like Sparky


    #60 4 years ago

    I've been thinking of retheming my Jungle Lord, whenever I get the (*&@ thing working again.

    Themes I've pondered so far:

    Battlestar Galactica



    Archer, or Adult Swim in general

    Settlers of Catan - I can switch from "light 1-2-3-4-5 to double all scores" to "light ore-ore-ore-wheat-wheat" to build a city and double all scores.

    Community (mainly because with the 2 banks of 3 targets each, I can label them "Pop Pop!")

    Internet Cats (I predict in the future that there will be cats on the internet), or other memes

    Fahrenheit 451 - not sure how it would translate, but I loved the book

    Catch 22 - ditto to 451F

    #61 4 years ago

    any sort of SURFING theme, long overdue! Maybe Big Wave World TOUR???????? BWWT

    #62 4 years ago

    Im from Old School. My design would be single layered playfield. The machines actual size and shape would resemble what the Gottlieb Wedge Heads looked like. Them, I would do something cheerful, like a Summer Time activity. I would call it "Cushman Resort" A popular resort that is located in Washington state on lake Cushman. Artwork on backglass would show the way the resort looked in the late 60s. Kids playing around on the dock, swinging out on the rope swings, etc. Just people lounging around the lakefront having summer time fun

    #63 4 years ago

    Star Wars
    Harry Potter when the films and books were being released
    Unlicensed themes and many of them of all types
    Trudeau's Forbidden planet and some of the unique other games he's never had released
    Same with Wizard Blocks Lawlor's unreleased B/W pin, but preferably in a regular size cabinet rather than P2000
    Pins using the most modern technology and boards possible to show us cool potential we've never experienced before! But with great game play also being a must.

    #64 4 years ago

    Futurama, no doubt about it!

    "Good news everyone! I found the extra ball!"

    #65 4 years ago

    A "Top 10" quality Star Wars pin.

    Harry Potter has a huge fanbase and 8 films gives plenty of content for modes.

    #66 4 years ago
    Quoted from Ika:

    1. Dune
    2. Game of Thrones

    Same for me.
    Add Battlestar Galactica for 3.

    #67 4 years ago

    Easy! Forbidden Planet, War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1933 King Kong.
    Music: The Beatles, Led Zep
    TV: The Outer Limits

    #69 4 years ago

    Futurama - yeah, that'd be a cool *looking* pin, lot of color - you don't see enough "cartoony" pins ala Metallica......

    Also think a Kung-Fu style pin would be really cool, capture the old Shaw Bros, Golden Harvest period pieces with a backglass featuring towering temples and heavy stone walls - plenty of modes based on revenge theme - maybe fights in various parts of the countryside (that the playfield graphically represents) with cool 3-D images of a temple, and some ramps that could set off "booby traps" ala the "mousetrap" game - in which the spear, etc. strikes a target and scores the points......lots of great audio with "You, you killed my brother!" or battle sounds with clanking swords and karate yells.

    I like more "general" themed pin rather than an "exclusive" one - one based on a single movie or whatever.

    Of course, the Stooges pin would be the *ultimate*, could get a beaauuuutiful art job for that one using black, white, silver and gold - the "Stooge splash card" (I guess you could order Shemp if you were so inclined!) that appears before all their shorts would be the backglass.......also hase universal and even current appeal.....

    #70 4 years ago
    Quoted from Mancave:

    I was thinking along the lines of maybe a Monty Python based pinball machine. I can imagine some classic lines from the TV series or the films would fit quite nicely, BUT, i'm of that generation that grew up with that sort of thing. If someone produced a Justin Bieber or a One Direction pinnie i'd be tempted to go on a "Mission" to burn the lot

    I'm totally with you on a Monty Python Game! So many funny callouts. It could have a can of SPAM multiball, a bird cage with a dead parrot, and a big rubber foot that squashes things...endless play field toy possibilities. Also I think Monty Python has international appeal and the Terry Gilliam artwork would fit well with pinball. A very funny, silly game for the home game rooms.

    Unfortunately the younger crowd does not know or care much for Monty Python, so something based on a modern gaming platform might do better commercially. In that case, Uncharted, HALO, Gears of War...Grand Theft Auto...

    #71 4 years ago

    I think "The Nightmare Before Christmas" would be the perfect theme for pinball. The art is amazing, there are many fun characters to pick from and the music is great. One of those timeless classics, that never gets old and is great for both children and adults. Would love to see JJP do this one.

    #72 4 years ago
    Quoted from Dutchman2009:

    "Good news everyone! I found the extra ball

    You're forgetting it's never actually good news when he says "Good news everyone!"

    #73 4 years ago

    world of warcraft

    #74 4 years ago

    #75 4 years ago

    Mmm, love me some Bade Runner - gotta have a mode utilizing the excellent "Time to Die" speech if you successfully complete it!!

    #76 4 years ago

    X-mas pin.endless material.Bad santa B/W type humor.everybody loves xmas

    #77 4 years ago


    is there anything they can't do?


    #78 4 years ago

    Holy crap YES to Blade Runner. And / or half of the rest of Phil K Dick's stories.

    #79 4 years ago

    #80 4 years ago

    stooges credit logo.jpg

    #81 4 years ago

    Another thought, Lexx, a Canadian / German sci-fi/comedy series from 15 years ago. It was great, and creative, and wierd, and could be so easily used to theme a pin.


    Lexx - Cast.jpg


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    #82 4 years ago

    For the kids (or young at heart)
    Charlie Brown/Peanuts

    For the wise guy in all of us
    Mad Magazine

    nice comic book style Batman (similar to Amazing Spider-Man)

    for Sci-Fi
    Something outer space, like The Universe
    could incorporate nebula, solar flares, blackhole(ball could disappear and reappear ???) quadrants, light speed, the possibilities are endless.
    How about Mission to Mars (in advance of the actual mission)

    #83 4 years ago

    Nightmare before Christmas, it's huge, people would buy it even if they didn't know what pinball was.

    #84 4 years ago

    It's been done already. I've got one coming next week.


    #85 4 years ago

    Conan the Barbarian

    #86 4 years ago

    Bible Adventures! Yes, I'd really like to do it someday.

    1) Advance the 10 plagues of Egypt to Open Red (split in PF) for Exodus multiball
    2) Hit all targets twice to collect animals for Noah's Ark, then survive a 40 second MB
    3) Lower playfield Lion's den to throw the colorful coat guy into
    4) Adam & Eve 2 ball MB. All switches score, avoid Apple target else mode ends.
    5) Rear orbit advances Destroy Jericho (crumbling wall mech)
    6) 2 MB "David and Goliath" battle, hit strobing shots to beat Goliath
    7) "Wisdom of Solomon" scoop random award (must complete David V Goliath to light)
    8) Pop bumpers advance battles of Samson, collect X amount to start Samson & Delilah (Samson action figure chained to columns toy)

    Basically, any commonly known Old Testament story works well for pinball as everything involves repetition and numbering.

    #87 4 years ago
    Quoted from benheck:

    "David and Goliath"


    #88 4 years ago

    I also agree withthe Munsters, great theme for pinball!

    #89 4 years ago

    This! Someone please do it so that I don't have to!

    #90 4 years ago

    A gangster/mob/mafia pinball, no need to be licensed, so much can be done with a theme like this.

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    #92 4 years ago

    Super Troopers!


    #93 4 years ago

    The music themed pins are good for routing and putting in the home alike. I think a RUSH pin would be awesome. Who doesn't love to rock out and play awesome pinball? BIB-LE (or really any of the AC/DC pins) was a total blast to play.

    #94 4 years ago
    Quoted from AJB4:

    I think a RUSH pin would be awesome.

    Especially if they used RUSH songs when they still rocked out, before they got all artsy-fartsy.

    #95 4 years ago


    #96 4 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Especially if they used RUSH songs when they still rocked out, before they got all artsy-fartsy.

    Was that before or after they started wearing robes.


    #97 4 years ago

    Firefly would rock, but you probably would never get Morena Baccarin for voice overs now that she's big from Homeland.

    #98 4 years ago
    Quoted from benheck:

    Bible Adventures! Yes, I'd really like to do it someday.
    3) Lower playfield Lion's den to throw the colorful coat guy into

    You're mixing two different Bible stories here, although it could work for both.

    Daniel in the lion's den and Joseph (colorful coat) in the pit (no lions).

    #99 4 years ago

    I don't think you'd get Firefly in general as Joss Whedon is too big.

    Great theme idea though! Or maybe Battlestar!

    #100 4 years ago
    Quoted from benheck:

    Or maybe Battlestar!

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