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Star Wars!

By Cody Warhurst

Let me start out by saying this flight sim clocks in at a whopping $100,000, so if you want to play it, you are probably going to need to head to a Dave & Buster’s or sell your house.

Now that that’s out of the way, how long have you been dreaming about piloting the Millennium Falcon? X-Wing? TIE Fighter? Snowspeeder? Probably since you saw your very first Star Wars movie. Well now is your chance. With the Star Wars Battle Pod, you can do just that and more. SWBP is a sit-down flight sim with an immersive screen that wraps around to cover your entire field of vision (over 180o), making it truly feel like you’re flying your favorite Star Wars ship.

The game itself has five missions: fly an X-Wing at the battle of Yavin and destroy the Death Star (awesome), fly a snowspeeder on Hoth to protect Rebel transports (awesome), man a speeder bike on Endor to destroy the shield generator (awesome), take the Millennium Flacon into the second Death Star (awesome), or play as Darth Freakin’ Vader against the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star (awesome). Can you tell I’m stoked about this game?

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As for the gameplay itself, maybe my high expectations let me down. The missions are few and kind of short. There’s a ton of action and everything happens so fast it’s hard to process what’s going on most of the time. It feels a bit gimmicky to be honest. I was hoping for immersive, complex gameplay, but I was left feeling quite underwhelmed.

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Overall, I think this game was fun, but not terribly exciting. If you’re a casual gamer and not a diehard Star Wars nerd, I think you would walk away with a bit of a shoulder shrug from this game. Star Wars fanatics could go either way: either you’re going to go ballistic just to be able to play a flight sim based on the series most iconic ships or you’re going to be let down by the game which seems itself like an afterthought to the price tag. I’d give this game a very soft 6.5 out of 10, with a bit of play depending on the gamer.

Rob Zombie Spookshow

By Cody Warhurst

How about some awesomely spooky news from the pinball world, appropriate for October? Spooky Pinball, LLC out of Benton, WI (producers of the pinballs Godzilla and America’s Most Haunted) announced they will be releasing the “Rob Zombie Spookshow International” pinball next year. With a creepy art, loads of fanfare, and, of course, great music from the game’s namesake himself, this is sure to be a great pinball.

Spooky released the game art done by Alex Horley (well known for his long-time collaboration with Wizards of the Coast and their smash card game Magic: The Gathering) with their announcement, showcasing several of Zombie’s classic characters from his movies:

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The gang’s all here with Captain Spaulding, Dr. Satan, Baby, and even Zombie himself. Also featured are some fantastically horrifying creatures of the night including a banshee, werewolf, killer robot and loads of zombies. Speaking of Zombie, ten of his hits will be featured as the music for this release:

– “Dragula”
– “Never Gonna Stop (Red Red Kroovy)”
– “Living Dead Girl
– “Demonoid Phenominon”
– “American Witch”
– “What?”
– “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”
– “Feel So Numb”
– “Superbeast”
– “House Of 1,000 Corpses

Even more exciting, the voicing for the in-game sounds will be done by Zombie with special guest Sid Haig! Naturally, Sig Haig, the voice of Captain Spaulding, would have to be included as the purpose of this pinball is to defeat Captain Spaulding and survive the infamous House of 1,000 Corpses!

The release of details so far is scant, but pricing has been set for the two models that will be available. The basic or “Pro” model will be $5995 with only 250 being made. The limited edition (LE) model, which features different back glass and side armor, will be $6495 with only 50 being made. It hasn’t been announced that the LE will come autographed, with special art, or any Certificate of Authenticity yet. Any way you slice it, only 300 of this pinball will be released, making it a pretty rare grab.

From Stern Pinball comes “Game of Thrones”

Written by: Cody Warhurst

HBO’s Game of Thrones is gracing the gaming world with a brand new pinball produced by Chicago’s veryown Stern Pinball. Earlier this month they released information and the first images of the three differentsetups and we’re excited to delve into the systems and how they stack up against each other.The idea behind the game is to pledge allegiance to one of Westeros’s seven families at the very beginning using the “action” button and then vie for control of the Iron Throne…or at least slay the otherfamilies in true Game of Thrones fashion. The game includes many noteworthy pinball features and several exceptionally rare functions for pinballs. Players can utilize an in-game economy where they acquire gold during gameplay that can be used to purchase items for later use in the game. This pinball also has an 8-bit “video game mode” throwback to retro gaming where players wield a sword using the top-and-center action button. There are several different kickback features including a dragon kickback, White Walker kickback, and a “battering ram” type kickback that lets you score major points by breaking down a castle wall. With boatloads of drop targets, standups, pins, bumpers, and ramps, this is going to be a great play.The pinball itself comes in three iterations: Pro Edition, Premium Edition, and Limited Edition which all differ by about $1000 from each other. The Pro Edition is the standard version of the game and is missingquite a bit of functionality of the Premium and LE.  Much of the missing features are either art-related, with Premium and LE having special side armor, different art, hand-painted backboxes, etc, or castle miniature-playfield-related.

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The Pro version doesn’t have quite the pizazz of the Premium or LE on the main playfield as it is missing some fantastic LED lighting and has a distinct lack of figurines and show-related hardware. Although the Pro lags behind in flashing lights and moving parts, it does have a few design elements that the Premium and LE don’t have, like a dragon kickback with motorized dragon, three pop bumpers, and a plastic return ramp on the right side.

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The big difference between the Pro and Premium/LE systems is the castle miniature-playfield that comeswith the pricier pinballs, equipped with two flippers, three standup targets, orbit shot, two exit lanes, “moon door”, motorized dragon, and Iron Throne all of its own. These two versions also have a White Walker kickback, missing from the Pro setup, that angrily spits balls back at you.

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The difference between the Premium and Limited Editions really comes down to how much you want to pimp out your game. With different art, additional lighting features, and quality hardware, the Premium and Limited Edition pinballs stand head and shoulders above the Pro in appearance. The LE features laser-cut side armor in glossy black featuring the Targaryan Sigil and the house motto “FIRE & BLOOD,” flipper button protection, and the coup de grace: a hand-painted backbox by Bob Stevlik featuring Daenerys Targaryen.

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Only 700 of the Limited Edition system will be produced and all will come with a CoA and a numbered plaque. The Limited Edition comes in at a hefty $8795, the Premium at $7595, and the Pro lags way behind at $5995.Once again the world’s largest and oldest pinball company, Stern Pinball, who has released amazing pinballs in recent years like The Walking Dead, WrestleMania, and Star Trek, has released another gem, and we at The Arcade Heroes have high hopes for their latest project: Game of Thrones. The system should be shipping sometime later this month and into October worldwide. Stay tuned as more info is released and start saving up those quarters!

Los Angeles Barcade List and a few reviews too

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If you’re feeling the urge to drink some brews while trying to beat your high score in Ms Pacman or light up the multi-ball on your favorite pinball machine, we have made a list to help get you there.

Want us to add your  city? Or place in LA that we don’t know about? Email or comment your favorite places below and we’ll be sure to add them in!

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First off, let’s start with Blipsy Barcade (369 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004) You may remember this place as Miss T’s up until a few years ago. Blipsy features a good selection of arcade classics and some pins too. But, we must say – almost all of their cabinets and pins need some TLC fast! With the new barcade giant 82 opening up (and not too far from this location), they really need to address some issues! Some issues include the Spy Hunter high/low gear stuck in constant high speed mode, almost all of their pins have something that makes them un-playable – at least one was even set on free play to make up for this! But even free play can’t attract people to the game when the right flipper doesn’t work. In addition, there’s a gunfight game that simply doesn’t work. Just about every joystick in the place needs to be replaced or adjusted in some way. While we aren’t trying to knock this place down (we have complete respect for what you are trying to do!), we are  just asking you to put a little more love back into your machines!

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Next up is Barneys Beanery. There are multiple locations in to Los Angeles and some of the games you can expect to find include: Pac-Man,  Street Fighter, Air Hockey, and  Shuffle Board.

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The West Side has a few options to choose from including: The Craftsman (119 Broadway Santa Monica , CA 90401). This upscale dive bar features a few cocktail table cabinets set up as Multicades as well as a Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Galaga. They are also known to have an impressive food menu with everything being made from scratch – including the ketchup!

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Busbys West (3110 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404) is more of a sports bar than an arcade. However, they do have their selection of some classics as well as air hockey, ping pong (we hear they also do beer pong), pool tables, darts, and shuffleboard.

tumblr_lknfroDOPH1qbf1hao1_500To wrap up the West Side, we will end with Sports Harbour (13484 Washington Blvd. Marina Del Rey, CA 90292). Inside this sports bar you’ll find shuffleboard, air hockey, and darts. They also have a Terminator 3 and a Lord of the Rings pinball. They also have a Namco class of 1981 Ms. Pacman and Galaga combo cabinet. Like Blipsy, their machines could use a once over – especially the two pinball games with some burnt out bulbs, some non working bumpers and a non working bonus shooting feature in the Terminator pinball. They could also really use a good scrub down! We hope that with our good intentions and persistence, we will be able to provide them with the help that the machines desperately need and get them back into working order. We may revisit this issue in a later post – stay tuned!

Tower Pizza (Westchester at 8351 Lincoln Blvd) has a Family Guy pinball and a Mario Brothers mini pinball machine as well as a Namco’s Class of 81 combo cabinet which was also featured at Sports Harbour. Read our full view of this place here.

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The greatest barcade that LA has to offer yet is 82 (707 East 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013).

Read our full review of this place here!

10473131_344122695743188_8862791358778841844_nThe One Up is the latest barcade to hit the LA scene.  It’s located at 13625 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks.

For us West Siders, making a trip to the Valley for a night out better be a worthwhile adventure . Unfortunately for The One Up, we would rather stay local or head to downtown’s 82 to get our game on.  The One Up seems to have ‘jumped on the bandwagon’ of the whole arcade/bar scene. But for us lovers of the originals and keeping the true classics alive, this place has slapped us in the face!  All games are on free play… Okay, I admit that that has a nice sound to it. However, what we are not particular fans of is that all of their cabinets are sterile brand new black cabinets with the marquee lighting up the “Arcade Classics” artwork.  A big part for me personally is my love of the arcade and the classic games we all used to love pumping our quarters into back in the day — and flash forward 20 and 30 years later and still being able to play that same game in it’s original cabinet — not just some brand new cookie cutter multicade with every game you can think of at your finger tips. Anyways, I will end my rant. Check it out for yourself! Let us know what you think. Here are a few pictures of the place…

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Upcoming Arcade Releases

Super Cars 2014 Street Racing Arcade Game

The widely popular “The Fast & the Furious” super-cars were put into retirement last year. However, by popular demand,  the Raw Thrills  arcade game creator will be releasing an updated version of the above mentioned title without “The Fast & the Furious” branding.  It is expected in late August of 2014.

To order yours click here.


Super Shifter Drag Race

This will be Benchmark Games first original content Arcade Racing Game.

This is a new age recreation of the mechanical arcade driver “Super Shifter” from the 70’s.

Here is a photo of the original – how awesome is that?!

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Super Shifter Gameplay

For more info click here.

The Hobbit

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The fine folks at Jersey Jack Pinball have announced a release of “The Hobbit.  This new pinball machine will be released around the time of the release of the third and final film (and will have the same name). The game will embody all three movies.

If your pockets are deep, you can preorder yours here.

Iron Man

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Stern Pinball, Inc has announced (after countless requests) that  they are opening the Vault for a re-release of  Iron Man™ Pro.

The  Iron Man Pro Vault Edition will feature many technological upgrades which will continue to sky rocket this game into pure pinball bliss.

Vist Stern Pinball here.