Heck/Spooky/Chicago Gaming Pinball Rumour Mill

Heck/Spooky/Chicago Gaming Pinball Rumour Mill – new title set to arrive in 2021.

It was confirmed by Doug Duba, President of Chicago Gaming Company in March last year that Ben Heckendorn was developing a new pinball machine as a co-production with Chicago Gaming Company and Spooky Pinball.

Chicago Gaming is a sister business of the Churchill Cabinet Company, established in 1904. Chicago Gaming is now producing remakes of extremely popular classic Williams Electronics pinball machines, recreated to exceed the high standards of the original game, and has received critical acclaim for their Attack from Mars, Medieval Madness and Monster Bash remakes.

Spooky Pinball is a family owned & operated business and Wisconsin’s only pinball manufacturer. Starting life in 2010 as a podcast “Spooky Pinball”, in 2011 Charlie Emery took a custom game to the Midwest Gaming Classic. That in turn lead to a meeting with console modder and computer engineer Ben Heck who also shared a passion for pinball. Ben didn’t want to re-theme games, he wanted to build them from the ground up, so driven by a vision for pinball innovation, in February 2013 Emery founded Spooky Pinball LLC. The following year Spooky released America’s Most Haunted, designed by Ben Heck, which swiftly sold out its production run of 150 machines.

The First Heck/Spooky/Chicago Gaming Collaboration

This will be the first collaboration between Heck, Spooky and Chicago Gaming. To date no title has been confirmed, but with Doug Duba stating “the goal is to make the best pinball ever” there has been plenty of speculation as to what the team could be working on.

It has been rumoured that Spooky Pinball was previously looking at a remake of Evil Dead, but the licensing costs were prohibitive. Further speculation has centred around whether Stern currently holds a licence for Beetlejuice, and if not, then could that be a possible avenue to explore.

However, the smart money is not on a remake, or even an original title, but on an original concept. Why else would Chicago Gaming be teaming up with Spooky and Heck?

Original Concept

An original concept would be an attractive proposition, with the saving on licencing costs making it even more attractive in these uncertain pandemic-ridden times. An original concept would also tick the originality box for Heck and Spooky and open up a wider market for Chicago Gaming. So, a Heck/Spooky/Chicago co-production; definitely. A new title; absolutely. And an original concept; most probably.

Nothing has been announced just yet, but considering Spooky Pinball’s usual gestation period, we can’t be too far away from an update.

Whatever the news, hear it here first from Pinball Heaven

Led Zeppelin Pro Pinball Machine

Led Zeppelin Pro Pinball Machine by Stern Pinball – now in stock!

Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham.  Together they became one of the best-selling bands with estimated record sales of 300 million units worldwide.  In 1995 Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their innovative and influential impact on the entire music industry.

Pro Cabinet, Sound and Light

The Led Zeppelin Pro pinball machine comes complete with Led Zeppelin III themed full colour translite and unique side cabinet designed by Stephen Jensen. The cabinet also features powder-coated black wrinkle finish side armour, hinges, front lockdown moulding and legs, plastic moulded bottom arch and snap-latch front moulding.

Electronic features include 13 RGB software controlled LEDs and adjustable dimming backbox lighting, live concert footage with custom animations for each song, exclusive Brendon Small character speech, all-new software controlled 10 band graphic equalizer with separate control for backbox and cabinet speakers so you can tune the sound to your liking, fade adjustment to control front and bottom speaker outputs, plus player selectable song choice at the start of every ball, with the song list highlighted on the back panel. The Pro model also features a CPU mounted line-out audio connector for external amplification.

Led Zeppelin Pro Pinball Machine Features

In this high energy rock and roll pinball concert experience, pinball and music are fused together.  Players are transported back to Led Zeppelin’s early days and tour the world from 1968-1980. As if players were members of the band playing its music, their play updates game features at the start of each verse and chorus of ten iconic Led Zeppelin songs including: Good Times Bad Times, Whole Lotta Love, The Song Remains the Same, Rock and Roll, Trampled Under Foot, Ramble On, Kashmir, Immigrant Song, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.

Led Zeppelin Pro edition features 6 pinballs, 3-bank of drop targets, 3 custom steel ramps, 3 pop bumpers and 3 flippers. A custom Swan Song Records trademark Icarus sculpted leaper toy takes flight when smashed by the chaotic pinball. And a custom-moulded 13 inch Hindenburg Zeppelin toy based on the iconic imagery from the Led Zeppelin I album, when lit scores speed locks on the player’s musical journey to Zeppelin multiball, making for immersive, action packed gameplay.

View the Led Zeppelin Pro Edition Flyer | View the Led Zeppelin Pinball Feature Matrix

Reserve Your Pro Edition Now

The Led Zep Pro edition represents great value for money and is already high demand. To find out more and to reserve your Pro Edition, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677 or visit our online shop.

Led Zeppelin Limited Edition Pinball Machine

Only 500 Led Zeppelin Limited Edition Pinball Machine will be made for sale throughout the world. The Led Zeppelin Limited Edition comes wrapped in the band’s Swan Song “Icarus” logo drawn by Joe Petagno. The Icarus logo never appeared on a Led Zeppelin album cover but forms the iconic and unmistakable logo of the band’s record label, Swan Song Records.

Limited Edition Cabinet

The Led Zeppelin Limited Edition cabinet features an exclusive Icarus themed full colour mirrored backglass, exclusive custom themed cabinet artwork, custom high gloss Paradise Shimmer Blue powder-coated armour, a custom autographed bottom arch, exclusive custom art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball glass, a shaker motor, and a sequentially numbered plaque. The track list on the back panel is also illuminated.

Led Zeppelin Limited Edition Pinball Machine

Full RGB Playfield Lighting

As the recent Guns N’ Roses release showed, the bar for playfield lighting effects has been raised considerably and any rock-n-roll title has to provide a fully immersive lighting experience to match the intense music and sound effects, dynamic graphics and intense gameplay. Stern achieves this by delivering their impressive ‘Expression Lighting System’ which brings the Limited Edition to life by providing full RGB playfield lighting through two rows of LEDs, running down the inner sides of the cabinet along with a set of art blades to integrate the effect.

Limited Edition Playfield

The Limited Edition playfield is functionally the same as the Premium and Pro models, with the same flippers, inlanes, outlanes, side target banks and playfield inserts. However, the arrangement of the four band members’ faces changes to accommodate what Stern calls the ‘Interactive Electric Magic™ device’. This is a multi-purpose assembly which rises out of the playfield ‘Iron Man-style’ and features an optical spinner and a magnet with a built-in ball sensor. Apart from the free-spinning spinner, the magnet behind can grab the ball, throw it, hold it as a captive ball, or hold it and lower the device into the playfield to turn it into a locked ball.

Led Zeppelin Limited Edition Enquiries

With only 500 of these feature-rich Limited Edition machines being released be Stern, demand is bound to be high. To enquire about the new Led Zeppelin Limited Edition Pinball Machine, or to reserve yours, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677 or visit our online shop.

Led Zeppelin Premium Edition

Stern Pinball’s latest release, the Led Zeppelin pinball machine, is available in Pro Edition, Premium Edition and Limited Edition. In this blog post we are going to be looking at Stern’s Led Zeppelin Premium Edition.

In this high energy rock and roll pinball concert experience, pinball and music are fused together.  Players are transported back to Led Zeppelin’s early days and tour the world from 1968-1980. As if players were members of the band playing its music, their play updates game features at the start of each verse and chorus of ten iconic Led Zeppelin songs, which are illuminated on the Premium Edition’s back panel: Good Times Bad Times, Whole Lotta Love, The Song Remains The Same, Rock And Roll, Trampled Under Foot, Ramble On, Kashmir, Immigrant Song, Black Dog and Communication Breakdown.

The Premium Edition takes the band’s first release in 1969, simply called Led Zeppelin, for the inspiration for its cabinet, backbox and translite art, which features the band’s iconic zeppelin airship imagery.

Led Zeppelin Premium Edition Playfield

The Premium Edition has three flippers, with the third flipper on the upper-right. The playfield features a custom-moulded Hindenburg Zeppelin toy, based on the iconic imagery from the Led Zeppelin I album. When lit, the Zeppelin toy scores speed locks on the player’s musical journey to Zeppelin multiball. A custom Swan Song Records trademark Icarus sculpted leaper toy takes flight when smashed by the chaotic pinball. A 3-bank of drop targets, 3 custom steel ramps, and 3 flippers keep the pinball action rolling.

The Premium Edition also features an innovative interactive Electric Magic™ toy.  This device is a unique motorised toy which rises from below the playfield to create different magical pinball experiences.  An optical spinner charges the Electric Magic magnet, capturing and making balls disappear.  The Electric Magic device also converts into a physical pinball bash toy capable of locking a ball or launching a ball around the playfield.

Expression Lighting System

The Expression Lighting System provides full RGB playfield lighting through two rows of LEDs running down the inner sides of the cabinet along with a set of art blades to integrate the effect. As the recent Guns N’ Roses release showed, the bar for playfield lighting effects has been raised considerably and any rock-n-roll title has to provide a fully immersive lighting experience to match the intense music and sound effects, dynamic graphics and intense gameplay.

As an encore, Led Zeppelin Premium Edition has an additional reversing scoop and metal combo ramp, allowing players to keep the hits coming with constant adrenalized pinball action. A back panel mounted illuminated song status board indicates which Led Zeppelin song is in play.

Premium Edition Sales

To purchase your new Led Zeppelin Premium Edition pinball machine, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677, or visit our online shop.

Led Zeppelin Pinball Machine Launched

Led Zeppelin Pinball Machine Launched this week by Stern Pinball.

Following hot on the heels of our October “Led Zeppelin Pinball Machine: Pinball Rumour Mill” blog post, Stern Pinball has now announced the release of its new Led Zeppelin pinball machine.

Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. Together they became one of the best-selling bands with estimated record sales of 300 million units worldwide. In 1995 Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their innovative and influential impact on the entire music industry.

Ten Iconic Led Zep Songs

In this high energy rock and roll pinball concert experience, pinball and music are fused together. Players are transported back to Led Zeppelin’s early days and tour the world from 1968-1980. As if players were members of the band playing its music, their play updates game features at the start of each verse and chorus of ten iconic Led Zeppelin songs: Good Times Bad Times, Whole Lotta Love, The Song Remains the Same, Rock and Roll, Trampled Under Foot, Ramble On, Kashmir, Immigrant Song, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.

There is no speech from the band in the game. Instead, American comedian, actor, writer and musician Brendon Small provides the voice calls. However, the unmistakable faces of all four band members: frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham are emblazoned on the playfield.

Game Trailer

The Pro, Premium and global release of just 500 Limited Edition Led Zeppelin pinball machines all feature a custom-moulded Hindenburg Zeppelin toy, based on the iconic imagery from the Led Zeppelin I album. When lit, the Zeppelin toy scores speed locks on the player’s musical journey to Zeppelin multiball.  A custom Swan Song Records Icarus sculpted leaper toy takes flight when smashed by the chaotic pinball. A 3-bank of drop targets, 3 custom steel ramps, and 3 flippers keep the pinball action rolling.

There are 4 Spell out rules for racking up scores and opening opportunities of game advancement: L-E-D, Z-E-P, R-O-C-K and R-O-L-L. This consists of 4 R-O-C-K Stand-Up Targets light Zeppelin Speed Locks, 3 L-E-D Stand-Up Targets and 3 bank Z-E-P drop targets which add action and rebound shots to help complete L-E-D & Z-E-P. Drop Targets can be swept with the upper right flipper.

To give the game the perfect immersive Led Zep atmosphere, players can select the song choice at the start of every ball, plus all models feature an all-new software controlled 10 band graphic equalizer, so you can tune the sound to your particular liking!

Bringing Pinball & Music Together

“There is nothing more energizing and fun than bringing pinball and music together,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.  “Partnering with Led Zeppelin, we created a one-of-a-kind pinball experience.  It’s our dream goal to create a pinball machine with this iconic rock band.”

The pinball machine boasts its own highly individual Led Zeppelin styled cabinet art, provided by Stephen Jensen. The Pro Edition takes its artwork for the Led Zeppelin III album, while the Premium model turns to the band’s first release, simply called Led Zeppelin for its cabinet, backbox and translite art. The top-of-the-range Limited Edition model uses the Icarus character, drawn by Joe Petagno, which never appeared on a Led Zeppelin album cover, but forms the legendary logo of the band’s record label, Swan Song Records.

Led Zeppelin Pinball – Enquiries & Orders

To enquire about or order a Stern Pinball Led Zeppelin Pinball machine, visit our online shop, or call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677.

deeproot RAZA Pinball Machine

deeproot’s Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland or RAZA Pinball Machine has finally been launched. Available in both Arcade Edition and XTRA Edition, which is limited to a production run of just 300 machines, this original themed pinball machine is bursting with originality and innovation.

deeproot pinball exists to elevate pinball ownership through exciting narrative-driven pinball experiences featuring immersive, interactive worlds under glass, by building value into every part of their business and innovative product lines. And it has to be said that in RAZA, deeproot appears to have achieved just that.

Designed by John Popadiuk, who worked on titles such as World Cup Soccer, Tales of the Arabian Nights and Theatre of Magic for Midway back in the 1990s, along with Cirqus Voltaire and Star Wars for Williams Electronics, Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland is packed full of immersive features which engage the player at every turn.

RAZA Pinball Machine Original Theme

The original theme of the RAZA pinball machine centres around an alien invasion led by Ned, the evil alien Invader. Angela, the heroic rebel princess, destroys a gravity drive which sends the alien flying saucers crashing into Adventureland, an amusement park built on an old graveyard and disused nuclear power plant. The crash releases xenon gas which brings the dead to life and Ned leads a zombie army to take over the world. You meanwhile roam around Adventureworld having fun, making life difficult for Ned and helping Angela deal with the Zombies.

Gameplay & Features

According to Popaduik’s interview with This week in Pinball, “The game has stuff in each section of the game. Working around we have a double level “spook house” kickback on the left….something new, a rotating duck gallery target bank, double spinners, the “dizzy” which is like a floating TOTAN lamp, big zombie roller coaster ramps, an underground “xenon gas” tube area for ball locks, motor cycle jump device, new magna diverters and magna save and of course the classic swinging target from the 1960s you can bash, rollover buttons and the “atomic shop” to start modes and multi balls. Lots of other small items. The Ferris wheel is there too and shuttles the ball forward to the left “atomic” lane.

The idea behind all this is to give the player of any skill level something to flip, interact with, and feel accomplished. The ball is really wild and activates all this stuff, just like being in an amusement park. The play is fast, big loops, nice ramps and super up/down playfield action. Kinda’ a mix of 90s design with some 1970s mixed in. Instead of giving the player just 1 or 2 new features, we have a lot more to learn about and keep you excited. and with the great rules designed in the games has some really deep paths and ultimate direction.

With all this the art package was created to make it feel like an outer space amusement park. So, lots of stuff buried in the design, art, type and style for people to discover…”

deeproot RAZA Pinball Machine

Featuring attractive original cabinet art, panoramic wrap backlit header art, Pinbar ultra-widescreen HD LCD colour multi-touchscreen display and quality stereo sound, deeproot’s new RAZA pinball machine is an exciting proposition for all pinball aficionados and orders for RAZA are now being taken.

Pinball Heaven – Official deeproot Distributors

Pinball Heaven are official distributors for deeproot pinball. To find out more about the new RAZA pinball machine or to reserve yours, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677 or visit our online shop.

Queen Pinball Machine – Pinball Rumour Mill

Is a Queen Pinball Machine on its way for 2021?

Rumours have been circulating about the possibility of a Queen pinball machine since a Stern Galaxy pin was spotted in a bar scene in the award winning Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. But was this a tenuous link, or a teasingly clever piece of product placement?

Heighway Pinball

In March 2017 at the Texas Pinball Festival, Heighway Pinball announced that their next two pinball machines, Queen and Playboy, would be licensed and designed by Barry Oursler. Oursler has an impressive CV of pinball design, spending the first 26 years of his career as a Game Designer with Williams/Bally/Midway. However, on 26th April 2018, Heighway Pinball closed the doors on its factory, laid off its employees, and was liquidated soon after. So, the Queen project ever came to fruition. Oursler is now the Game Designer at Deeproot Tech, based in San Antonio in Texas.

Pinball Brothers or Stern?

With the demise of Heighway Pinball, four of the Directors formed Pinball Brothers and it was rumoured the Queen pinball machine licence may have gone with them. If it did, then a Pinball Brothers Queen pinball should most definitely be on the cards.

If it didn’t, then on the basis that Bravado, Universal Music Group’s industry-leading merchandise and brand management company, who handles Queen’s merchandising – and this is the same Bravado who agreed the merchandising deal for The Beatles pinball machine – might well have set up a deal to licence the Queen pinball machine to Stern Pinball.

Mercury, May, Deacon & Taylor

Whether it be Pinball rothers or Stern, a pinball machine featuring Mercury, May, Deacon and Taylor could only turn out to be very special indeed. The flamboyance of Freddie coupled with Queen’s iconic imagery would make for sensational playfields, cabinets and backglass – and the soundtrack would have to rank amongst the best ever to come out of a pinball cabinet. We Are The Champions for a bonus play would be an absolute must, and how about Under Pressure for hurry ups and Another One Bites The Dust for the end of the game?

Queen Pinball – Here is Here First!

While we have no solid news about a Queen pinball machine at the moment, we promise to bring you the very latest news as soon as we have it. So the new Queen Pinball Machine – hear it here first!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine – Limited Availability

Limited Availbility – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine

Pinball Heaven currently have a limited number of TMNT Pro and Premium Pinball Machines available for sale. For pinball fans who grew up in the 1990s, Stern’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball machine, based on Nickelodeon’s iconic hit television series, is a nostalgic and thoroughly entertaining blast from the past.

In this pinball adventure players go to battle, as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo fight villains like Shredder, the Krang and loads of super-powerful mutants, to become the heroes they were destined to be, and have lots of fun along the way!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium is an eight ball, three-flippered game, with the third flipper positioned half-way up on the left-hand side of the playfield.

Features include an interactive custom sculpted TMNT Van with interior ball lock feature and mechanical side door to unleash 4 balls into multiball play. In addition, the game features an interactive custom sculpted, player-controlled TMNT Glider diverter assembly which allows players to choose the ball path on wire ramps. And a  custom-sculpted mechanical Krang toy jumps up and down while taunting players throughout game action and a steel ball shooter entrance ramp feeds right plastic Turtle Power ramp, while a Turtle Power right plastic ramp activates the Turtle Power Multiball feature and transports balls to the upper left flipper for high speed action.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pro

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pro features include 6 standard balls, 3 flippers, 3 high speed ramps, a hidden training ball lock area and distinct hand-drawn art. The playfield also features a high speed magnetic spinning pizza disc capable of holding and throwing 3 balls during pizza multiball mayhem. The original 1987 theme music complements the action with custom video scenes and events created exclusively for this pinball experience.

The Pro Edition also features a stereo sound system with 3-channel amplifier, separate treble and bass adjustment, CPU mounted line-out audio connector for external amplification, fade adjustment to control front and bottom speaker outputs, Lair Invasion and Pizza Run themed full color translite and unique side cabinet hand-drawn artwork by Zombie Yeti and powder-coated black wrinkle finish side armour, hinges, front lockdown moulding and legs.

TMNT Premium and Pro – Limited Availability

To make sure you don’t miss out, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677 to order your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball machine Premium or Pro today, or visit our online shop.

Harry Potter Pinball Machine: Pinball Rumour Mill

A Stern Harry Potter Pinball Machine within the next couple of months?

Joe Kaminkow, who was part of the design team for Stern’s The Beatles pinball machine, has recently dropped a number of hints that Stern may at long last have a Harry Potter pinball machine on the way.

At the 2020 Virtual Pinball Expo, Kaminkow was reunited in an online seminar with the team that put together The Beatles pinball machine, when he dropped a couple of unsubtle Harry Potter clues that could be a hint as to the shape of things to come.

In the broadcast, Kaminkow introduces the idea of a Harry Potter pinball machine and then after Gary Stern has joined the seminar opens up further stating, “Gary and I have agreed we will not announce our Harry Potter game today, but maybe you never know… We will see you in the future and in the meantime go to Zynga.com and play Harry Potter Match that just came out a few weeks ago; ok.”

It must be pointed out at this point that Kaminkow is currently the Chief Game Designer at Zynga… However, it must further be pointed out that this is also how Kaminkow first announced Stern’s The Beatles!

Hanging at Hogwarts

This latest hint toward a Hogwarts styled game follows years of speculation, fuelled a couple of years ago when Keith Elwin shared his visit with George Gomez and Jody Dankberg to Universal Studios on social media, with the comment “Hanging at Hogwarts!”

Harry Potter Next?

So, with Stern due another major release within the next couple of months, could Harry Potter be Stern Pinball’s next title? And if so, what is it going to look like?

With eight films in the series there many features which could be included in a Harry Potter pinball machine and perhaps just too many for one pinball machine. But a raised Quidditch pitch playfield, perhaps featuring a captive golden ball to represent the golden snitch – and moving ramps, as used in Stern’s X-Men Limited Edition to act as Hogwarts moving staircases must surely be givens. Playfield projectors could provide the Dementors – and how about some skill shots to help cast a few bonus spells?

Hear it Here First!

Whatever features are included in a Harry Potter pinball machine, it is sure to be a huge hit, with huge demand to match. So, make sure to keep an eye out on the Pinball Heaven blog for future updates. Here it here first!

Led Zeppelin Pinball Machine: Pinball Rumour Mill

There has been speculation about a Led Zeppelin pinball machine since before the start of the Millennium, however since the early part of this year rumours have started to increase. So, is a Led Zeppelin pinball machine soon to be on the way and if so, what will it look like and who will be producing it?

Homebrew Led Zep Pinball

There currently appears to be a groundswell of support for a Led Zeppelin themed game, with an impressive homebrew Led Zeppelin pinball machine, based on Bally’s 1976 Freedom, appearing on the scene just 12 months ago.

Custom Made Led Zeppelin Backglass

As a development from Freedom, the pin featured a brand new skill shot and 360 degree pop bumper, custom made Led Zeppelin backglass and the playfield and cabinet decorated with the Led Zeppelin symbols created by the band in 1971, each of which represents a particular band member:

  • Jimmy Page’s Zoso symbol is taken from a sigil, or ritualistic sign for Saturn
  • John Paul Jones’ symbol is a non-interlaced triquetra overlaying a circle, taken from page 33 of Rudolf Koch’s 1930 book “The Book of Signs”, where it is annotated as a sign to exorcise evil spirits
  • John Bonham’s symbol comprising three intersecting circles, is from page 32 of the same book, denoting an early sign for the holy trinity
  • Robert Plant’s feather symbol is most likely a simple merging of two symbols from the Feather Symbol of Truth illustration on page 105 of James Churchward’s 1933 book “The Sacred Symbols of Mu”

So, as well as featuring images of the band, any new pinball machine would have to prominently feature the four mystical Led Zeppelin symbols.

Led Zeppelin Pinball Machine

Stairway to Heaven Bonus Play

And what self-respecting Led Zep pin would miss out on a Stairway to Heaven raised ramp, skill shots into the two front doors of the Physical Graffiti terraced houses and a Presence obelisk planted in the dead centre of the playfield just for the pure mystical hell of it? Surely these must be Led Zep pinball givens.

Led Zep Licencing

Reaching a licence agreement with a brand such as Led Zeppelin may not be a simple task. However, with the release of the first ever Beatles machine last year, it may well be that Stern Pinball are in prime position to perform an encore with Led Zeppelin. And furthermore, given that the Beatles was a modern take on Stern Electronics’ 1980 Seawitch, it could be that Led Zeppelin would also a modern take on another old classic, such as Quicksilver, which immediately followed Seawitch in 1980.

Led Zeppelin Pinball Machine – You Heard it Here First!

So a Stern remake of Quicksilver featuring Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant, a Stairway to Heaven ramp, Physical Graffiti skill shots, the mighty Presence obelisk, plus a liberal smattering of Led Zep mystical symbols and produced by Stern as a modern take on Quicksilver; all of a sudden our new Led Zeppelin pinball machine is starting to come together…

And with Stern’s excellent video projector technology beaming concert highlights directly onto the playfield, complemented by an uprated, multi-speaker sound system, a Stern Led Zeppelin pinball machine is really starting to sound like a whole lotta love.

Now where’s my Brandy & Coke?

Guns N Roses Pinball Machine

Guns N Roses pinball machine announced 5th October 2020

Following the speculation in our March 2019 Pinball Rumour Mill blog post, Jersey Jack have just announced the launch of their Guns N Roses Not in This Lifetime pinball machine.

Sold Out Within 4 Hours!

Available in Standard, Limited and Collectors Edition, the Collectors Edition sold out within 4 hours of Jersey Jack’s announcement!

Confirmed by Slash in the San Francisco Weekly last July, Jersey Jack’s new Guns N Roses Not in This Lifetime pinball machine pays tribute to the band’s most successful tour, which took in 158 dates, sold over 5 million tickets and grossed almost $600 million USD.

Two-Year Long Passion Project

According to a press release, the new Guns N Roses pinball machine was a two-year long passion project spearheaded by pinball enthusiast, Slash. In fact, the guitarist crafted specific plays and actions, recorded guitar riffs, music, voice, and video for the new game as well as, four unique guitar features for four playable modes in the game.

The process was especially hands-on for Slash, who commented, “It’s been a very fulfilling experience working with Jersey Jack on the new GNR Not in This Lifetime pinball machine. Jersey Jack pinball games are some of the most unique and beautiful pins ever made and I am honoured to have been able to work with their brilliant team to design one of the most original and exciting rock ‘n’ roll pins ever produced.” While Jersey Jack Pinball designer Eric Meunier adds. “To have this type of design work and participation from the game’s namesake creating the actual pinball game, has never, ever, been done before in the industry.”

Guns N’ Roses Pinball by Jersey Jack Pinball

Guns N Roses Pinball Machine Gameplay

The Guns N Roses pinball machine gameplay incorporates elements of the band’s sound and stage show through multiple LCD screens and customized LED lighting to replicate the “Not In This Lifetime” concert production; the playfield experience is designed around playing through the Guns N’ Roses entire 21-song setlist, complete with a concert stage and interactive spotlights.

In addition, Not In This Lifetime boasts five multi-ball modes, concert footage and animations, more than 200 LED lights, spinners shaped like guitar picks, plus sculptures of Axl Rose, Slash’s top hat and a stack of speakers.

All current members of the GNR line up contributed to the game, with Rose, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Dizzy Reed and MC Bob lending their voices and Duff McKagan and Melissa Reese providing the narration.

Jersey Jack’s Official UK Distributor: Pinball Heaven

With the Collectors Edition having already sold out, the Standard and Limited Edition Guns N Roses pinball machines will be in high demand. So to reserve yours contact Jersey Jack’s Official UK Distributor, Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677 today or visit our online shop.