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This game received 57 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.830 /10


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This game ranks #308 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 6.783

Artwork: 7.133

Sounds/Music: 6.736

Other Aspects: 6.737

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32 days ago
My son loves this game. All of us adults need to remember we are not the only ones playing pinball. Not all games need a deep rule set or a tournament mode. some just need lots of cool sounds , blinky lights and attractive graphics that this game has. This is the recipe to attract younger kids to pinball and then become angry nitpicking know it alls like us when they grow up. LOL
8 months ago
I find this game very hard to understand and and it is hard to hear the sound effects and music. I do like key start button though.
9 months ago
Been here a few weeks and still giving it a spin but so far a favorable impression. Its not as one sided as some folks suggest "hit the ramp, hit the ramp, hit the ramp" which you can certainly do. I prefer to advance the tach to redline for 3 ball multi-ball.

Call outs are great, music good and you can choose 6 different tracks. Animations on the DMD are fairly sparse by later standards. The artwork is superb all around. For some reason I don't like the popper placement, they seem to get little use in most games. If you hit the spinner hard the upper lanes are bypassed so the ball never drops into them and the three center drops keep you from getting a ball in the middle of the pops.

The shaker implementation seems sparse to me, again that may be an artifact of early application of the device. Much better done in later titles like Jurassic Park and Last Action Hero.

A solid game if you are a car guy.
11 months ago
My wife and I collect older Porsches, so this pin was a must for us. The theme is brilliantly executed. Beautiful artwork all around and one of the best back-glasses I've seen. I love the little things like the key on the left for the start button, the matchbox 911 on the playfield, and the shaker motor that rumbles when the engine revs up.

Overall, fast and fun gameplay with a challenging multiball jackpot. The biggest downside is it's a one ramp shot pin. So much of the game is shoot the right ramp. There is the far right lane and the left lane with the spinner, for some awards or lighting others, but typically, the main shot is the single ramp. They did make it challenging with the MPH speed requirement on the ramp to advance the RPM. Each time you redline, the required speed increases making it more difficult. It's a really good thing they implemented that. It keeps you coming back game after game trying to get faster and faster. In addition to the standard high score, there is a fastest speed award that rewards points and initials on the game.

Playfield layout is fairly good. I love the spinner on the left. More pinball machines need spinners. Completing the "fast" letters 4 times enables the opportunity for fast scoring. During that time, all targets are worth 55K and you can rack up some serious points with the spinner. The 7 drop targets are fantastic. It reminds me a lot of Black Knight 2000. The pop bumpers, flippers, and slingshots are quite strong and really get the ball moving quite fast. Sometimes a bit to fast and the ball flies over walls or hits the glass.

Another similarity to BK2K is the music. Brian Schmidt did the music and sounds on both and they are top notch. The select-able music at the beginning is clever and can change the tone/vibe of the game. My wife and I have our favorite selections. I usually go for rock and she picks classical. The classical is hilariously similar to Wendy Carol's album "Switched on Bach" from the '60s. There are lots of fun call outs and the sound effects are wonderful. It's cheesy and delightful.

The lighting is fantastic. A great use of lighting animations and the RPM gauge is great. This is the first game with a DMD. It is a half size DMD and has some good animations on it. I wish they had made more use of it, but for the very first DMD machine, they did a great job.

Out of the pins in the collection (granted only 3 at this time), this is usually the guest favorite.
11 months ago
It was the first dmd, but behind that it doesn't hold any special significance for me. I'm not big into theme, but it is absolutely loaded with artwork and checkered flags. It has drops, pops, and ramps...but it just seems to wash away in the sea of DMD titles.

If you need a car game, I suggest getting High Speed. It is a better game, costs less, and is built tougher.
1 year ago
This game needed one more ramp. One more going the other way sort of like a check point race
or up the middle across a bridge or up a mountain. The theme doesn't feel like a checkpoint racer.
It feels more like local oval track racing, slightly repetitive after a few games. it has the features to be great
its just needed one more ramp of some type.
2 years ago
This one got better with more plays. There are a couple basic ramp, shots, an easy bonus shot - all in all enough different ways to move play forward constantly that it remains fairly interesting for the era of the machine. A MPH clocked ramp, raising RPMs, Redline. The one thing this specific machine does (not sure if all do) is that balls lose control in the lower play field and end up bouncing on the glass, over the flippers, and such. This kind of makes it unpredictable. There is a voice that keeps yelling "faster," obviously if you follow the advice bad things happen. All and all pretty fun - not necessarily overrated, but not terrible. There is a very consistent theme that foreign car lovers would get into. Something is just a little amiss in the whole package.
2 years ago
Checkpoint is a lot of fun, especially with a group of friends. This is the kind of game to get non-pinball people into pinball!
2 years ago
I find the shots repetitive and the game play to lack you wanting to come back for more.
3 years ago
A fun game that everyone wants to play. A piece of history, the 1st DMD game. Surprising good animations considering the small size of the DMD and , did I mention this was the first DMD game? The shaker motor is well implemented, reminiscent of a classic hot rod. The mirrored backglass is a striking piece of artwork, one of my favorites! The sound in this game is awesome, you can select your music style at the beginning of the game! Some complain that the game is not deep enough but I find that there are some good shots in this game and I don't tire of it nearly as fast as other games costing 4 times as much. Only ~3K of these made and parts are hard to find, get one while you can!
3 years ago
Ok game. Pretty limited rules and animation and gets repetitive like the guys voice. Art is actually pretty good and I like the music. For the price, I’d get one, but it probably wouldn’t last long.
3 years ago
Good game for the $$$$$$. For $1,200 or less i'd buy it all day long. However over $1,250 or so i'll pass, even at todays skyrocketing pinball prices. Very good first pin which it was for me.
4 years ago
I have had this pin for over a year now. Good safe family friendly theme. I think it is a perfect pin for a man cave, especially for someone that loves Porsche. Stacked against my brand new pins, it is less exciting, but alone in a game room it is a great fun machine.
4 years ago
This is a very simple and good game, but it's a one-shot game. Ramp, then ramp, then ramp, then ramp. If they had worked out the rules a little more, it would have been SO much more fun.
5 years ago
Head for the Checkpoint....Redline!!! This machine was featured on Storage Wars and really grabbed my attention with the racing theme and orange cabinet. Plus, I love any pin that has an automotive racing theme. In my opinion this pin is well underrated from a collectible standpoint alone and the game play is challenging. Here's why check these features out: shaker motor, turn the key to start the game, select your music prior to play, a spinning wheel on the back glass that gets faster as you hit shots. The back glass is awesome it is mirrored and is very cool. Game play is good especially the ramp shots that drives red line! Bottom line play it if you can find one and make your own decision. I do believe these pins will go up in value because of the limited production (3500) and the automotive genre that is increasing. I was already offered to sell mine and refused because I do enjoy playing this pin and it originated the dmd world. I put led lights into mine and it is breath ta-kingly gorgeous to look at and is addicting to play!
5 years ago
Checkpoint is solid in gameplay, and it actually is better in terms of shot features than games like High Speed or Getaway, and cheaper as well.
Not as good as Corvette or Indianapolis 500, however.
I cannot compare Stern's Mustang to this machine, because it is not really a good game in terms of design comparison or quality.
This is a "stop and go" machine however, not based on speed of action like the others mentioned.
You will understand when the left ramp is fed from the kicker, rather than fed from the right side flipper shot.
Good challenge in trying to achieve and keep multiballs going. Primary tune is "ok".
Artwork is quite good.
Checkpoint has a lot of "whizbang" if you are a car nut like the tachometer and key start.
6 years ago
Crate full of gimmicks. There is so much to like about this game at fist that I can't believe how fast I got sick of it. I think racing themes are fantastic for pinball but this game just has no flow. The speedometer and pit stop hole add about as much to the game as the spinning wheel and key start. They are entertaining for the first few plays but after that you are just searching for anything else to do. The only reason I didn't rate the sound as low as possible is because you can choose the radio station which is cool and a couple of the channels are alright, but the callouts are insufferable.
6 years ago
Love this game, as would any lover of Porsche - or even cars in general. The choice of music is very nice and gameplay is very fast (especially on a recently waxed play field), but if you practice you can control it which amplifies the enjoyment level even more. This game sits nicely beside my Porsche in my garage and every time I drive into the garage I'm tempted to have "just one game"... which almost always ends up in me being shouted at by SWMBO! :)
7 years ago
with a new set of black rubber, this is a completely different game, than the uncontrollable frenzy with the white rubber installed on most examples.
7 years ago
I'm a Porsche/Car nut, so I bought this machine more for the "look" and theme than the gameplay. But I was surprised that the game is actually quite fun and I plan on restoring the machine and adding my own flair to the machine. I was expecting worse quality from Data East especially this older game, but the machine seems well made and easier to service than my other DE and some Williams.
7 years ago
Ramp, ramp, ramp, ramp...then some more ramp.
8 years ago
why was this even made?!
8 years ago
Checkpoint is a DE game that is pretty well done.

The Pros:
I like choosing music at the start of the game. The PF layout is a solid one and the game theme works nicely. The integration of the speed gun graphic on the DMD for the ramp is perfect for this deck. The skill shot is nice and requires you not to hit anything else before it. Greedy outlanes makes you keep your shots tight.

The Cons:
This is a 1 ramp game. I mean, that's all you need to really hit, over and over. Paul Faris' must have needed more time with this art package...

The Takeaway:
One of the better efforts by DE that is fun to play... but even then, consider that T-2 was only 5 months away and TAF is just over a year out... progress marches on and the quality of game is far behind what B/W produced at the same time. As with almost every DE made, there was so much more that could have been done with this game.
9 years ago
I picked this game up as a project. After many hours of slaving over this thing I have finally got it going so I can now give it a proper rating. I banged out quite a few games and I find it very enjoyable. The ramp shot is challenging. I know some people on here say it's nothing but ramp ramp ramp... thats easier said than done. For the price I paid for getting this pin and to get it up and running it definitely has some bang for my buck. If you can find this pin cheap enough, pick it up! The backglass on this pin is top notch so it will look great in any collection.
9 years ago
Ramp, ramp, ramp, ramp and so on.... This is a fun game, good theme, 1st DMD pin and so has it's place in history. There is little to the gameplay though and, even though I had a blast playing this, it is a game that would get quite stale in your collection I believe. Funnily enough though, I own Cyclone and love that, so maybe it's more to do with the theme than the limited gameplay?!
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