Xmen...after having it in league its growing on me...good rule set....fun pin...
gottlieb frank Thomas big hurt. not even a sports fan, but I love the ramps, and the lifting ramp in the back with the holes and the glove going back and forth is like an awesome mini pitch and bat
My gut tells me Central Park.
Granted, I've never actually played the physical version of this, only playing it on PS2 and PC, but based on that this game is practically a tutorial on nudging and shot accuracy (especially timing. I've lost many a ball when it slips underneath my flipper due to flipping too early). And if it's anything like a lot of other tables I've played throughout my life (in arcades, laundromats, etc) you could practically breathe on it and you'd tilt the machine, which pretty much kills one of the most important aspects of this table. I can't help but think that someone who tries to play it becomes too intimidated by it to really give it a chance (especially if he breathes on it), so he gives up on it thinking it sucks. Too bad, they're really missing out.
Anyone who hasn't played GoldenEye in a while (prob a lot since it's kinda rare) needs to give it a shot. Really fun and cool game!
Jungle lord.....what a great system 7 pin....rule set is on point...only negative to the pin is the art...
A couple Gottliebs for your consideration: Surf N Safari and Class of 1812! SNS is a shooters game. Nice shots, cool rules, block off skillshot and game is completely fair. 1812 is just plain old fun. Awesome spinner, smooth ramps, cool hurry ups, and funny call outs. Both games don't take themselves too serious.
Lasercue. Backglass is strange, but gameplay makes me hit the start button over and over and over. Tons of shots you need to hit in sequence. A great shooters pin
I am going with Nugent. Come play it and see why this weekend at the Pincinnati show!
Meteor. In great shape with snappy flippers and jacked up in the back with a good working spinner? Pure pinball nirvana.
X-Files, Designed by Robert Hurtado, who studied under Steve Ritchie and it shows. The best inner loop in pinball with a great ultra satisfying left ramp that does a swirl before bringing it back. Also has a fast orbit and the kickbacks even rocket back at you faster than normal. The machine is a speed demon that can be had at a bargain price.
Quoted from Atreyu:
I don't know if it's underrated, but I wrote it off the first 10-15 or so times I played it.
Elvis. I'm not saying by any means that it is a perfect pin, but I can see how it would get overlooked. The theme is not that great (in my opinion. I am not an Elvis fan). But the gameplay, when you get it down, is pretty superb. Plenty of interesting shots with a pretty unique playfield layout. Once I got my shots down to open up Heart Break Hotel multiball, the game really opened up to me. It's a surprisingly fun pin.
I'd also have to put Hook on this list. I'm generally not a Data East fan, but the multiball start with two more skill shots is really satisfying. BANGARANG!!!
elvis is a great game
Elvis could be underated as far as DMD machines run...
The other 3 games listed above those are NOT UNDERRATED. They are liked and even loved by a large chunk of the pinball community. Hell, in some circles Joker Poker is considered one of the best EMs ever created. Whirlwind is considered one of the BEST system 11s ever created... how the heck could that be "underrated"? Do people even know what this word means? DE JP is not underrated either. I personally hate that game but it's mostly because of the sound package and graphics. DE JP commands a lot more in price and demand over games like LAH and POTO. In my opinion, those are way better designed machines and both have way higher replay value than DE JP.
Funny thing about Last Action Hero... If it was made today people would eat it up. People love the "meta" stuff a lot more and that really was one of the first mainstream meta films where the star took the piss out of the whole action movie films.
Yes, some of the things in the movie could have been better... But, its actually quite a fun film. Enjoy it for what it is and its really not a dumpster fire or trainwreck. I've seen a lot worse movies new and old.
Plus veteron stunt man Al Leong who plays the Wing Chong Hatchet Man in Big Trouble In Little China gets killed by an ice cream cone in the back of the head... Yeah, its a bit silly and dumb. But, that was the point.
But, I do think the Translight is just a mess and not really good. But, can't blame the pinball, the poster for Last Action Hero kind of sucked too. Better Translight and maybe the game pops more.
As for the game. I've only played it digitally, but I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind owning one. But, I do like data east games. I even like Laser War. Are Data East games the best pinball games out there... No, but I think they're fun. Love Tales From The Crypt myself!
I’m really digging the System 80b games recently. Solid, easy to grasp rules, no mystery awards, and some really daring layouts.
Bad Girls — hideous, but great music and a great homage to Eight Ball Deluxe
Robo-War — better than TX-Sector (but only by a hair!)
Gold Wings — Sirens and loops! Super unique playfield
Arena — skill shot takes up a ton of real estate, but the game shoots well. I always enjoy a game or two on it.
Stern Hot Hand. I remember the Pinball Ninja trashing it in one post. The big rotating flipper at top is unique and adds a lot of randomness. One of the most important shots (left side kick-back for extra ball) resists any aiming attempts. BUT: It's very hard to achieve the Super Bonus; just flailing away will never get it done. I love the simple rapid-fire bonus count at the end of every ball.
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