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“Behold the Renaissance of Pinball”

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Medieval Madness… where have  you been all my life?  For a game that was released in 1997, I have only recently played this wonder of a game just a few nights ago while visiting 82 in downtown Los Angeles.

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The game is loaded with action packed features including an animated castle complete with a lowering drawbridge as well as a “collapsing” feature.   What else? Trolls pop up from under the board, light shows, a catapult, a fierce dragon, great audio, and artwork. The ramps in the game introduced a patented feature which prevents a failed ramp shot by not allowing the ball to drain straight down the middle between the flippers.

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As I mentioned before, the game was released in June of 1997.  It was designed by Brian Eddy and programmed by Lyman Sheats. The dialogue was written by Scott Adsit and Kevin Dorff – who at the time were members of the Second City Maistage in Chicago. Tina Fey and Andrea Farrell provided the voices of the various princesses while Greg Freres voiced the jousting announcer and one of the trolls. Vince Pontarelli provided the voices of Francois Du Grimm and the other Troll.

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With a production run of over 4,000 units, it was an immediate success. Demands for the machine, among collectors, out stripped the supply significantly as of 2005. Today, Medieval Madness machines often sell for $8,000 (in 1997 the game cost just around $3,000). Good news though… in October of 2013, Planetary Pinball Supply announced that they would be reproducing the game with a release date in mid 2014 with an MSRP of $7,995. Hopefully they will flood the market so we can buy one for dirt cheap… well, someday.

I highly recommend giving this game a try. It’s sure to make a pinball lover out of anyone. Download the Pinball Locator App on your smartphone and check your area. Who knows… one could be closer to you than you think.