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4 years ago
Sound - Chimes! Four of them! Even the spinner has its own chime, which is so rewarding to hear when you are ripping it! The short song that plays at the beginning of a game really sets the tone. You are about to lose a bunch of quarters and it's going to happen very quickly!

Artwork - The retro 1940's cartoon theme is great - a giant invading pinball is steamrolling the city streets. Cars are racing away, people are diving into manholes and even the buildings are bending to get out of the way! Artwork on backglass is really well-coordinated with the artwork on both the playfield and cabinet stencils.

Lighting - Backglass lighting really compliments the artwork. Love the individually lit windows, the lit headlights on the 1940's automobile, and the glowing title of the machine emblazoned on the giant Pinball.

Gameplay - This game plays surprisingly fast, with lots of random ball movement. Expect lots of side-to-side motion of the ball, a formidable challenge when trying to avoid those nasty, hungry outlanes. Be warned, the middle pop bumper is completely unobstructed and can easily fire the ball straight down the middle! Ball times are very short, perfect for a home-use multi-player machine (no time for boredom to set in).

Strategy (Replay vs. Points) - If you are trying to get a replay, knock down all five drop targets (twice) to light the Special. To get the Special, you must sacrifice your ball in the lit Outlane.
If you are playing for points, use the lit rollovers to max the bonus to 100,000 while simultaneously trying to light the triple bonus.

Final comments - For Stern's very first attempt at a Solid State machine, they did a great job. It's a family-friendly theme with great EM sound, and is so much fun. Getting the Special is such an addictive, "I just won the lottery!" experience. I can't walk away, just one more game!
7 years ago
Pinball is the first game from Stern v.1 and the vastly underappreciated Mike Kubin.

The Pros:
A solid layout and chimes give this game a SS ruleset with an EM feel. I don't know what it is, but Stern did this combination better than anyone else (even Gottlieb!). Solid shots with a simple layout mean that the ball has to be controlled and aimed well. Light that spinner and rip that joker up! Evil outlanes gobble up out of control balls, soooo gits it right.

The Cons:
Is it just me, or does the saucer alley on the right seem to be a gaping maw of easy? That and the seemingly random awards from the saucer mean that you are shooting this thing all the time (even when you don't want or need to). EM Williams drop targets make me sad. The art package is OK, but not more for me. SS pax with an EM ruleset. Not interesting enough for me.

The Takeaway:
A good start from Stern and a solid introductory player. Find one if you can and play a game or three.
7 years ago
Great classic Stern. Love the art on the backglass and the theme couldnt be better! A great SS with chimes. I would totally own another one if givin a chance. If you find a EM version pick it up as there was only about 500 made. A great classic starter pin. If you find one play it.
8 years ago
Give it up for Stern's first SS Machine!
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