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What Unloved Pinball Game do you Think is Great?

By BriannaWu

3 months ago


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    #1 3 months ago

    Look. We all agree Godzilla is great. Twilight Zone. STTNG. T2. Tron. These are obvious choices for a game room.

    But the best value in pins are the underappreciated games that you find fun to play when no one else does. Maybe it's just fun for you. Maybe it didn't have a wide enough run to get more attention.

    For me, that game is 24. Y'all, this game is SO GOOD and no one knows about it! It's a Steve Richie design, so the flow is excellent. The code is straightforward - but it's the easy missions that make it so good. I will grant you that the sound design and callouts are some of the worst ever made in a Stern. But, that's the flaw that makes the game so charming.

    [EDIT: Please tell people WHY you love the game! Maybe you'll sell them on giving it a go!]

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    #3 3 months ago

    Bksor pro

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    #4 3 months ago

    I've never heard of it! What makes it so good!

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    #5 3 months ago

    Laser War

    Simple on its face, rules have some depth if you take the time to study them, awesome light show, stereo sound, fun layout.

    Con's; Everyone hates the backglass art, call out's are low budget voice acting.

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    #7 3 months ago
    Quoted from gdonovan:

    Laser War
    Simple on its face, rules have some depth if you take the time to study them, awesome light show, stereo sound, fun layout.
    Con's; Everyone hates the backglass art, call out's are low budget voice acting. [quoted image]

    I've gotta say, that art transcends bad and boomerangs right back around to AWESOME. I have to play this one!

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    #8 3 months ago

    Mustang Premium/LE

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    #9 3 months ago

    Always Gold Wings for me

    #10 3 months ago

    Hot Hand.

    #11 3 months ago

    Breakshot. Simple in design but shoots great and a real ass kicker when setup right. Plus the little flipper loop shot is so satisfying when you get on a roll.

    Mad at myself for ignoring it for so long. Used to walk by it on location and never played it. It's been gone for two weeks now and I miss it the most of any game I've had the past few years besides F14.

    #13 3 months ago
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    #14 3 months ago

    Led Zeppelin (pre/LE). Many around here say it sucks, but this game has gotten steady play at my place and our group has loved it since day 1. It’s fast tough game, the music is Great, coding is well done, and the EM frenzy brings it to another level.

    #15 3 months ago

    Alien poker

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    #16 3 months ago

    I like Junkyard. Don't know why, maybe its the bash wrecking ball. Maybe because the toilet isn't obnoxious like on South Park or Austin Powers.

    #17 3 months ago

    Shaq.

    Love the vari-target and the upper playfield with the disk is a blast. Collecting all the hidden features is a challenge. And hitting the basket is great.

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    #18 3 months ago

    The Hobbit .
    Has all the assets from 3 movies , great art , flow , sound / call outs , 31 different modes + 4 wizard modes , 4 skill shots , more drop targets and stand up targets than you can poke a stick at , pop up beasts , spinners , magnets , rollovers , diverters , subways , captive ball , gobble holes , great sculpts , chopping axes on slings and a Talking Dragon !!!
    Also one of the best moments in pinball , Killing Smaug .
    I'm sure I'm forgetting some things but it's a master piece of a game and one of the most unloved games .

    #20 3 months ago

    This comes up all the time.
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/most-underrated-game

    One thread about this was started literally less than a month ago.

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    #21 3 months ago

    Dialed in. Game is incredible

    #22 3 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    This comes up all the time.
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/most-underrated-game
    One thread about this was started literally less than a month ago.

    This thread is totally different , it's talking about unloved games

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    #23 3 months ago

    Wheel of Fortune! The layout is excellent. Best skill shot. A treat for skilled players.

    Gilligan's Island is another good one. The rotating Island is one of the best mechs in Pinball. Love the Volcano and collecting all the ingredients for the elixir. Looks great next to a tiki bar!

    #24 3 months ago
    Quoted from screaminr:

    This thread is totally different , it's talking about unloved games

    Oh I see!

    I’m gonna start a “most unloved feature on Pinside”

    And the obvious winner will be the search function!

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/search?s=1&what=topics&q=Hated&topic-machine=&pinsider=&age_days=&subforum=0&sort_by=date&sort_order=DESC#results

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/search?s=1&what=topics&q=Underrated&topic-machine=&pinsider=&age_days=&subforum=0&sort_by=date&sort_order=DESC#results

    Love/hate brings up a ton of the same threads, too.

    #26 3 months ago

    Gilligan’s Island

    #27 3 months ago

    Naturally there’s probably a little bias here because my whole small collection seems to be from the Pinside cast-offs but I enjoy Transformers LE. Lots of mechs and the art/sound don’t bother me as much as it does many others.

    #28 3 months ago

    Those two links lead to hated and underrated , not unloved which is different .

    #29 3 months ago

    WWE

    #30 3 months ago
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    #31 3 months ago

    Stern Star Wars

    #32 3 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    I’m gonna start a “most unloved feature on Pinside”
    And the obvious winner will be the search function!

    Well , you won't be the first .
    Using the search function .
    The OP has started the first thread with "unloved " in the title .

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    #33 3 months ago

    Most SEGA pinballs

    #34 3 months ago

    Unloved-under-rated(same thing)

    Barbwire-to me has one of the best layouts in all of pinball. The theme kills it for many

    X-MEN also does not receive the love it deserves. To me X-MEN blows away Deadpool-but people want the latest and greatest

    Terminator 3-not talked about much but probably the best ramp game with the smooth steel ramps

    Led Zeppelin got a bad reputation early on and many made an opinion without even playing one. 'It has no toys-it is stripped down-it is just a jukebox(from Kaneda),etc. Play a dialed in Premium or LE with a sub and then you can form an opinion.

    #35 3 months ago
    Quoted from dirkdiggler:

    Breakshot. Simple in design but shoots great and a real ass kicker when setup right. Plus the little flipper loop shot is so satisfying when you get on a roll.
    Mad at myself for ignoring it for so long. Used to walk by it on location and never played it. It's been gone for two weeks now and I miss it the most of any game I've had the past few years besides F14.

    GAH! How did I not see this?!

    #36 3 months ago
    Quoted from pinmister:

    Unloved-under-rated(same thing)

    Terminator 3-not talked about much but probably the best ramp game with the smooth steel ramps

    Unloved - underrated are different , The Addams Family is unloved by lot of people but it's not underrated .
    +1 on Terminator 3 awesome game .

    #37 3 months ago

    Blackwater 100.....one just needs a bunch of games to discover its brilliance.

    #38 3 months ago
    Quoted from screaminr:

    The Addams Family is unloved by lot of people but it's not underrated

    I disagree Adams is loved by many and is popular because of the love(honestly can't think of anyone that does not like)

    BTW-I love Adams Family(it's the entire package)

    #39 3 months ago

    Is this game unloved? I know it got heat in the beginning but seems like people came around.

    #40 3 months ago

    I love Blackwater! So fun and really captures that moto feel.
    I love Genesis. Hmmm. I also have one for sale cheap.

    #41 3 months ago

    Toy Story 4 - dig everything about it

    #42 3 months ago
    Quoted from Vitty:

    Toy Story 4 - dig everything about it

    I think Toy Story 4 is much like Stern Star Wars

    Peoples perception of 'what the game should have been' has many dismissing it early on

    As time goes by-many people will change their tune and open up. Stern Star Wars is a masterpiece and Toy Story is a fun game to play. If Toy Story was priced right-it might have had better reception.

    #43 3 months ago
    Quoted from pinmister:

    I disagree Adams is loved by many and is popular because of the love(honestly can't think of anyone that does not like)
    BTW-I love Adams Family(it's the entire package)

    I've heard a number of pinball media people say they don't like it , that's why I mentioned it , either way I still think there's a difference between unloved and underrated .

    Edit - maybe woz is a better example , most people can appreciate what's in it but it's not loved by everyone .

    #44 3 months ago

    Toy Story sitting at like 150 in pinside ratings is a candidate.

    Great game by Pat Lawlor. So much fun but $$$.

    #45 3 months ago

    I think we should leave new release games out of this. Give them more time to earn a reputation of being loved or unloved.
    On that note, I think Road Show deserves more love.

    #46 3 months ago
    Quoted from screaminr:

    Unloved - underrated are different , The Addams Family is unloved by lot of people but it's not underrated .
    +1 on Terminator 3 awesome game .

    Love the Red mode in T3.

    #47 3 months ago

    SF2.....Love the stop and go as my other games are Fast and brutal....Looks great with the alt translite.....and Levi Hates it....!!! ...............Joey

    #48 3 months ago

    Ghostbusters gets trash talked a lot

    Another masterpiece-imo

    Why the hate? Flipper gap too big? Magnetic slings are cheap? Not a very good player with low self esteem?

    #49 3 months ago

    Apollo 13
    South Park
    Batman Forever

    Pretty much a bunch of the Sega pins.

    #50 3 months ago

    Pro football. When set up well this one is so great for competition...

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