Category Archives: Pinball

2016 Arcade Expo Announced!!

By: Joette Leshinski

It’s that time of year again! It’s the Arcade Expo in Banning, CA. Being that I had a blast last year… I’ll be sure to attend this year as well. The event will be held from January 15-17, 2016. Check out their website (arcadeexpo.com) as they count down by the second.

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What to expect: Fun, games on free play, booze, food, new friends and the list goes on. With special guests including the legendary Walter Day and gaming champion Billy Mitchell… the fun never ends. I mean… how could it? There are 800 arcades and pinballs on free play from retro to modern.

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Think you’ve got what it takes? Join in on the 3-day pinball tournament they are calling “It Never Drains in California.” The pinball champion will be crowned after multiple series of rounds racking up a high score based on a point system.

But wait … there’s more! Chill out and party at the VIP “Getaway Party” or test your knowledge with “Pinball Pub Quiz.” You can also game under the stars as campsites are available!

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Join in on the fun at the Arcade Expo. I mean, c’mon, they broke the Guinness World Record last year for most people (331 to be exact) playing pinball simultaneously. How cool is that? Join your Arcade Heroes and plenty of others for a night of fun, laughter and gaming and be part of something bigger.

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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.

Join us at Eighty-Two in Los Angeles Sunday 9/27

By Evan Shields

We will be at Eighty-Twoin downtown Los Angeles this Sunday, September 27th, to try our hand in their Pinball Tournament! If our flipper fingers aren’t up to par… you can find us at the Ice Cold Beer Machine.

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Its free to enter! Just be there by 3pm to sign yourself up.

They will also be having a Linked NBA Fast Break side tournament…

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Looking forward to this exciting event and hope to see you there!

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Read our previous review on eighty-two here.

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!

Flashback! Bubble Bobble: Never gets old

  • By Joette Leshinski
    In 1986, gamers were introduced to two adorable dinosaurs (Bub and Bob) just trying to make their way through a “cave” by defeating enemies and trapping them in bubbles.
    Released for the NES, this game is fun, challenging and addicting. Players have to complete all 100 levels to make it to the final boss at the end. However, there’s a hidden gem in this game. In level 99, there’s a hidden door! Go through the door before it
    disappears and you will unlock even more levels. This puzzle action game is super addicting. Even after I’ve beaten it, I continue to try beating it without dying. Extra lives are granted after a gamer gets a certain amount of points or by spelling the word “extend” that will appear in bubbles (the word will show up in on the sides of the screen once the letter bubbles are popped).
    Although the game is beat-able, I challenge you to beat it without needing a continue/losing all of your points. I also challenge you to try to get to one million points. It can be done! But be careful because you are sure to die a few times in the dreaded and nearly impossible level 47. That being said, if you’ve never checked out this NES classic, I advise you to pop it in (you might have to blow in the cartridge first) and get playing.
    If you’re wondering if you should follow up with Bubble Bobble 2, the answer is no. While it is a collectible (so get it for that purpose only), rare and valuable… it is no fun. You play by yourself on the screen with not as fun levels and not as fun enemies. And if you were used to playing Bubble Bobble with a friend, you can forget about doing that in part 2. Your friend only gets to play once you die.  Enjoy!