Posted tagged ‘Indiana Jones’

Indiana Jones Pinball review in latest issue of Hardcore Gamer

October 7, 2008

While we sometimes have a place to chastise game magazines for ignoring arcades, there is one magazine that has always been open to covering the arcade scene – Hardcore Gamer. They were open to the idea even before I began writing arcade articles for them and it certainly has been a privilege to be able to get the word out about games that aren’t Street Fighter IV in a print magazine. While it is unfortunate that HGM is only printed four times a year, at the very least it’s always an interesting magazine when it is published.

This latest issue marks the second time they have printed a review about a modern pinball game – the first was when I wrote an article about Spiderman pinball. Of course don’t expect to find pinball reviews in other so-called “gaming” magazines – they stopped giving pinball needed attention years ago for probably the same reasons they began ignoring arcades. Indiana Jones pinball can simply not be missed – I believe that it is one of the most popular pins Stern has released in years. At AMOA they told me that the game was breaking earnings records everywhere – at my own arcade it has been one of my top earning games several times.

You can check out the article here as it’s downloadable (Issue #33) or if you can find a hard copy, it’s on page 66, right before the back cover.

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Video Review: Indiana Jones Pinball by Stern

June 30, 2008

Here’s another one, let me know if you like these video reviews or not and whether I should post them all here. I uploaded it to youtube first but was disappointed in the quality so I’ve also uploaded the video to Vimeo so it can be seen in it’s HD glory (or as close as internet HD gets in this case).

I do hope that Stern makes an update to Indy soon that includes actual scenes and quotes from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This is the only thing I can find disappointing about the game – either Spielberg didn’t want to give them scenes from the movie or they didn’t ask for it, I’m inclined to think that it’s the former. But now that the movie is out and the game can be updated via USB, I don’t see why it can’t be fixed.

The only thing I forgot to show is what happens when you tilt the board, it’s pretty funny. Next up I’ll be doing Shrek Pinball and Blazing Angels, hopefully I will get those done tomorrow.

If your browser doesn’t support video from Vimeo, hit the post break after the jump for the youtube version.

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Pinball on TV

June 24, 2008

Stern has been on a roll lately. Indiana Jones seems to be doing well (it has been earning quite well at my place, I even had one person play it for 3 hours straight the other day) and they have more to come. On top of that they have been getting their name out there as is seen in this segment from the MSNBC Nightly News the other day.

Unfortunately wordpress doesn’t allow embedding from their site but you can click on the link below to watch the video in it’s entirety. It shows the new Indiana Jones and Shrek Pinball tables, some classic pins as they take a short look back at pinball and they even show Tokyo Drift when contrasting pinball to video games. Overall it’s a good video and as the one guy says towards the end, pinball is seeing a resurgence in popularity as of late, all Stern needs to do is keep it up (although hopefully they’ll have fewer releases like Wheel of Fortune and more like Indy).

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Videos from ASI 2008

March 29, 2008

In addition to a few pictures I also managed to get some video footage from the ASI 2008 show floor. As mentioned in previous posts I have had some problems with my digital camera corrupting many files so unfortunately some videos aren’t loading into my computer and I can’t get them to work but I am looking into a workaround at salvaging a few.

Indiana Jones Pinball @ Stern’s booth – this is a lot of fun and it was quite popular.

GlobalVR’s Booth. 10 NASCAR games linked = good fun

Sega’s Booth. I forgot to mention in the video that with Primeval Hunt it is very easy to see the influence that the Wii has had on this game – the guns use some sort of motion sensing control (which I believe works most when the touch screen is deactivated) and it also has a small speaker in the butt of the gun. It’s cool but whatever they did made the gun weigh more than it should and by the time you’re finished with the game your arms are tired.

Click on the post break below for videos of Sea Wolf and UFO Stomper (I had them on the main page but too many videos seem to be causing loading problems for the site).

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More Indiana Jones Pinball goodness

March 22, 2008

[Thanks to IcePagoda on the Forums]

More shots of Stern’s new Indiana Jones pinball have surfaced, this time at Tilt.It. This includes a more detailed look at the toys, playfield and cabinet overall but as before, theindypin1.jpg game is still in it’s prototype stage so some artwork is missing and the software is of an early build. I like the quality of the toys though, they all look great. Also the layout of the playfield is interesting, the purpose of the game is to complete each of the movie scenes to get to the final adventure and the place to take care of each scene is clearly marked on the playfield. IcePagoda also points out that hitting the ‘I’ in Indy looks like it will be a challenge from the current layout and that we can likely expect an 8 ball multiball. Click on the thumbnails for a closer look or go to Tilt.IT for the full batch.

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First shots of Indiana Jones Pinball

March 17, 2008

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Pinball News has the first shots of the new Stern pinball machine, Indiana Jones. While the new machine is set to launch close to the release of the upcoming movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the pin itself integrates elements from allindyplay.jpg four movies in the series from the art on the backglass to the toys such as the Ark of the Covenant, a Temple of Doom captive ball with a rising saucer shot, and a ramp with something to do with the Crystal Skull. The pin pictured is just a prototype, with some missing artwork and a couple of other elements but either way it’s good to see Indiana Jones back in arcades in some form (the last time would have been in 1993 with a Williams Indiana Jones pinball game, thanks to Andre for the correction).

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