A good band-based pinball table needs to be fully equipped with that group's music, and AC/DC fits the bill, complete with twelve songs from the band's vast library of hits. Make no mistake, with its awesome sound, fiery visuals and pro-designed gameplay, this table rocks about as hard as our Australian friends themselves.
From Steve Richie, classic pinball designer responsible for some of the best tables out there, this playfield is built for speed. Each shot is carefully arranged with accuracy in mind with a ruleset that rewards skill while staying interesting for casual players as well. Among the entertaining toys here are a rotating cannon that the player utilizes in For Those About to Rock mode, and a bell - naturally - for Hell's Bells mode. The cannon is controlled with a fire button right on the lock bar, for a little added variety.
Everything about AC/DC contributes to a sensory overload, with an attention to detail that is sure to please fans of the band. All through the art, game modes, and objectives, clever easter eggs and references to AC/DC can be found. Like many games where the player selects a mode, each of the twelve songs brings a different and challenging ruleset. There are three main multiball modes, and reaching at least one per game is simple enough. These three multiball modes can be stacked as well, for some giant scoring opportunities.
It's a long way to the top if you wanna multiball, and the high voltage action found in this table will leave anyone looking for some good pinball absolutely thunderstruck!
Addams Family, The
The #1 selling pinball game of all time! Explore the Addams family mansion and raid treasure from the vault. Thing “lends a hand”, picking up the ball and flipping flippers for you! Special Collector's Edition adds prizes from Cousin It's Hideout.
Game of Thrones
(Jersey Jack Pinball, 2016)
Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure
Williams really hit their stride in 1993 with the Super*Pin family of tables, regarded as some of pinball’s all time greatest. Among them: Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation and this particular gem, Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure. Like its other Super*Pin brethren, Indiana Jones features a widebody playfield. Taking full advantage of the rich Indiana Jones license, designers Mark Richie (Fish Tales) and Brian Eddy (Attack From Mars) put together a deep game with plenty to see and do!
Based on the first three Indiana Jones films, Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure is packed with plenty of nods to the series' most memorable moments. There are four multiball modes, two of which pile on a frantic six ball bash! The table features include the love-it-or-hate-it “Path of Adventure,” which is a separate playfield that the player must tilt as the ball falls through, avoiding holes in the playfield floor. It’s not unlike the old “labyrinth” wooden box toys, just simplified for a pinball playfield. The classic Indiana Jones score is the main soundtrack for the game, but there are plenty of music cues and sound clips to accompany the several varied modes of gameplay. Giving the sound some extra oomph is Williams' DCS sound system, introduced with this game and later utilized for most of their titles through the 90s, including video games. DCS (short for "Digital Compression System") allowed for higher-quality and more dynamic sound, with multiple channels allowing music, speech and sound effects to be mixed during the game. Whether you're energized by the trademark Indiana Jones fanfare or quoting along with one of the many lines lifted straight from the original film trilogy, you'll be more immersed in the action!
This game is truly a fine discovery, and a treasure among pinball classics. When it comes to pinball, you must choose, but choose wisely and go for Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure!
Few rock bands have one pinball table, let alone two, but KISS are legends. Their original table was released by the Bally company in 1978, during the glory days of KISS original run. Now, as the legacy of KISS continues over 4 decades later, Stern brings us a new table with plenty of nods to the original and tons of content for members of the KISS army.
Stern implemented this table on their new "Spike" pinball platform, meant to increase reliability and ease integration of new technology. The main improvements to this new build include a great upgrade to the audio, which KISS naturally utilizes. Ten of best KISS cuts are played in their entirety throughout the game, and the player chooses a favorite at the start. Right away you'll notice the giant Gene Simmons head perched prominently next to the right ramp, replete with his grotesquely outstretched tongue. There's also a smaller Paul Stanley figure above the left portion of the table. Players spell K-I-S-S, light Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman targets, and bring on the 4-ball Demon Multiball.
Gene and Paul provided original voice work for this table, announcing the action, though most of the sound throughout the game is KISS music. Fans of truly vintage pinball will recognize the four pop bumpers as the same ones from the original Bally table. This new edition also includes a Colossal Bonus multiplier, like the original.
With all the features one would expect from a KISS pinball table and the signature gameplay of a modern Stern, the new KISS pinball is a great addition to the long-running dynasties of both this classic rock band and the production company that made it. Casual fans will have a blast, and hardcore devotees will want to rock 'n roll all night long!
As fans of both heavy metal and pinball know, the wait for an actual metal-themed table has been far too long. While the hard rock of AC/DC, KISS and Guns N Roses provided some great pinball times, the Bay Area thrash found on Metallica's first few albums is easily the heaviest, most metal music to ever grace a pinball machine.
Metallica pinball is more than just twelve awesome songs in gameplay mode, however. Every bit of attention has been paid to present the complex aesthetic of one of rock's biggest and best bands. Spanning their entire catalog, but with a focus on the fan-favorite earlier work, Metallica is a table that absolutely shreds.
Right away one will notice the colorfully distinctive backglass art, done by none other than Dirty Donny, whose collaborations with the world of metal, punk, skating and pinball are countless. This irreverent look is found on the playfield as well, providing visuals dynamic enough to match Metallica's studio recordings heard throughout. Designer John Borg, who also did the Guns N Roses table, did an excellent job of making the whole experience feel like an authentic heavy metal rager.
The ruleset is fairly simple, with each of the modes interacting with the several toys on the playfield. The Grave Marker, Snake, Coffin and Electric Chair multiball modes are all started with clean shots to each of the aforementioned toys. Hitting each of the FUEL targets will start Fuel mode, and spelling METALLICA will start the Justice Mode. All & all, Metallica is pretty straightforward, with a focus on action, high speed multiballs and, of course, the music.
It's hard to top a good loud game of Metallica for a pinball experience that really captures its subject. From the constant references to the albums to the persistently action packed playfield, this table is a genuinely fun one, and a true success as a recent Stern.
"The creatures of the night, what music they make!"
Ground Kontrol is stoked to announce that we've added the 1998 classic Monster Bash to our pinball collection! Designed by George Gomez and illustrated by Kevin O'Connor, Monster Bash is full of fun toys, beautiful graphics, rocking music, and funny sound effects!
The goal of the game is to get together the Monsters of Rock, a band made up of six Universal Horror creatures: Count Dracula on guitar, the Mummy on bass, Frankenstein's Monster on keyboard, the Bride of Frankenstein on vocals, the Wolf Man on drums, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon on saxophone. The classic characters, approachable layout and deep ruleset make Monster Bash a favorite of both beginners and experts alike!
Pabst Can Crusher
If you’ve never played this old bat from designer Dennis Nordman, you’re missing out on one of the most stylish and humorous pinball experiences of all time. It’s just loaded with cheeky innuendo and geeky in-jokes about horror movies and pinball tables!
Simpsons Pinball Party, The
A seemingly endless string of memorable moments and characters make The Simpsons a perfect theme for this recent table from Stern. Mayor Quimby, Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, Comic Book Guy, Professor Frink - you name ‘em, they’re here, and they brought pinball jokes!
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Boldly go where no pinball player has gone before with the cast of this memorable TV series as your crew. Complete missions, battle the Borg, and explore The Final Frontier with an amazing 6-ball multiball. Make it so!
Theatre of Magic
"Stupendous displays of spellbinding power" are to be expected when you enter this game's world of illusion, where the impossible becomes reality. Watch the ball levitate, disappear, and suddenly reverse direction due to amazing unseen forces. Hit the Magic Trunk to perform tricks of your own, such as escaping from a strait jacket or safe, or juggle three balls during the many multiball modes.
You are about to enter another dimension: A dimension of space. A dimension of time. A dimension of mindblowingly awesome pinball. That’s right, the legendary Twilight Zone pinball machine exists in your dimension at Ground Kontrol!
For pinball fans, Twilight Zone needs no introduction. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick run-down of just a few of its innovative and unique features:
- A functioning “gumball” machine that vends pinballs across the table;
- A clock that tracks your progress into the Twilight Zone;
- An invisible “Power” you must battle using only your wits and the laws of physics; and, most infamously:
- The “Power Ball,” a lightweight and lightning-fast mutant pinball that randomly appears on the playfield.
Walking Dead, The
The TV series successfully adapted the hit comic series and now Stern’s taken the zombie-killing chaos to the pinball world. Sights and sounds from the show add to the ambience, and the playfield has artwork packed with plenty of references for fans of The Walking Dead. The show’s special FX makeup designer Greg Nicotero even designed the disgustingly detailed zombie toys!
Plunge into the post-apocalyptic world, and get ready to do battle. Shoot drop targets to collect supplies and do it again to activate Blood Bath, where every shot is worth 5,000 points. Enter the tunnel past the pop bumpers and earn more and more points with each successive shot, while you’ve got time. Bash the Well Walker to start Well Walker multiball. Looping left and right ramps keep your ball moving quickly through the back of the table, but stay vigilant, as you can kill extra walkers each time a crosshair target is lit. The prison building might offer temporary sanctuary, but not before you clean it out! During prison multiball, hit the “Stab” standing targets to collect kills and increase the kill multiplier, and keep hitting and relighting jackpots to light the Super Jackpot! Hardcore pinball fans will also appreciate a throwback feature rarely seen: Rollover star targets with an updated design. This game’s got fast and fun gameplay that offers some cool twists on classic ideas.
Wizard of Oz, The
(Jersey Jack Pinball, 2013)
For twelve years in a period of declining interest in pinball, the only company to make new machines was the venerable Stern. While most pinheads will agree that Stern struck gold a few times during this time, some of their efforts were less than inspiring, and the wish for some variety in the marketplace was a common one. Then, as something of a surprise to everyone, a completely independent production company entered the scene with a brand new table and a classic license: Jersey Jack Pinball with their Wizard of Oz table!
Wizard of Oz boasts some serious innovation, and is certainly equipped to be a modern table for a new generation. Most obviously, a good portion of the backglass is a big, colorful LCD screen that takes on the duties of the Dot Matrix Displays from older tables. This big screen displays scores, indicates mode objectives, and treats the player to a surprising variety of clips from the 1939 classic film. The playfield is fully equipped with a stunning array of LED lighting, which provides an eye-popping array of color and illumination to the busy field. And, in a unique arrangement, Wizard of Oz has two separate upper playfields to go along with the several toys and decorations taken straight from the film’s robust world.
The ruleset is deep and robust, with a total of five flippers on the field. There is a mode which reverses the flipper button arrangement, so the right button operates the left flippers, and vice versa. Hidden magnets abound in the game, providing some quirky variety and challenge to ball control.
With so much to see and do in this brand new pinball experience, each game played feels different from the last. Not only did Jersey Jack enter the pinball market head-on, but they did so with a bold, elaborate table that one can only hope will continue into a new era of pinball manufacturers and innovators!