Archive for the ‘Raw Thrills’ category

Video review: The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift

August 14, 2008

With this review the only new game I have left to review at my arcade is House of the Dead 4, which I haven’t done yet because it has been giving me problems (the right gun will reload every time you pull the trigger and the TV keeps turning itself off at random) which I will hopefully resolve soon.

Anyways here is Drift, which came out in 2007. I had to go with the kit as opposed to the dedicated version due to budget constraints but I have to say that it was easy to install and it has been worth it. There still are some little things I need to fix on the Crusin’ cabs I have, such as the left seat which constantly shifts back and forth with the slightest force applied to it. But it has been a solid game at my arcade with consistent earnings despite the minor things. Here’s the video below, like usual recorded in HD but downgraded to youtube quality.

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New Raw Thrills’ game, NickToons Nitro Now Available

August 6, 2008

Raw Thrills’, Betson & Chicago Gaming have just announced the release of their latest racing game, NickToons Nitro, which is a game we mentioned some time ago when I got my hands on an early flier. Since then, they have changed the cabinet design (and the flyer – I saw an ad for this the other day in a trade magazine) and apparently the graphics too. The nice thing is that this is another game we can expect to stay arcade only, or so says Eugene Jarvis:

The design team captured all the excitement and fun of the Nicktoons characters and packed it into a new driver that appeals to everyone. The only place you can experience this new original title is in the arcade!”

Arcade exclusive titles are always welcome and in addition to allowing 6 cabinets to link up one thing that has caught my attention on this racer is the sub-$6000 price tag that my distributor told me (prices will vary according to each distributor), they said expect around $5200 which is about the same for Big Buck Safari. I’ve said many times that this is a trend that needs to continue across the board, especially for games like racers where you have to buy more than one to make it worth your while. As to how the game will play, I hope to find out soon – it might be targetted towards a younger audience but every arcade game is worth trying out no matter what your age.

And while we’re on the subject of new games, I have heard that Raw Thrills’ has some big plans to show off some games that will “change the industry” sometime soon, probably next month at the big arcade shows. I don’t know what it is they are planning to show (I am guessing that part of it has to do with a game being worked on by Specular Interactive) but I certainly am eagerly awaiting what it is that they are going to show off.

Click on the jump below to read the full press release for Nicktoons Nitro and we have moved the game from “Upcoming” to “Released” on our Master Arcade Game List for 2008.

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New Raw Thrills' game, NickToons Nitro Now Available

August 6, 2008

Raw Thrills’, Betson & Chicago Gaming have just announced the release of their latest racing game, NickToons Nitro, which is a game we mentioned some time ago when I got my hands on an early flier. Since then, they have changed the cabinet design (and the flyer – I saw an ad for this the other day in a trade magazine) and apparently the graphics too. The nice thing is that this is another game we can expect to stay arcade only, or so says Eugene Jarvis:

The design team captured all the excitement and fun of the Nicktoons characters and packed it into a new driver that appeals to everyone. The only place you can experience this new original title is in the arcade!”

Arcade exclusive titles are always welcome and in addition to allowing 6 cabinets to link up one thing that has caught my attention on this racer is the sub-$6000 price tag that my distributor told me (prices will vary according to each distributor), they said expect around $5200 which is about the same for Big Buck Safari. I’ve said many times that this is a trend that needs to continue across the board, especially for games like racers where you have to buy more than one to make it worth your while. As to how the game will play, I hope to find out soon – it might be targetted towards a younger audience but every arcade game is worth trying out no matter what your age.

And while we’re on the subject of new games, I have heard that Raw Thrills’ has some big plans to show off some games that will “change the industry” sometime soon, probably next month at the big arcade shows. I don’t know what it is they are planning to show (I am guessing that part of it has to do with a game being worked on by Specular Interactive) but I certainly am eagerly awaiting what it is that they are going to show off.

Click on the jump below to read the full press release for Nicktoons Nitro and we have moved the game from “Upcoming” to “Released” on our Master Arcade Game List for 2008.

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Next up on the Big Buck Hunter tournies – RAM JAM

July 12, 2008

Big Buck Safari has been one of my best earning games at my arcade recently (although last week it was beat by (brace yourselves) Indiana Jones Pinball which was the best earning game for that period) and I can hardly wait for the online update that it should have later this year which should help improve its earnings even more as I’ll be able to join in with these tournaments that are constantly being held with BBHPro Online. The latest tournament is called RAM JAM. It’s running from the 7th to the 27th and the winner will get $500 but there are cash prizes for everyone up to the 100th place, which is pretty cool. Check your local arcade/FEC/bar/theater or whoever has an online version of BBHPro to participate.

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Raw Thrills’ finally updates their website

June 12, 2008

Well everyone else was doing it and finally after more than a year with nothing new Raw Thrills’ has done it too – updated their website. There isn’t anything new on the site that we didn’t know about already, just the addition of the F&F Tokyo Drift kit (which is pretty easy to install) and some pics & info about Big Buck Safari. But since this sort of thing is a rare occurrence, I figured I’d post about it.

Hopefully the next update will occur sometime soon as they do have a new game coming out next month that we reported about a short time ago – in case you missed it it’s called Nicktoons Knighttro, a kart racing game that uses Nickelodeon characters and from what I have been told will shake things up a bit when it’s  final price is announced. We also know that they have several other games being worked on at the moment but they are keeping their cards close and not letting anything spill out when it comes to new projects.

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Raw Thrills' finally updates their website

June 12, 2008

Well everyone else was doing it and finally after more than a year with nothing new Raw Thrills’ has done it too – updated their website. There isn’t anything new on the site that we didn’t know about already, just the addition of the F&F Tokyo Drift kit (which is pretty easy to install) and some pics & info about Big Buck Safari. But since this sort of thing is a rare occurrence, I figured I’d post about it.

Hopefully the next update will occur sometime soon as they do have a new game coming out next month that we reported about a short time ago – in case you missed it it’s called Nicktoons Knighttro, a kart racing game that uses Nickelodeon characters and from what I have been told will shake things up a bit when it’s  final price is announced. We also know that they have several other games being worked on at the moment but they are keeping their cards close and not letting anything spill out when it comes to new projects.

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New from Raw Thrills: NickToons Knighttro

May 21, 2008

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We finally have confirmation on one of Raw Thrills’ newest games – the word on the street is that this is just one of several they have in the pipe but we don’t know what they are just yet. Until then here is a new racer that includes a cart-style theme and uses licensed Nicktoons characters including Invader Zim, Spongebob Squarepants, Avatar, Jimmy Neutron, Timmy Turner and Danny Phantom. I actually would have had news on this one back at ASI but I overlooked the flyer that was there but today when I was visiting my distributor they got some in today.

As per the flyer in addition to the characters the game can link up to 6 games and 7 tracks. This game is also from the Chicago Gaming Company which has released a Nicktoons-based racer previously although I have not seen it in an arcade yet. NickToons Knighttro, while it is yet another racing game to throw it’s hat into the ring of racers on the market may find itself quite popular – in addition to some nice looking graphics (it’s hard to say really with the small pics on the flyer, we’ll have to wait to see it in action) it is also boasting quite a price tag – while a final tag is not known yet I’ve been told that it will probably be somewhere in the $4000 range, maybe more, maybe less. Either way Raw Thrills’ is getting serious about their pricing which I am happy to see, lower prices will mean that arcades can afford to buy more units to provide a better experience to their players.

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Big Buck Media event in San Francisco

May 15, 2008

Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix continue to make the rounds with Big Buck Hunter Pro Online and Big Buck Safari by showing it to the media. The latest event in San Francisco brought in representatives from MTV, 1UP and Gamasutra and more to try out BBS. I haven’t seen any articles written by these organizations yet although 1UP’s Gamevideos site has a Big Buck Safari debut trailer that I hadn’t seen before. Either way it’s great that Raw Thrills is reaching out to media outlets to bring more attention to new arcade titles.

Speaking of Big Buck Safari, it looks like it is doing incredibly well in bars, earning around $400 a week average which is excellent as far as earnings go.

Hit the post break for the press release [via Betson]

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Details on Big Buck Hunter Pro Online

April 22, 2008

Raw Thrills’ and Play Mechanix have been working on the latest version of Big Buck Hunter Pro for sometime now and with the game finally hitting the streets one may wonder how the online functions work. Obviously it will make more sense if you find an online -enabled version and try it out but so you know what to expect here are some bullet points on what to expect from the new version how it works:

  • - 20% more content with the addition of Caribou and three more bonus rounds
  • Online Tools that allow the operator to check the machine out online for diagnostic or financial updates
  • Also look for additional content to be downloaded to online machines
  • Promotion with National tournaments and the ability to create your own tournaments quickly and easily. Trophy Club is a player tracking system that also includes Hunting Parties, which is a high score contest between a closed group. Think Fantasy Football meets Big Buck Hunter Pro


From what I was told at ASI, the Trophy Club system allows players to register an e-mail address or cell phone number with the game so that if your score has been beat by someone else, an alert will be sent to you through one of the aforementioned methods so you can head back to the arcade and try and take back your score. You can create an account at coinup.com. As an operator I really like that idea as it’s a reminder for people to come back to my location and it creates a fun, competitive feeling around BBHPro. As I mentioned in my ASI coverage, Big Buck Safari is currently offline, but expect an online variation of BBS to come along later, perhaps the end of this year or the beginning of the next.

UPDATE: Funny thing happened today, I stopped by my local distributor and they had a BBHPro Online there so I decided to record a little bit of the cabinet. I couldn’t show the game really because it takes two hands to play. I did record it in HD but WordPress converts the videos into a low rez video so this will have to do.

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The Fast & The Furious Tokyo Drift Conversion Kit Officially released

April 18, 2008

At ASI it was confirmed that Raw Thrills’ would release a conversion kit for their racer Tokyo Drift and now we have the official word that the kits are now available. As we have stated before, the kits will go for a little over $2000 (price depends on the distributor but expect between $2200 and $2600) and can go into any Crusin’ USA/World/Exotica, California Speed or Off Road Challenge cabinet. I was also told that they can go into SF Rush 2049 cabinets but that is not in the press release. From what I saw at ASI, as long as the person who does the conversion does a good job at fitting everything correctly and cleaning the cabinets up properly, it can appear to the untrained eye that these are new cabinets but your results will vary from one arcade to the other obviously. Hit the post break for the full release.

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