With The Hobbit Pinball Machine having just been released, we thought we would celebrate our status as the sole UK distributor for Jersey Jack Pinball Machines with a blog about what makes this game outstanding.
Jack Guarnieri, founder of Jersey Jack Pinball, is already a celebrity within the pinball community and the recent release of The Hobbit Pinball Machine is only going to cement his legendary status. His creativity and passion for pinball is almost single-handedly bringing pinball up to date.
At a time when many people had written pinball off as a dying hobby, The Hobbit is helping to bring pinball to a brand new audience with the introduction of far superior technology. The Hobbit pinball machine boasts 2 lcd screens bringing 21st century video game-like graphics to this classic arcade genre.
The backglass of The Hobbit Pinball Machine is a 27” full hd, lcd monitor which helps to provide a much more in-depth story line. The screen has been described as an information station and basically guides players through the game. Of course, this screen will help to engage and teach people new to pinball how to play which is a boost to the pinball community worldwide.
Uniquely, this screen shows you all the different modes that you are going to have to complete and contains 4 different quadrants to show you what is going on. The top right quadrant is a helpful map which shows you where you are within the game.
The second screen is smaller but no less important. Set within the play field itself, this screen is a book (including turning pages) that tells you what you tasks you need to accomplish.
Whilst these screens are the most innovative aspect of The Hobbit Pinball Machine, the team at Jersey Jack Pinball have managed to include a number of other exciting features making The Hobbit a pinball machine that you simply have to play to believe.
We got our distributor sample of The Hobbit pinball machine straight out of the Jersey Jack Pinball in factory in New Jersey, USA, by airfreight just in time for the 8 Bit Flip pinball gathering at Arcade Club in Bury for Easter weekend 2016.
But lets have a look at the day that was like Christmas at Pinball Heaven. The day we take delivery of our distributor sample of The Hobbit pinball machine. Limited Edition number 247!
Time to open that box. WOW. Look at that artwork!
All we have to do now is unpack the legs and bolts then attach to the cabinet and switch it on. Wow again, beautiful!
After quickly inserting the balls, its time for a few pre game checks to make sure nothing has come loose during shipping from the Jersey Jack Pinball factory in New Jersey, USA and then its time to have a game.
The first thing we notice is that by using the ring button located on the lockbar you can select 1 of 4 possible skill shots for bonus points. Personally I liked the second skill shot which was rolling over the L O C K letters in the middle of the playfield, rolling over any one gives you a skill shot award but one shot which rolled over all 4 letters gave me 21,000 skill shot but has never been repeated since!
So spelling LOCK allows the balls to be “locked” for multiball, 3 shots up the right ramp when lit starts multiball. What this quick video for a multiball sequence!
A frantic multiball mode then starts with balls all over the place.
In each of the game modes the miniature screen guides you through your tasks and tells you time remaining in the mode etc.
There is so much to do on this wonderful pinball machine it will keep anyone amused for hours.
The Hobbit pinball machine is for sale in 3 versions – Standard – Limited Edition – SMAUG special edition and can be ordered here.
Finally, game over looks like this.
Whether you want to look at pinball machines for sale or you simply want to talk to the most knowledgeable pinball machine experts in the UK, just get in touch as we are always happy to talk all things pinball!
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