Heavy Metal Pinball Machine Announced

To mark the 300th issue of Heavy Metal Magazine, Stern Pinball and Incendium have announced the launch of the first official Heavy Metal pinball machine.

Founded in 2006, Incendium is a multi-faceted production company known for an array of animation, comic books, toys, and video games. Driven by their passion for myths, monsters, and metal, the brand embraces the 80s and 90s counterculture with a contemporary twist.

Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction, Erotica & Steampunk

Published six times a year, Heavy Metal is a high quality, glossy, full colour monthly which has been running in the US since April 1977, and inspired the 1981 animated movie of the same name. Published by Incendium, the Magazine is known primarily for its blend of dark fantasy and science fiction, erotica and steampunk comic strips. Heavy Metal is also recognised for its high quality artwork, with past contributions from internationally acclaimed artists such as HR Giger and Esteban Maroto.

Soundtrack & Original Recordings

The Heavy Metal soundtrack will feature original recordings from Sebastian Bach, and Brendon Small, in addition to iconic tracks from the Heavy Metal movie original soundtrack including Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick and more.

So, with dark, immersive themes, top-drawer artwork and a magnificently metal soundtrack, Stern’s new Heavy Metal pinball machine should not disappoint.

Llexi Leon, CEO of Incendium comments. “Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and metal collide in this first-ever pinball machine. This is our most ambitious Heavy Metal product yet. We couldn’t be more proud of the result and we’re hugely grateful for the support from Stern Pinball and Heavy Metal in bringing this amazing machine into existence.”

Heavy Metal Pinball Machine

Heavy Metal Pinball Machine Gameplay & Features

Heavy Metal Gameplay revolves around the warrior heroine Taarna and the undead tail-gunner Nelson. Both are given a voice for the first time in the in-game narrative. The playfield features invlude LED lighting, 2 steel ramps and rails, passive two ball lock, 3 pop bumpers, Opto spinner and 3 drop targets.  The original artwork also pays tribute to words and characters from the Magazine’s history.

The game also features cabinet armour in the unique colour changing galaxy black metallic, with all original art, figures of Taarna and Nelson that light up, custom art blades and a limited edition, hand numbered issue of Heavy Metal #300 with a variant cover.

Heavy Metal Pinball Machine Enquiries

Heavy Metal is a Limited Edition pinball machine, built to order and will only be available for the rest of 2020. To enquire about placing an order, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium

Stern Pinball’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium pinball machine is now available for pre-order in the Pinball Heaven online shop.

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!

The original 1987 theme music complements the action, with speech callouts from 17 characters immersing the player into the story and custom video scenes and events created exclusively for the TMNT pinball experience bring TMNT very much to life.

Artwork by Zombie Yeti

Stern Pinball’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium looks as if it was ripped out of the cartoon style of the ’90s, taking cues from the classic arcade cabinets of the era. The outstanding artwork was created by Jeremy Packer, a.k.a. Zombie Yeti, who has previously penned the artwork for several Stern Pinball games including Ghostbusters, Deadpool, Primus and Iron Maiden.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium

TMNT Premium Features

TMNT 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.

High-Speed Magnetic Spinning Pizza Disc

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium also boasts a high-speed magnetic spinning pizza disc, which operates like the spinning disc on Twister and the Premium/LE versions of X-Men, having a magnetic core in the centre which can grab balls at the start of Multiball Mayhem, spin them around at 400 RPM and then release them so they fly off in multiple directions. The LE and Premium versions of TMNT have the added advantage that the disc can spin in either direction.

With a Mouser Invasion themed full color translite and unique side cabinet hand-drawn artwork, and stereo sound coming by way of a 3-channel amplifier with separate treble and bass adjustment and CPU mounted line-out audio connector for external amplification, Stern’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium is set to be in high demand!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium – Order Now

To order your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Premium pinball machine, visit the Pinball Heaven online shop, or call us on 01772 816 677.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition

Following hot on the heels of our March blog post, Stern Pinball has finally released their new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition, Premium and Pro pinball machines. Designed as we predicted by Iron Man, Metallica and Tron designer John Borg, Stern’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is already receiving rave reviews.

In 1991 the Data East Ninja Turtles pinball machine featured Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo targets, a sewer sinkhole, two ramps, captive ball, three bumpers, a spinner lane, spinning pizza, a plunger skill-shot and a multiball play. So, what’s new on Stern’s 2020 remake? Well, as it happens, quite a lot…

TMNT Limited Edition Features

The 2020 TMNT Limited Edition pinball machine includes 3 flippers, 3 high speed ramps and a hidden ninja training ball lock area and distinct hand-drawn art.  It also features an interactive custom sculpted Turtles Van, equipped to lock up to 4 balls inside with a mechanical opening/closing side door, ready to unleash multiball havoc upon players.

The LE edition also features the iconic TMNT Glider, a custom-sculpted, player-controlled diverter assembly stationed above both ramps, giving players the ability to control and transport the ball to the flipper of their choice.  In addition, a custom-sculpted mechanical Krang toy hovers over the pop bumpers, jumping up and down while taunting players throughout game action. Complementing the LE’s impressive range of features is a high-speed magnetic spinning pizza disc capable of holding and throwing 3 balls during pizza multiball mayhem.

Custom Animations & Video Scenes

Interestingly, in contrast to Stern’s recent Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy machines which have made use of licensed footage, TMNT doesn’t make use of any historic cartoon footage at all. Instead the 2002 TMNT engages players with custom animations and video scenes created exclusively for Stern, complimented by the original 1987 theme music, creating a truly immersive experience.

Stern Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gameplay Reveal

LE Availability Just 500 Units Globally

The LE model also includes additional unique features such as an exclusive mirrored back glass, exclusive custom themed cabinet artwork, a custom autographed bottom arch, exclusive custom art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball glass, a shaker motor, and a sequentially numbered plaque. And with availability of the TMNT Limited Edition set to just 500 units globally, they won’t be available for long.

Order Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition

To order your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition pinball machine, visit our online shop, or call us on 01772 816 677.

Hot Wheels Pinball Machine

American Pinball have launched their Hot Wheels Pinball Machine at the Amusement Expo coin-op trade show in New Orleans.

Based on the Mattel die-cast toy car series and the spin-off TV cartoon series, the Hot Wheels Pinball Machine is the third release by American Pinball, following Houdini in 2017 and Oktoberfest in 2018.

Introduced in 1968, Hot Wheels was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, the then-owner of Matchbox. Today the Hot Wheels multi-generational franchise is bigger than it’s ever been and is by far the number 1 selling toy in the world, with Mattel’s Hot Wheels die cast cars being sought after and collected by hundreds of millions of fans. In total, over 5 billion cars have been sold, incorporating more than 20,000 different car designs.

First Officially Licensed Pinball Machine

Designed by American Pinball’s Joe Balcer, who has also worked with Jersey Jack, Stern, Sega and Data East, Hot Wheels is American Pinball’s first officially licensed pinball machine. According to American Pinball, Hot Wheels is pure powerhouse pinball that is a cut above in quality, workmanship, durability and long-term earning strength.

Hot Wheels TV

Players will find themselves propelled into the middle of Hot Wheels TV, a hit YouTube series entertaining millions of viewers with all the adventure and excitement taking place in the teeming metropolis.

Hot Wheels Pinball Machine

Hot Wheels Pinball Gameplay

Gameplay objectives include car collecting and races, track building and crashes, epic challenges, creature battles and much more. And besides high-powered driving and racing, there are the ever-present challenges posed by the villainous Draven and his army of relentless Creatures.

Gameplay Features

  • Collect Hot Wheels cars for heart-thumping Car Chaos Multiball and Super Ultimate Garage
  • Gear up to score with Epic Ramps, Epic Loops, Epic Cars and Epic Pops
  • Collect Classic Hot Wheels Hero Cars in order to become a Hot Wheels Legend
  • Keep the action in high speed around every turn and loop with Track Multiball
  • Save the day when you take on and defeat Draven and the Creatures of Hot Wheels City
  • Rev the Tachometer to deliver increased scoring and the ultimate Redline Mania
  • Accelerate to take the checkered flag and earn Victory Lap Multiball

Hot Wheels Pinball Machine Enquiries

Featuring direct digital print backglass, multiple custom music tracks paced to gameplay, 15.6″ full color LCD with 1366×768 resolution, 4 stereo speakers plus eight inch cabinet subwoofer and powder coated cabinet armour, the first ever officially licenced Hot Wheels pinball machine is going to be in great demand.

To make an enquiry or to reserve your very own Hot Wheels Pinball Machine, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677 or visit our online shop.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball – Pinball Rumour Mill

Having caused quite a stir with our recent Back to the Future Pinball Machine – Pinball Rumour Mill blog post, we can now add to the melting pot by suggesting that an all-new Stern Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine might well beat Marty and Doc to it.

According to the January Kaneda​ Pinball podcast, rumours abound that a new Stern Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine is not just a rumour, its ready to be released and there should be a major announcement by Stern very soon.

Taking Pinball to Another Level – Quite Literally!

Rumours also suggest that the new Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine takes pinball on to another level from the recent Stranger Things Pinball Machine, and quite literally too, with the Ninja Turtles pinball featuring different playfield levels, representing the New York sewer system, allowing the ball to reappear in different areas of the city. It is also suggested that the game, designed by John Borg and Gary Stern, will feature a physical diverter, which would give you the choice of which way you want the ball to go and which way you want to travel around the game.

Spectacular Artwork by Zombie Yeti

It is also rumoured that the new Ninja turtles pin features spectacular artwork by the critically acclaimed Jeremy Packer, alias Zombie Yeti, who created the outstanding artwork for Stern’s Ghostbusters, Iron Maiden, Deadpool, and Primus Pinball Machines and is said to be a massive fan of Ninja Turtles. Zombie Yeti also lists among its clients names such as Harley Davidson, 20th Century Fox, Adidas, Reebok, Foo Fighters and Microsoft. So, a Stern Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine featuring Zombie Yeti artwork promises to be something very special. Add to that some original voiceovers from the 1980’s animated series and the whole game becomes something quite atmospheric.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball – the Data East Original

The Data East original 1991 Ninja Turtles pinball machine, designed by Joe Kaminkow and Ed Cebula featured Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo targets, a sewer sinkhole, two ramps, captive ball, three bumpers, a spinner lane, spinning pizza, a plunger skill-shot and a multiball play, and almost 30 years on good condition and refurbished Ninja Turtles pinball machines are still in great demand.

Brand New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine

A brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine with 21st century technology and creative input from John Borg, Gary Stern and Zombie Yeti is going to be way too good to miss. So, make sure you don’t! Hear it here first on the Pinball Heaven blog or call us for updates on 01772 816677.

Back to the Future Pinball Machine – Pinball Rumour Mill

Rumours are currently floating around that Stern may be about to release a Back to the Future Pinball Machine.

While there have been many video games released based on the successful Back to the Future trilogy, accommodating platforms from Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 through PlayStation 3 to iOS, only one Back to the Future Pinball Machine has ever been released, and that was a whole 30 years ago.

1990 Data East

The 1990 Data East “Back to the Future: The Pinball”, designed by Joe Kaminkow and Ed Cebula featured a tuned bass ported cabinet, a high fidelity digital stereo sound system and four songs from the trilogy, including classic hits from ZZ Top and Huey Lewis and the News. However Michael J Fox refused to allow his image to be used on the game.

In 2017 a virtual pinball adaptation of the film trilogy was developed and released by Zen Studios as one of a set of three add-on tables for Pinball FX 3, but to date there has been no remake of the original 1990 Data East game. So, could a new Back to the Future pinball machine by Stern be just around the corner?

From Data East to Stern Pinball

The lineage for a new Back to the Future pinball machine by Stern is all there.

Managed by Gary Stern, Data East produced innovative pinball machines using high-profile properties from 1987 to 1994, including Guns N’ Roses, Star Wars and Back to the Future. In 1994 Data East sold out to Sega, who just four years later decided to withdraw from the pinball market altogether. Then in October 1999 Gary Stern bought the business from Sega and renamed it Stern Pinball. So, the lineage is certainly there. And considering that Data East’s Back to the Future co-designer Joe Kaminkow recently worked with Gary Stern to produce the Beatles pinball machine, it is not inconceivable that the Stern/Kaminkow line-up could be the driving force, 30 years on, behind a hi-tech Back to the Future remake. So what is it going to look like?

Back to the Future Pinball Machine

Video Projector Innovation & Michael J Fox?

You would certainly expect Stern to make use of the films’ most striking features, such as deploying a huge flux capacitor in the middle of the playfield to trigger a bonus play. The video projection innovation recently deployed in Stern’s Stanger Things pinball could be used to make the most of Doc Brown’s DeLorean achieving the 88mph. And a raised Marty McFly hoverboard level could also create an immersive feature. But, could Stern convince Michael J Fox to allow them to use his image this time? With no pun intended at all, that could be the game changer.

Hi-Tech Back to the Future Pinball Machine Remake

All pure rumour mill at the moment, but in the current market a hi-tech, LED driven Back to the Future remake by Stern Pinball would make a whole lot of sense. And if Marty and the Doc get to cover Biff in manure, then I for one would buy one!

Deadpool & Beatles Pinball at ArCains

Pinball Heaven is delighted to have supplied Beatles Gold Edition and Deadpool Pro Edition pinball machines to the new ArCains gaming arcade, which is situated in the Cains Brewery Village in Liverpool.

Cains Brewery Village lies in Liverpool’s famous Baltic Triangle. Once part of the industrial heart of the city, the Baltic is now one of the most exciting and fast-growing areas of Liverpool. It has become a thriving and cutting-edge destination that is at the heart of the Independent Liverpool scene and home to a growing number of digital and creative businesses. Unlike other cultural quarters of Liverpool, the Baltic is not polished and prepared; it’s raw, organic and exciting. Located on Stanhope Street, ArCains is just a stone’s throw from Liverpool’s waterfront tourism attractions and the city’s arena and convention centre.

ArCains: Ingeniously Named

Ingeniously named to include the historical site in which it sits, as well as making reference to what’s inside, ArCains is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, gaming arcade in Europe. Spread over three floors, ArCains offers hundreds of games set to free play, in an immersive experience which includes arcades, PCs, consoles, pinball, hot dogs, pick n mix and two bars. Just pay to enter and stay all day! Unsurprisingly, ArCains has opened to great reviews.

Pinball Heaven at ArCains

Great Reviews

A small selection of ArCains reviews:

“Went with my son today, both of us loved it, great day, staff really friendly and helpful, my lad hit the nail on the head by saying it’s like an all you can eat buffet….. for gamers, was really nice to show him the older games from my childhood whilst there is a very good verity of modern games too. Will sure be coming back, great value for money.”

“The staff were super friendly the drinks where reasonable priced and the choice in games was fantastic and they uploaded a game specifically for me and my friend I’m so looking forward to future outings there and so plan on hiring them out for my birthday absolutely recommend this place for new and old school gamers or if you want a nice place for a fun date or just a general gaming day/night.”

“Loads of games, great variety of things to do and being able to play them without worrying about putting loads of money into a machine is great. i have always wanted an arcade that has a flat fee allowing you to play the games as much as you want. loved it!”

“Great environment to chill and play games. so many games to choose from. you could lose yourself for hours in there.”

“Fantastic afternoon with my son! great fun and great value. Looking forward to going back soon.”

Visit ArCains

Pinball Heaven is proud to be associated with ArCains and we look forward to a long and enjoyable association with this superb, must visit, gaming destination.

You can visit ArCains at Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope Street, Liverpool L8 5XJ. Tel 0151 459 9088.

Stern Stranger Things Premium

Stern Stranger Things Premium – available now from the Pinball Heaven online shop.

Having taken a look at Stern Stranger Things Pro in our January 16th blog post, perhaps now would be a good time to take a look at the addition features of the Premium version of the game.

As with Stern Stranger Things Pro, Stranger Things Premium features distinct hand-drawn art in addition to the custom sculpted, interactive Demogorgon bash toy, guarded by drop targets and a rotating ramp, two hideout ball scoops, a Demodog spinner, three custom ramps, and game rules that will transport players into the Upside Down. However, the Premium version of the game features one or two very interesting additions…

Telekinetic Multiball

The gameplay in Stranger Things focuses on unlocking the hidden meanings of supernatural events occurring in and around the town of Hawkins, Indiana, including the appearance of a girl known as “Eleven” with telekinetic abilities. Stern Stranger Things Premium features an Eleven themed “telekinetic” magnetic ball lock; a ramp diverter which feeds a hidden electromagnet behind the back panel that recreates Eleven’s spooky telekinetic powers, to grab the ball and lock it for Telekinetic Multiball, grabbing and holding onto multiple balls before releasing them all at once, challenging players to suddenly contend with a cluster of balls making their way down the table together.

Stranger Things Premium Trailer

Video Projector Innovation

Through Stranger Things Premium pinball machine, Stern attempts to take pinball to a whole new level, by introducing for the first time, a video projector that displays images and animations directly onto several sections of the playfield, including the screen. So, while the Pro has a decal on its screen, Premium has a white screen showing animated clips from the projector. The ramps on the Premium playfield also feature rather plain-looking decals when compared to the colourful artwork on the Pro. That’s because the projector also illuminates the ramps, along with the arcade sign over the left ramp entrance and the spinner in the left outer orbit lane.

This engaging innovation brings a whole new dimension to pinball by creating dramatic interactions with the gameplay action. And if well received by the pinball faithful, it is not inconceivable that Stern’s video innovation might well be the shape of pinball things to come. Only time will tell.

Stranger Things Premium – Projector Gameplay Reveal

Enhanced Premium Cabinet

The cabinet finish on Stranger Things Premium is also stepped up, featuring a powder-coated steel bottom arch which replaces the plastic moulded arch of the Pro version. It also boasts an exclusive Stranger Things Season 2 themed full colour high definition translite and unique side decal cabinet hand-drawn artwork.

So, with the addition of Eleven’s Telekinetic Multiball, plus an innovative gameplay projector, coupled with distinctive cabinet design, if you are looking for an even more immersive Stranger Things Pinball experience, then Premium is most cetainly worth a consideration.

Stern Stranger Things Premium – Enquiries

If you would like to enquire about Stern Stranger Things Premium, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816677, or visit our online shop.

Rick & Morty Pinball Machine

Following hot on the trail of their critically acclaimed Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle, Wisconsin based Spooky Pinball has released its eagerly anticipated Rick and Morty pinball machine.

Designed by Scott Danesi who also designed 2017 Pinball News Game of the Year, Total Nuclear Annihilation, the Rick and Morty pinball machine has been produced in both Standard Edition and Blood Sucker Edition. And following in the Spooky Pinball tradition, with their latest creation being limited to a run of just 750 machines, Spooky’s Rick and Morty has proved to be so sought after, it has already sold out!

Spooky Beginnings!

Starting life as a podcast “Spooky Pinball” on April 1st 2010, in 2011 Charlie Emery took a custom game to the Midwest Gaming Classic. That in turn lead to a meeting with 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 both driven by a vision for pinball innovation, on 1st February 2013, Spooky Pinball LLC was born. They weren’t hanging about either, releasing seven original titles in less than seven years is some going for a new pinball venture. And to this day the Spooky Pinball podcast continues, with their 10th anniversary 120th podcast show due to be aired on 1st March this year.

Rick and Morty Pinball game layout explanation

Spooky Pinball Fang Club

Both the Standard Edition and Blood Sucker Edition Rick and Morty Pinball Machines were only made available to members of the Spooky Pinball “Fang Club” and according to reports, pre-orders sold out within 4 hours. However, for those of you who haven’t yet joined the Fang Club and are not familiar with Spooky Pinball’s latest offering, this is what you have missed…

Rick & Morty Pinball Game Features

Rick and Morty features include: Custom voice over from Justin Roiland, adventures from the series, video clips & songs from the series, additional music created by Scott Danesi, P3-ROC control system, intergalactic custom art, HD LCD, full RGB lighting, nteractive Rick’s Car, the Smith’s house, Danesi 2.0 ball lock system, rapid portal transport and antigravity assist.

Rick and Morty Pinball Machine – Full Reveal

Standard & Blood Sucker Editions

The Standard Edition game will also feature Standard Spooky Silver Vein Armour, while the Blood Sucker Edition will feature custom metallic purple powder coat (Kalaxian Crystal Purple), custom cut portal rails, numbered laser etched fang club plaque and matching powder-coated display panel and apron.

Add-ons will become available later this year including: portal speaker grills/light kit, butter cabinet, target decals, knocker, shaker, plastic protectors, interior graphics, bill acceptor ready door and coin box and lid.

Fang Club. Podcast & Blog

So, if you might be interested in the next Spooky Pinball release, make sure to subscribe to their Fang Club, engage with their podcasts and keep an eye on the Pinball Heaven blog. Because if the recent Rick and Morty instant sell-out was anything to go by, you will need all the advanced warning you can get!

Stern Stranger Things Pro

Stern Stranger Things Pro – available now from the Pinball Heaven online shop

In our November Pinball Rumour Mill blog post we considered the potential of a Stranger Things pinball machine opening up a whole new pinball audience for Stern, but at the time we had no indication as to whether the simmering Stranger Things rumours would ever amount to anything. But just a matter of weeks later on the 23rd of December, Stern took many pinball followers by surprise and announced the launch of their Stern Stranger Things Pinball Machine, in Pro, Premium and Limited Editions.

Incredibly the Stern Pinball Facebook page featured shots of customers receiving their brand-new Stranger Things machines just hours after the official announcement was made. So, this also has to be one of the best choreographed pinball launches in recent history. Nice one Stern!

Official Stranger Things Game Trailer

A Perfect Fit for Pinball

Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. commented, “Stranger Things is one of the most successful shows of all time, connecting with people around the world and across generations. This game features action, mystery, suspense, and humour; Stranger Things is a perfect fit for pinball.”

Having hit the screens for the first time in July 2016, Stranger Things has enjoyed unprecedented popularity on Netflix and is now their most popular original show, with over 64 million views; almost 20 million more than their second highest rating series, The Umbrella Academy.

According to Stern, in the Stranger Things pinball machine players will experience the terrifying forces in Hawkins, Indiana that turn this small town “upside down” with supernatural elements, strange sightings, and government secrets. Stranger Things pinball machines will immerse players in a search to unravel the extraordinary mysteries and secret government experiments taking place at the Hawkins National Laboratory. The gameplay focuses on unlocking the hidden meanings of supernatural events occurring in and around the town, including the appearance of a girl known as “Eleven” with telekinetic abilities. The ball is wild as Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce, and Police Chief Jim Hopper help Eleven close the dimensional gate.

Stranger Things Pro Game Play

Stern Stranger Things Pro Edition Features

Brought to life by legendary designer Brian Eddy, the Stern Stranger Things Pro Edition features distinct hand-drawn art by Bob Stelvic. It also boasts a custom sculpted, interactive Demogorgon bash toy guarded by drop targets and a rotating ramp. Stern Stranger Things Pro also includes two hideout ball scoops, a Demodog spinner, three custom ramps, and game rules that will transport players into the Upside Down. So just a typical night in Hawkins then!

Order Stern Stranger Things Pro

To order the Stern Stranger Things Pro pinball machine, visit the Pinball Heaven online shop or call us on 01772 816 677.

Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland – deeproot Pinball

Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) by deeproot Pinball set to launch in 2020.

Since its foundation in 2015, deeproot Pinball,  part of R&D Tech Company deeproot Tech and based in in San Antonio, Texas, has been quietly making progress on its plan to become a major pinball manufacturing company. With a fresh approach to the pinball market, in May this year deeproot Pinball stated they were not looking to “compete with existing pinball manufacturers and churn out the outdated and uninspired pinball package as it exists in the market today” but had chosen a chosen a different path, working on “The simultaneous development on hundreds of unique pinball innovations and tens of titles…”

And deeproot’s progress so far appears to be all positive. They have been in licensing talks for several major pinball titles and have hired among others, pinball machine designer John Popadiuk, who started work in the business for Bally in 1980. They have also hired one of the top ten pinball players in the world, Steve Bowden as their rules designer. So, it was no surprise when deeproot announced that two early prototypes of their first pinball machine, Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) would be at the Houston Arcade Expo in November, the announcement was met with much eager anticipation.

Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland - RAZA

Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) Prototype

It is important to note that the pictures in this Pinball Heaven blog post of Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) are shown in prototype form. Some elements such as the cabinet shape and cabinet, backbox and translite artwork are not the finished product, while other features such as the display and playfield layout are not expected to change significantly. It is expected that the final iterations of Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) could be revealed as early as June next year. Watch this space!

Cabinet, Backbox, Shooter, Coin Door & Flipper

The RAZA prototype cabinet and backbox look very conventional designs, but might change prior to production. The cabinet shown has a very conventional shooter rod, start button and coin door, as well as just a single flipper button on each side.

Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) Playfield

The playfield too harks back to the glory days of pinball design when game designers were always striving to devise ever more imaginative playfield toys. Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland was, of course, originally a Zidware design created by John in his studio in Streamwood, Illinois. The design has changed significantly since then with much more emphasis on the theme park elements, although there are a few obvious similarities including the Z-O-M-B-I-E inserts, the centre-left ramp, the orbit lanes and the target at the very back of the playfield.

The new design packs plenty of shots and features into the playfield, including a Ferris wheel, a dare devil cycle ramp with a target at the end, three roll-over buttons in front of a swinging target along with some more conventional drop and stand-up targets and a spinning disc. There are also some throwback references to earlier theme park games by Barry Oursler, who is also designing at Deeproot, such as “ride the Ferris wheel”, “dunk the dummy” and “ride the rollercoaster”.

Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland - RAZA

Ned & Ultra-Wide-Aspect Display Panel

At the back of the playfield is a swinging target with a model of the chief alien bad guy, Ned, along with a ramp feeding to him. Above this, the colour display is an ultra-wide-aspect panel which gives plenty of space left and right for in-game information but not much height for portrait-shaped objects such as faces, or indeed the game’s logo. Scoring for this ‘retro’ design is kept deliberately low with no trailing zero, but with room for the score to reach just shy of ten million. Speaker grilles are below the panel, not allowing for very large drivers but giving a more integrated look and providing space above for a full-size translite.

Promising Start for deeproot’s RAZA

These prototype views reveal a promising start for deeproot Pinball’s forthcoming Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) pinball machine and we eagerly await the reveal of the final visuals sometime around June next year. Model variations and pricing have not been annouced yet, but as soon as we find out, you can be sure we will let you know on this Pinball Heaven blog, so make sure to stay tuned!

More Information

For more information about the forthcoming deeproot Pinball, Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) pinball machine, contact Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816677.