Pinball. The great American (mechanical) pastime. It’s about as innocent as gaming gets, especially compared to the blood, drugs and sex you find in video games. Yet bizarrely, for decades, pinball was actually declared illegal in some of America’s biggest cities, including New York and Los Angeles.
Mike Johnson’s custom table might be the only Goonies-themed machine in the world. While the theme of the timeless classic The Goonies seems perfect for a pinball machine (it has skeletons, pirates, treasure, and adventure, and it’s from an era when pinball was very popular), no company ever made one.
Galactic Dimension, a unique pinball machine built by Niklas Roy, is a bit larger in size than ordinary machines. It has a UFO-styled playfield of 10x20 feet so keeping an eye on all the bumpers and kickers might be an issue.
Liberty Games, a British pinball company, has made Internet Meme Pinball (a real machine, mind you, not an online game). It is everything you are probably imagining.
Rollers of the Realm is a pinball/RPG hybrid. It's also the type of pinball game I've wanted for a long time.
Zen Studios upgrades its various pinball platforms this week with a tables based on the animated Christmas card that refused to die: South Park: Super-Sweet Pinball and Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Awww, Butters.
Pinball manufacturer Dutch Pinball finally showed prototypes of their Big Lebowski-themed machine, a long awaited table among pinball enthusiasts, and it's full of awesome features.
If you don't know Krull, it's a lot like the first half of Thor 2, except the weapon of choice is a magic ninja star instead of a hammer. Alas, the machine was too great—only ten were made because it was too expensive:
As absurd as it may sound, the humble game of pinball was once declared illegal across large swathes of the United States. And the law being the law, some of those swathes are only just getting around to fixing that.
R2 and C-3PO are in constant danger of being turned to scrap in the latest Star Wars Pinball table. Enjoy the video preview below:
Pinball may be a bit of an underappreciated art, but that doesn't mean it's lost and forgotten. Even in the increasingly expensive New York, pinball enthusiasts have found a way to carve out a part of the city for themselves.
By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Doctor Strange is getting a Marvel Pinball table! I bet you thought I was going to say "By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!" Well, I'll leave it to Zen Studios to deliver the iconic line in this trailer for its 16th table in the series; it arrives in December.
What Do You Get When You Combine a Speeder Bike and a Pinball Table? You get a rather slick sub-level in Return of the Jedi, (at 1:00 of this gameplay video) due sometime this fall in the next set of three tables for Zen Studios' Star Wars Pinball.
It's a custom build, of course, as this isn't exactly something Nintendo falls over itself to license, but whatever. It's still a beautiful thing to look at, and being a custom build, we can really admire the work that's gone into it, especially the obstacles and artwork.
These guys have plans to make custom pinball machines featuring the work of top artists. Please help.
Zen Pinball's productive relationship with Marvel Entertainment has delivered 14 virtual tables to Pinball FX2 on the Xbox 360 and Marvel Pinball on the PS3, as well as on mobile devices. There's going to be a 15th table coming up soon: "Civil War," taken from the 2006 crossover continuity pitting Captain America…
In today's nostalgic episode of the TAY-powered Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter JonathanPonikvar laments the sad plight of the modern-day pinball fiend, forced to go digital to get his fix.
This Star Wars pinball machine wasn't released in the 70s, or 80s. It was released in 1992, which makes it very special, because that makes it part of the great Star Wars renaissance.
Action & reaction. Angles and speed. Momentum and inertia. Pinball is a game of physics. So is Portal. And that's what makes this homemade Aperture Science pinball table so great.
In 1980, Bally released a pinball machine called Space Invaders. It was about as shameless a rip-off as you could hope for, as despite the opportunity to lift iconic imagery from Taito's arcade classic of the same name, it instead stole designs from Ridley Scott's 1979 movie Alien.